Highland Pupil is Best Debater at National Gaelic Schools Debate

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday December 1 2017

Pictured: Councillor Biz Campbell with Clare Frances MacNeil and Iain Gillies from Lochaber High School.

A Lochaber High School pupil was the best debater at the final of the 2017 National Gaelic Schools Debate which took place at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 29 November.

A very lively debate was heard with Clare Frances MacNeil and Iain Gillies from Lochaber High School going up against John Alasdair Bain and Calum Maclennan from The Nicolson Institute in Stornoway.

Clare and Iain from Lochaber High School eventually came second and the trophy goes to Stornoway this year.

Clare Frances MacNeil was presented with the best debater award by Marion MacKinnon from the BBC’s Gaelic team.

Organisations who helped to fund and support this year’s Debate - The Scottish Government, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Skills Development Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Glasgow City Council, Comunn na Gàidhlig and The Highland Council.

Councillor Alister Mackinnon Chair of The Highland Council’s Gaelic Strategy and Implementation Group said:

“I am delighted that so many schools within the Highland Council area took part in the National Gaelic Debate.

“I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Claire Frances MacNeil on receiving the award for Best Debater.”

He continued:

“Both Iain Gillies and Claire Frances were excellent.

“The Debate provides a national platform for young people to use their linguistic skills outwith the formal class room environment, this is hugely important as the young people are taking part in a modern and contemporary event and meeting pupils from schools across Scotland.”

Councillor Biz Campbell attended the debate at the Scottish Parliament and is pictured with Clare Frances MacNeil and Iain Gillies from Lochaber High School.



More From Highland Times

Latest News Live

Is Ruth Davidsons Authority Ebbing Away?

Ruth Davidson (pictured) is humiliated as Extreme Brexit…

Read More ›

Scots Taxpayers Saving Nearly £500 a Year Compared…

Scottish taxpayers continue to receive the best deal…

Read More ›

View all


Repsol Honda Team Thai Official MotoGP Test

Pedrosa sets the fastest time in Buriram, Marquez shows…

Read More ›

Irn Bru Cup Final Date & Venue Confirmed

The 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup final between Dumbarton and…

Read More ›

View all

Clip Of The Day

Groove is in The Heart

A great weekend in store at Cairngorm Mountain & Badaguish…

Read More ›

The Circus of Horrors is Back With A Brand New Show

2018 will be a huge time for Circus as they celebrate…

Read More ›

Newsletter Signup

Register today and can keep upto date with latest news at Highland Times 24/7