School pupils talk the talk

STUDENTS from Boclair Academy, Bearsden joined more than 100 students from secondary schools from across Scotland who attended the final of the annual Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament at the Scottish Parliament recently.

The motion debated was ‘This House would make voting in elections compulsory’.

Boclair did well but were knocked out in the semi-final stage. The eventual winner was Craigmount High and the runner-up was Stewart’s Melville College, both Edinburgh.

Established in 1999, the contest is Scotland’s largest annual schools’ debating tournament and open to pupils in all Scottish secondary schools.

It is organised and run by the Law Society of Scotland and dedicated to the memory of the late First Minister Donald Dewar MSP, who died in 2000.