Last Friday, five Year 11 students represented the College, Queensland and Australia in the International Final of the Senior School Ethics Olympiad, conducted online via Zoom against 38 other teams from five countries. Although our team didn’t place in the event, they received an Honourable Mention from judges, were the top-placed of four Queensland schools participating and earned a respectable 16th place in final rankings. This was no small achievement considering the fact that our team was competing in a strong field overwhelmingly dominated by schools that typically teach philosophy and global citizenship as subjects.
Congratulations on their performance and thanks from CHAC to our Year 11 team: Lily Chippendale, Thomas Molesworth, Alice Dagwell, Alec Wills and Libby Donnan.
Our students loved discussing topical and relevant ethical issues with international teams in each of their rounds last week and gained much from the experience. Examples of Ethics Olympiad cases included exploring the ethics of truth in the quest for public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the regulation of gaming platforms and shocking speech, truth and representation of stereotypes in film, and the responsibilities of First World countries in the fast fashion industry.
In terms of overall top results, gold went to Upper Canada College (Toronto), silver to Northern Beaches Christian School (NSW) and bronze to St Peters Girls School (SA).
Our students' thoughts on participating in the International Ethics Olympiad Final…..
I have been so grateful for the chance to participate in the Ethics Olympiad, particularly for the opportunity it has provided my team and me to discuss highly relevant and contested issues with students from all over the world. It was truly insightful to gain international perspectives on topics such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the representation of minority groups in film and television, and exploitation within the music industry, and to also be observed and given feedback by experienced judges. This experience has given me invaluable critical thinking and public speaking skills, and is something I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in expanding and challenging their views about the world. (Lily Chippendale)
Participating in the International Ethics Olympiad was an eye-opening experience. It was fascinating to hear opinions and ethical arguments from students across the globe. We were fortunate enough to find ourselves in heats against three international teams and were able to engage in high-level ethical discussions in each round. It is safe to say we have learnt a lot through this opportunity, and each of us has developed a passion for Philosophy. (Alice Dagwell)