PHILOSOTHON SUPPORT


Philosothon Development Officers

Sue Paff
can offer a range of services to assist schools to host Philosothon. Since 2004, Sue
has taught Stage 5 Elective Philosophy and conducted Philosophy programs for Stage 2 and
Stage 3. She has been involved in the Australia Philosothon since its inception in 2011. In
2012 she organised the Northern NSW Philosothon at Bishop Druitt College, Coffs Harbour.
In November 2017, the 6th Northern NSW Philosothon was held.

Services available.

# Phone/Skype support.  Advise on topics, resources, general organisation, finding judges,
catering hints, introducing students and staff to Community of Inquiry (the style of discussion
used in Philosothons) and ways to promote the event to local schools.  A friendly listening ear
to voice concerns/issues and to get practical advice.

# Internet provision of resources and organisation. This would include adjusting ‘philosothon
model’ to meet the specific needs and requirements of the host school and local area. All
proformas, marking grids, advertising material, topics and resources would be sent
electronically. On going liaison by phone/internet to help ensure a ‘hassle-free’ experience.

# Convening the Philosothon.  Sue attends the Philosothon. Competition issues organised,
oversight/facilitation during the Philosothon event, catering organised and results tallied.  Staff
from the host school would be required to assist and be available on the day. Visiting staff
would also be involved in supervision of students and some activities.

# Promotion and convening the Philosothon. A two part package. Sue would provide training
and promotion at host school for staff and students (including training in the use of Community
of Inquiry as an assessment tool for a wide range of KLA’s) before the Philosothon. This
would prepare both staff and students to become familiar with COI’s and to more effectively
participate in the competition. The second part would be the subsequent organisation of the
Philosothon at the host school.

Fees: Negotiable.  The fee would be incorporated into the Registration Fee charged to the
students attending the Philosothon.  The event is designed to be cost neutral to the hosting
school. For example, The NNSW Philosothon is a two day event that charges $35 per
student. This amount covers an evening meal, lunch, morning and afternoon tea as well as the
$950 convenor fee. Transport assistance would also be required in some cases.

Sue Paff (M Ed Studies, Grad Dip Psych and FASPA Level 2 trainer

Contact:
paffsue@gmail.com


MatthewWills was the founder to the Philosothon….and he has been instrumental in its
growth and success. He is a highly skilled organiser having successfully run over fifty local and
national events. He has trained teams that have achieved 1st place at multiple Australasian
Philosothons and many local Philosothons. He has taught Philosophy and Ethics for many
years and his students have achieved outstanding results each year. He runs seminars for
teachers, co-ordinates the Philosothon Project and offers support to schools as they introduce
students to the Philosothon and the Ethics Olympiad.

Services available.

1.        Phone/Skype support.  Advice on topics, contacts at other local schools, resources,
general organisation issues. A friendly listening ear to voice concerns/issues and to get
practical advice. Internet provision of resources and organisation. This would include
adjusting the ‘model’ to meet the specific needs and requirements of the host school and local
area. All proformas, marking grids, advertising material, topics and resources would be
provided. On-going and regular liaison by phone/internet to help ensure a relatively ‘hassle-
free’ experience is provided. ($500)

2.        Convening the event.  Matthew does not run the event on the day but does the above
(1) plus most the background work to make it straightforward for a school to host. Once a
date has been set he will invite nearby schools to participate, he will address their questions,
organise and resource judges and facilitators, deal with catering issues, organise badges, and
in consultation with the school he will produce the program for the evening. Staff from the host
school would be required to assist on the night with the smooth running of the event. Visiting
teachers from participating schools would also be involved. (Cost $750)

3.        Promotion and convening a Philosothon. A two-part package. Matthew would be
available for teacher PD and or student preparation ……and he would prepare, organise and
participate in the event. He would do everything listed above and be there on the evening to
run the event ($1500). He is also available to provide training and promotion at the host
school for staff and students (including training in the use of Community of Inquiry as an
assessment tool for a wide range of KLA’s) before the Philosothon. (Please note that the
preparation courses would involve an extra negotiated honorarium. Also while the amount of
$1500 includes his travel and accommodation costs for the event but if he is visiting at another
time earlier in the year to do a PD or student preparation some travel and accommodation
support would need to be provided by the host school.)

This support is designed to be cost neutral to the host school unless the school would like
some PD for staff and or students. For example, if you had eight-ten schools involved, each
school with eight students the cost to each school would be between $ 10 - $20 per student-
depending on which option chosen from above. This cost would be passed on to participating
schools as a fee for entry.)

Matthew Wills (B.Th. Dip Min, Dip Ed. FAPSA Level 1 & 2 Training)

Contact:
matwills59@hotmail.com
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