Over the years Sligo Grammar School has been involved in debating and public speaking. In recent years both have become popular and we are trying to set up a regular debating club within the school this year. We hope to hold some lunch-time debates in the school next term.
Sligo Grammar School has been involved in the West of Ireland Debating competition. This competition uses the Mace/Parlimentary style of debating format, which is more argumentative and less formal. This is the second year the SGS debating club has entered the competition. Our school entered five teams of two with a mix of students from 5th year and 6th year.
On the 26th of January 2016, they headed up to Galway for the heats. From that three teams of 6th year students have made it all the way to the Connacht Finals to be held in NUIG on March 11th 2016. They are Rowan Kelleher and Jude Perrry; Niamh Kilroy and Sara Bourke and Russell Nairn and Andrew Wood-Martin (who are the main body of the debating society). As well as qualifying for the finals of the team competition, one of our 5th year students, Cameron Hill, qualified for the Connacht Final of the Individual Speaker section of the competition.
in recent years Sligo Grammar School has entered the West of Ireland Debating competition. This competition is a Mace/Parliamentary-style debating competition and requires a very different set of debating skills. it is run by NUIG who organise workshops as well as the debates themselves.
The students find this kind of debating very exciting.
Teams are generally taken from Ty, 5th year and 6th year.
Last we had great success in the Connacht Finals, coming home with a team 2nd place and individual 2nd place! Second place in the team category was awarded to Andrew Wood-Martin & Russell Nairn and Sara Bourke was awarded second place in the Individual Speaker category.
Last year four of our senior German students have recently participated in German debates. This was a new experience for the students. In the first debate a local schools travelled to the Sligo Grammar School to debate against our team, and Sligo Grammar School emerged victorious. In the second debate the Sligo Grammar School was also successful, but in the third debate against Ballinasloe, SGS were narrowly beaten. Despite being beaten in this debate, it was acknowledged that the Grammar School team was excellent and we look forward to success next year.
German Debating has really taken off this year, 2016. The German Debating team made its way through the various qualifying rounds at the end of last year.
On the 22nd January 2016 our final German Debate took place in the Library. Our speakers; Osin Sheerin, Russel Nairn, Andrew Wood-Martin and Sarah Burke, debated the motion “Money is the most important factor when you choose your job” against the girls of Ardscoil Mhuire Secondary School.
Although our team had great arguments, we unfortunately lost. The team really enjoyed the competition and are looking forward to giving it a go again next year.
Sligo Grammar School student, Rowan Kelleher represented the region at the National finals of the Soapbox Public Speaking Competition in Dublin in November 2015. The Regional qualifying competition was held in Tubbercurry on Friday, 16th October 2015, and Rowan, along with four of his schoolmates, competed against students from other second-level schools in the under 18 category.
This competition is run by Europe Direct and each competitor had to deliver a three-minute speech on the topic “Charity Begins at Home”
Rowan was the outright winner of the Regional event in the Under 19 category with Cameron Hill placed third.
Rowan travelled to Farmleigh House in Dublin for the National Final. Despite a wonderful performance he did not win the top prize of a trip to Brussels. Nevertheless it was a great achievement – well done Rowan!
This competition has become popular within the school in the last few years. Contestants must perform two poems, one from a prescribed list and one of his or her own choice. This year one of our 5th year students, Russell Nairn and Isabelle Norris (TY) made it through to the Regional finals with Russell progressing to the National Finals in Dublin. Last year one of our students, Melissa Cryan, also made it to the All Ireland Final which took place in the National Library of Ireland. Although she did not win outright it was quite a achievement to make to the final and we are all very proud!
This is a competition for girls organised by the Business and Professional Women’s Association, Galway. The task is for a team of three to conduct a mock meeting around a topic of their own choice. One girl acts as chairperson, one as guest speaker and one as voter of thanks. It is an unusual and intriguing competition. Sligo Grammar School has entered it for the last two years, winning Best Chairperson on both occasions, Maeve Mohan winning in 2014 and Amy McSharry winning in 2015.