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Catholic Schools Debate for Trinity Cup

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Notre Dame’s Principal and Dr Ann Marie Mealey from Leeds Trinity University Present the Trinity Cup to its Winners.

Teams from schools across the Leeds Diocese took part in the second annual Trinity Cup on Monday 1 July 2019.

The Trinity Cup is a philosophical debating competition held here at Notre Dame. Year 10 students took part from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, St Thomas à Becket Catholic Secondary School in Wakefield, Holy Family Catholic School in Keighley, St. John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy in Dewsbury and St John Fisher Catholic High School in Harrogate. They discussed questions such as ‘Should we all be vegan?’, ‘Is there any evidence that God exists’ and ‘Is Christmas no longer a religious festival’, finishing off with ‘Should footballers be paid more than doctors?’

Notre Dame alumna Holly Kirk, who studied A level Religious Studies with us, helped to judge the debates. Dr Ann Marie Mealey, representing our sponsor Leeds Trinity University, then awarded the winning trophy to a team from St Thomas à Becket. Our Principal Mrs Justine Barlow gave certificates of participation to all students and a trophy to each school. 

In addition, we gave a special commendation and the Stella Maris Award to one year 10 student who made an outstanding contribution and best exemplified the Catholic virtues during the course of the day.

The feedback from students and staff alike was overwhelmingly positive so we look forward to running the Trinity Cup again in 2020.