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Local pupils storm through to debating tournament next round

11 December 2014 | tagged News release

Local school pupils successfully debated the pros and cons of EU membership to win through to the next stage of the Law Society of Scotland’s national debating tournament.

A total of 64 teams from schools across Scotland are now preparing to take part in the second round heats of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament after debating the motion ‘This House believes the UK should leave the EU’.

The opening rounds of the tournament saw 128 teams from 97 Scottish schools putting their powers of persuasion to the test in the biggest schools debating tournament in Scotland.

Heather McKendrick, Careers and Outreach Manager at the Law Society, said: “We’ve had an excellent start to this year’s Donald Dewar Debating Tournament and it’s great to see 11 of the schools taking part in the competition for the first time winning through to the next round.

“Many schools now have debating clubs and they really encourage pupils to learn how to build convincing arguments and give them a voice to express their views and opinions. Debating is a great skill to have and it’s been really encouraging to see so many schools entering teams in tournament this year.”

Second round heats will take place in January and the semi-finals will be held in early spring before the grand final in June.

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

Solicitors, or those with experience of debating, can get involved if they are interested in acting as a judge at the second round heats which take place on 20 and 29 January. Further information about judging in the tournament can be found at www.lawscot.org.uk/debating or contact debate@lawscot.org.uk.

 

All schools through to round 2 are listed below:

64 of the original 128 teams have qualified for the second round heats. Schools taking part for the first time are marked *

Name of School

Town

Aberdeen Grammar

Aberdeen

Balfron High School

Balfron

Banchory Academy

Banchory

Bearsden Academy

Bearsden

Bearsden Academy

Bearsden

Blairgowrie High School*

Blairgowrie

Boclair Academy

Bearsden

Boroughmuir High school

Edinburgh

Boroughmuir High school

Edinburgh

Braes High School

Falkirk

Braes High School

Falkirk

Bucksburn Academy

Aberdeen

Caldervale High School*

Airdrie

Clifton Hall school*

Edinburgh

Craigmount High School

Edinburgh

Craigmount High School

Edinburgh

Douglas Academy

Milngavie

Douglas Academy

Milngavie

Dumbarton Academy

Dumbarton

Dunblane High School

Dunblane

Dunfermline High School

Dumfermline

Falkirk High School *

Falkirk

Glenalmond College

Perthshire

Grove Academy

Broughty Ferry

Hawick High School

Hawick

High School of Dundee

Dundee

Hillpark Secondary

Glasgow

Holy Cross High School

Hamilton

Hyndland Secondary*

Glasgow

Kingussie High School*

Kingussie

Kinross High School

Kinross

Kirkcudbright Academy

Kirkcudbright

Lanark Grammar School

Lanark

Lenzie Academy

Lenzie

Madras College

St Andrews

Menzieshill High School

Dundee

Merchiston Castle School

Edinburgh

Morrison's Academy

Creiff

Nairn Academy

Nairn

Our Lady's High School

Motherwell

Perth Academy

Perth

Prestwick Academy*

Prestwick

Robert Gordon's College

Aberdeen

Robert Gordon's College

Aberdeen

Springburn Academy*

Springburn

St Aloysius' College

Glasgow

St Columba's School

Kilmacolm

St Columba's School

Kilmacolm

St George's School for Girls

Edinburgh

St Joseph's College

Dumfries

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 Glasgow Academy

Glasgow

The Mary Erskine School

Edinburgh

Thurso High School

Thurso

Uddingston Grammar School

Uddingston

Wellington School

Ayr

Whitburn Academy*

Whitburn

Woodmill High School*

Dumfermline

ENDS                                                                          11 December 2014

Notes to editors: Established in 1999 and now in its 15th year, the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament is Scotland’s largest annual schools debating tournament and 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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