9 Philosophy

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Dr C. Gavin

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The year 9 Philosophy Course  is designed to develop students’ creative and critical thinking skills and engage in collaborative discussions. They will develop key skills such as how to be open minded and listen to others perspective and how to argue respectfully. 

Students will participate in fun hands on activities that are in the context of current social issues. For example social media use, what makes a good friend, cancel culture, fake news and other topics concerns. 

Big questions such as, how do we know what we know are explored. Students conduct inquiries into the distinctions between pseudo science and science, and explore ethical dilemmas.

Not only do students gain an understanding of how to do philosophy but they also develop interpersonal and communication competencies that are relevant to subjects across the curriculum. It is intended that students will unleash their curiosity and practice compassion in their philosophy community of learning.

Assessment Information

Students are assessed against the NZ Curriculum levels.


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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.