Newsletter May 2020

Dear Primary Ethics Supporters,

I’d like to thank our volunteers for their commitment to ethics education in 2020, and their patience and flexibility as circumstances put ethics classes on hold for term 2. We are planning for ethics classes to resume at the start of term 3, subject to health recommendations at that time. Working to guidelines we’ve established with the NSW Department of Education, we’ve developed at-home lessons – called Primary Ethics Bites – for students to engage with in the meantime to continue practising their critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills. The Department has helped to inform families with an article and link on every school website.

Primary Ethics Bites!

Each week in term 2, Primary Ethics will upload two new Bites; one designed for students from Kindy to Year 2 (early stage 1 and stage 1), and another for those in Years 3 – 6 (stages 2 and 3).

The material has been adapted from the Primary Ethics curriculum for a range of ages to better suit sibling arrangements and the home environment. The two groupings also offered a practical solution to what Primary Ethics staff could produce with just a 3 week turn around.

I’d like to acknowledge the hard work of our small team of staff in putting these Bites together, and the volunteers who, with their children, are recording audio at home and sending it through for use in each lesson.

Each Bite provides a single or several connected ethical dilemmas presented in audio or audio/visual format, with a text-only version also available. Children are encouraged to read, watch or listen to the stories, which provide a context for the dilemma, and ponder the questions provided. Read more about Bites

2019 Annual Report

Thank you to our donors, volunteers and supporters who made our last financial year a success. Thank you, too, to all those who assisted in the production of this report through contributing words and photos, proofreading, coordination and design. The Annual Report offers a bright overview of Primary Ethics’ activities in the 2019 financial year.

We invite you to take a look.

ONLINE TRAINING FOR PRIMARY ETHICS VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer ethics teacher applicants will now be able to train fully online – a first for Primary Ethics. The first online teacher training is scheduled for mid-May.

Our trainers, led by training manager Karen Lee and training administrator Darcie Funk, have been working hard to develop and implement online ethics teacher and ethics coordinator training sessions. Three online ethics coordinator sessions have already been held.

New office for Primary Ethics

While staff have been working from home, our new office is taking shape at 188 Oxford Street, Paddington, thanks to our long-term supporter Rob Keldoulis.  With significantly more space than the Potts Point office, the move provides stability of tenancy and allows for growth. We’ll also be pleased to be part of a community hub, working alongside other not-for-profit groups.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas – Livestream 

This weekend, enjoy a provoking program of conversations from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, live streamed for free. The series takes inspiration from the original FODI 2020 theme of ‘Dangerous Realities’. There’s no need to book, just jump on to the FODI website, hit the WATCH STREAM button on each session at the scheduled time to stream it from the comfort of your own home.

There will be a quick pop up form to fill out before you can access the free live-stream session. Visit: https://festivalofdangerousideas.com/

Change means increased costs

Our rapid change in operations has brought inevitable increases in expenses for staff time and materials to develop our new Bites and online training. These facts illustrate simply that our need for funding never abates – and we welcome donations from our supporters to help us continue our work.

We realise there have been many worthy calls for financial assistance from people and organisations who are dealing with the impact of recent terrible natural disasters. We do not seek to divert any funding from these causes, but we hope some supporters find they have some capacity to also donate to Primary Ethics. Here’s how.

With thanks for your support,

Bruce Hogan
Chair of the Board of Primary Ethics

Primary Ethics Limited holds Charitable License Number CFN/22134 in accordance with Section 16 of the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991.