The Secondary Philosothon was held on Tuesday the 13th of August at the Wesley College with special guest, Philosopher A.C. Grayling.
All schools and students participated admirably and it was great to see some new schools in attendance, as well as some regular schools who have been coming for years.
The school results of the Secondary Philosothon are as follows:
1st: Wesley College
2nd: Mentone Grammar School
3rd: Loreto College Ballarat
On the night, our expert judges awarded four awards in different categories.
The award for overall contributions went to:
Max - King David College
The VAPS award for A Caring Thinker:
Mila - Northcote High School
The University of Melbourne Award for A Critical Thinker:
Linda - Methodist Ladies' College
The Deakin University Award for A Creative Thinker:
Sofia - Melbourne Girls' Grammar
Students used a voting app to decide at the end of each round for themselves who was contributing significantly to their Community of Inquiry. The student who received the most votes was:
Meredith - Melbourne Girls' College
Congratulations to all students who participated and challenged their thinking on the night.
During the fourth round, each Community of Inquiry group discussed and formulated a question. While judges were tabulating the votes, all students got to hear all questions and discussed what they thought was the most philosophically intriguing. The question with the most votes was:
'Is ignorance immoral?'
What are your thoughts on this question?
Congratulations to all who participated, and we look forward to seeing you all next year!