The second debate in the 2012-2013 Jersey College for Girls Debate Society Series, which is sponsored by local trust company Hawksford, is to take place next month. On Wednesday 20th March, Hawksford staff, JCG students, teachers, governors and parents will gather at JCG to take part in an enthralling debate entitled ‘What replaces mainstream media will be good for society in the long run.’

The series, which was launched at a Hawksford reception event at the House of Commons in October, has been organised in order to encourage public speaking, the voicing of opinions and to create a bridge between today’s leaders with the leaders of tomorrow. Harry McRandle, business editor of the Jersey Evening Post will be hosting this second debate in the series.

‘We are delighted to welcome Harry as our next host; he is ideally placed to facilitate a debate on the future of the media and if what replaces mainstream media will in fact be good for society. Our aim, as with our first debate, which was focused on protesting, is to get the students thinking ahead to the future, inspiring them to become the thought-provoking people we all aspire to be.
The debate will also provide the audience with a chance to ask questions and share their views on this interesting topic.’

The debate series continues to focus on the key theme, and Hawksford’s positioning statement, thinking beyond tomorrow. Some of the topics will also be derived from Hawksford’s thought paper of the same name.

The Hawksford thought paper publication, entitled thinking beyond tomorrow, which was launched at the House of Commons in October, has brought together leading individuals from the realms of business, society, education and culture to look at the trends, issues and opportunities which might affect the world’s future.

Hawksford specifically asked these leaders to look at the big picture and ask the big questions. High profile contributors include Edmund King, president of the AA, Mark Field MP for cities of London and Westminster, Lord Flight, Lord Filkin and Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Airport Operators Authority.

‘The first debate was a great success,’ said Carl Howarth, Principal at JCG. ‘The ability to articulate and pursue an argument is an essential life skill, as is the ability to engage and persuade an audience. The students displayed a great talent for these skills at the first debate last year and I’m sure these next teams of debaters will do the same.’