Readers are Leaders

Mr Andrew Stark – Head of Libraries

On Monday afternoon, five TSS boys ventured to St Hilda’s for the Term One TSS and St Hilda’s Philosophy and Book Club meeting. While (owing to a variety of concurrent activities at TSS) the boys were completely outnumbered by the girls (6:1!) they held their ground, contributed very well and enjoyed the afternoon immensely.

This term’s meeting focused on the text ‘The Children Act’ by Ian McEwan. This is the story of an English High Court Judge and her involvement in a variety of legal decisions. The main focus of the narrative is her decision to ‘force’ a hospital to administer a blood transfusion to a sixteen year old Jehovah’s Witness boy who is dying from leukemia. Not an easy decision given the age of the child, his condition, and his family’s beliefs.

To their credit, the girls and boys revealed their maturity, thoughtfulness and integrity throughout the afternoon’s discussion. The main topics for consideration included: the impartiality of the law, the value of life, and at what stage one may be regarded as ‘adult’. This was a thought-provoking, at times entertaining, but most certainly informative discussion. Well done to all involved.

The second meeting will be held in Term Two at TSS Senior Library – date to be advised.

The boys may have been outnumbered but they held their ground admirably!

Ms Boyle (St Hilda’s Librarian) was a generous host.


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