At assembly yesterday, Room 24 discussed their philosophy projects.
Poppy, Bidaya and Harriet introduced the class’s undertakings during philosophy this year, describing the etymology of the word philosophy as meaning ‘love of wisdom’ in Ancient Greek. Philosophy is about tackling questions that don’t have an answer and that people always disagree about, and trying to think together in order to come to a solution. Room 24’s focus in philosophy this year was in ethics, and particularly, in social justice. Social justice is about when something bad or unfair is happening to a group in our society, for example, groups may be treated unfairly because of skin colour, gender, social status (if you’re uncool and get bullied), age, where you live, species (if you’re not human), or if you are from somewhere that is at risk of climate change.
Philosophy also allows us to not only think for ourselves about unanswered problems, but also make an attempt to change the world in a way that we think is best. Room 24’s projects included:
Sam's environmental ethics - Sam’s action is to petition the government to provide solar panels for every government school. Sam is aiming to get 500 signatures, he is currently at 240. If anyone thinks that this is a worthy cause, please add your name to the petition here.
Hunter & Jake are focussed on the prevention of bullying. Their action is for everyone to make a stand against bullying. Please stop bullying and be a friend!
Bidaya, Mia, and Sophia are supporting an app called Everyday Racism through raising money to donate. The app challenges people to live a week in the life of someone who is targeted by racism. It can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play, and the girls encourage you to challenge yourself to use the app.
Keira, Ella, and Eloise are focussed on gender equality. They have been looking at the effects of the poor treatment of women. They have written to Kelly O’Dwyer, a local representative, to enlist her support in their fight for the equal rights of women and girls.
Angus, Hamish, and Flynn make the argument that children should have the right to vote in elections, and that it is unfair that they are discriminated from this process. We would’ve voted Trump out!
Poppy, Stella, and Harriet are taking a look at racism, which is discrimination against people with a different skin colour or culture from you. They are going to raise money to support the prevention of racism.
Eoin is focussed on the rights of animals. Wild animals are getting hurt, and he will raise money by holding a Mario Kart tournament during lunchtime in the future to help stop this from happening.
Molly is fighting to ensure we have a clean environment. She has started a clean up the school group, which will give students at MPWPS the opportunity to clean up their school during recess on Wednesdays.
Hardityaraj wants to make sure that plastics are banned so that animals and fish in the ocean are safe. Raj will be writing a letter to the government.
Oscar argues that animals should have more rights than they currently do. Animals are treated extremely bad compared to humans, and there needs to be more protection for the rights of animals.
Darcy, Harry, and Lilian are focussed on the rights of children. They argue that children should be able to vote just like adults do. They have created a petition to lower the voting age.
Isabelle and Tahnee are writing a letter to the council to argue that homeless people need more clothes, food, and blankets, and should be supported by the government.
Sienna is trying to save bees from extinction. She will be petitioning the school to plant lavender, foxgloves, and snapdragon seeds to make us a bee-friendly school.