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Scottish students to tackle EU membership in debate tournament opening rounds

18 November 2014 | tagged News release

Pupils from schools across Scotland are getting ready to debate the pros and cons of EU membership in the opening rounds of the Law Society of Scotland’s annual debating tournament.

The Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament will see 128 teams from 97 Scottish schools put their powers of persuasion to the test when they debate the motion ‘This House believes the UK should leave the EU'. As it enters its 15th year, the competition is the biggest school debating tournament in Scotland, with 22 schools entering for the first time this year.

Heather McKendrick, Careers and Outreach Manager at the Law Society said: “It’s really encouraging to see so many schools entering teams in tournament this year and we’re delighted to have 22 schools entering for the first time. Debating can be great fun as well as helping pupils learn how to build convincing arguments and give them a voice to express their views and opinions.

“In the run up to the referendum, young people in Scotland showed great democratic awareness and interest. The motion for the opening rounds of this year’s tournament will see the students tackling the issue of EU membership and hopefully we’ll see that level of engagement continue.”

The Law Society awards the first prize of £1,000 and the top two teams will share educational books to the value of £500 donated by the event sponsor, Hodder Gibson.

The opening rounds take place on 20, 26 November and 4 December and solicitors, or those with experience of debating, can get involved if they are interested in acting as a judge at the opening and regional heats. Further information about judging in the tournament can be found at www.lawscot.org.uk/debating or contact debate@lawscot.org.uk.

The 2013/14 winners and runners up are featured in a Law Society video about the tournament which is available to watch online: www.lawscot.org.uk/debating.

All schools participating in the opening heats are listed below:

Schools from 27 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities will take part in this year’s debating tournament. Schools taking part for the first time are marked *

School

Town

Aberdeen Grammar

Aberdeen

Albyn School

Aberdeen

Arbroath High School*

Arbroath

Auchenharvie Academy

Stevenston

Balfron High School

Balfron

Banchory Academy

Banchory

Bearsden Academy

Bearsden

Beeslack High School*

Penicuik

Biggar High School*

Biggar

Blairgowrie High School*

Blairgowrie

Boclair Academy

Bearsden

Bo'ness Academy*

Bo'ness

Boroughmuir High School

Edinburgh

Braes High School

Falkirk

Breadalbane Academy

Aberfeldy

Bucksburn Academy

Aberdeen

Caldervale High School*

Airdrie

Castle Douglas High School

Castle Douglas

Clifton Hall School*

Edinburgh

Craigmount High School

Edinburgh

Craigholme School*

Glasgow

Crieff High School*

Creiff

Cumbernauld Academy*

Cumbernauld

Denny High School

Denny

Douglas Academy

Milngavie

Dumbarton Academy

Dumbarton

Dunblane High School

Dunblane

Duncanrig Secondary School

East Kilbride

Dunfermline High School

Dumfermline

Falkirk High School*

Falkirk

Fernhill School

Glasgow

Fettes College

Edinburgh

Forfar Academy

Forfar

Fraserburgh Academy*

Fraserburgh

George Heriot's School

Edinburgh

George Watson's College

Edinburgh

Glasgow Gaelic School

Glasgow

Glenalmond College

Perthshire

Grove Academy

Broughty Ferry

Hawick High School

Hawick

Hermitage Academy

Helensburgh

High School of Dundee

Dundee

Hillpark Secondary

Glasgow

Holy Cross High School

Hamilton

Hyndland Secondary*

Glasgow

James Gillespie's High School

Edinburgh

John Ogilvie High School

Blantyre

Kelvinside Academy

Glasgow

King's Park Secondary

Glasgow

Kingussie High School*

Kingussie

Kinross High School

Kinross

Kirkcudbright Academy

Kirkcudbright

Kirkwall Grammar School*

Kirkwall

Lanark Grammar School

Lanark

Lenzie Academy

Lenzie

Loudoun Academy

Galston

Lourdes Secondary

Glasgow

Madras College

St Andrews

Mallaig High*

Mallaig

Marr College

Troon

Mearns Castle High School

Glasgow

Menzieshill High School

Dundee

Merchiston Castle School

Edinburgh

Morrison's Academy

Creiff

Nairn Academy

Nairn

Our Lady and St Patrick's High   School*

Dumbarton

Our Lady's High School

Motherwell

Perth Academy

Perth

Prestwick Academy*

Troon

Robert Gordon's College

Aberdeen

Springburn Academy*

Springburn

St Columba's School

Kilmacolm

St George's School for Girls

Edinburgh

St Joseph's College

Dumfries

St Margaret's High School

Airdrie

St Margaret's School for Girls

Aberdeen

St Mary's Music School

Edinburgh

St Maurice's High School

Cumbernauld

St Peter the Apostle High School*

Clydebank

St. Andrew's and St. Bride's

East Kilbride

Stewart's Melville College

Edinburgh

Strathallan School

Perth

The Community School of Auchterarder

Auchterarder

The Glasgow Academy

Glasgow

The Gordon Schools

Huntly

The High School of Glasgow

Anniesland

The Mary Erskine School

Edinburgh

The Nicolson Institute

Stornoway

The Royal High School

Edinburgh

Thurso High School

Thurso

Uddingston Grammar School

Uddingston

Wallace High School

Stirling

Webster's High School

Kirriemuir

Wellington School

Ayr

Whitburn Academy*

Whitburn

Woodfarm High School*

Glasgow

Woodmill High School

Dumfermline

ENDS                                                                          18 November 2014

Notes to editors: Established in 1999, Scotland’s largest annual schools debating tournament is open to pupils in all Scottish secondary schools. Organised and run by the Law Society of Scotland, the tournament is dedicated to the memory of the former First Minister Donald Dewar MSP, who died in 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Sarah Sutton on 0131 476 8170 or email sarahsutton@lawscot.org.uk.

 

 

 

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