St Margaret’s debating club is going from strength to strength. From a fledgling club three years ago, last year we made it to the final of the Scottish School Mace run by the English Speaking Union. This is a prestigious event into which we enter both junior and senior teams every year. Our seniors beat around 70 teams from across Scotland to earn their place in the final.
Could you be the next generation of St Margaret’s debaters? We meet every Monday between 3.30 and 4.15 where we come up with ideas for debates, discuss topical issues and hold fun debates among ourselves. Debating helps you to learn new skills, mix with teachers and pupils you may not have the chance to work with and have fun competing against each other as well as other schools. Debating also helps hone analytical skills required in many subjects across the school – especially those at Higher and Advanced Higher level. Seniors may also find that debating enhances their UCAS application. Juniors also enjoy debating which gives you the chance to speak out and discuss subjects you may be interested in as well as learn about new ones. You don’t have to know anything about debating to join and all year groups are most welcome.
You need to complete a consent form to join and this should be returned to Mrs Gill in Social Subjects.
The library runs an informal chess club before school, during intervals and lunchtimes every day. Students from S1 to S6 have become very enthusiastic chess players and we hope to acquire more chess sets to allow even more pupils to take part. Everyone is welcome to come along and play a game – it’s a very friendly atmosphere and lots of pupils have only recently learned how to play, so it’s a great learning environment as well. Pupils sometimes challenge teachers to a game, and lots of pupils just come to watch others taking part.
Playing chess helps develop concentration and thinking skills as well as encouraging co-operation and teamwork, so it can have huge educational benefits for everyone. Chess competitions are planned for the future, and hopefully (with some coaching), we might be able to compete with schools in local tournaments as well.
Please contact Mrs Skinner in the library for more information about our Chess Club.