Third year for debating competition

THE annual Scullion Law debating cup will be contested next month.

Now in its third year, the competition is the biggest yet with 14 teams of two pupils from secondary schools across Lanarkshire taking part.

The young debaters will defend or oppose motions that have been agreed by a committee made up of Scullion Law staff and representative teachers from all competing schools.

The motions are sure to spark lively contest between the teenagers when they are given the floor at Scullion Law’s office in Hamilton to comment on a wide range of subjects.

From topical societal issues such as Scottish independence to everyday school issues such as the effectiveness of punishment exercises, pupils will be given a chance to research, to independently shape arguments and, latterly, to present their views to an audience of fellow pupils, teachers and the legal staff of Scullion Law.

Prior to the cup commencing, the teams from the competing schools will be given an opportunity to join Scullion Law at Hamilton Sheriff Court for an opportunity to see the court, ask questions and witness that world of debate.

Managing partner Nicholas Scullion said: “This is our third year organising the debate in conjunction with the Lanarkshire councils and we are delighted to see some new schools on board as well as returning schools, both of whom clearly see the benefits debating can instil in enthusiastic young persons. The standard the previous years has been exceptional and we would anticipate nothing less this year.”

The cup is supported by Tunnock’s and the winning pair will receive a tour of the Uddingston factory as well as an opportunity to work inside Scullion Law.