Students from De La Salle, Beaulieu and Hautlieu have been invited to team up with Jersey College for Girls (JCG) to take part in the fourth instalment of the JCG Debate Series, which is sponsored by Hawksford.  

The topic of the next debate, which takes place on Wednesday 12 March 2014, will be: ‘This house believes the decline of the printed word will lead to a decline in literacy standards.’  

The decision to involve more Jersey schools in the series was made following the success of October’s event, which saw mixed teams of JCG and Grainville students undertake an animated debate. Teams of girls and boys from both schools came together to tackle the issue of Jersey’s ‘brain drain’ of young talent away from the island, with JCG’s Sixth Form students acting as mentors for the younger Grainville team members.  

Carl Howarth, principle of JCG, commented: ‘We are delighted to be extending the Hawksford JCG Debate Series to include three further schools. October’s debate, which involved students from Grainville, was a triumph and we felt it was appropriate to open the series to students from more island schools. The series provides an excellent opportunity for pupils to develop their rhetorical skills and to work together to consider the important issues that many of them could face in the future.’  

Chief executive of Hawksford, Peter Murley, has been impressed by the high standard of argument set at previous events, adding: ‘The students have embraced a variety of challenging and thought provoking subjects throughout the series so far. The students always argue with great passion, knowledge and good humour and I can’t wait to see the result of the inclusion of three further schools.’

The Hawksford JCG Debate Series has been created in order to encourage public speaking, the voicing of opinions and to create a bridge between today’s leaders and those of tomorrow. The Debate Series focuses on the key theme, and Hawksford’s positioning statement, thinking beyond tomorrow, with many of the topics relating to those covered in Hawksford’s thought paper of the same name.  

The Hawksford sponsored Debate Series launched at a reception at the House of Commons in October 2012, which was organised to celebrate the launch of Hawksford’s thought paper publication. The publication brought together leading individuals from the realms of business, society, education and culture to look at the trends, issues and opportunities that might affect the world’s future.