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Student philosophers dominate Sydney event


Philosophy students from across our school competed in the NSW Sydney Philosophon hosted by North Sydney Girls High School late last term. St Andrew’s Cathedral School entered two teams into the competition and both achieved extraordinary results, finishing second and third respectively.

“It was pleasing to see how much depth we had with all 10 of our philosophers arguing critically and creatively in a long afternoon of intense philosophical discussion.”

Dr Jonathan Hall, Philosophy Teacher

Students were tasked with exploring several thought provoking philosophical and ethical issues. The topics were:

  1. Sex/gender categories in competitive sport
  2. Are artistic forgeries valuable?
  3. Are holes something or nothing?
  4. Should we embrace our cyborg future?

Team 1 (2nd place finish):

Ella Fleming
Bronte Parkin
Lois Arthurson
Isaac Ash
Chantilly Ho

Team 2 (3rd place finish):

Ned O’Keefe
Calvin Newling
Stella Browne
Darcy Redican
Jamie Spittle

Individual honours:

Ella Fleming 3rd in Opens
Calvin Newling 2nd in 16s
Lois Arthurson 3rd in 15s
Isaac Ash 2nd in 14s
Darcy Redican 3rd in 14s
Jamie Spittle 3rd in 13s

Congratulations to both teams for representing the school so magnificently and philosophising so thoughtfully!