Last year was the first for the Philosothon Project. There were many successes and some exciting new initiatives that started up as a result of the project. Planning for the Australasian Philosothon in Canberra is now well underway and although we have 10 months till the event there is much to do in the leadup. We have recently sent out invitations to twenty schools that were successful in last years regional Philosothons. Previously we have invited the top three schools but due to the number of new Philosothons this year we have invited the top two schools where the number of schools involved in a Philosothon exceeded ten. This will be the largest Australasian Philosothon ever held to date. The national capital is a great location for the 9th Australasian Philosothon.
Included in this newsletter is the formal report the Australasian Philosothon held at St Peters College last year which was produced by Dr Rachel Buchanan. There is much to celebrate there and some useful recommendations going forward. This year for the first time there will be a regional Philosothon in Canberra. Radford College has kindly offered to host this event and we look forward to the regional Philosothon on 8th May and the Australasian Philosothon on the 1st-3rd October. There are several new Philosothons planned around the country including Darwin, Northern Qld, Orange, Armidale and South West WA. If your school would like to be considered for hosting the Australasian Philosothon in 2020 then please contact us via the email address below.
Included below is a link to some of the exciting initiatives in Victoria with six Philosothons in 2019.
- Secondary Philosothon Aug 2019.
- Middle Years Melbourne Museum Philosothon Apr 2019
- Middle Years Immigration Museum Philosothon June 2019
- Middle Years Scienceworks Philosothon Sep 2019
- Middle Years Melbourne Museum Philosothon Nov 2019
- Primary Philosothon June 2019
Perhaps this might inspire you to think of ways in which you can use the funding options provided by us to set up a Philosothon at your school or in a museum or art gallery near you.
We are planning to build on the successful seminar that was held last year in Darwin last year by hosting a Philosothon at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory. Also included in this newsletter is a report from the Tasmanian Philosothon by David Trainor at Guildford Young College in Hobart. So much happening.
Applications for funding grants are now available to teachers and schools that would like some financial support if they would like training, or to set up a Philosothon at their school. There is also money available for travel allowances to help get groups of students to Philosothons and assistance for teachers to travel to PD opportunities. Please go to one of the links below and fill in your details.
Matthew Wills (FAPSA Philosothon Project Manager)