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The fourteenth BT Scotland National Schools Gaelic Debate will take place in Stornoway next week.  The first two rounds will be held in An Lanntair Arts Centre on Wednesday and Thursday the 7th and 8th of November 2012.  The annual event will bring together twenty-two debating teams from nineteen schools from across Scotland, making it the biggest entry to date.

The format for the preliminary rounds in Stornoway will consist of the eleven winning teams from the first round of debates (Wednesday afternoon and evening) along with one other team deemed worthy of a place in the next round by the adjudicators. These teams will all debate the same topic in Round Two (Thursday afternoon).   The four teams with the highest points from this second afternoon will progress to the semi-final stages in Edinburgh.   Members of the public are warmly invited to attend these debates. 

The final four schools will compete in the semi-finals which will be held in the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh on Tuesday 27th of November 2012.  The Final of the BT Alba Debate will once again be held in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood the following evening, Wednesday the 28th of November.

Returning to the judging panel for the second year are Rachel MacPherson and Jo MacDonald.  Rachel recently retired as Deputy Head at GlasgowGaelicSchool and Jo continues to be a familiar voice on Radio nan Gàidheal and was an Editor at BBC Craoladh nan Gàidheal for many years.  Joining them this year is John Morrison, a former BBC news correspondent, who now runs his own company, Morrison Media Solutions.  Commenting ahead of the 2012 Debate, Jo said:

“I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to listen to young people from all over the country debating on a wide range of topics and it is a thoroughly enjoyable and heartening experience.  They are fluent, sharp-witted and so at ease at presenting their debates.  I would strongly encourage the public to attend the debates at An Lanntair if they have the opportunity”.

The 2012 Debate commences at 1.00pm on Wednesday the 7th and continues at 6.30pm.  The second round will take place on Thursday the 8th at 2.00pm.  Further information on the BT 2012 Debate can be found on the Debate’s website at  

Notes to Editors:

  • The Management Committee would like to thank BT Scotland, the main sponsors, for their continued support of the Debate.
  • Additional assistance for the BT Scotland Debate 2012 has come from Comunn na Gàidhlig, the BBC, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, MG ALBA, Pròiseact nan Ealan and the Management Review Group for Gaelic. 


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