Trin­ity teenagers through to pub­lic speak­ing fi­nal

Girls talk their way through South La­nark­shire heat

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A pair of Trin­ity High teenagers showed they’ve got the gift of the gab re­cently.

S2 pupil Amy Clarke and S3 pupil Lucy Davies have reached the fi­nal of the Crown Of­fice and Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal Ser­vice pub­lic speak­ing con­test, af­ter com­ing through their south Strath­clyde heat.

The con­test was held at Calder­side Academy in Blan­tyre.

As a re­sult the duo will now progress to the fi­nal in May, where they will take on teams from Glas­gow, Dum­fries and the Strath­clyde north re­gion.

The girls gave two per­sua­sive speeches on the sub­ject of ‘What it means to be a refugee in Scot­land to­day?’ and im­pressed the pre­sid­ing judge- Mr Wil­liam Craig, as­sis­tant procu­ra­tor fis­cal of West of Scot­land.

Trin­ity English teacher Carly O’Neill helped the pupils pre­pare for their test, and was im­pressed with how they got on.

She said: I kind of or­gan­ised the girls but they’re so con­fi­dent and they re­ally en­joy pub­lic speak­ing, so they didn’t need much help.

“They did so well - they were praised by the judges for how well they did and how they spoke.

“They re­searched the is­sue them­selves and fo­cused on per­spec­tives in their speeches.

“So one speech was from the point of view of a po­ten­tial refugee com­ing to Scot­land, and the other speech was from the per­spec­tive from Scot­land cit­i­zens.

“They gath­ered sta­tis­tics and built their ar­gu­ments that way.

“Be­cause of the na­ture of the com­pe­ti­tion, with it be­ing or­gan­ised by the Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal they’ll get some ex­pe­ri­ence later watch­ing lawyers giv­ing clos­ing speeches, which will be some­thing that’ll be re­ally use­ful for them later on.”

The com­pe­ti­tion aims to en­gage pupils in dis­cus­sion and de­bate on im­por­tant is­sues such as di­ver­sity and equal­ity.

Speak­ing Up Amy Clarke (left) and pupil Lucy Davies, flanked by English teacher Carly O’Neill and head teacher Peter Bollen, are through to the fi­nal

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