This has been a busy time in relation to philosophy. The John XXlll College Essay Philosophy Essay Competition closed on 3 September and I have had a flurry of entries from other schools. It is wonderful to see so many students interested in both philosophy and this competition. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Hale School Philosothon later in the year.

On Tuesday last week a group of 4 teachers from Woodlands Primary School in Singapore visited the College to discuss our philosophy course. They were very interested in our curriculum and returned on Wednesday afternoon to observe a year 8 Philosophy class in action. They were impressed with the level of our student engagement. They also expressed an interest in sending a team of students to our first Primary Philosothon that will take place next year in the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Media Club

This year our Media Club students have been working on producing the Daily Notices live through JTV on Wednesday mornings. We film the Notices on Tuesday afternoon.

The students have trialled various venues around the school for their film set. This week, after much discussion, the decision was made to move filming to the Gonzaga Barry Lecture Theatre. We will be filming there on Tuesday afternoons each school week. Any interested student is welcome to join the film crew. We are happy to teach interested students any skills they might require to participate.

University of Western Australia

UWA has a new program coming up in October that might interest some students, particularly those who have a leaning towards Archaeology and Anthropology. A day in the life of an Arts student is a day long program being held on Tuesday 9 October from 9.30am to 3.30pm and includes an overview of an Arts degree plus workshops which will give a good example of what you would study in the majors Archaeology and Anthropology and Sociology. With the expansion of our mining industry there is a significant shortage of archaeologists and anthropologists, thus job prospects after a degree are very good. The skills learned are just as valid internationally as in Australia, giving job opportunities all over the world. Information can be found at the website: Interested students can see me to get an entry form. Entries close on 19 September.

Dr Annette Pedersen
Magis Coordinator