“The Philosophy Club is an ever-growing community of free-thinking learners, with a leadership framework that tends to take a laissez-faire approach to engaging in thought provoking discussions about various topics within philosophical parameters.
More than anything else, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙤𝙥𝙝𝙮 𝘾𝙡𝙪𝙗 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙖 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙄 𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙢𝙮𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙞𝙣 𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚 and am glad that I have had the privilege of actively contributing and being commended for my service to the club through various means.
I am the first recipient of the prestigious Philosophy Club team award, and it is an honour to wear the inaugural scroll on my blazer, but that is dwarfed by the meaning of the Philosophy Club in my life.
Many factors have impacted how my character has been moulded over my very few years within the Union Schools, but most of those factors would be miniscule in comparison to the Philosophy Club’s impact on my life.
The Philosophy Club’s approach to assertively and clearly expressing your opinions whilst being respectful and understanding of others, has come to shape how I interact with anyone I speak to and will speak to for the rest of my life.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘺 𝘊𝘭𝘶𝘣 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 “𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦” 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘶𝘣𝘣𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘧𝘧 𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦.
The privilege of being able to speak your mind freely with the intention of providing value to a discussion has been a platform I have needed multiple times in my life and stumbling my way into this incredible community at the age of 14 may have been the most relevant moment of my ongoing life at Union Schools.
𝘼 𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙛𝙚𝙡𝙩 𝙢𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙅𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙍𝙤𝙨𝙚-𝙄𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙈𝙖𝙭 𝙒𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙖 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙋𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙤𝙥𝙝𝙮 𝘾𝙡𝙪𝙗’𝙨 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡𝙨 𝙫𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙮 𝙙𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙚 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙢𝙢𝙚, and paving the way for me to be the current president of this club. An even warmer message of gratitude must be given to Mrs Hanli Rose-Innes for her efforts in upholding the structures and initial purposes of the club from its inception up until this point and always being willing to offer a helping hand.
The Philosophy Club is and will continue being one of the most innovative communities in the history of the Union schools, and having been part of helping to add even more structure onto the creation of some of the smartest thinkers I have ever met has been nothing short of a privilege.”
𝘉𝘺 𝘚𝘰𝘣𝘶𝘩𝘭𝘦 𝘕𝘺𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘪, 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 – 𝘗𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘺 𝘊𝘭𝘶𝘣 2022/23:
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿:
• Cynicism – presented by Sobuhle Nyambali
• Stoicism – presented by Mrs Hanli Rose-Innes
• Narcissim – presented by Sobuhle Nyambali
• Artificial Intelligence – presented by Chante Bezuidenhout
• Machiavelli – presented by Athi Mahlati
• How to save yourself from yourself – presented by Clea Clark and Chanté Bezuidenhout