The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Boys' Achievements

Prentice Shepherd (Year 11, Ross) received an 'Individual Oralist Award' at the National High School Mooting Competition held at Bond University earlier this year. The award is given in recognition of outstanding individual performance.

The National High School Mooting Competition is an event for Year 11 and 12 students to develop their advocacy skills in a competitive environment. Each year approximately 80 of Australia's most prominent schools participate in an intense competition held over a fortnight.

Students compete as teams, preparing for months in order to present legal submissions either as an appellant or respondent in a legal case. Students must draw on real case precedent, and engage in sophisticated legal reasoning. Teams are expected to present their 20 minute submission with little reference to notes, and without any script, and can be interrupted and questioned at any time by judges on finer points of legal precedent and reasoning.

Prentice's award is a recognition of his outstanding skills in legal advocacy and legal argument. He is to be congratulated on his award and his outstanding preparation for the competition.

Alistair Murray (Year 12, Brisbane) has been selected in the men's state hockey squad.

Sean Szalek (Year 11, Ross) won a gold medal in high jump with a height of 2.11m at the Commonwealth Youth Games.