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Scullion LAW Interschool’s Debating Cup Final 2018


‘This House Believes That Technology Makes Us Feel More Alone’


Holy Cross High School

Niamh Gallagher &

Marie-Therese Kerr


Hamilton Grammar

Amy Gordon

Katy Anderson


Scullion LAW were proud to host the 9th Interschool’s Debating Cup at the South Lanarkshire Council HQ on 4 December. The Final was between Holy Cross and Hamilton Grammar. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part and made the event a success. We look forward to hosting this again next year to celebrate our tenth year of the Debating Cup.

Nicholas Scullion Managing Partner of Scullion LAW quotes ‘The Debating Cup Final was a great success… and we were delighted that it was so well attended with up to 50 people from across Lanarkshire including the Provost of South Lanarkshire, Margaret Mitchell MSP, Ian Leitch CBE, and 10 members of the South Lanarkshire Council Education Resource Department. We would like to thank the local businesses who also supported the event including Fergus Loudon of Tunnock’s, Ann Doyle and team from Hamilton Park and Jennifer from Equi’s Hamilton, thank you for providing prizes and words of encouragement to the pupils. Everyone who took part should be extremely proud of themselves and congratulations to the winners Holy Cross. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year’. 

Judge Alexander Fraser, Schools’ Convener. Glasgow University Union quoted, “I would like to congratulate both teams from Hamilton Grammar and Holy Cross for what was a thoroughly enjoyable and high-quality final. The quality of debate throughout all rounds of the tournament has been exemplary and this was fully reflected in the debate that was had in the final.

Both teams were given full consideration and it was by the narrowest of margins that we gave the win to Holy Cross High School. There were a couple of reasons for this but the most important one to note was Holy Cross’ analysis as to why even if more interactions are taking place as a result of technology, these interactions are of poorer quality than if interactions take place in the real world and make people feel more alone. Whilst Hamilton Grammar did bring good material to the debate as to why people are less ‘physically’ alone as a result of technology such as mobility scooters for the elderly and disabled, it was not explained why the interactions these people can now have are positive and why they ‘feel’ less lonely which is the core of the motion.

Congratulations again to Holy Cross and to all other teams who participated so well in the tournament. It is great to see so many young people getting involved in an activity which really does teach great life skills. My personal thanks as well to all at Scullion Law and others who helped to organise such a well-run competition and I look forward to seeing next year’s competition”.

Provost of South Lanarkshire Ian McAllan, who was in attendance and gave words of encouragement to all pupils on the night said: “I was delighted to be in attendance at the Scullion Law debating competition and the standard of the teams competing was absolutely first-class. Huge congratulations to Holy Cross High School who won this year’s event and a very well done to the runners-up, Hamilton Grammar. All the young people who were involved should be very proud of their efforts and Scullion LAW should also be commended for the time and effort they put in to organising and supporting the competition.”

Margaret Mitchell MSP who sat on the judging panel quotes ‘The annual Scullion LAW Interschool’s Debate is now in its 9th year of providing an excellent opportunity for local school pupils throughout Lanarkshire to participate and to compete in trying to persuade the audience to support their arguments.

It helps the pupils to analyse not just their own opinions but their opponents too which will prove a useful transferable skill in the workplace and for life beyond the school gates.

Congratulations to all the schools which took part as the pupils presented themselves and their arguments in an outstanding manner.

The final debate between Holy Cross and Hamilton Grammar was excellent but unfortunately there can only be one winner so congratulations to the successful Holy Cross team”.

Margaret Mitchell MSP pushed for a motion through the Scottish Parliament as follows ‘“That the parliament congratulates the team from Holy Cross School in Hamilton for winning the 9th Annual Scullion LAW Debating final, proposing the motion ‘The use of technology makes us feel more alone’; also congratulates the runners up Hamilton Grammar for their sterling performance; notes that the judges highlighted the difficulty in coming to a decision considering the high calibre of those involved; welcomes Tunnock’s of Uddingston’s kind donation of luxury hampers as a prize for the winners; and finally thanks Scullion LAW for providing young people in local Lanarkshire schools with the opportunity to take part in its annual debating competition and looks forward to next year’s 10th anniversary.”

Tracey McDermott, Education Resources from South Lanarkshire Council comments ‘South Lanarkshire Council are delighted to work collaboratively with Scullion Law to ensure our pupils continue to have access to opportunities to further develop their debating skills. Meaningful collaboration between education and employers is at the heart of Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce and this long standing partnership offers our pupils the chance to develop skills not just for their learning but for work and life too. It is a pleasure to host this event which really showcases the wealth of talent in South Lanarkshire schools.”

Local businesses supported the event as well.

Ann Doyle from Hamilton Park Racecourse quotes ‘We are delighted to invite all of the pupils who took part in the 2018 Scullion LAW Interschool’s Debating Cup to an exclusive VIP behind the scenes tour of Hamilton Park. The tour includes visits to the Weighing Room, Pre-Parade Ring, Saddling area & Parade Ring. In each area our staff will explain what is going on and who everyone is. The pupils will also find out what to look for in a horse, how the day operates, where the Judge works from, The basic rules of the sport etc’ Diana McLeish Head of Marketing Scullion LAW quotes ‘Thank you to all the local businesses who supported the annual debating cup with special mention to Tunnocks, Hamilton Park and Equi’s Hamilton’.

Equi’s Hamilton provided two free tubs of 500 ml ice cream to every pupil who took part along with words of encouragement.

Tunnock’s provided hampers for all the finalists and judges, they have supported the event for the last 9 years and we are very proud of our association. Fergus Loudon was in attendance and expressed how ‘impressed he was at the level of debating from both schools’

Mrs Scullion comments ‘The standard of debate from both schools was so impressive, both teams were very well prepared and each pupil should be exceptionally proud at how far they have come in the competition. We are proud this has been running for 9 successful years. I believe this was definitely the best year yet. The topic was very interesting and relevant. Well done to everyone who took part.

We at Scullion LAW would like to thank the pupils, teachers and families from the participating schools mentioned below and we encourage more pupils and schools from across North and South Lanarkshire to enter next year. If you would like more information email

Holy Cross High

Hamilton Grammar

Duncanrig Secondary

St Andrews & St Brides High

Uddingston Grammar

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