Newry students compete at Schools Debate

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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Pupils from St Colman’s College in Newry successfully argued the motion “This House believes that the well-being of society would be improved by greater use of public transport” at the Northern Ireland Schools Debating Competition quarter finals this week. Translink, who is supporting this initiative through its Life’s Better campaign, is seeking to engage with the students and foster discussion and debate around the attributes of passenger transport. Phillip Woods, Translink Service Delivery Manager commented, “We are delighted to be sponsoring this debate and are encouraged to see that so many students are passionate about passenger transport and the benefits it can offer in terms of sustainability, cost savings and time. “By actively engaging with 16-18 year olds, we are encouraging young people to rethink their travel decisions and embrace the many benefits it has to offer, especially as they progress through their education and into the world or work. We would like to wish each team the very best in the competition as they debate the motion.” Shane Quinn from Belfast Buildings Trust, organisers of this competition continued, “The Northern Ireland Schools Debating Competition was founded in 1993. Over the intervening 21 years, the Competition has encouraged active civic participation and mature debate on some of the major issues facing Northern Ireland. “Encouraging young people to develop their citizenship skills is important for a confident and prosperous society. I would like to thank Translink for supporting the quarter finals of this competition and I am looking forward to seeing the schools go head to head in what is sure to be a lively and engaging debate,” she added. Students from St Colman’s College were successful in advancing to the next stage of the competition along with pupils from Belfast High School and Campbell College. Students from Dalriada School in Ballymoney will go head to head with Royal Belfast Academical Institution next week in a battle to get through to the semi-final stage of the competition. The final stage of the competition will take place in April in the Senate Chamber of Parliament Buildings at Stormont.
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