Gaelic debate attracts new schools

Plans are now well underway for the 2011 BT Scotland National Schools Gaelic Debate.

The first two rounds will be held in An Lanntair in Stornoway on Tuesday the 8th and Wednesday the 9th of November 2011.

There has been a tremendous interest shown in this year’s Debate with nineteen schools due to compete, two of which are competing for the first time. The four schools with the highest marks following the second round will go through to the semi-finals and finals which will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday the 29th and 30th of November 2011.

In the second round, twelve teams will compete with the four teams with the highest points progressing to the semi-finals.

The draw for Round One is as follows:

Wallace High School V Inverness Royal Academy

Sgoil Sir E. Scott v Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu B

Acadamaidh Grange v Sgoil MhicNeacail

Portree High School V James Gillespie’s High School

Bishopbriggs Academy V Lochaber High School

Tain Royal Academy V Millburn Academy

Oban High School V Calderglen High School

Tiree High School V Hazlehead Academy

Lionacleit School V Gairloch High School

Castlebay Community School V Glasgow Gaelic School A

Calum Iain Macleod, Director of Development at Comunn na Gàidhlig, and Chairman of the National Gaelic Schools’ Debate Management Committee said: “I am particularly looking forward to the 2011 BT Alba Debate.

“2010 was another fantastic year in the history of the Debate and the participants brought the competition to an entirely new level. It is particularly encouraging to see three new schools taking part in the 2011 competition; Oban High School and Grange Academy from Kilmarknock.

“The BT Gaelic Debate continues to give Gaelic-speaking secondary school pupils throughout Scotland the opportunity to come together and develop their debating and communication skills – skills which will be beneficial to them in later years”.

BT Scotland Director Brendan Dick added: “BT Scotland has supported the schools Gaelic debate for the past 13 years as an incentive to encourage more youngsters to speak the language. I wish all the participants the very best in this prestigious competition and I am particularly pleased to note that three schools are taking part for the first time this year.”

The website for the BT Gaelic Debate has been given a facelift and is available to view at