A Philosothon is an annual competition wherein students explore philosophical and ethical issues. Philosothons were first created by Matthew Wills and Leanne Rucks at Hale School in 2007. Students are scored highly where they demonstrate rigour, collaboration and creativity. Philosothons are held in most Australian states and the UK. These events have grown in number over the past eight years from a local competition involving eight schools in Perth Western Australia to involve many hundreds of schools. An essential component of a Philosothon is the pedagogical model for teaching Philosophy to young people called Community of inquiry. The event has grown alongside and within the Philosophy for Children movement. The first Australasian Philosothon was held at Cranbrook School, Sydney in 2011 and the first UK Philosothon was held in 2014 at King’s College, Taunton.

International Philosothons

International Philosothons

The first UK Philosothon happened in 2014 at Kings College, Taunton following a series of seminars run by Matthew Wills as part of a Federal Government grant in the form of an Endeavour Award in...

Australian Philosothons

Australian Philosothons

In July 2011 Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) decided to host the first Australasian Philosothon at Cranbrook School in Sydney. This came as the culmination of a Winston Churchill Fellowship awarded to...

WA State Philosothons

WA State Philosothons

In 2007 Hale School in Perth Western Australia embarked on a bold new project to promote higher order thinking among secondary school students. The success of Philosothons in WA has largely been due to its...