Ethics Olympiad

Dr Sarah Bond

The Ethics Olympiad provides teachers and students with a creative vehicle for developing skills in communication, critical thinking and respectful discourse while dealing with contentious ethical issues. On Friday 13 November, two Middle Years Ethics Olympiad teams at TSS engaged in a collaborative competition with 20 other teams throughout Queensland. During the day, all students were involved in a series of four Ethics Olympiad heats where they were scored according to set criteria, which rewarded clear, concise and respectful responses. Coach Mr David Ellis said, “It was great to see our boys engaging in respectful discourse over challenging topics. They clearly enjoyed the day.” The day opened with a practise round themed around the ethics of engaging with media. Competition topics included: the ethics of mass quarantine, in the age of a pandemic; service vs emotional support animals; campus no-platforming; practicing what you preach; democracy by lot; and repatriation of foreign fighters.

The TSS white team (Lucas Dell, Cormack Anning, Daniel Matheson, Benedykt Dominikowski and Nick Evans) performed at a high level, with a top 10 finish and an Honourable Mention, while the TSS blue team (Daniel Aloysius, Jinxiang Lee, Tadgh Stuckey, Max Carr and Connor Murakami) finished with a Bronze medal and an Honourable Mention. The TSS blue team will represent Queensland in the National finals, to be held in February.

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