Competitive debating and public speaking are among the ways we
encourage higher order thinking skills and the development of self-confidence
and self-expression. Girls learn to construct and deconstruct arguments,
thinking on their feet and pitting their wits against each other and pupils
from other schools. The debating president and her team run a weekly club for
seniors on Fridays and for juniors on Mondays.
Annually, we enter external competitions including the North of
Scotland Schools competitions (finalists in the debating last year, and finalists
in the public speaking) and Debater Trophy, a local competition for novices,
which we won this year. We regularly participate in the Oxford and Cambridge Union debating days. This session we again entered the Law Society debating
competition for seniors and reached round 2. We entered the ESU Speakers’ Corner for young public speakers this year and reached the final. For the first
time we held an inter-House debating competition and were impressed by the
calibre and the panache of the entrants.
A popular spin-off of these activities over recent years has
been our burgeoning enthusiasm for Model United Nations. We run mini
conferences after school on Fridays at regular intervals and have attended day
conferences at other schools. We have run our very own MEG’s MUN day conferences,
designed and organised from beginning to end by the girls themselves. Several
other local schools took part in these. Every March we have participated in the
international MUN Conference run by George Watson’s College. In March 2017,
representing Ukraine, our team of thirteen was awarded the trophy for Best
Delegation for the third year running. Next year, we have plans to expand our
horizons with other MUN destinations.
The week before the Watson’s conference, a team of eight also took part in the
east Scotland round of the European Youth Parliament. This was the second time
we had participated and, once again, we were delighted to win a place in the
national final at Liverpool Hope University in September 2017. From that final
the girls will have a chance to be selected to represent Britain in the
Anyone can become a debater. No matter how shy and nervous at the outset, we
encourage our girls to step out of their comfort zone and develop their
communication and presentation skills, in a friendly and supportive
Contact us for more information about our debating clubs.