Our Lady’s reach debate semis

Nicholas Snr and Dorothy Scullion welcome the pupils taking part in the 5th annual Scullion Law's Interschool's Debating Cup
Nicholas Snr and Dorothy Scullion welcome the pupils taking part in the 5th annual Scullion Law's Interschool's Debating Cup
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Uddingston Grammar and Bellshill Academy fell at the first hurdle in Scullion Law’s 5th Annual Interschool’s Debating Cup, but Our Lady’s High, Motherwell, march on to the semi-final.

The competition, supported by North and South Lanarkshire Councils, kicked off at the firm’s Hamilton headquarters last week featuring 10 schools from across Lanarkshire.

The opening round saw Our Lady’s successfully argue for violent video games to be banned against Bellshill Academy.

While two-time winners Uddingston Grammar failed to persuade the house that voting should not be made compulsory as Caldervale High won the argument.

Representatives from the Glasgow University Debating Union were judging the competition alongside solicitor Emma Lawrie of Scullion LAW and director Martin Carey.

The semi-final takes place on Wednesday, November 12, when Our Lady’s will argue for a ban on designer babies with opposition provied by Holy Cross High.

The other schools in the last four are defending champions St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High and Caldervale High.

The two winners will go head-to-head in the final held at South Lanarkshire Council headquarters on Wednesday, November 26.

Nicholas Scullion snr said: “I hope as a result of this competition each pupil gradually grows in confidence within themselves and is able to form opinions of their own throughout life to benefit them in the future.

“We are incredibly proud of all the pupils who have taken part over the years.

“The standard of debating improves year upon year and that is something the schools should be proud of.

“On behalf of Scullion LAW directors Nicholas Scullion Jnr, Robert Sheridan and Martin Carey we would like to thank all the teachers, staff and pupils who make this competition possible with special thanks to both North and South Lanarkshire Council for their continued support.”