The Scotch Middle/Junior School Philosothon is an inter-house competition, which we hope will become an annual event, giving boys the opportunity to practice critical and creative thinking, and to develop communication and collaboration skills. There are four rounds of competition. In each round a group of six boys forms a “Community of Inquiry” to discuss a philosophical question or an ethical dilemma. Boys are judged on their ability to think rationally, to listen carefully and to communicate effectively. They are rewarded for working together to develop a deeper collective understanding of the question and its related issues.