The seventh  public speaking competition for schools in Lanarkshire, organised by the Lanarkshire Lieutenancy,   was held on 26th October 2023   at The Town House , Hamilton  with the following schools taking part:

Airdrie Academy

Cathkin High School

Duncanrig Secondary  School

Taylor High School


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 former MSP Margaret Mitchell    and also included :

Barry Wood CEO – Turnkey Computer Technology Ltd   ;

Philip Grant – Recently Retired Chief Operating Officer at Lloyds Banking Group    ; and

George Waterston – Managing Partner at LBG Waterston , Architects .   .

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 Taylor High School  team of :

Carah Higgins

Anna Lafferty

Thomas Reilly

Jack Hattie

Daniel Clark

Teachers – Mrs Barton and Mrs Muir                             .

 Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Lady Haughey CBE said ” All four teams had obviously researched Citizenship extremely well and thoroughly prepared their presentations . The high standards achieved were amazing  and   all of the pupils participating  should be very proud of their contribution  and they were certainly all a credit to their respective schools .

Special thanks are due to South Lanarkshire Council for hosting the event ,organiser  Andy Braidwood DL, 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 “.

Posted by Gavin Whitefield