As part of a pilot virtual international debating competition, the Mock Court programme will continue to challenge pupils with controversial debate topics. 

Senior School pupils participated in lectures led by passionate speakers from opposing sides of the debates. Pulling in a wide range of experience, the speakers come from professional specialisms in the fields of law, government, business, science and pressure groups. 

Two debating competitions form part of the project. The first, “Should we rid the world of plastics?” took place on Monday 12 April where S4 pupils David L, Angela M, Saba S were joined by Kimberley S (S3) and Anish S (S5) to debate with other school groups on the topic. 

Following the first competition, the team came third out of 30 teams and the five pupils all came in the top 50 of the 150 pupils that took part in the competition. 

Commenting on the programme, Mrs McAvinue said: “This type of activity provides the chance for our pupils to engage with individuals of different backgrounds, cultures and values from across the world; as well as using their skills which have been enhanced and developed during virtual debating during online learning."

Pupils are looking forward to the second debate, “Judiciary should be independent of Government” on 3rd May. 

In addition to his involvement in Mock Court, Anish S took part in the virtual St Andrews’ Schools Debating competition.  In an unplanned development, Anish ended up as a one-man team, taking on schools from around the country solely and fulfilling two speaker roles in each round throughout the day. He acquitted himself extremely well and was a great credit to the College.

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