Pupils talk a great game at de­bat­ing event

The Oban Times - - News -

PUPILS at Oban High School were in­volved in a de­bat­ing tour­na­ment this week in­volv­ing top­i­cal is­sues such as whether Bri­tain should re­main in or leave the Euro­pean Union.

In the end, it was a group of Diarmid girls who won the competition – Mor­ven MacFar­laneDon­ald, Sarah Car­lin and Bron­wen Davies. They ar­gued that money plays too big of a part in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics.

Os­sian and Somerled went head to head, with the for­mer ar­gu­ing the case for Bri­tain to leave the Euro­pean Union.

The panel of judges – Ar­gyll and Bute MSP Michael Rus­sell, Jim Fraser from Oban Speak­ers Club, and Frank Wal­ton and Iain MacIntyre from Oban Ro­tary Club – also chose Sarah Car­lin as the best over­all speaker, with Ross Cameron mak­ing the best con­tri­bu­tion from the floor.

Mr Rus­sell said: ‘I was re­ally im­pressed with the high qual­ity shown by the young peo­ple.

‘One of the most dif­fi­cult things to do is to stand up and talk in front of ev­ery­one you know.

‘Sarah is a nat­u­ral tal­ent and I am sure she will go on to do some­thing that uses those skills, per­haps even pol­i­tics.’

Clare Bry­den, an English teacher who helped to or­gan­ise the event, said: ‘I think it’s vi­tally im­por­tant for pupils to en­gage with what is hap­pen­ing in the world. I don’t want any of them to think that they can’t make a dif­fer­ence.

‘It opens them up to crit­i­cal thought and a real level of de­bate. This year was amaz­ing.’

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Left to right: Iain MacIntyre, Sarah Car­lin, Jim Fraser, Frank Wal­ton, Mor­ven MacFar­lane-Don­ald, Michael Rus­sell and Bron­wen Davies.

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