The fourth  public speaking competition for schools in Lanarkshire, organised by the Lanarkshire Lieutenancy,   was held on 19th May 2022  at the  Motherwell Concert Hall   with the following schools taking part:

Calderside Academy

Clyde Valley High School

Cumbernauld Academy

Hamilton Grammar

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

The judging panel was chaired by the Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire Jill Young MBE  and also included :

Aisha Y Anwar – Sheriff Principal ;

Alan Wiseman – Former Chairman of Wiseman Dairies PLC ; and

Dr William Young  MB CH.B MRC. GP .

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 the Cumbernauld Academy team of Daniel Inverarity, Jack Ganner, Alexis Qasim, Jack Quigley and Rhys Byrne  .

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

” I  can vouch that our students, both participants and supporters, learned so much about Citizenship and public speaking, from the whole process. They also thoroughly enjoyed the day and I know that they will carry fond memories of it far into their futures.”

 Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Lady Haughey CBE said “Congratulations again to the four schools taking part in this  competition ,  all of the pupils participating  should be very proud of their achievements and they were certainly all a credit to their respective schools .

Special thanks are due to North Lanarkshire Council for hosting the event , master of ceremonies Sheriff Robert Dickson DL and  John McKenzie DL  who has been the driving force behind this initiative and ensured it’s continuing growth and success  , the judging panel   and  education staff who all worked so well as a team contributing to the success of the event “.

The winning team from Cumbernauld Academy .

Lord Lieutenant Lady Haughey CBE .

  All photographs  courtesy of Stuart Vance Reachplc .



Posted by Gavin Whitefield