Second Public Speaking Competition

Following the   success of the  inaugural Public Speaking Competition for Schools in Lanarkshire in March 2019 the second competition  was held on 20 September 2019 at the Ravenscraig Sports facility Motherwell with the following schools taking part:

Cardinal Newman High, Bellshill

Holy Cross High. Hamilton

John Ogilvie High, Hamilton

Kilsyth Academy

The competition was in a similar format to the first event but with one very special and entertaining addition with the brass band from Larkhall Academy opening and closing proceedings. 

Three pupils from each team   spoke on the subject of ” Citizens in our Schools and Community ” and then answered questions posed by two pupils from another team .

The judging panel was chaired by Lord Frank Mulholland QC Senator of the College of Justice and also included :

Councillor Jean Jones, Provost of North Lanarkshire Council ;

Dr Peter Hughes OBE Retired Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering ; and

Lynn Wassell  Chief Executive of  Clyde Valley Housing Association .

The standards  achieved by all schools taking part were again   exceptional focussing on the importance of citizenship and the benefits of immigration to the country .  Winners of the trophy, presented by Lord Lieutenant Lady Haughey CBE were Kilsyth Academy .

Congratulations again to the four schools taking part in this second competition ,  all of the pupils participating  should be very proud of their achievements and they were certainly all a credit to their respective schools 

The following feedback from a teacher from one of the schools best captures the impact of the day  :

“My comments, for what they’re worth , are that I thoroughly enjoyed the day, the atmosphere of support and celebration and the smooth running of the event.
Our pupils really relished the opportunity to be involved in such a grand affair and my main speaker said he felt “empowered” towards the end of his speech as he stood at the lectern.
I honestly can’t think of any way in which the event could have been improved.”

Special thanks are due to North Lanarkshire Council for hosting the event , master of ceremonies Sheriff Robert Dickson DL , organiser John McKenzie DL, the judging panel  , Larkhall Academy Brass Band and  education staff who all worked so well as a team contributing to the success of the event .




Posted by Gavin Whitefield