Portobello High School Win Public Speaking Competition

The final of the Edinburgh Schools Public Speaking Competition took place last night at Broughton High School, Edinburgh.


Organized by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, this is the first time that the competition has run in Edinburgh, after a successful pilot in Glasgow last year.


The major aim of this years’ competition has been to encourage young people from across the Edinburgh to discuss and debate real issues that affect them and their peers.


The topic last night was “Social Networking Sites and Diversity; Friends or Foes?” and resulted in Portobello High School securing a well-deserved win against strong competition from Royal High School and Boroughmuir High School.


The competition involved nine Edinburgh schools over five weeks and featured over 30 pupils. It is part of the prosecution service’s ongoing commitment to engage the communities of Edinburgh in discussion and debate on important issues such as diversity and equality.


After presenting the trophy to the winners the Solicitor General, Lesley Thomson QC, said:


“I am delighted that this year the competition has expanded to include pupils from Edinburgh. It is a project that we will continue to support and organise in years to come, both in Edinburgh and in other towns and cities throughout Scotland.


“The competition has been a fantastic opportunity for pupils to hone their public speaking skills, and to consider and discuss serious issues that impact on young people in Edinburgh today.


“The pupils that took part have been a credit to their schools, and all should be very proud of their achievements.”