PHILOSOTHON

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 2013. Father Mark Smith and Julie Arliss from the Philosophy & Religion Department at King’s have now spearheaded the Philosothon movement in the United Kingdom in collaboration with Dr Michael Lacewing from Heythrop College and Lizzy Lewis from SAPERE. The first Philosothon took place at King’s College in January 2014. Philosothons have also been held in Europe and Israel.

In 2014 Bunbury Cathedral College started up their own Philosothon with the assistance of key people such as Dr Felicity Haynes and Alison Freeman. Other Philosothons have been held in Albany and Karartha more recently. Some schools also run internal Philosothons within their House System and use this as a way of selecting a team to represent their school. In 2014 Middle and Junior School Philosothons were held at the Art Gallery of W.A. Recently APIS has inherited the Philosothon from Hale School and adopted a system whereby different schools host the event for three years and then hand it on to another school all under the auspices of APIS. 

Philosothon is an annual competition wherein students explore philosophical and ethical issues. Students are scored highly where they demonstrate rigour, collaboration and creativity.  An essential component of a Philosothon is the pedagogical model for teaching Philosophy to young people called Community of inquiry. 

South-West Philosothon

Inspired by the example set by the Perth Philosothon, in 2014 Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School hosted the inaugural South-West Philosothon. In collaboration with Jane Kirkham, Dr Felicity Haynes and Alison Freeman, the South-West Philosothon engaged students from Australind to Margaret River. 

Being held annually, the South-West Philosothon has sent representatives to the Australasian Philosothon. The competition is currently held at Georgiana Molloy Anglican School in Busselton. The South-West Philosothon continues APIS's mission of enhancing the accessibility of Philosophy in schools and ensuring that regardless of geography, students have the ability to develop their critical thinking skills.

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Registrations to be opened soon

5:00pm-9:00pm, 27th of October

Georgiana Molloy Anglican School

South-West Junior Philosothon

At APIS we believe that Philosophy shouldn't just be restricted to high schools! Under the pioneering vision of Alison Freeman the South-West introduced a 'Junior Philosothon' for students in years 4-7. Founded in 2019, the South-West Junior Philosothon has engaged 12 primary schools ranging from Bunbury to Pemberton and has drawn observerss from Perth including St Hilda's and Scotch College.  Off to a flying inaugural year APIS is very excited to see how the competition grows in the coming years.

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Registrations to open soon

17th of September

Geographe Primary School

Perth Philosothon

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 close association with APIS. The WA Philosothon grew each year eventually involving 30 schools and all the major WA universities. Recently APIS has taken up the mantle from Hale School, and in collaboration with the University of Western Australia hosts the competition. 

Taking the form of a 'community of inquiry' students from a diverse range of schools collaborate to answer a philosophical question. Given university grade stimulus material written by well respected academics, students are exposed to a wide range of philosophical disciplines, including epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics.

 

Philosothon aims for vernacular accessibility and collaboration over competition and speciality. As a result, Philosothon is judged not on how many philosophical concepts you can slide into the conversation or how well you can 'debate' your teammates. Ultimately, Philsothon is a safe and collaborative space that allows students from all year groups, knowledge and skills to work together and enrich each other. 

Philosothon also provides students the opportunity to progress to the Australasian Philosothon which is held in an Australian Capital city each year. 

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$190 per team

5:00pm-9:00pm, 21st of September

University of Western Australia

PHILOSOTHON

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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 Matthew Wills to research ways of creating a National Philosothon. Each Australian state sent three teams (the top three placed teams in each state) and so twelve schools participated in the inaugural event. The three days consisted of speakers, games and Communities of Inquiries. University academics awarded points to students on the basis of their ability to construct an argument collaboratively on interesting philosophical and ethical issues. Encouragement awards were sponsored by the Australasian Association of Philosophy. ABC’s Radio National produced a programme about this event and to listen to the “The Philosopher’s Zone” broadcast on Radio National from 3rd September 2011, please click on the link below: “The Philosopher’s Zone” broadcast on Radio National on 3rd September 2011. Each year since then the Australasian Philosothon has been held in a different capital city. 

 

Perth Philosothon

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 close association with APIS. The WA Philosothon grew each year eventually involving 30 schools and all the major WA universities. Recently APIS has taken up the mantle from Hale School, and in collaboration with the University of Western Australia hosts the competition. 

Taking the form of a 'community of inquiry' students from a diverse range of schools collaborate to answer a philosophical question. Given university grade stimulus material written by well respected academics, students are exposed to a wide range of philosophical disciplines, including epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics.

 

Philosothon aims for vernacular accessibility and collaboration over competition and speciality. As a result, Philosothon is judged not on how many philosophical concepts you can slide into the conversation or how well you can 'debate' your teammates. Ultimately, Philsothon is a safe and collaborative space that allows students from all year groups, knowledge and skills to work together and enrich each other. 

Philosothon also provides students the opportunity to progress to the Australasian Philosothon which is held in an Australian Capital city each year. 

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$190 per team

5:00pm-9:00pm, 21st of September

University of Western Australia

International Philosothon
Australian Philosothon
About Philosothon

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 Matthew Wills to research ways of creating a National Philosothon. Each Australian state sent three teams (the top three placed teams in each state) and so twelve schools participated in the inaugural event. The three days consisted of speakers, games and Communities of Inquiries. University academics awarded points to students on the basis of their ability to construct an argument collaboratively on interesting philosophical and ethical issues. Encouragement awards were sponsored by the Australasian Association of Philosophy. ABC’s Radio National produced a programme about this event and to listen to the “The Philosopher’s Zone” broadcast on Radio National from 3rd September 2011, please click on the link below: “The Philosopher’s Zone” broadcast on Radio National on 3rd September 2011. Each year since then the Australasian Philosothon has been held in a different capital city.