The Primary School Debating Competition has successfully taken place in Kilkenny Education Centre for the past nine years. During the 2015-16 academic year, Concern Worldwide joined with participating Education Centres throughout Ireland to facilitate Primary Debating. Kilkenny Education Centre was delighted that the Competition continued in the 2020-21 academic year, albeit in a different format to previous years. Due to physical distancing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Competition has moved online.
The Debating Competition is aimed at Senior classes in Primary schools; Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes. There is no charge for entry into the Competition and the Centre can accommodate a maximum of 32 Teams. Participating schools compete against other schools on a knock-out basis, culminating with a local winner. Participating schools have found the overall experience of the Competition to be educationally advantageous and a great benefit in developing oral language skills.
The overall winner of the Competition in the Kilkenny Education Centre catchment area last year, 2020-21, was Scoil Bhríde N.S., Paulstown Team #1. St. Leonard's N.S., Dunnamaggin and Presentation Convent N.S., Castlecomer Team #1 were awarded second and third place respectively. Congratulations to all three Teams!
In June 2021, Scoil Bhríde N.S., Paulstown Team #1 proceeded to the inaugural national All-Ireland Concern Primary School Debating Competition Final, narrowly losing out to Scoil Cholmcille, Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal. Heartiest congratulations to Scoil Bhríde N.S., Paulstown Team #1 on their wonderful achievement!!