07 Nov 2018
Five county schools gathered in the boardroom of Scullion LAW HQ in Hamilton last week to kick start the launch of the 2018 annual Interschool’s Debating Cup which has been running successfully since 2010.
Reigning champions Duncanrig Secondary and pupils from Holy Cross, Uddingston Grammar and Hamilton Grammar met to debate topics on ‘ Nuclear Energy’ to the ‘distribution of Music on the Internet’ to ‘media reporting on the private lives of public figures’.
Nicholas Scullion Managing Partner of Scullion LAW quotes ‘We are proud as a local firm to launch the 9th successful Interschool’s Debating Cup. The standard of debate amongst all the pupils from across Lanarkshire was very high. We have a lot of talented individuals in our community and it is our pleasure as a local business to provide them with a platform to shine. We hope that it inspires others to sign up in 2019 which will be our tenth year. We are always impressed, year after year at the effort put in by the pupils, teachers and families. We know it takes a lot of commitment but it is so rewarding as it is a joy to watch the pupils grow in confidence and make friends along the way. Just by listening you can learn a lot which is very encouraging. It is always such a pleasure to welcome the teachers, pupils and families into our office. Many pupils have gone on to University to study law or English. Some have come back to Scullion LAW for work experience and we are always happy to keep our doors open. We hope this competition leaves a positive lasting impression on the lives of everyone who takes part. You should all be very proud of yourselves and everything you have achieved so far. Well done. I look forward to the semi-final later this month’.
Pupils Harry Mackle and Harrison Carroll from St Andrews & St Brides High debated against pupils Katy Anderson and Amy Gordon from Hamilton Grammar on the topic ‘This House Believes That The Media Should Not Report on the Private Lives of Public Figures’. St Andrews & St Brides were FOR this motion and Hamilton Grammar were against.
Despite a very interesting discussion with lots of valid points, interesting examples and topics raised, it was Hamilton Grammar who made it into the semi-final. We at Scullion LAW would like to thank the pupils from St Andrews and St Brides for taking part and we encourage you to enter again next year as we were all very impressed with your input and would like to invite you all to come along to the Final to support and encourage the other pupils.
Larkhall Academy sadly pulled out at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances. They were scheduled to debate against Holy Cross which meant pupils Niamh Gallagher and Marie Therese Kerr spoke against representative from the Glasgow University Debating Union to debate FOR the motion ‘This House Would Abandon Nuclear Energy’. Everyone was very impressed at how well prepared and confident the speakers were , they are through to the semi-final which takes place 14 November (Boardroom of Scullion LAW HQ, Hamilton) and fully deserving of their place.
Duncanrig Secondary pupils Abby Cassidy and Emma Carfrae debated FOR the motion ‘This House Would Allow Free Distribution Of Music on the Internet’ against pupils Eilidg Strang and Olivia Wilson from Uddingston Grammar. Again the standard of debate was very impressive and both teams are fully deserving of a place in the semi-final.
Gordon Lennox, Associate Director and Head of Private Client Department at Scullion LAW was judging the first round with a member of the Glasgow University Union. Gordon quotes “I was very impressed by the calibre of the students and their speaking. They had clearly done their research and presented well thought out logical arguments in respect of each topic. They were all a credit to their respective schools”
Final will be taking place at South Lanarkshire Council HQ Tuesday 4 December, 5.45pm – 8pm. Provost Ian McAllan will attend as shall Margaret Mitchell MSP who is judging alongside Ian Leitch CBE and a member of Glasgow Uni. The event is kindly being supported by Fergus and Karen Loudon of Tunnock’s. The event is heavily supported by South Lanarkshire Council, head teachers, families and members of the education unit.