Benbecula and Harris schools through to debate semi-finals

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The town hall building in Stornoway was the setting for the first two rounds of the National Gaelic Schools’ Debate last week.

The judges, Iain Steven Morrison, Agnes Rennie and Boyd Robertson, certainly had their work cut out whittling 16 teams down to four.

The four teams which reached the semi-final stages of this year’s competition are Inverness Royal Academy B, Bishopbriggs Academy A, Sir E Scott School on Harris and Liniclate School on Benbecula.

The first semi-final draw will see Inverness Royal Academy B against Liniclate School.  In the second debate of the evening Bishopbriggs Academy A will be against Sir E Scott School.

The semi-finals will be held at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh on Wednesday December 4.

The final will be held the following evening, Thursday December 5, in the main chamber at the Scottish Parliament and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal.

The topic for the debate between Inverness Royal Academy B and Liniclate School will be: ‘Gadgets like Fitbits are helpful to keep us healthy.’

Bishopbriggs Academy A will debate against Sir E Scott School on the topic: ‘It is better to follow than the be first.’

The winner of Debate A will face the winner of Debate B in the final on the topic: ‘In 20 years, the proper Gaelic communities will be in the big cities.’