Philosothon Project Newsletter
Number 8 – June 2019
 
Some exciting news from the UK with Oxford University implementing a new Philosothon project over the next three years. Nine new Philosothons are planned in various locations including Cambridge, Gateshead, London, Manchester, Oxford, and the South West, along with an event in Scotland. A national event, rather like ours, will then be conducted in London each year. All this follows on from PD that I ran in the UK in 2013 where I introduced Philosothons to various stakeholders. More details about this exciting initiative can be found below.
 
On the home front during the past two months the first ACT Philosothon was held with over 60 students participating at Radford College in Canberra.  This was an important first step towards the preparations for the 9th Australasian Philosothon which will be held in Canberra in October 2019. Over 20 schools will participate in ths important event. We have changed the format in order to cater for the growing number of participating schools.  An exciting development over the last few months has been the development of software that will help with much of the administration of the event, particularly the communication of information in the lead up to the event, allocating students randomly to groups and a useful scoring mechanism offering both raw scores and Z scores to the judging panel. We thank Mr Monty Campbell for his many hours of work in the development of this software which will also be useful for regional Philosothons. Also we are in the process of appointing an event manager for 2020 to help develop the Australasian Philosothon into the future.
 
Apart from the ACT Philosothon other New Philosothons have also been supported by the project including a regional Philosothons in Armidale NSW, Orange NSW, Bundaberg Qld and Geographe Bay WA. The project has also supported teachers and Phd students seeking training and travel grants for teams and judges who are coming from remote and regional parts of the country of participate in Philosothons.
 
There is a great deal of excitement building over the first NT Philosothon and so we outline below some of the recent developments. This will be held at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory.
 
Finally, we are keen to hear from educators and administrators who would like assistance in creating Philosothons particularly in regional parts of the country. Please take advantage of the links provided below, to apply for this funding in the future.
 
warm regards
 
Matthew Wills (FAPSA Philosothon Project Manager)
 
 
 

 
 
 
Contents: 
                1. The first ACT Philosothon
                2. Australasian Philosothon
                3. Northern Territory Philosothon Project
                4. UK Philosothon Project
                5. Applications for grants 2019 -Now Open
                6. Victorian Primary and Middle School
                    Philosothons in 2019
                7. A list of 2019 Philosothons
                8. Revised List of Grant Recipients
 
 
www.philosothon.net
 
   An inspiring sense of what young people are capable of when they're given a conducive environment for thinking and discussion.     
Anonymous Feedback from 2018 Australasian Philosothon
 
                     
                                     
 
 
1. The first ACT Philosothon
 
Congrats to the students and schools involved in the first ever ACT Philosothon at Radford College. First Place Narrabundah College and Telopea Park High School, Second Place to Canberra Girls Grammar and third place went to Merici College. One of the things I like about this result is that you have all the sectors represented, State, Independent and Catholic schools. This evening was a great opportunity for schools interested in developing critical thinking, collaboration and creative thinking in students.  A special thanks to our host schools and the co-ordinator there Mr Bill Weigall and to the President of SOPHY Ms Catherine Geraghty-Slavica. Thanks to the wonderful judging panel as well. Dr Rachel Brown from ANU, Mary Gallagher from ACU, Pepi Leonil, Deanne Walker, Peter Curtis and Jane Hooper. A wonderful evening.
 
 
   
         The students have been exposed to COI that have allowed a deeper level of thinking and philosophical exploration. It has developed confidence and given the girls a sense of success.
Anonymous Feedback from 2018 Australasian Philosothon
 
 
                                                           
 
 
 
 
2. Australasian Philosothon
 
The ninth Australasian Philosothon will take place in Canberra this year. Radford College will host over 20 teams from throughout Australasia for three days of intense philosophical exploration. This will take place between October 1st and October 3rd. Every Australasian state and territory (except for NT) will be represented.
 
Schools paticipating in the 9th FAPSA Australasian Philosothon
Ballarat Grammar School VIC        
Canberra Girls Grammar ACT
Cavenish Rd State High School QLD
Anglican Church Grammar School QLD
Georgiana Molloy Anglican School  WA
Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School NSW
MacRobertson High School VIC
Merici College ACT
Meriden NSW
Methodist Ladies College WA
Narrabundah & Telopea High School ACT
 
Nth Sydney Girls High School NSW
Prince Alfred College SA
Radford College ACT
Scotch College WA
Seymour College SA
St Andrews Cathedral School NSW
St Marks ACS WA
St Patrick's College NSW
St Peters Girls School SA
The Hutchins School TAS
 
   
 
 
 
Here is a link to the website created to support the Australasian Philosothon Click on the image below. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Northern Territory Philosothon Project
 
Dr Janette Poulton and Dr Tim Sprod will be running professional development for NT teachers in November.  
 
Planning continues for the first NT Philosothon at the Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory (MAGNT)  The event will be called the "Between the Moon and the Stars Philosothon". This event offers middle School students an important opportunity for students to engage in COI's and for teachers to receive training in preparation for the event. Dr Nic Bullot at Charles Darwin University wrote;
 
"Philosophy for Children (P4C) is now taught in all Australian jurisdictions except the NT and meets national curriculum requirements for learning outcomes in the areas of critical thinking, analysis and clarity of expression. It is geared to encourage students to identify bad arguments, to be able to follow and expand upon sound arguments and to develop the self-confidence to participate in personal and public discussions of complex issues without recourse to verbal abuse, intimidation or ad hominem arguments. Research has shown that the development of these critical thinking skills often flows through into learning outcomes in other school subjects as diverse as English expression, Mathematics and the physical sciences. Amongst students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the P4C program has also seen significant improvements in student attendance rates and aspiration levels across genders and cultural divides.” 
 
 
 
                   
Click here for a copy of the Project in its fullness.
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. UK Philosothon Project
 
The  UK Philosothon project is the catalyse for the expansion of Philosothons in the UK. The project will support events across the country that will vastly increase the number of students who have direct experience of Philosothons and will showcase the approach to teachers to encourage its broader Philosothon Expansion in the UK. Over a two-year program, the main activities will be: (1) presentations at teacher-training events to introduce Philosothons and invite schools to participate in; (2), regional Philosothons at centres in Cambridge, ateshead, London, Manchester, Oxford, and the South West, along with an event in Scotland. (3) The winning groups at these events will then be invited to participate in a national event in London.
 
In parallel with these events, (4) materials to help participate in these Philosothons will be posted online to download for those who register; and (5) surveys to assess impact will provide insights for future initiatives. The project will be implemented by the Ian Ramsey Centre (IRC) at the University of Oxford, which already carries out extensive work in UK schools and has extensive experience on Templeton projects. The Project Manager will be Dr. Andrew Pinsent, with Prof. Alister McGrath as an advisor. The IRC will oversee the philosophical, scientific, and theological content of the questions. The IRC will work with Julie Arliss, Founder of Academy Conferences, the most effective provider of special training events for schools in the United Kingdom in religious studies and philosophical enquiry. Working together in 2017-2018, the IRC and Academy Conferences ran events that reached nearly 8,000 students, 1,000 teachers, and 50 headteachers. Moreover, Julie Arliss has already successfully run pilot Philosothon events in the UK. In addition, the Centre will work with Sapere, the national charity supporting Philosophy for Children (P4C) in UK schools. Matthew Wills, who runs the Philosothon Project in Australia, will be an advisor.
 
More information can be found here.
 
5. Grant Opportunities
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) philosothon@yahoo.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;
Western Australia
  • Perth Philosothon - Hale hosted the first Philosothon back in 2007. Trinity College is now hosting the Perth Philosothon. Contact Donette Firkins-  philosothon@trinity.wa.edu.au
  • South West  - Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School- Oct 29th Contact Person - Jane Kirkham- jane.kirkham@bcgs.wa.edu.au
  • North West- St Lukes College Philosothon- Karratha - Contact Person Donna Clifford clifford.donna@cathednet.wa.edu.au
  • 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 paffsue@gmail.com
  • Central NSW, Orange- Kinross Wolaroi School Contact person Claudia McCalman Email:  cmccalman@kws.nsw.edu.au
  • Dubbo - Central West Leadership Academy Primary Philosothon NSW Contact Mandi Randell-mandi.randell@theacademy.nsw.edu.au
Victoria
  • Melbourne- Victorian Secondary School Philosothons- 15th October 2013 Contact the Education Officer for the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS) educationofficer@vaps.vic.edu.au
  • 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 Poulton-janette.poulton@gmail.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:  richard.prideaux@newhavencol.vic.edu.au

Queensland
 
Nathan Pickles is the President of the Qld Association and can assist schools wanting to involve themselves in Philosothons; Contact: npickels@hotmail.com
  • Brisbane - Since 2014 the Brisbane Senior School Philosothon has been held at the University of Queensland- Contact- Peter Ellerton- peter.ellerton@uq.edu.au
 
  • Brisbane- Cavandish High School In 2014 Cavandish HS hosted a Philosothon for Year 7 students.Contact Adam Kuss at; kuss7@eq.edu.au

South Australia
  • Adelaide- Prince Alfred College will host the first South Australian  Philosothon in 2017. Contact Matthew Wills if you would like to know more at; matwills59@hotmail.com

Tasmania
  • 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

New Zealand
 

United Kingdom

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.
 
 
 

   
   
         Great opportunity to network with students across the country.
Anonymous Feedback from 2018 Australasian 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
 
 

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar Students receive travel grant New Philosothons in cities

Guilford Young College - Tasmania- David Treanor 
 
Radford College -Canberra Bill Weigall

Prince Alfred College-South Australia

 Travel Subsidies

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
 
Robert  Neurarth NSW
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
                                                           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Contact: Project co-ordinator Mr Matthew Wills (e) matwills59@hotmail.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.
 
 
 
We invite you to consider applying for one of the grants listed below. 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) philosothon@yahoo.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.