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Philosothon


A Philosothon is an annual competition wherein students explore philosophical and ethical issues. Students are scored highly where they demonstrate rigour and clarity of thought. 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 2012 at King's College, Taunton.

In 2007, Hale School in Perth Western Australia initiated a project to promote higher order thinking among secondary school students. At the first Philosothon nine high school teams, each including of five students from Perth came together at Hale School.

Following the first Philosothon it was decided to promote the event more broadly to other schools around the country and later in the UK. Philosothons now take place annually in each Australian capital city and in regional locations around the country. They also take place in the UK Recently Primary school Philosothons have been conducted in various Art Galleries in some Australian states and in the UK.

The rationale for the Philosothon methodology is based on empirical evidence that teaching children reasoning skills early in life greatly improves other cognitive and academic skills and greatly assists learning in general. Students are given the topic questions in advance and some stimulus reading materials.

Examples of topic questions from recent Philosothons are these:

Students, teachers and parents gather on a particular evening each year for the event. The students participate in a series of Communities of Inquiry which are facilitated by teachers or Phd. philosophy students from the local universities. While participating in this process students are scored by Philosophy lecturers also from local universities. The scores are then collated, ranked and later in the evening awards are given to students at each age level and encouragement awards to the most promising male and female philosopher. Also a trophy is awarded to the winning school.

Some have said that Philosophy cannot be undertaken in the context of a competition. They believe that by ranking individuals the process of developing a Community of Inquiry is fundamentally compromised. However, others have responded that many students forget they are involved in a competition and engage in the exact sort of investigation and collaboration we would hope to see in Philosophy. Others have suggested that the same process is undertaken in any academic institution, tertiary or secondary where students are ranked against criteria. The only difference is that one of the more important criteria in a COI is collaboration.


Australasian Philosothons First Second Third Host
2011 Christ Church Grammar School (WA) McKinnon Secondary College (VIC) Perth College (WA) Cranbrook School (NSW)
2012 Hale School (WA) Guildford Grammar School (WA) Bishop Druitt College (NSW) AB Paterson College (QLD)
2013 Raffles Girls' School (Singapore) Wesley College (WA) Ballarat Grammar School (VIC) Ballarat Grammar School (VIC)
2014 North Sydney Girls High School (NSW) Hale School (WA) Ballarat Grammar School (VIC) Hale School (WA)
2015 North Sydney Girls High School (NSW) Scotch College (WA) Hale School (WA) North Sydney Girls HS (NSW)
2016 Scotch College (WA) Hale School (WA) Anglican Church Grammar School (QLD) Anglican Church Grammar School (QLD)
WA Philosothons First Second Third Host
2007 Hale School St Mary's Anglican Girls' School Hale School
2008 Christ Church Grammar School Hale School Perth College Hale School
2009 Wesley College Carmel School Perth Modern School Hale School
2010 Hale School Perth College Christ Church Grammar School Hale School
2011 Hale School Guildford Grammar School Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Hale School
2012 Carmel School Guildford Grammar School Wesley College Hale School
2013 Iona Presentation College Perth Modern School Methodist Ladies' College Hale School
2014 Scotch College St Hilda's AGS Hale School Hale School
2014 Georgiana Molloy Anglican School Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Bunbury Catholic College Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
2015 Christ Church Grammar School & Scotch College Hale School, MLC & PLC Perth College
2016 Margaret River Senior High School Margaret River Senior High School Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
2016 Christ Church Grammar School Willetton Senior High School Hale School Perth College
2016 Margaret River Senior High School Margaret River Senior High School Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
Queensland Philosothons First Second Third Host
2010 Anglican Church Grammar School A.B.Paterson College St Laurence's College A.B.Paterson College
2011 Anglican Church Grammar School Bishop Druitt College Palm Beach Currumbin High School A.B.Paterson College
2013 Div A Anglican Church Grammar School Brisbane State High School & Kelvin Grove State H.S. St Laurence's College
2013 Div B Cavendish Rd State High School Brisbane State High School St Laurence's College
2014 Div A Anglican Church Grammar School Brisbane State High School St Laurence's College University of Queensland
2014 Div B Anglican Church Grammar School Cavendish Rd SHS St Laurence's College University of Queensland
2015 Div A Brisbane State High School Palm Beach Currumbin State High School Anglican Church Grammar School and Kelvin Grove State College University of Queensland
2015 Div B Brisbane State High School Kenmore State High School St Laurence's College University of Queensland
2016 Div A Palm Beach Currumbin Brisbane Boy's College Marist College Ashgrove University of Queensland
2016 Div B Churchie Kenmore SHS Marist College Ashgrove University of Queensland
NSW Philosothons First Second Third Host
2009 Ascham School Cranbrook School Ascham
2010 Sydney Grammar School Ascham Ascham
2011 Sydney Grammar School St Andrew's Cathedral School Ascham
2012 Loreto Kiribilli Sydney Grammar School St Andrew's Cathedral School & Ascham Ascham
2013 North Sydney Girls High School Sydney Grammar School St Andrew's Cathedral School & Sydney Boys High School Ascham
2014 North Sydney Girls High School St Andrew's Cathedral School Monte San't Angelo Mercy College Cranbrook School
2015 S.C.E.G.G.S Darlinghurst Sydney Boys High School Sydney Girls High School Cranbrook School
2016 North Sydney Girls High School Sydney Boys High School St Andrews Cathedral School St Andrews Cathedral School
Northern NSW Philosothon First First Div A First Div B Host
2012 Bishop Druitt College Alstonville High School Bishop Druitt College
2013 Bishop Druitt College John Paul College Lindisfarne Anglican School Bishop Druitt College
2014 Bishop Druitt College Bellingen High School The Armidale School Bishop Druitt College
Victorian Philosothons First Second Third Host
2010 St Leonards College King David School McKinnon Secondary College Ballarat Grammar
2011 McKinnon Secondary College King David School Ballarat Grammar School Ballarat Grammar
2012 Ballarat Grammar School McKinnon Secondary College Distance Education Centre of Victoria Ballarat Grammar
2013 Ballarat Grammar School Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne Mill Park Secondary College Ballarat Grammar
2014 Ballarat Grammar School McKinnon Secondary College Star of the Sea College Brighton Ballarat Grammar
2015 Ballarat Grammar School King David School McKinnon Secondary College Ballarat Grammar
2016 Ballarat Grammar School King David School McKinnon Secondary College Ballarat Grammar
United Kingdom Philosothons First Second Third Host
2014 Wells Cathedral School Bristol Grammar School Monkton Combe School King's College, Taunton
2015 Wells Cathedral School Wellington School Exeter School King's College, Taunton

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