A team from Boroughmuir High School has won the closely contested Edinburgh Final of the Young Consumers of the Year 2008 Competition, which was held yesterday afternoon (15 December 2008) at the City Chambers.
Boroughmuir High School clinched victory after fighting off stiff competition from runners up Mary Erskine's School and 2007 UK champions, Portobello High School, who finished third.
The winning Boroughmuir team were: Scott Duncan (Captain), Malcolm Perry, Ruaridh Beveridge and Cameron Roscoe.
Boroughmuir now qualify to compete in the Scottish Final, which will be held in March 2009. Here they will battle against fellow Young Consumers from across the country for the chance to represent Scotland at the UK Final. The 2009 UK Final takes place in Brighton at the end of June and forms a central part of the annual Trading Standards Institute conference.
Capital schools have a proud recent track record in the competition with Boroughmuir High and Portobello High winning two out of the last three UK titles. In fact, in 2006, Boroughmuir became the first Scottish school ever to win the coveted UK award.
Presenting the prizes, Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader, said: "Boroughmuir High School were worthy winners of the Edinburgh round of the Young Consumers competition and I wish them the very best of luck at the Scottish finals next March. Edinburgh schools have earned a very proud record in this UK-wide contest. My congratulations to all the finalists, who continue to demonstrate admirable consumer awareness which will serve them well throughout their adult lives."
The Young Consumers competition, now in its 23rd year, is open to pupils aged 14-18 and attracts over 1000 schools taking part nationally.
Teams entering Young Consumers are tested on a range of consumer-related topics, such as: Money & Credit; Food & Drink; Keeping Safe, Keeping Healthy, Environment & Social Responsibility, as well as Legal & Consumer Matters.
The aim of the competition is to make the young people more aware of their responsibilities and rights as consumers and provide them with the essential life skills they need to prepare for the world of work and study.
It supports the four capacities of education as highlighted in a Curriculum for Excellence, ie. successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors and links well with subjects such as Economics, Modern Studies, Geography, Business Studies, Home Economics and Enterprise, filling a gap in the Scottish timetable covering Consumer Education.
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