Lanarkshire pupils out to prove they’re all talk

Scullion Law accompanied competing pupils, including those from Cardinal Newman High and Larkhall Academy, on a visit to Hamilton Sheriff Court.

Scullion Law accompanied competing pupils, including those from Cardinal Newman High and Larkhall Academy, on a visit to Hamilton Sheriff Court.

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Pupils from across both North and South Lanarkshire are once again readying themselves to compete in the annual Scullion LAW debating cup.

The debating cup gives pupils a chance to research a topic, shape an argument and present their views to an audience of fellow pupils, teachers and the legal staff of Scullion LAW.

In total 12 Lanarkshire schools are entering teams of two, earnestly defending and opposing motions that have been agreed by a committee of Scullion Law staff, North and South Lanarkshire Council representatives and teachers.

The first round sees 2011 and 2012 winners Uddingston Grammar start the defence of their title against debutants Cardinal Newman High.

The Bellshill pupils will argue school dinners should be free to all primary and secondary school pupils, while the champions will speak out against the motion.

In other ties Taylor High will argue against Larkhall Academy’s motion that prisoners should be allowed to vote, while Our Lady’s High pupils say random drug testing should be introduced in schools, up against Abronhill High.

Scullion LAW managing partner Nicholas Scullion said: “In conjunction with the Lanarkshire councils we’re delighted to host the cup again and encouraged to see new schools participating, Cardinal Newman High, as well as returning schools, all of whom clearly see the benefits debating can instil in enthusiastic young persons.”

“We believe the competition nurtures the talent of young people and know that pupils have found the experience useful for building their confidence, developing their skills and enriching their CV.”

The first round begins on Wednesday.