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.
|1||Charlie Collins||King's College Taunton||91|
|2||Elliott Parr||Exeter College||88|
|3||Dan Brazil||Bristol Free School||87|
|4||Luke Perry||Exeter College||87|
|5||George Clark||Taunton School||86|
|6||Eleanor Clark||Kings' College Taunton||85|
|7||Joshua Norton||Exeter College||85|
|8||Eli Richards||Wells Cathedral School||83|
|9||Frances Fraser||Wells Cathedral School||82|
|10||Susanna McKay||Wells Cathedral School||82|