In 2014 we partnered with The Philosophy Club to pilot
Philosophical Inquiry. Trained mentors guided students
to develop critical and creative thinking. The two month
program asked students to ponder questions such as, "What is beauty?",
"Can a machine think?", "Why should we be good?"
Philosophical enquiry helps students develop the ability to make
thoughtful and considered judgements. It builds their skills in
enquiry, reasoning, critical reflection and creative thinking;
provides opportunities to reflect on their values and principles;
and often inspires a thirst for lifelong learning. Some of these
benefits are difficult to measure, despite being widely anecdotally
reported; but studies show that where Philosophy has been
systematically incorporated into school curricula, students'
performance has measurably improved in verbal, non-verbal and
Philosophical enquiry helps students develop a broad range of
interdisciplinary thinking capacities specified in the Australian
Curriculum in Victoria, as well as providing important personal
and social benefits.
The link to The Philosophy Club:
The Festival of Thought
In 2015, we celebrated the start to the school year with A Festival of
Thought. The Festival of Thought showcased the Inquiry Learning for
Term 1. Some marvellous activities included: puppet plays; debates;
philosophical thinking; reflections; Art works; Healthy Mind/Healthy
Body; Yoga; Literature Circles; role plays; and much, much more!
The school community - students, staff parents, families and friends
participated, engaged in dialogue, observed, wondered and wandered
around this exciting event.
Year Four, Five and Six students delved into ethical thinking,
using questioning and listening skills and developing their ability
to think reflectively about important life questions. They are expressed
their ideas through art, debate, writing and music.
Year Two and Three students developed puppet shows exploring
issues such as how to be a good friend, and what are our values,
as part of their Inquiry into Philosophy. They performed puppet
plays and students shared the moral of each story following their plays.
Preps and Year Ones shared their investigations. The Walker Learning Approach
enables the students to explore their interests and use their creativity whilst
working with others. Students planned, designed and shared their work through
Reflection sessions, which are guided by teachers.