English Irish

Concern Primary Debate Information 2021/2022

 2021/ 2022 Concern Debate -  Information Evening

The Concern Primary Debates invites Primary teachers to attend an information webinar on Thursday 23rd September from 3.30pm – 4.30pm. 

The Concern Primary Debates will be returning in September and will be adapting to an online format in light of COVID 19 restrictions and safety of students and teachers.

The Concern Primary Debates is an educational debating programme aimed at senior primary classes. The Concern Debates aims at introducing topics of development to both students and teachers through the motions to engage students in public speaking and higher order thinking skills around topics such as Climate Change, Poverty and Sustainable Development. Concern are on hand to provide support to teachers and students.

Find out more about the Concern Primary Debates here: https://www.concern.net/schools-and-youth/debates/primary-school

In this session teachers will

  • Learn about the structure of the Concern Primary Debates
  • Find out how to take part in the programme
  • Learn about the new changes and how the competition will be going online

How Concern can support teachers and students through easy to use resources, videos and online talks and webinars for classes.

Please see Primary Debates 2021/2022 calendar:

Please see Primary Debates 2021/2022 Handbook

 Please see Primary Debates Introductory Video

All Schools  wishing to compete in the Primary Concern Debate Competition will need to attend this information evening as schools will be grouped at this meeting.

2020/2021 concern debates

We are delighted to confirm the following schools are taking part in this year's competition 2020/2021 .Our first round of debates begins on the 6th of November with the motion "The Voting age should be lowered to 16 ". Best of luck to all our schools.
  • Danecastle NS
  • Rathangan NS 
  • S.N. Mhuire Barntown
  • Scoil Mhuire Rosslare 
  • Murrintown NS 
  • Castletown NS 

Congratulations to all the schools that took part in this year's competition. We wish to thank the teachers, students and adjudicators who had to adapt to the new online format this year, from the tweets we received there were  some incredible battles during the competition stages . We congratulate Rathangan NS and S.N. Mhuire Barnstown who have made it to the final . We look forward to the final debate as soon as possible. 

2019/2020 Concern Debates 

The following schools took part in the 2019/2020 competition 

  • Barntown NS
  • Tara Hill NS
  • Danecastle NS
  • Murrintown NS
  • Rosslare NS
  • Scoil Eoin BaistNS,Galbally
  • Scoil Ghormain Naofa
  • St Josephs NS
  • Tombrack NS
  • Bunscoil Loreto, Gorey
  • Mercy NS Wexford
  • Mayglass NS
  • Cushinstown NS
  • Court NS
  • Davidstown NS

They competed against each other on a range of different motions provided by Concern. Congratulations to all the schools who took part, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves and that participating in debates is something you will continue to do in Post-Primary school. Thank you to all the adjudicators,teachers and students for the wonderful work you did in making this such an enjoyable competition for everyone concerned.

This year due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we did not get a chance to have our Primary Concern Debate Final in the Education Centre as planned. The two schools who were due to compete against each other on the following motion 'Young people should be allowed to vote at 16" are Castletown NS and Mercy NS, Wexford.

 

 

 
 
Concern worldwide logo
 
 
Concern Debate Structure
 
Each school is asked to provide a minimum of 2 adjudicators. The schools engage in the Garda vetting process with the chosen adjudicators.
Adjudicators will be assigned to each debate by the respective schools. However, if for some reason the assigned adjudicators are unavailable, the onus is on the home school to contact neutral adjudicators.
 
 
Three students per team: 
Captain, 
Speaker 2
Speaker 3 
 
Timekeeper 
Chairperson

Each person has 3 minutes for their speech with the Captain speaking twice (once at beginning and once at the end)

We recommend schools have a panel of six students at least in case of illness

Only three students may debate three students on the day of the debate

Schools may have subs and have the whole class involved helping to research motions, acting as timekeeper and /or chairperson

Subject to receiving enough entries the competition will be in a group format.
 

Debate topics, which have been set by Concern, for all group round debates will be issued in advance of the competition commencing.
 
Concern will be organising a national competition so the winners of the Competition will qualify for entry to the National Round.

Schools must agree the time and date of each debate - subject to staying within the designated deadline.

Practice debate(s) can be organised between schools in October - practice debate topic is “Homework is a waste of time for primary school students”

Concern have resources available to help with preparing for the debates - https://www.concern.net/schools-and-youth/debates/primary-school%26sa%3DD%26ust%3D1569928539808000%26usg%3DAFQjCNGnPGLQ3Twaq2pIc4cakNZR9OPbIA&source=gmail&ust=1570016397334000&usg=AFQjCNG0o39O4I8erZ3N1U33_rYa_WzF7A" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: Roboto, RobotoDraft, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 1.25rem; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.concern.net/schools-and-youth/debates/primary-schoolincluding videos etc.


They also have a new video for adjudicator training located here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v%253DsFRr821JcTg%26sa%3DD%26ust%3D1569928539808000%26usg%3DAFQjCNHtGexesM20mh_P_USLNhdxtk8VmA&source=gmail&ust=1570016397334000&usg=AFQjCNGcmYoJdMnjQmTW6oHMnr6-mYuKtA" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: Roboto, RobotoDraft, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 1.25rem; white-space: pre-wrap;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFRr821JcTg Please encourage all adjudicators to watch this to ensure they understand the process.

Concern have limited spaces for workshops, teachers can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to secure a visit.

County Wexford Education Centre

Location. Suíomh

Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

EIRCODE: Y21 T271

Transportation

Local Buses and ample carparking available

Contact us. Dean Teagmháil

Tel: (053) 92 39100
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Newsletters. Nuachtlitir

DES logo 2
NDP trans 0
Registered Charity Number 20065232
ESCI
Dept of Education
Arts in Education
NIPT
JCT
NCSE
PDST