On Saturday, a team of 14 girls from Strathearn represented the school at the regional heat of the Citizenship Foundation’s Bar Mock Trial competition. After weeks of preparation, pupils took to the court floor as barristers, witnesses, court staff and jurors to run two cases against teams from other schools. Molly Longstaff and Ellen Gilpin were well-prepared and spoke with poise as defence barristers. Molly’s emotive description of the case, that there was ‘menace rather than romance in the air’ on the night of the incident was complimented by the judge. Laura Gooding managed proceedings as court clerk with skill and Katrina Kerr acted as the court usher with confidence. Sarah McIvor and Darcey Jamison provided sterling performances from the witness box. Congratulations to all those who participated. Thanks to all the legal professionals who helped the girls in their preparations. It was a wonderful day at the Royal Courts of Justice, and our participation in the competition was a fabulous opportunity to learn how to form an argument, to develop public speaking skills and to find out more about how the law works.
27 November 2017