A Brief History
In 2007 Hale School in Perth Western Australia embarked on a bold new project to promote higher order thinking among secondary
school students. Since then each year the event has grown with many hundreds of schools around Australasian and the UK now
involved. In 2011 the first Australasian Philsothon took place at Cranbrook school in Sydney New South Wales and was hosted by the
Federation of Australasian Philsophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA). In 2012 the first Primary School Philsothon was held at the
National Art Gallery in Victoria. Click here for an ABC Radio National Program about the Australasian Philsoothon.
Why a Philosothon?
Philosothons promote critical thinking, creative thinking and collaboration skills. Philosothons are different from debates in that students
can agree with each other and the ultimate aim is for a group of 10-12 students to build a collective response to a complex ethical or
philosophical issue. There are often cross curricular links and students who might struggle with written expression find Philosothons a
wonderful way to help them develop skills that a basic to any working environment.
Welcome to the official website for Philosothons. A Philosothon offers a unique and exciting opportunity for
students to engage in philosophical and ethical discussions as part of a 'Community of Inquiry'. It uses a
pedagogical model called Philosophy for Children. (Click here for information about P4C). In the process of
preparing and participating in Philosothons students develop higher order thinking and communication
skills. Click here for a video introduction.
Thinking philosophically is an adventure