Our Lady’s High, Motherwell, and Bellshill Academy will go head to head in the opening round of Scullion LAW’s InterSchools Debating Cup.
The fifth annual running of the competition begins today (Wednesday) featuring schools from all over Lanarkshire, including two-time winner Uddingston Grammar.
The first round takes place at Scullion LAW’s headquarters in Hamilton and will see Our Lady’s supporting a motion of banning violent video games, while the Academy will argue against it.
The Grammar goes head-to head with Caldervale High, arguing against the motion that voting should be made compulsory.
Other schools taking part are defending champions St Andrew’s & St Bride’s High, John Ogilvie High School, Holy Cross High, Duncanrig Secondary, Larkhall Academy and St Margaret’s High.
The youngsters had a chance to see debating in the real world as Scullion arranged a visit to Hamilton Sheriff Court to witness a trial.
The semi-final is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12, in the Scullion boardroom and the final will be held on Wednesday, November 26, at South Lanarkshire Council’s HQ.
Nicholas Scullion, managing partner of Scullion LAW, said: “Our philosophy at Scullion LAW is Action not Words but this competition is very much Action with Words.
“The competition is now in its fifth year and it gives us great pleasure to sponsor such a worthwhile project. Witnessing young pupils develop new skills and grow in confidence is very rewarding and we are very proud of all the pupils who took part over the years and wish them the very best with their futures.
“We look forward to the first round starting and wish to thank North and South Lanarkshire Councils for their continued support and wish the schools and pupils taking part the very best of luck.”