John XXlll College and Art Gallery of Western Australia Primary Philosothon

On Friday the 28th of June the inaugural John XXlll College Primary Philosothon took place at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. 70 students from 9 local schools took part, including Carmel School, St Thomas' Primary School, Newman College, Scotch College, Hale School, Brighton Catholic Primary School, John XXlll College, Holy Spirit Primary School and St John's Scarborough.

Year 8 Dean and Philosophy teacher Dirk Gleghorn with his group

The day began in the Gallery Theatrette, where students from mixed years and schools were organised into groups of seven. Each group journeyed through the Gallery, where teacher-facilitators encouraged open philosophical discussion using specially designed questions in relation to State Collection artworks. With no pressure to answer correctly, the students broadened their thinking by freely exploring abstract ideas.

Year 7 John XXlll College student Hannah Flavell

In the afternoon, the groups moved onto the MoMA exhibition-Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond: The World Reimagined. Each group was given a sealed envelope containing a mystery philosophical question to discuss. After appointing a spokesperson, the students explored the exhibition and engaged in thought-provoking conversations about the artworks in relation to the question.

Back at the Gallery Theatrette, each spokesperson reported on the thoughts and ideas their group talked about during their philosophical dialogue. The event finished with a certificate presentation and photo-shoot, capping off a fascinating day of open discussion and idea sharing.

Jesuit Debating Carnival

On Saturday our Year 12 Debating team leaves for Sydney to compete in the Jesuit Debating Carnival at St Ignatius' College, Riverview. We wish William Paparo, Anna Dolin and Paige Fairweather the best of luck and hope they have a wonderful time with clever debaters from other Ignatian schools.


This week our work experience Library Officer Ben Lamberto finished his time with us. Ben worked Wednesday mornings on a variety of duties. We will miss his help and wonderful smile.

Ben Lamberto at work on the Library Help Desk

The Secondary Library has purchased a large order of new books that will be available next term for borrowing. I encourage senior students to come and browse through our collection. We are happy to help students with their selection, or to order books that they might like to read should we not have the book on our shelves.

Next term the Library will be open until 6pm every Wednesday afternoon for year 12 students. I will be in the Year 12 area from 5pm to 6pm to help with English, Literature and Religion and Life.

Have a restful and safe holiday.

Annette Pedersen
Magis and Ignatius Centre Coordinator