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.
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.
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
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/
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?