‘Northern Ireland German Debate’ 2015/16

On Friday 4th December a number of Grosvenor’s A level German students made their way to Queen’s University where they participated against five other competing Grammar Schools in the ‘Northern Ireland German Debate’ 2015/16.  

As well as Grosvenor itself, the event featured Friends School Lisburn, Bangor Grammar, Campbell College, Royal School Armagh and Strathearn School. Grosvenor’s team, comprising Matthew Thomson (Upper Sixth), Emily Neill (Lower Sixth) and Michael Dunwoody (Lower Sixth), was required to argue for the motion "Technologie im Klassenzimmer ist eine Zeitverschwendung" (Technology in the classroom is a waste of time) against Friends School Lisburn.

All of the pupils in Grosvenor’s team delivered highly convincing speeches in German, which were very impressive in terms of both the complexity of the ideas expressed and the sophistication of the target language used. Unfortunately our opponents, F.S.L., who have considerable experience of the competition and who won last year, proved the better team on the day, but all of Grosvenor’s attendees at the event were extremely proud of their team's performance, given that it was the School’s first time competing.

A special word of thanks goes to Christina Paterson, Grosvenor’s German Assistant, who spent many long hours helping the Grosvenor team prepare, as well as Head of German Mrs Fiona Dorman, without whose diligent organization the trip would not have been able to take place.

Left to right: Grosvenor pupils Michael Dunwoody, Emily Neill and Matthew Thomson who represented the school at the 'Northern Ireland German Debate' 2015/16 at Q.U.B. on Friday 4th December.