On the 15th of January T.Y.2 had their second class of First Aid. During this class the teacher thought them many new techniques to deal with certain situations. They learned the recovery position which is helpful for most situations.
On 15th and 17th of January there was Irish interviews held for scholarships to go to the Gaeltacht. These ran during long lunch breaks and were interviewed by Ms White and Ms Dunne. Two students, one from Junior House and one from Senior House will be decided upon next week. This scholarship is an annual event, sponsored by the Parent's Council.
T.Y.1 and T.Y2 continued Self Defence this week. We practiced techniques that we had learnt from the previous week. We also learned a new headlock that the guards and army use. We also learned how to block kicks with a special technique.
IRISH DEBATING TEAM
The Knockbeg College Irish debating team have successfully secured a position in the the 3rd round of the Gael Linn Irish Debating Competition 'Comórtas an Phiarsaigh 2013'.
The first round took place on the 14th of November at home in Knockbeg College. The team was organised by Ms. Ní Chuilinn, an Irish teacher in Knockbeg two weeks before the first round. For the debate 3 speakers were needed along with a substitute who helps with research on the topic and learns all the speeches in case one of the others is unable to speak.
The first speaker is the captain of the team and has to define the motion along with describing the main points that the second and third speakers will talk about. The second and third speakers have to present different arguments to why they are right as well as rebutting the opposition's points. The captain of the Knockbeg debating team is Michael Whelan, the second speaker is Michael Kennedy, the third speaker is Conor Stapleton and the substitute is Conor Johnston who are all in 3rd year.
The motion of the first debate was 'Pop culture is a bad culture' and Knockbeg where arguing the affirmative. Knockbeg progressed from this round along with St. Ciarán's Collge, Kilkenny. The motion of second debate was 'It is right to fire Trapattoni' and Knockbeg had to oppose this motion. Again, Knockbeg progressed along with St. Ciarán's to the next round. The next round will take place in January and we hope 'go mbeadh an mbua againn'.