Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Voices are heard at top public speaking competition
Four Lanarkshire schools, including two from Monklands, battled it out at Hamilton Town House in a public speaking competition.
The event was organised on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, Lady Haughey, and was the third of its kind, after the competition was forced to take a year out due to the pandemic.
Taking part this year were the talented pupils from St Ambrose High in Coatbridge, Chryston High, Biggar High and St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High, East Kilbride.
They all went head to head discussing the topic of citizenship in a bid to win the coveted trophy.
Judging this year’s competition was
Lord Hugh Matthews; Lady Rita Rae QC; Hamilton Advertiser deputy editor Shirley Bartynek; Mary Mcallan, director of economic development with the Scottish Government; and Doctor Donald Reid.
The excellent event showcased the talented work being done by both pupils and teachers at all four schools but it was St Andrew’s and St Bride’s who just edged ahead with the win.
Shirley Bartynek said: “What a wonderful event and amazing to see all the children work together to produce such brilliant content and research surrounding the topic of citizenship.
“It was incredibly difficult to choose just one winner but after much deliberation it was the team from St Andrew’s and St Bride’s who took the trophy home to East Kilbride.”