Taylor’s College continued its winning streak in the Bond University Annual High School Mooting Competition for the fourth year running, when it emerged champions in the 2015 Bond University Annual High School Mooting Competition held on 14 to 15 May 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. In the intense two-day competition, the team of Tan Jian Hao, Alexander Rudra Keith Henderson and Muhammad Rehhahn bin Daniel Tudball defeated 16 other teams from 8 other tertiary education institutions for the title of Best Team.
Congratulating the winning team and their teacher advisors, Taylor’s College President Lim Tou Boon said, “This achievement is commendable. The team was highly motivated to win the Best Team title again this year, and have put in a tremendous amount of effort to emulate the success of the winning teams of the last three years. They have done very well, applying the learning skills, life skills and leadership skills acquired during their studies to emerge victorious from the tough fight through rounds of practice, strategising and research in order to achieve this result.”
Prior to the competition, the winning trio – who are currently pursuing the Cambridge A- Levels and South Australian Matriculation/SACE International Pre-U programmes, worked closely for two months, juggling tight schedules to fit in discussion and practice sessions, as Jian Hao is from the Taylor’s College Subang Jaya campus while Alexander and Rehhahn are from the Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas campus. The trio planned and crafted mooting strategies, communicating through social media and chat programmes, in addition to face-to-face meetings. The team thanked their teacher advisors for their solid support and guidance through multiple rounds of practice to build their confidence.
Jian Hao, the team’s Instructing Solicitor shared, “It was important to run through the case closely and get our facts right. We had to identify potential questions and ensure that the answers presented were precise and accurate. This was a great opportunity for us to work on our critical thinking skills and life skills - as effective time management was crucial for the team to perform at its best.”
Alexander, the team’s Senior Counsel added, “In the process we learned to prioritise our daily studies and personal time as we needed as much time as possible for practice sessions – so that we would be familiar with the facts and terms used. The experience was amazing, and is invaluable in helping us to achieve our university goals.”
The Bond University High School Mooting Competition is an annual event open to student teams from tertiary institutions in Malaysia. It provides experiential learning opportunities for Malaysian students interested in pursuing a career in law. Offering students the opportunity to exhibit their understanding of legal dynamics in a courtroom environment, the competition also helps students hone and display their communication and persuasion skills.
Members of the winning team received RM1,000 cash and were also offered attractive scholarships to undertake a Bachelor of Law degree at Bond University in Queensland, Australia.