We invite you to consider applying for a grant and then taking up the opportunities that this will provide your students going forward. You might wish to take advise from us going forward or we are happy to provide the funding and then watch as you create something uniquie to your school. These are some of the grants available.
This means we offer funding packages and assistance to establish your school as a hub for the development of critical thinking skills. Philosothons are now an well established mechanism for schools to take seriously this aspect of the curriculum helping thier students develop critical thinking skills, collaboration skills and creative reasoning. This inittiave is supported by academics thoughtout Australia in both the tertiary sector, and the school sector as well as many that are passionate about this area.
New Regional Philosothons: Subsidies are available for schools to help regional and remote schools cover the costs associated with starting up their own local Philosothon. This will involve other schools in their area. Click here for an application form.
New Philosothons will be supported in cities that do not currently have one, including the New Zealand, the Northern Territory, Singapore and Hong Kong. Click here for an application form
Northern Territory Grant applications- These are travel grants to enable teachers to participate in professional development opportunities related to the Philosothon Project. Some priority will be given to indigenous teachers and or teachers of indigenous students. Please fill in the online application form and we notify you ASAP if your application was successful. Click here to apply.
Travel & Participation subsidies: Subsidies will be provided to assist students/staff who might not otherwise be able to participate in a Philosothon. This might be because they live in remote locations or
because the school is dealing with students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Click here for an application form.
Judges/facilitators subsidy- Money is available to schools to pay judges/facilitators an Honorarium to cover travel costs etc. Click here for an application form
Teacher training subsidy- Money is available to schools to pay judges /facilitators an Honorarium to cover travel costs etc. Click here for an application form
Training for Phd Students: Training and professional development will be organised to allow students to be trained in the Community of Inquiry pedagogy which, in turn, enables them to act as facilitators in Philosothons. Click here for an application form
Resource development: Teachers and academics will be recruited to consult on and develop age appropriate resources to be used as stimulus material for Philosothons. A website will be developed to house these resources and enable access for all participants. Click here for an application form.
FAPSA is an umbrella organisation which seeks to enrich and expand philosophy education in primary and secondary schools in Australasia. It supports the interests of its nine affiliated Associations through professional development and advocacy initiatives, has an official open access journal, Journal of Philosophy in Schools, and holds a biennial conference. Contact: Project co-ordinator Mr Matthew Wills (e) email@example.com | Ph: +61 (0)400 029 660 |FAPSA Website: http://fapsa.org.au/
This project was made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.
6. Victorian Philosothons in 2019
The Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools is offering an amazing array of Philosothon related activities for Victorian schools and students in 2019.
7. 2019 Philosothons
In 2019 the following schools and universities will be hosting Philosothons;
- Perth Philosothon - Hale hosted the first Philosothon back in 2007. Trinity College is now hosting the Perth Philosothon. Contact Donette Firkins- firstname.lastname@example.org
- South West - Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School- Oct 29th Contact Person - Jane Kirkham- email@example.com
- North West- St Lukes College Philosothon- Karratha - Contact Person Donna Clifford firstname.lastname@example.org
- Albany - St Josephs College- Contact Person Jane.Bennett@cewa.edu.au
- Western Australian Primary School Philosothon The first WA Primary School Philosothon was held in 2013.
New South Wales
- Sydney - North Sydney Girls High School. Gregory.Henshaw@det.nsw.edu.au Currently 22 schools are involved in the Sydney Philosothon- Contact Gregory Henshaw-
- Northern NSW Bishop Druitt College in Northern Coffs Harbour will host their second Philosothon in 2013. Contact Sue Paff Bishop Druitt College email@example.com
- Central NSW, Orange- Kinross Wolaroi School Contact person Claudia McCalman Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dubbo - Central West Leadership Academy Primary Philosothon NSW Contact Mandi Randellemail@example.com
- Melbourne- Victorian Secondary School Philosothons- 15th October 2013 Contact the Education Officer for the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Melbourne -Victorian Primary School Philosothons-The Federation for Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations are hosting the first Primary School Philosothon in 2012. Contact Rosemary Etherton Rosemary.Etherton@ngv.vic.gov.au Janette Poultonemail@example.com
- Melbourne -Victorian Middle Years Philosothon The first Victorian Middle years Philosothon was held in 2016. Contact the VAPS office if you are interested. Click here
- Philip Island- Newhaven College- Contact person Richard Prideaux - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Pickles is the President of the Qld Association and can assist schools wanting to involve themselves in Philosothons; Contact: email@example.com
- Brisbane - Since 2014 the Brisbane Senior School Philosothon has been held at the University of Queensland- Contact- Peter Ellerton- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brisbane- Cavandish High School In 2014 Cavandish HS hosted a Philosothon for Year 7 students.Contact Adam Kuss at; email@example.com
- Adelaide- Prince Alfred College will host the first South Australian Philosothon in 2017. Contact Matthew Wills if you would like to know more at; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hobart- Tasmanian High Schools & Colleges Philosothon The first TAS High School & College Philosothon was held in 2013 Contact Dr David Treanor. DTreanor@gyc.tas.edu.au
Click here if you are not currently registered and would like to participate in a Philosothon.
Click here if you would like to host a Philosothon.
8. Congratulations to the following grant recipients
There are still more grants available so apply here:
Regional Philosothon Grant
Newhaven College South East Gippsland Philosothon- Phillip Island- Victoria- Richard Prideaux
Waikato Diocesan School for Girls- Waikato Philosothon New Zealand-Mark Bellham
Kinross Wolaroi School Orange Philosothon New South Wales- Claudia McCalman
St Joseph's College Albany Philosothon Western Australia- Jane Bennett
Central West Leadership Academy Dubbo NSW Mandi Randell
Amanda Kelk- Budaberg Christian College Qld
Alison Freeman - Geographe Primary School WA
PhD Students Training Grants
Sydney University Jane Weiling Loo NSW
Monash University James McGuire Vic
Melbourne University Antonia Smyth Vic
Adelaide University - Timothy Nailer SA
Richard Phan University of Melbounre VIC
Carley Tonoli University of Melbourne VIC
New Philosothons in cities
Guilford Young College - Tasmania- David Treanor
Radford College -Canberra Bill Weigall
Prince Alfred College-South Australia
Nambucca Heads High School New South Wales- Amanda Taylor
Alyarrandumanja Umbakumba School- NT Kaye Liedke
Alangula Area School Tiwi Islands NT -Jane Dwan
SOPHY - Australian Capital Territory- Bill Weigall
Bunbury Cathedral College WA- Jane Kirkham
Teacher training Subsidy
St Josephs College Albany Western Australia- Caroline Thompkin
Young High School New South Wales- Elizabeth Myburgh
St Josephs High School Albany Western Australia- Jane Bennett
Golden Grove High School South Australia- Sue Lyons
Georgiana Molloy Anglican School Western Australia- Bradley Taylor
Georgiana Molloy Anglican School Western Australia- Rachel Cook
Resource Development Grants
Over the next three FAPSA will make available grants for schools and others to set up or participate in Philosothons. Studies have shown that students participating in a philosophical community of inquiry improve on a variety of academic and social measures. If you would like to make this available to your school community click one of the grant links or contact the Philosothon project office.years
Students benefited from discussing philosophical issues with a wide range of students from different backgrounds to their own.
Anonymous Feedback from 2018 Australasian Philosothon