Philosophy and Ethics Gifted and Talented Student Conference

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In February ten Year 10 students attended the annual Philosophy and Ethics Gifted and Talented Student Conference at Oxford. The conference was conducted by Julie Arliss from Academy Conferences supported by Dr Mark Lewney and Professor Tom Greggs covering such topics as: Moving Statues; Robot Fantasy, Android Dreams and the Emotion Chip; Chaos and the Origins of the Universe. The conference is conducted in the vein of a university lecture, so the content is aimed to stimulate thought at a high intellectual level.

 

The students represented St Peter’s with great pride. They engaged in lively debate on the topic “This house believes that personal preference is all that matters in morality”, with a good contribution from Kacper.

 

After the conference the students were given a private tour of St John’s College by the St Peter’s past pupil, Joe Larvin who is reading Medicine at Oxford University.

 

Special thanks goes to Bob Belcher (Vice Chair of Governors and mini-bus driver) and Mr Piccinino (RE teacher) for supervising the students from 7am to 7pm.