Last night’s final of the National Schools Public Speaking Competition, organised by COPFS, resulted in Castle Douglas High School's securing a victory over competitors from Robert Gordon’s College and Glasgow Gaelic School. The competition originated in Glasgow in 2012 and has quickly grown to be a national event and part of COPFS’s ongoing strategy aimed at improving understanding of equality and diversity issues.
This year’s competition included entrants from 74 schools across Scotland, has run for five months and featured nearly 200 pupils. It plays its part in allowing us to reach out to communities of Scotland and engage them in discussion and debate on important issues.
Presenting the trophy to the winners the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC said:
“This competition has given young people across Scotland an opportunity to reflect on what equality and diversity mean for them, to gain experience in public speaking, and I hope, to have fun.
“The standard of the speakers has been exceptionally high. It is an inspiration to see young people speaking on important issues with confidence, passion, knowledge and maturity. All of the pupils and teachers who have taken part in the competition can be proud of their school’s achievements.”
Speaking of their victory, Castle Douglas High School's Acting Head Teacher, Mr Philip Oswald, said he was enormously proud of the School's achievement and praised the many hours of hard work which had been put in by the competitors, reserves and Staff as the team progressed through the various rounds.
"As a school our job is to bring out the very best in all our young people," he commented.
"Competitions like this do a great job in stretching our pupils and providing them with high level skills they will carry with them for the rest of their lives."