On 16 January 2015, TCS was represented by three students in the Debating Science Issues Competition in Dublin City University. This is a dynamic debating competition which engages in debate in the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science.
Our team captain Aoife Russell led Amanda McDonald and Adam Carr and they did a great job on the school’s first outing at a national debating competition. The three students were supported by a larger team of ten who helped research and write the speeches. In the lead up to the big day, the group met for countless meetings and rehearsals and even worked over the Christmas break.
The motion proposed was ‘Self testing is the future of health management’ and our students opposed the motion. Before the debate, Dr. Aoibhéann Bird visited the school and gave the team a workshop on the topic. Although the team was nervous and inexperienced, they worked hard and did a fantastic job in the first leg of the competition against their opponents, St Vincent’s of Dundalk. TCS was highly commended for their strong arguments and professional presentation and while they didn’t win, the overall experience was a huge success.