The fifth   public speaking competition for schools in Lanarkshire, organised by the Lanarkshire Lieutenancy,   was held on 17th November  2022  at the  Hamilton Townhouse    with the following schools taking part:

Calderglen High School , EK

Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell

Strathaven  Academy


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 Ayrshire Sheriff Iona McDonald   and also included :

Reverend Jim Gibson  ;

Ashley Moon MD Hamilton Racecourse  ; and

Robert Scott HM Inspector for Fire Services in Scotland  .

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 Calderglen High School  team of :

Cerys McNab

Ella McDonald

Cameron Harkins

Chloe Anderson

D’Arcy Jenkins                              .

 Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Lady Haughey CBE said “Congratulations again to the three  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 South  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 Calderglen High School along with Lord Lieutenant Lady Haughey CBE and Deputy Lieutenant Louis Munn DL .

Posted by Gavin Whitefield