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Teaching Philosophy in Schools

Filed in Latest News by on November 20, 2017
Teaching Philosophy in Schools

Why should Catholic schools teach philosophy? Surely what matters is catchesis and forming young people in the Faith? This is a view taken by many today but it is profoundly mistaken and represents a denial of the Catholic tradition, a rejection of Catholic heritage and a wasted opportunity. In the Catholic tradition philosophy and theology […]

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Bible Matters

Filed in Latest News by on November 19, 2017
Bible Matters

Peter and Charlotte Vardy One of the puzzling aspects of the most read and studied book in the history of civilisation is how little people know about it. The bible has shaped so many dimensions of Western culture through the foundational scriptures for Judaism and Christianity. One could not imagine the composition of the Koran […]

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Peter Vardy on the ABC,

Filed in Latest News by on July 17, 2015
Peter Vardy on the ABC,

In May, Dr Peter Vardy took part in an ABC National Radio discussion on Religion in Schools alongside Simon Smart, Director, Centre for Public Christianity, and Dr Meredith Doig, President, Rationalist Society of Australia. Tonight a discussion that has been simmering on and off around Australia for years and in recent months has boiled over again – special religious […]

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Report recommends more teaching of Religion in Australian Schools

Filed in Latest News by on January 21, 2014
Report recommends more teaching of Religion in Australian Schools

Education reviewer Kevin Donnelly makes case for more religion to be taught in public schools By Andrew Greene, ABC News Updated Sun 12 Jan 2014, 10:59am AEDT VIDEO: Kevin Donnelly makes case for religion in public schools (ABC News)         There should be more religious education in Australian schools, says one of the men tasked with […]

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“Ethics Matters” ideal text book to complement Year 11&12 Study of Religion

Filed in Latest News by on January 14, 2014
“Ethics Matters” ideal text book to complement Year 11&12 Study of Religion

Book Review from the Catholic Leader (Brisbane, Australia) “Ethics Matters” by Peter and Charlotte Vardy (SCM Press, 2012) One of the formative forces in Australian Catholic education, over the last twenty years has been an English academic, Peter Vardy. He is a mixture of philosopher, theologian, author and public speaker. It is as the latter […]

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Filed in Latest News by on August 26, 2013

Forty Loreto Normanhurst students from Year 10 and 11 attended the Ethics Matters conference organised by Wombat Education.  They were accompanied by Ms Ann-Maree Zelmanowski and Ms Mary Nosworthy. This conference was held at St Mary’s Cathedral College and conducted by Dr Peter Vardy (UK educationalist and author). Peter Vardy aims to build skills in critical thinking […]

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Louder than words

Filed in Latest News by on August 26, 2013
Louder than words

Following our May 2013 Ethics Matters conference and associated publicity in the WA media Canon Pengelly, the Director Service, Learning & Leadership at CCGS Perth, wrote…  “Peter… has been coming to Australia for many years and has been instrumental in improving the standard of Religious Education in particular. As you may have seen in The West […]

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Theologian urges more school ethics

Filed in Latest News by on August 26, 2013
Theologian urges more school ethics

Australian schools should place more emphasis on teaching religious values and education so students can be exposed to fundamental questions about the meaning of life, visiting British author and theologian Peter Vardy says. Dr Vardy, who was in Perth this week to talk to Year 11 and 12 students at an ethics conference hosted by […]

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Filed in Latest News by on August 26, 2013

During Term 2, three Studies of Religion students from Guilford Young College in Hobart (Madison Radford, Kate Johnson and Eleanor Lyall) attended a conference led by British ethicist, Dr Peter Vardy. Dr Vardy presented the history of ethics, starting from Plato and Aristotle and ending with the views of current Australian ethicist Peter Singer, Professor […]

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Silence and self-reflection in a world saturated with social media

Filed in Latest News by on August 26, 2013
Silence and self-reflection in a world saturated with social media

I recently asked a teenage girl if she ever took time to sit still and reflect on her life. “Not really,” she smiled nervously, “I think I would find that threatening.” Other digital natives (young people who’ve grown up with the internet) I’ve spoken to similarly agree that in empty moments, they tended to reach […]

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