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27 January 2017

King's Hosts the Fourth Annual Inter-Schools Philosothon

The fourth annual inter-school Philosothon hosted by King’s College was held on Tuesday evening 24 January 2017. Eight senior schools took part, each fielding a team of 11 pupils spanning all year groups.

A Philosothon encourages pupils to investigate ethical and other philosophical questions in the context of ‘communities of inquiry’. It helps pupils to develop higher order thinking and communication skills through a series of discussions with pupils from other schools. While there is an element of competition the aim is to promote a sense of community by developing a shared understanding of values and purposes in a spirit of cooperation. It also develops skills in inquiry-based learning, ethical reasoning and a search for meaning through dialogue about open questions and contestable concepts.

The four rounds this year all reflected a general theme, “should I live for others or for myself?”, which generated healthy, constructive dialogue and mature engagement throughout the evening. The schools taking part this year were Wells Cathedral, Bristol Grammar, Bristol Free, Taunton, Wellington, Monkton Combe, Exeter and King’s College. The winning school was Bristol Grammar by a very narrow margin, with King’s College a close second.

Individual Results:

1Charlie CollinsKing's College Taunton 91
2Elliott ParrExeter College 88
3Dan BrazilBristol Free School 87
4Luke PerryExeter College 87
5George Clark Taunton School 86
6Eleanor ClarkKings' College Taunton 85
7Joshua NortonExeter College 85
8Eli RichardsWells Cathedral School 83
9Frances FraserWells Cathedral School
10Susanna McKayWells Cathedral School

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