Portree High runners-up in Big Green Challenge

A debating team from Portree High School reached the final of the Big Green Challenge in Edinburgh last Friday.

The islanders competed with teams from Nairn Academy, Millburn Academy, Lossiemouth High School, Charleston Academy, Hermitage Academy, Alness Academy and Kingussie High School, reaching the grand final against Charleston Academy.

The final round saw a debate on “This house believes that funding the Scottish Government’s plan to meet 100 per cent demand for electricity from renewable energy by 2020 is the best way to secure Scotland’s future”, and was won by Charleston.

Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Big Green Challenge sees pupils in S1-S3 take part in live debates with each other, focused on issues relating to renewable energy. This year’s event was sponsored by SSE Renewables and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Europe.

Rona Campbell, senior develop­ment manager at HIE, said: “The standard of the debates today has been very high and it is really encouraging to see so many youngsters interested in renewable energy. It was very clear that each and every one of the pupils had carried out considerable research in preparation for the debates.”

The Portree High School team —Cailean Campbell, Edna Moran, Maria MacCaskill and Malin Lewis with judge Iseabail MacTaggart of HIE (left) and presenter Heather Reid OBE.