Debating has a long and noble tradition in the Loreto ethos. We believe participation in debating fosters critical thinking, confidence, excellence in public speaking, research skills, competitive spirit and empathy - because you have to understand both perspectives on the motion.
Loreto Schools host their own Inter-Loreto debates annually, where students from all Loreto schools meet to debate each other formally, in a Mace format. Our Junior and Senior debators compete regularly on the University schools' debating circuit against students from other schools in Leinster. The Debating Society meets weekly at lunch-time for rousing debates on topical and timeless motions. All students are welcome to join the Society.
We are proud and delighted to hear that our past pupil Aisling O'Boyle (Class of 2014) has been appointed as Ireland's UN Youth Delegate for 2018/2019. She will be working on the Sustainable Development Goals and representing young people at the UN.
While completing her degree in Trinity, Aisling continued the debating career she started here with us and worked as adjudicator and liaison with the universities for the Inter-Loreto competitions. Her skills as an orator meant that she was invited to speak at the UN on the importance of girls and young women in the development agenda. She spoke on that occasion as a representative of the World Association of Girl Guides and Scouts.
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