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 Hawksford JCG Debate Series.  

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.’  

Carl Howarth, principal of JCG, said: ‘This is a free event that is open to all members of the local community who are interested in the subject of declining literacy standards in the digital age. We encourage all islanders, including students, parents and their friends from all Jersey schools to come along and listen to the debate and to contribute to the discussions afterwards. The discussions are always entertaining, thought provoking and conducted in good spirit.’  

In October 2013, mixed teams of girls and boys from JCG and Grainville 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.

Mr Howarth, commented: ‘We are delighted to be extending the Hawksford JCG Debate Series to include three further schools. October’s debate 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.’     

Michael Powell, director at Hawksford, added: ‘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. I am also pleased to see more schools being included in the debate series.’  

The debate takes place in the JCG Hall on Wednesday 12 March and will be hosted by Channel TV. The doors open at 6:30pm and complementary drinks and canapés will be served after the event.