Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Élysée Treaty Debate on 15th May. To mark the 56th anniversary of this treaty of friendship between France and Germany, 11th class students from both St. Kilian’s and the Lycée Français d’Irlande debated the motion that the EU needs an army.
Our debaters were:
Proposition: Cassidy, Amelie, Gregory, Gabriel and Luka.
Opposition: Noemi, Justine, Nora, Sean and Daniela.
Our Principal Ms Lynch, on behalf of the adjudicators, commented on the high standard of research and strength of the arguments put forward by both teams. What was striking, she said, was the fluency of the students in the three languages, English, French, German, and their linguistic dexterity as they moved seamlessly from one language to another. She also praised their ability to persuade and engage the audience, to bring them around to their point of view. Three students, Gabriel, Sean and Daniela, were given a special mention for their fine performances.
The debate was enjoyed by all in the audience and after a close finish, the trophy went to the proposition. All participants received vouchers for their contribution to the debate.
Our thanks go to the organisers, Ms Hanafin, Ms Golden and Mr Callan who also chaired the debate.