Media Release: Final 16 in Donald Dewar schools debating tournament

DEBATING teams from 16 Scottish schools have made it through to the semi-finals of the Law Society of Scotland’s Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

Just four of the teams taking part in the semi-final debates in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Falkirk and Glasgow will go through to the final in June.

Heather McPhee, development officer in the Society’s education and training department, said: “The semi-finals are very tricky as the teams are only presented with the motion they are to debate that day so have very little time to prepare their arguments – it really tests their skills as debaters.”

The annual competition, which is now the biggest schools’ debating tournament in Scotland, is sponsored by Simpson and Marwick solicitors and Hodder Gibson publishers, and each year invites pupils from schools across Scotland to pit their wits and powers of persuasion against each other.

This year, the competition is partnered by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.


Note to editors

The schools taking part in the semi-finals of the tournament are listed below – the host school is indicated.

8 March (Falkirk)

Braes High School (HOST SCHOOL)

Balfron High School

Abronhill High School

Edinburgh Academy

10 March (Glasgow)

Glasgow Academy (HOST SCHOOL)

All Saints’ RC Secondary School

Marr College

Kirkcudbright Academy

15 March (Aberdeen)

Robert Gordon’s College (HOST SCHOOL)

Nairn Academy

Glenalmond College

Madras College

17 March (Edinburgh)

Craigmount High School (HOST SCHOOL)

Dunfermline High School

George Heriot’s School

Stewart’s Melville College

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