Trinity teenagers through to public speaking final
Girls talk their way through South Lanarkshire heat
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