Semi-finalists announced for the Loganair Secondary Gaelic Debating Competition.
Pupils from across Scotland took to the skies this week to make their way to Stornoway for the preliminary rounds of the Loganair Secondary Gaelic Debating competition. The Town Hall in Stornoway was the setting for the first and second rounds of the prestigious competition which made a welcome return after a three year hiatus. The judges; Agnes Rennie, Joy Dunlop and Angus MacLennan, certainly had their work cut out whittling twenty teams down to four. The four teams who have reached the semi-final stages of this year’s competition are Portree High School. Glasgow Gaelic School, The Nicolson Institute A and Sir E Scott A.
The first semi-final draw will see The Nicolson Institute A against Portree High School. In the second semi-final, Sir E Scott A pupils will be debating against Glasgow Gaelic School.
The semi-finals will be held in the MacDonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh on Tuesday the 29th November 2022. The Final will be held the following evening in the Scottish Parliament and will be broadcasted live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.
Luke Lovegrove, Chief Commercial Officer, Loganair, said: “It was a pleasure to fly pupils to Stornoway as the Loganair National Gaelic Schools Debate makes a welcome return as a full-scale event. We’re proud to be supporting this initiative and the important contribution it makes to Gaelic language learning.”
Commenting on the two days of competitions, judge Joy Dunlop, added: “On behalf of the judges I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teams who took part in the debates over the last two days. It was apparent that a huge amount of preparatory work had taken place and all competitors are to be commended for the excellent entertainment and thought provoking debates they showcased. It was never going to be an easy decision for us to reach but we hope that each and every one of the competitors will have gained valuable lifelong skills by taking part and hope to see many return again for future Deasbads”