The Primary School Debating Competition has successfully taken place in Kilkenny Education Centre for the past nine years. During the 2015-16 academic year, Concern Worldwide joined with participating Education Centres throughout Ireland to facilitate Primary Debating. Kilkenny Education Centre was delighted that the Competition continued in the 2020-21 academic year, albeit in a different format to previous years. Due to physical distancing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Competition has moved online.
The Debating Competition is aimed at Senior classes in Primary schools; Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes. There is no charge for entry into the Competition and the Centre can accommodate a maximum of 32 Teams. Participating schools compete against other schools on a knock-out basis, culminating with a local winner. Participating schools have found the overall experience of the Competition to be educationally advantageous and a great benefit in developing oral language skills.
The overall winner of the Competition in the Kilkenny Education Centre catchment area last year, 2020-21, was Scoil Bhríde N.S., Paulstown Team #1. St. Leonard's N.S., Dunnamaggin and Presentation Convent N.S., Castlecomer Team #1 were awarded second and third place respectively. Congratulations to all three Teams!
In June 2021, Scoil Bhríde N.S., Paulstown Team #1 proceeded to the inaugural national All-Ireland Concern Primary School Debating Competition Final, narrowly losing out to Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal. Heartiest congratulations to Scoil Bhríde N.S., Paulstown Team #1 on their wonderful achievement!!
The overall winner of the Competition in the Kilkenny Education Centre catchment area this year, 2021-22, was St. Leonard's N.S., Dunnamaggin. Their Team successfully opposed the Motion 'We need to pay more for our clothes to fight fast fashion'. Scoil Bhríde N.S., Paulstown were worthy finalists, and their Team was awarded second place. Newtown Dunleckney N.S. and St. Michael's N.S., Danesfort were awarded joint third place. Congratulations to all four Teams!
In March 2022, St. Leonard's N.S., Dunnamaggin proceeded to the national stages of the All-Ireland Concern Primary School Debating Competition, narrowly losing out to Holy Family Senior School, Portlaoise, in the Knockout Round. Heartiest congratulations to St. Leonard's N.S., Dunnamaggin on their fantastic achievement!!