Public Forum: Ethics in the Classroom

WEDNESDAY October 12, 6pm, Souths Leagues Club Merewether (Newcastle) 

What? Public Forum: Ethics in the classroom – lessons from the first five years.
When? 6.00 – 7.30pm, Wednesday 12st October 2016
Where? Souths Leagues Club, Merewether
Who? Open to the general public. Admission $5 donation
Contact: Speakers are available to the media (Contact Ross 0401 522875)

Newcastle was among the first regions to roll out the Primary Ethics program in 2011. What have we learned since then?

Newcastle Ethics Classes

Ethics class in action at Hunter School Of The Performing Arts

In the next public forum hosted by local think-tank the Newcastle Institute we’ll be discussing the growth of philosophical ethics in the classroom and the challenges and rewards of implementing the Primary Ethics program.

Speakers include John Beach, recently retired principal of Newcastle East Public School. With a philosophy background, Mr Beach was quick to see the benefits of ethics education for students and was instrumental in implementing one of Newcastle’s first and most comprehensive Primary Ethics programs. We will also welcome two former ethics students, now both in year 10, who will reflect on their introduction to philosophical ethics.

Leonie Johnson was appointed CEO of Primary Ethics in March this year after having become involved in the not for profit organisation soon after it was established by the St James Ethics Centre (now simply known as The Ethics Centre) in 2010. Ms Johnson will discuss how ethics is taught, the process of ethical reasoning, examples from ethics lessons and the importance of individuals developing evidence based ethical reasoning skills. She will explain how parents, carers and volunteers from the broader community are involved in delivering the program to school students.

34 schools in the Newcastle/ Lake Macquarie region currently have Primary Ethics available for their students. Approximately 3000 students, aged between 4 and 12, attend ethics classes each week during the school term.  More information about the program is available at

The evening is open to the general public, and will include a panel-discussion and audience Q & A. Anyone who has an interested in ethics education or the implementation of the program in schools is welcome to attend. No RSVP is necessary.