Posts Tagged ‘debating’

COPFS Debate

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Congratulations (again!) to Rosie Gittings (3T2) and Bethany Morris (2L1) who won last night’s semi final of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Debate against Gordonstoun. Depute Procurator Fiscal Geoffrey Main presided over events as Chair and Head of the Judges. The topic was “Not a Child, Not a Grown Up; When Should the Law Treat Young People as Adults?”

 

 

Inverness Music Festival Success

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Congratulations to Bethany Morris 2L, Katie Gillies 2L and Catriona Garvie 2S who won the S1-S3 Public Speaking on their topic of “Why I wouldn’t want to be a billionaire” at the recent Speaking rounds at the Inverness Music Festival.

Also commended were Amma Crombie 3L, Archie Gray 3L and Rachel Gillies 3L who were the runners up with their topic being “That Disney is for all ages”. There were four teams competing in their category.

by Katie Stark, House Captain, Kishorn

Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Debate

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Congratulations to Rosie Gittings (3T2) and Bethany Morris (2L1). Last week the girls saw off two separate teams from Gordonstoun School in the second round of the prestigious Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Debate. Procurator Fiscal Andrew Laing was one of the presiding judges.

The girls are through to the next round on 13 March. The national final, later this year, will be held in Parliament House.

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

Donald Dewar Debate

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Last Tuesday evening saw Samantha Cochrane (5T) and Morvern Carmichael (5S), alongside three other Highland schools, take part in the second round of the Donald Dewar Debating competition at Glenurquhart High School.

A strong team from Thurso High were victorious and went through to the next round. Samantha and Morvern debated well on a difficult topic – speaking passionately and creatively – particularly at a busy time in their school year.

There is a full schedule of debating events coming up in the months ahead and we are all looking forward to the next competition.

Special thanks are due to Jemimah Morris (6L) for preparing and practicing as an alternate.

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

North of Scotland Schools Debating Final

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Charleston Academy had the honour of hosting the 24th Final of the North of Scotland Schools Debating Competition on Friday evening. This prestigious debating competition has been running since 1993 and is sponsored by Norwell who fund transport costs for students and staff during the heats and the costs of the final. All the schools taking part are indebted to Norwell for their support of this competition.

On Friday, six teams debated to win the prestigious John Alan Cameron Quaich. The Motion was “This House Believes the USA is still Awesome”.

While the judges thought the teams might have used more humour, the standard of debating was very high. Winners this year were John Bonsall and Matthew Angell from Forres Academy. However Charleston were runners up in a very close competition with Jemimah Morris (6L) and Katie Stark (6K) receiving the runners up Salver.

The other schools who reached the final this year were Glenurquhart High School, St Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen, Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen and Nairn Academy.

The Chair of the Debate was Calum MacSween, former HT at Charleston Academy and latterly Head of Education at Highland Council.

The Presiding Judge was Laurence Findlay, Corporate Director of Education and Social Care at Moray Council. Other judges were Dr Nanette Milne (former Conservative MSP for North-East Scotland); Mr Lewis Keller, Miss Jayne Stuart and Mrs Kate Imlah.

Afterwards Charleston Academy hosted a fabulous cheese and wine (for adults!) and buffet reception. Well done to Ms Pam Carmichael, Mr Neil MacGregor and Dr Greg Cambell who organised the debate and reception at Charleston Academy. It was fantastic to see a large turnout of supporters and guests who witnessed a very high standard of topical debating.

Prizes were presented by local Highland Councillor Graham Ross who said afterwards:

“The standard of the debate was absolutely first class and hotly contested by all the speakers. The topic was “This House thinks that the USA is awesome.” What was awesome were the young students who were cool, calm and composed as they delivered their arguments for and against the motion.
Congratulations to Forres Academy who were overall winners with Charleston Academy coming in runners up.
One thing is for sure after witnessing this event……the future is very bright!”

“… … Ban All Referendums”

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Thursday evening saw eight debaters clash at Charleston Academy in the first round of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament.

Two teams from Charleston Academy proposed the motion This House Would Ban All Referendums and they were opposed by two teams from Thurso High School.

Following two intense exchanges, and two fascinating accompanying floor debates, Morvern Carmichael (5S2) and Samantha Cochrane (5T) progressed through to the second round. Cameron Cochrane (4T2) and Rosie Gittings (3T2) were unfortunately defeated by a narrow margin but gained valuable experience. All spoke well, communicating quickly and clearly on a complex topic, and were a credit to the English department and the school.

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1) participated in the floor debate and was selected by organisers the Law Society of Scotland as providing the best audience question. She will receive a book token and offers a bright hope for future debating success.

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1)

Abigaile Roebuck (1L1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done all and good luck to our girls for the second round!

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

NOSS Debating Finals

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The Final of the North of Scotland Schools annual debating competition takes place at Charleston Academy on Friday 25 November in the School Hall. All Welcome.
Motion: This House Believes the USA is still Awesome.

Good Luck to Jemimah Morris and Katie Stark.

Donald Dewar Debate

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This House Would Ban All Referendums

The first round of the Donald Dewar Speaking Competition takes place At Charleston Academy this evening. We have two teams entered in this new speaking competition. Good Luck to Cameron Cochrane and Rosie Gittings and also Morvern Carmichael and Samantha Cochrane.

The motion for the round tonight is “This House Would Ban All Referendums”. Best Wishes.

North of Scotland Schools Public Speaking

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Congratulations are due to three pupils who competed in the first round of the North of Scotland Senior Public Speaking competition at Nairn Academy on Wednesday the 25th of September.

Robert Thorne (4S), Cameron Cochrane (4T2) and Stuart Hamilton (4T2) were successful (along with pupils from Millburn Academy) in making it through to the finals of this prestigious event, which will be held in Aberdeen next March.

They will compete against the other preliminary winners – St. Margaret’s School for Girls and Robert Gordon’s College – for the overall title.

Well done and good luck for the future!

Dr Greg Campbell, English Department

More Debating Success for Charleston Academy Students

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Our debaters have had a number of successes over the last few weeks.

Our team reached the 2015 NOSS final which was held at St. Margret’s School in Aberdeen.

Two of our teams have also reached the second round of the prestigious Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Competition which is organised by The Law Society of Scotland.

As this is our first time of entering this competition, the teams did a great job in the first rounds against tough competition from Gordonstoun, The Nicolson Institute, Invergordon Academy and Nairn Academy. Well done to Morvern, Samantha, Andrew and Katie.

Ms Kay Storey, English Department