A talented group of 6th form students from Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle have enjoyed enormous success in two highly prestigious debating competitions. The team consists of Sorcha Hughes, Roísín Neil, Bronagh Scullion, Conleth Burns, Luíseach Mathers and Orla Donnelly; a combination of four of these talented students has debated throughout the year.
In March the team travelled to Glasgow as NI regional champions to partake in the Debating Matters competition. After a full day of debating motions such as genome editing, gentrification and childhood vaccinations they were narrowly defeated in the final by Douglas Academy.
The team are currently participating in the All-Ireland Concern Debating competition and Cross and Passion College are the only Northern Ireland school to make it past the play off stage. We triumphed over Athlone Community College in the semi-final proposing the motion “Britain Should Bremain”.
This massive achievement cannot be under-estimated. Over 151 schools stared the competition in October and Cross and Passion College will be fighting for the All-Ireland title in the Final to be held in the Helix in Dublin next Wednesday the 18th May.
Their final opponents are St Joseph’s Presentation College, Lucan. The teams will be debating the motion “To end terrorism the world must end poverty.”
The team is expertly mentored by Head of English, Mrs Hughes, who commented;
“This success is the result of hard work, sacrifice and a good sense of humour – something that the team and all Cross and Passion pupils have in abundance. Mentoring these young people is a privilege and I am so proud of everything they have worked so diligently to achieve.”
Hopefully they can go all the way and win the final.