This year St Patrick’s entered into the Junior Schools National Debating Competition which is organised every year by the L&H Society in UCD. The two teams of Third year girls did excellently in all their debates. They each had to debate three times in the first round and we were delighted when one of the teams made it through to the semi-final. The skills learned in debating are of tremendous help in many areas of life. Each person has to read a prepared 4 minute speech either proposing or opposing the motion and be ready for Points of Information from the opposing sides.