The Convent of Mercy has a long and distinguished tradition of participation in Public Speaking and Debating and our junior and senior teams have enjoyed success at county, regional and national levels over the years. We participate in the following competitions:
- BPW (Business and Professional Women’s) Public Speaking Competition
- Concern Schools English Debating Competition
- Gael Linn Irish Debating Competition
- NUI Maynooth Model Parliament
- WRDTF (Western Regional Drugs Task Force) Public Speaking Competition
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force Public Speaking
The Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force organised an “Alcohol and Society” public speaking project in county Roscommon. The purpose of this public speaking project is to create awareness among young people about the impact of alcohol upon society and to challenge the attitudes that they hold in relation to Irish culture and alcohol. The second years from our school were challenged to prepare a speech on the topic “Alcohol in Ireland- is there a problem?” The girls during their SPHE classes have been busy researching this topic and preparing their speeches. On Wednesday, March 27th an in-house competition was held where eight girls, Éabha Kenny, Kate Cunningham, Chloe Donohue, Laura Kropkowska, Isa Kearney, Abbey Gooney, Anna-Maria Iordan and Hannah Finan, presented their speeches to all first year students. The standard was extremely high on the day and Chloe Donoghue (class 2D) was chosen as the school winner. Chloe will represent our school in the Grand Final on Thursday, April 11th in Galway. Thanks to Ms. Gillian Conway (WRDATF) for attending the school final and Mr.Quinn for co-ordinating this event in the school. We wish the best of luck to Chloe in the final.
BPW (Business and Professional Women’s) Public Speaking Competition
On November 25th 2017 our public speaking team won the senior All Ireland final in the BPW Public Speaking competition. Progressing from the Regional Final two weeks ago, our girls took top honours ahead of tough competition from Presentation College, Tullamore, St. Josephs College, Lucan, Presentation College, Tuam and Tullamore College. Having been successful at Regional level in the past, this National title is a first for our school and we are very proud of the girls. The BPW (Business and Professional Womens Organisation) is involved in encouraging girls to play a more prominent role in business. This event offered the girls an excellent opportunity to develop self-confidence as well as improving their communication skills. Our girls competed in the senior category of the competition. The team, consisting of Ellen Doorly, Zoe Finan and Áife Feeley spoke on the topic of Vision. The judges complemented the girls on their knowledge of the topic, ability to engage the audience, ability to respond when questioned by the judging panel and their flawless performance. To top off the successful afternoon, Ellen Doorley took an individual prize for the best speaker and Zoe Finan for the best chairperson. The standard of public speaking at this level is very high and to be awarded these accolades really is a huge achievement. The girls were presented with the National Federation of Business and Professional Womens Cup, as well as the Galway Crystal Trophy. The girls would like to thank Ms. Connolly (Business teacher) for all her help and guidance with this competition. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement girls!
Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh 2018.
Congratulations to both Senior and Junior Irish debating teams from our school who have qualified for the next round of Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh. The Junior team of Maeve Farrell (captain), Síoda McGuinness and Isabelle Stephens- Lohan proposed the motion “Ba Cheart deireadh a chur le comórtas Rós Thrá Lí”. The senior team of Imani Tsatiashvili (captain), Niamh Petrie and Síofra Mahon also proposed their motion, “Is Parthas turasóireachta í Éire an lae inniú”. Well done girls and we wish you well are you prepare for the next round of the competition which will take place next month. The girls would like to thank their Irish teachers Ms. S. Kelly and Mrs. Carty for all their help.
Pictured above are the Junior Irish Debating team: L-R: Maeve Farrell, Síoda McGuinness and Isabelle Stephens- Lohan.
Pictured above are the Senior Irish Debating team: L-R: Síofra Mahon, Niamh Petrie and Imani Tsatiashvili.