Pondering success: Scotch College wins WA Philosothon again


Akram Azimi, Sam Wake, Lewis Orr, Felix Jones, Tom Westcott and Sam Sterett from Scotch College are celebrating the school’s recent successes at the WA Philosothon.
Akram Azimi, Sam Wake, Lewis Orr, Felix Jones, Tom Westcott and Sam Sterett from Scotch College are celebrating the school’s recent successes at the WA Philosothon.

SCOTCH College students have won the WA Philosothon for the second time in three years.

The event encourages students to investigate ethical and other philosophical questions.

The Scotch team included Felix Jones (Year 12), Lewis Orr (Year 11), Sam Wake (Year 10) and Tom Westcott (Year 8).

Individual awards also went to Felix, who took first place in the 16+ category, and Lewis, who won the 15+ category.

Felix said the competition invited participants to suspend their natural competitive instincts.

“Unlike politics or debating, it concerns neither victories nor tribes, with all students united by an incommunicable interest in ideas and knowledge for their own sake,” he said.

“For me, because of this, it’s proved a really positive and enriching experience.”

Scholar in Residence Akram Azimi coached the boys, and said watching them flourish in academic competitions affirms a central point to his teaching.

“Critical thinking isn’t an optional garnish to be sprinkled on the dish of education if there is time and resources,” he said.

“It’s the very plate on which education is served.”