The Philosophy in Schools Association of NSW invites NSW secondary students to submit an essay to our first annual 2019 Essay Competition,

proudly sponsored by the Royal Society of NSW Southern Highlands.

Please find the stimulus reading here: PinS NSW Essay Competition Stimulus 2019.

The question for this year is: Can it be right to cause the death of one person in order to save the life of another?

Discuss with reference to the case of Mary and Jodie.

● Submissions will be judged by an assessing panel of (unpaid) academic philosophers.

● The three best will be selected, plus honourable mentions for up to three more deserving entries.

● Awards will be presented at the NSW Philosothon 16 November 2019 at North Sydney Girls High School.

Competition Rules

1. Entrants must be in Years 10-12 and in full time secondary students at a NSW school (public, private or Catholic). (Students in higher education may not enter.)

2. Each entrant may submit one essay only addressing the set philosophical topic.

3. Essays must not exceed 2000 words.

4. The essay must be entirely the student’s own work. Any form of unfair practice (including plagiarism) will disqualify the entrant from the competition.

5. Submissions must be in the form of Word documents in the following format: a. Font size 12 in a typeset of Calibri, Courier or Times New Roman b. Line spacing 1.5 between lines c. Italics for foreign/specialist words, bold for emphasis d. Footnotes should be used, rather than endnotes, if they are required.

6. The submission must be accompanied by a completed Submission Form which must be signed by the entrant and one of their teachers. The submission form and essay should be attached separately to a single email, sent to philosophyinschoolsnsw@gmail.com

7. No more than 3 submissions can be made per school.

8. Submissions received after the due date (25 October 2019) will not be considered.

Printable flyer: PinS and RS Essay Competition 2019_final.docx


The Philosophy in Schools Association of NSW
Announces a new FAPSA workshop — Advanced Practice 1:
Achieving Ethical Understanding through Philosophical Inquiry

University of Notre Dame, Broadway Campus, Sydney
19th October 2019
Participants may elect to undertake this course after gaining FAPSA certification (completion of the Philosophy in Schools NSW introductory, extension, and reflection workshops) and spending at least 6 months using philosophical methods in the classroom. This advanced course will help teachers to consolidate and extend their
skills in planning and using collaborative inquiry-based methods in the classroom with a particular focus on the critical, creative and caring thinking requisite to the development of robust ethical understanding.
Completing this course will contribute to 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing standards 3.3.2 & 4.1.2 from the Australian
Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher
Accreditation in NSW.
Bookings: Numbers are limited and it is advisable to book early.
Late bookings can be accepted only if space is available.
To book for the course, please visit https://qrs.ly/6waaoc8
Payment: The cost is $400, which includes morning tea and handouts.
Payment can be made by direct debit to the Commonwealth Bank BSB 062498 Ac 10426568,
or by a cheque made out to the Philosophy in Schools Association of NSW, posted to Dr Sandra Lynch, Institute for Ethics and Society, University of Notre Dame, P.O. Box 944 Broadway NSW 2007, in advance of the workshop.
Two further Advanced Practice workshops will be offered in future:
• Developing Knowledge and Understanding through Philosophical Inquiry
• Improving Student Reasoning through Philosophical Inquiry
This sequence of three Advanced Practice workshops
is officially endorsed by the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA)

 

2019 –  Philosophy in Schools Association of NSW next Introductory Workshops (previously Level 1)

…will be held on…

2nd November & 9th September 2019

These workshops are an introduction to the use of the philosophical Community of Inquiry to promote critical and creative thinking and ethical understanding in the classroom. It presupposes no formal training in philosophy or experience in teaching philosophy in schools. Completion of the two days of training, together with a short practical assignment, leads to official endorsement by the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Association (FAPSA).

The workshop presenters are academics and teachers with extensive experience in philosophy in schools, including the publication of internationally recognised books for teachers and the implementation of highly successful school programs.

The cost is $610 (full-time students $350) for the two day course, which includes morning tea and handouts.

Completing this 2 day course will contribute to 10 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing standards 3.3.2 & 4.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

To register, please use this form.

More information, including presenter bios, can be found via the workshop flyer.