The first debate in the 2012-2013 Jersey College for Girls Debate Society Series, which is sponsored by local trust company Hawksford, is to take place later this month.
On Monday 26th November, Hawksford staff, JCG students, teachers, governors and parents will gather at JCG to take part in an enthralling debate entitled ‘Protesting is a sign of a healthy society.’ 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.
Chief executive of Hawksford, Peter Murley, will be hosting the first debate and will be actively encouraging audience participation. ‘I am looking forward to this event,’ said Mr Murley. ‘Our aim is to get the girls thinking ahead to the future, to ensure they’re always challenging and hopefully inspiring them to become the thought-provoking people we all aspire to be. I’m looking forward to getting everyone at the event involved in this interesting topic.’
The series will focus on the key theme, and Hawksford’s positioning statement, thinking beyond tomorrow. Some of the debates will be topics covered in Hawksford’s thought paper of the same name. ‘Our positioning statement, thinking beyond tomorrow, is incredibly important to us as it underpins everything we do for our clients. By immersing ourselves in the possibility and challenge of tomorrow, we become more prepared for today. It also ensures we look at the past for lessons and direction for the years ahead. It seems fitting that the youngsters of JCG, the leaders of tomorrow, will be debating these articles throughout the series,’ added Mr Murley.
The Hawksford thought paper publication, 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 college is delighted to work in partnership with Hawksford to create this opportunity and are grateful to them,’ 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. With the world as it is, the desire to debate ideas of significance is more important than ever.’