2020 Ethics Olympiad Newsletter
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What a year it has been so far....and it is only April. So much has happened and much of it difficult and demanding. Ethical issues have abounded, such as; "Who should we treat if we only have a limited number of ventilators? How would we prioritise if we are forced to make life and death decisions? Should we stop work all together in the face of this virus or keep our dreams, aspirations and commitments alive for another week? These are just some of the ethical issues being raised, every day at the moment and they bring into focus our values and morals. No less important is the ethical thinking that needs to be had, before people make important life decisions. And it is at this level that the Ethics Olympiad offers a unique opportunity for educators and students in the months ahead.  
Senior School Ethics Olympiads in May 2020 have had to be cancelled. These events were fully subscribed throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Nevertheless, there is a great deal still happening which will interest educators.
Schools registered for the Ethics Olympiad have had their registration transferred to the next available Ethics Olympiads and free professional development has been made available for those schools. If you would like to learn more about the Ethics Olympiad you can register for one/or all four professional development opportunities in May. Each session has been timetabled to provide minimal disruption to busy school routines. There are still limited spaces for others to participate in this PD. We will deal with theoretical and applied ethics, how to train a team for an Ethics Olympiad and how to participate in an online Ethics Olympiad. For more information click here or read below. 
Middle School Ethics Olympiads are planned for November....and the dates have also been set for the 2021 Senior School Olympiads. The Ethics cases are now available for registered schools at the Middle School Olympiads in November. More info can be found below.
We ran a friendly online China vs Australia Friendly Ethics Olympiad last week involving a team from Rosefield College in Sydney and a team from the Shanghai Interscholastic Ethics Bowl and this proved to be very successful. (See the report below.)  We are also offering member schools the opportunity to participate in online Ethics Olympiads in May. One of the features of this event is that students representing their school can participate from home. The recent China/Australia Ethics Olympiad trial opens up interesting opportunities for Australasian schools in the future. We are currently working on further opportuniites for Australasian member schools to participate in Olympiads with Chinese schools.  
Membership of the Ethics Olympiad provides many benefits but during this pandemic member schools have a unique opportunity to participate in online events with other schools locally and overseas. We have inlcuded below a list of member schools. If your school is yet to join as a member please see the link below and consider joining.
We have also included below a case which can be used with students regarding the mass quarantining of populations during the Covid-19 pandemic.  
We wish you and your school community well for the rest of a very unusual 2020.
warm regards
Matthew Wills
Ethics Olympiad Manager
Newsletter Contents
1  China/Australia Olympiad Trial report
2. Online PD available in May
3. What is an Ethics Olympiad?
4. Middle School Olympiads
5. Covid-19 and the Ethics of Mass Quarantine 
6. A list of current Member Schools and Membership details
7. Useful Ethics Resources
"The Ethics Olympiad was incredible and definitely a life changing
experience. It really opened my eyes
to the ethical possibilities and also
allowed me to hear and respect other
peoples positions on the case topics."
(Brisbane student)
1. China Australia Friendly
Last week we ran the first online Ethics Olympiad between a school in China (No 2 High School of East China Normal University) and a school in Sydney (Rosefield College) and the event proved to be wonderful at all sorts of levels. It was a "friendly" event whereby scores and medallions mattered little compared to the possibility of bridging the geographical and cultural gap that lies between China and Australia. The Chinese students demonstrated skills in Philosophy and Ethics that would put many Philosophy students, where English is their first language to shame and there was a sense throughout the event that we were involved in doing something pioneering, something important. This was made even more significant as travel restrictions kicked in and much movement related to day to day life was being shut down. Herein we were doing something new and something that was bridging gaps. We discussed;  What kinds of medical decisions, if any, should a minor be permitted to make for themselves? And... Do drugs designed to enhance loving feelings create good relationships? These ethical questions together with the related case studies provided fertile ground indeed for building skills in civility and good critical thinking. More to come in the future...
2. Online PD in May
These sessions will be aimed at providing coaches and potential coaches with some insights into teaching Ethics and participating in  Ethics Olympiads. Participants do not have to be members or participants in the current round of Ethics Olympiads. The sessions will be open to anyone interested in finding out more about Ethics and the Ethics Olympiad.  Feel free to book into one or more sessions below. There will be four sessions available.

* Please note that once booked in and once the registration fee is paid you will receive a Zoom invitation to participate in each online PD automatically.

$75 (1 session) per person, per session- Non-Members,
$70 (1 session) per person per session- Members
$150 (All sessions) per person- Members
$180 (All sessions) per person for all four sessions - Non-Members
All sessions are free of charge for schools transferring their registration from the 2020 SHS Ethics Olympiad to another Ethics Olympiad.

Note that access to the PD and copies of the resources will only be provided once a teacher is registered.
3. What is an Ethics Olympiad?
Students describe the Ethics Olympiad as fun, engaging and profound. Much of the growth occurs during preparation – the hours engaged in rational discussion with their team-mates and coaches. Then the event itself, with its emphasis on civility, clear reasoning, and cooperation, reinforces dispositions cultivated behind the scenes, ultimately moulding the students’ character for the better.
Registered schools receive cases well before an Ethics Olympiad. The structure of online Olympiads and face to face Olympiads is the same. A moderator runs the event and judges provide questions and scoring throughout a heat. Following a coin toss which decides which of two teams is team "A" and200 which is team "B", students are given an ethical question related to one of the cases that they have been given previously. Team A then has two minutes to discuss the team's response after which the group presents their arguments in response to the question. They have 5 minutes and then Team "B" has time to think through their response followed by three minutes to critique the presented arguments. Unlike a debate team B can agree with the position taken by team A and score well if they provide questions or responses than assist in helping dialogue did deeper into some of the issues around there position taken by team A. Following team "B"s critique team A has a brief team meeting followed by a three minute period to respond to the critique. Following this, the judges have an opportunity to ask questions of team A. Then the process is repeated with Team B taking the place of Team A and visa versa. A new case and questions are then introduced. Medals are awarded at the end of four heats. 
4. 2020 Middle School Ethics Olympiads
Schools are invited to send a coach and five or ten students to participate in the event. The Ethics Olympiad has a proven track record of providing teachers and students with a creative vehicle for developing skills in communication, critical
thinking and respectful discourse while dealing with relevant, contentious ant interesting ethical issues.
During the day all students will be involved in a series of three Ethics Olympiad heats where they will be scored according to set criteria which reward, clear, concise,
respectful discourse around interesting ethical cases. At the end of the day, two teams will face off for the Gold and Silver Medals. A Bronze Medal will also be awarded to the third-placed team.
Dates: November 2020
CLICK HERE  to register your school for the November Middle School Olympiads

5. COVID-19 and the Ethics of Mass Quarantine
  1. Are there any circumstances under which mass quarantine would be morally permissible or required?
  2. What values are in conflict over Wuhan and the Hubei’s mass quarantine order? What is worrisome about this order?
  3. How should governments weigh violations of individual liberties against protecting the health and well-being of others during a health crisis?
  4. Are there ethical limits to how long mass quarantines can or should be in effect?
Click here for an ethical case that you can use with students  
6. 2020 Member Schools
Members Receive;
  • Discount on registration fees for local Ethics Olympiad events.
  • The school can identify themselves as an Ethics Olympiad School in their publicity.
  • Access to the online competition with schools interstate and around the world.
  • The school will receive extra Ethics Cases
  • Access to password-protected resources to help schools teach applied and theoretical ethics.
Cost: $180 for School Membership- $80 per annum after the first year.
Cancellation: There is no cancellation fee.
Aberfoyle Park High School        South Australia

Aitken College Victoria        Victoria

Albany Senior High School        New Zealand

Arndell Anglican College        New South Wales

Anglican Church Grammar School Queensland

Austin High School        Tennessee

Bentley School        California

Bondi Public School        New South Wales

Camberwell Grammar        Victoria

Canley Vale High School        New South Wales

Carmel School   New Zealand

Crofton Downs Primary School        New Zealand

Diocesan School for Girls        New Zealand

Dwight-Englewood School        New Jersey

East Austin High School        Tennessee

Edmund Rice College        New South Wales

Emmaus Christian College        South Australia

Elizabeth College        Tasmania

Genazzano FCT        Victoria

Georgiana Molloy Anglican School        Western Australia

Grace Christian College        Western Australia

Haileybury City        Victoria

Halls Head Senior College        Western Australia

Hunters Hill High School        New South Wales

Illawarra Grammar School        New South Wales

Iona Presentation College        Western Australia

Iona Presentation College        Western Australia

John XXIII College        Western Australia

Johnston Middle School        Texas

Killara High School        New South Wales

King's School   Canterbury        UK

King's College   New Zealand

Lavella Catholic College   Victoria

Loreto Kirribilli        New South Wales

Macleans School        New Zealand

Matthew Flinder's Anglican College  Queensland

Mazenod College  Western Australia

Mentone Grammar School        Victoria

Merici College        Australian Capital Territory

Methodist Ladies College        Victoria

Middleton Grange School  New Zealand

Monte Vista Christian School        California

Mt St Michael's College Ashgrove        Queensland

Mount Carmel College             Tasmania

Narrabundah College           Australian Capital Territory

North Sydney Girls High School        New South Wales

Oakhill College        New South Wales

Otago Boys High School        New Zealand

Palm Beach Currumbin        Queensland

Papanui High School        New Zealand

Pembroke School        South Australia

Presbyterian Ladies College        Victoria

Pulteney Grammar School  South Australia

Queen Margaret College  New Zealand

Queenwood        New South Wales

Radford College        Australian Capital Territory

Raleigh Charter High School        North Carolina

Rangi Ruru School        New Zealand

Ravenswood School for Girls        New South Wales

Rosebank College    New South Wales

Ruyton Girls School        Victoria

Sacred Heart College        Western Australia

Santa Sabina College        New South Wales

SCEGGS        New South Wales

Scotch College        Victoria

Scotch College         Western Australia

Siena College        Victoria

St Andrew's College        New Zealand

St Brendan-Shaw College    Tasmania

St Hilda's School for Girls  Western Australia

St Ignatius College        South Australia

St Marks ACS        Western Australia

St Mary's College  Tasmania

St Margaret Mary College  Queensland

St Norberts College        Western Australia

St Patricks College Sydney        New South Wales

St Patrick's College Townsville        Queensland

St Peters College        South Australia

St Peter's Anglican College Broulee  New South Wales

St Vincent's College        New South Wales

Sydney Girls High School        New South Wales

The Hutchins School         Tasmania

The Kings School     New South Wales

The John Cooper School        Texas

Townsville Grammar School        Queensland

Trinity Anglican School        Queensland

University Senior College        South Australia

Washington Latin Public Charter School         Washington DC

Waiheke College    New Zealand

Waverley College        New South Wales

Wesley College        Western Australia

Wilderness School South Australia

Wilmington Friends School         Delaware
Helpful tips for schools new to the Ethics Olympiad

1. Run a practice heat at your school. (Schools that have participated in an Ethics Bowl will be familiar with the 
process/ Otherwise attend the PD above)
2. Either register for a face to face event or become a member so you can participate online.
3. Contact the Ethics Olympiad office to compete against another school via Zoom, Skype or Google+.
4. We will provide you with all the resources you need to participate.

*Please notify us of additional contacts or changes in contact details for your school.
7. Useful Links;

Ethics Olympiad Website- Ethics Olympiad 
Click here to join your school up as a member of the Olympiad

Click here for a resource book written by Dr Matthew Deaton for the US Ethics Bowl which provides a very good user-friendly outline of theoretical and applied ethics written for students.

National High School Ethics Bowl Website

Joe Jenkins- These are available Free of Charge to schools during the Covid19 pandemic

High School Ethics Olympiad Informational Video