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Posted on 01st April 2019 | AwardsGeneralNews

Following the success of the first year of the cross-phase literacy project, the English Department was pleased to work with partner primary schools for a second year.  

This year, the focus was on developing pupils’ oracy skills and their understanding of the spoken word.  It was a delight to welcome Derrychrin Primary School, Ballinderry and New Row Primary School, Castledawson to St. Mary’s for a ‘Day for Debating’ on Monday 1 April 2019.  

With no time to be ‘April Fools’, the Primary Seven pupils immersed themselves into the heated debates, asking and responding to some very challenging questions.  In the final debate between Team One (Derrychrin) and Team Two (New Row), pupils were asked to discuss the following motion: ‘This house declares that people who don’t sort their rubbish for recycling should be charged.’  This topic certainly tested both teams as they debunked some very controversial myths surrounding this issue.  Derrychrin Primary School, Ballinderry emerged as the victors in this verbal duel, but we look forward to welcoming both primary schools back for a rematch in 2020.  

We extend our thanks to Mr Mark O’ Neill and Miss Catherine Walls for preparing their pupils so diligently for this event.

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