Mr. Porzadny, teacher/sensei/raconteur, reports from the frontline of the Joutes Oratoires:
Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic games, once said: “The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well.” From this standpoint one could say that St. Conleth’s achieved excellence. Yes, they fought well indeed: always with tact and great respect but with a fierce desire to stand their ground and to convince. French rethorics and French flair were part of our team’s tools to overcome the preparation and the rebuttals of the Belvedere team. However, it seems that, this time, it was not quite enough.
The jury seemed to take longer than the usual to come up with a final decision. But this is part of the game: one must stop for the other one to go on. In the end I can say that I am very proud to have coached such a devoted team. In few weeks of practice, preparation, and debates they have experienced more than a simple debating competition. Needless to say that they have grown as linguists and have improved their confidence in speaking another language. Most importantly though, they have learned what it means to take risks and to face the unknown.
Bravo Mary Rose, Francesca, Daniel and Brendan! J’espère que vous avez apprécié cette compétition et que vous continuerez à prendre du plaisir à découvrir et pratiquer notre si belle langue…