Scoil Mhuire Debating Society
Scoil Mhuire has a long tradition in debating, with students achieving success in competition at a local, national and international level. The process of argument, and the ability to adopt a variety of positions on a vast array of topics, are skills that are keenly valued in Scoil Mhuire. Debate promotes open-mindedness, agility in reasoning, as well as poise and coherence in speaking in public. The confidence to speak one’s mind, to argue a case, and to do so compellingly, are skills that Scoil Mhuire girls carry with them through life.
The Debating Society is run by students, for students, overseen with the support of teachers in a variety of Departments (particularly English and Religion). Senior Debaters induct and mentor Junior Debaters and new-comers, though students may embark on debating at any stage in their school career. Competitions include in-house debates, The Cork City Schools Debating Competition (Junior), The Munster Schools’ Debating Competition (Senior), The Munster Mace, The Sean Lydon Memorial Mace, the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition, and many more. Students also have the option of participating in the Model UN, Model EU and European Youth Parliament.[pullquote style=”right” quote=”dark”]“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates[/pullquote]