O'Fiaich win first PLC debate
A KEENLY debated contest was won by O'Fiaich PLC College in the first year North-East PLC debate championship.
'Is There A Future For The Young Generation in Ireland Today?' was the subject for the debate between Monaghan and O'Fiaich, and both are fully behind the development of the debate competition.
Susan McGovern, Director of O'Fiaich Institute of Further education was impressed with the excellent standard of debating by both teams.
She said: ' The content of the debate was thought provoking and very relevant to the current situation.'
The participants in the debate included O'Fiaich's Emma Bell, Clive Friary and Emma Carroll. The Monaghan team consisted of Natasha Armstrong, John McShea and Geraldine Duffy.
The debate scheme was crafted for students to help gain confidence and esteem to assist them in their future workplace while also being a current topic of relevance.
The debates by O'Fiaich and Monaghan Institute were organised by the teachers of their respected schools. Both schools are already planning for 2012.
This is the first year that O'Fiaich College had a debating team. The teachers of O'Fiaich, Monica Curtis, Marcus Howard and Colm Connolly, felt the idea of debating could be integrated into future Communication modules as part of their coursework.
A special thank you to Sinead Corrigan and Olive Hanna Murtagh, members of Monaghan teaching staff, who worked hard in preparing their team for this historic debate.
Secondly a special word of thanks to the adjudicators Philip Keegan from Carrickmacross and Victoria O'Hagan, a member of the teaching staff in St. Vincent's Secondary school, Dundalk.