We are very excited to announce that our school has been chosen to take part in a new Ethics & Critical Thinking Program this year.
The Ethics & Critical Thinking Program is a pilot program developed by the Constable Care Foundation, in partnership with Primary Ethics, the WA Council of State School Organisations and Edith Cowan University. We are very fortunate to be one of the few schools chosen to participate in the WA pilot program. This is a fantasic opportunity for our Year 5 students.
About Ethics & Critical Thinking
The program will involve trained volunteers leading weekly discussion groups with our Year 5 students. It is designed to allow children to consider ethical dilemmas that develop their critical thinking, ethical reasoning and personal and social capabilities, including empathy and respect for other’s opinions.
Research evidence points to significant benefits for children’s personal and social development from participation in regular, in-depth and ongoing ethics and critical thinking programs. In addition, studies indicate that schools and communities which implement such programs report improvements in culture, including reduced bullying.
While the pilot program focuses on Year 5 students, an ongoing program in subsequent years would be made available to all years from K-6.
We are also very happy to report that Mr Davenport (Mr D), a former and highly valued EKPS Teacher and current School Board member, along with Ms Somers (a parent) have volunteered to be trained as facilitators and will deliver the program to our students.