Heywood Community School were back defending their title in the first round of the Laois Inter-Schools Debating Competition in St Fergal’s Rathdowney on Monday, November 12.
They fought a hard battle against St Mary’s CBS Portlaoise, arguing for the motion ‘That this house would prefer a benevolent dictator to modern democracy’. As you can imagine, this was not an easy topic to address and especially to defend, but like the true competitors that they are, they took to it with gusto. All the hard work of the well-prepared Heywood students paid off as they won this opening round with excellent delivery and convincing arguments.
The Heywood team, pictured, from left, consisted of Evan Ladd (Captain), Aoibhinn O’Sullivan, Philip Walton and Rachel Rafter and were prepared by teachers Collette O’Donnell and Sinead Clifford.