The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) is delighted to
announce that it has been awarded a substantial grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to fund
a philosophy in schools project from September 2017 to August 2020. The Project will further
develop Philosothons in Australasia by growing existing Philosothons and supporting the
establishment of new ones, particularly in remote schools and at schools catering for students
from low socio-economic backgrounds.

The Philosothon Project was conceived by Mr Matthew Wills, the Head of Philosophy, Values and
Religion at Hale School in Western Australia. A Philosothon is a competition that sees students
engaging in a Community of Inquiry, seeking to investigate a complex ethical or philosophical
problem in a collaborative manner. Philosothons promote critical and creative thinking and
collaboration skills.

The following grants are now available;

1.  New Philosothons: Subsidies are available for schools to help cover the costs associated
with starting up their own local Philosothon involving other schools in their area. Priority will be
given to schools catering for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and regional
areas. New Philosothons will be established in regions that do not yet have any; including the
ACT, New Zealand, the Northern Territory, Singapore, South Australia, and Tasmania.

Click here for an Application form for FAPSA Philosothon grants.

2.  Travel Subsidies: Subsidies will be provided to enable students/staff from remote locations to
travel and participate in National Philosothons. Judges and Community of Inquiry Facilitators
recruited and trained up: Teacher training and professional development will be organised to
allow post-graduate university students in philosophy and primary and secondary school
philosophy teachers to be trained in the Community of Inquiry pedagogy which, in turn, enables
them to act as Judges and Facilitators in Philosothons.

3. A monetary prize will be provided for the winning school in the annual Australasian

4. Funding is available to assist teachers to receive Level 1 training in order for them to be
better equipped to facilitate Community of   Inquiries at a Philosothon.

5. Resource Development: Teachers and academics will be invited to develop age appropriate
resources to be used as stimulus material for Philosothons.  A website will  be developed to
house these resources and enable access for all participants. These resources will be used as
stimulus material for Philosothons.

6. Research and Project evaluation: Research will be conducted and reported on the benefits
and findings of the Philosothon Project  and published in reputable scholarly and open access
publications such as peer-reviewed journals as well as Philosophy magazines.

7. Honorarium will be available to Philosothon organisers to pay judges and facilitators to assist
them to cover travel costs or fee for  service where they assist in the successful running of a

Contact: Project coordinator Mr Matthew Wills (e) | Ph: +61 (0)400 029
660 | FAPSA Website: This project was made possible through the support of
a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of
the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.
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