Cumbrae pupils shine at Mock Court final
Posted on 24 Jun 2020
Pupils and staff of Primary 6/7 at Cumbrae Primary are celebrating after being named in the top three teams for Ayrshire in the 2020 School Mock Court Project.
The good news came as the regional league tables were published by examiners last week. Young people from across Ayrshire took part in the challenge in February 2020 in the hope of being named among the best in the region.
And it was double celebration for Cumbrae Primary’s P6/7 class as they made the top three in both categories – Pursuers and Defenders.
Founded by Gerald Murphy of Chamberlain McBain Solicitors, the School Mock Court Project has been running since 2008 and uses a court case scenario to encompass a range of classroom subjects including art, journalism, debating and writing skills.
Children are given roles as either Pursuers or Defenders and present their case to a real Sheriff by way of making submissions, using witnesses and productions, as well as producing art work and newspapers at various intervals to reflect their progress.
The project not only raises the value of citizenship, but helps students learn how to extrapolate fact from fiction and tell a story without distraction. Using all available resources, the aim is to convince the Sheriff that their client - whether they be the Pursuer or the Defender - is right and judgement should be granted in their favour.
Julie McAleese, Head Teacher of Cumbrae Primary, said: “We are delighted that the efforts of our Primary 6/7 pupils, staff and partners have been recognised at a regional level.
“The Mock Court experience has given the children a real life context in which to develop their skills and abilities across the curriculum, and was a huge opportunity to experience the world of work while developing communication skills and raising their aspirations for future career paths.
“They have all grown in confidence and had a very worthwhile and exciting challenge. As a school and community, we could not be prouder of their achievements.”
Councillor John Bell, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “The School Mock Court Project is a superb cross-curricular exercise which creates a real sense of team work and achievement among the pupils involved.
“We’d like to congratulate everyone at Cumbrae Primary on this fantastic achievement. Their hard work has really paid off, and we hope that the pupils have enjoyed this really valuable experience.”