Hale News

24 Aug 2016

2016 Philosopher in Residence

Hale is one of the few schools in WA that is lucky enough to have a programme like the Philosopher in Residence. The programme has brought various philosophers to the School, and has been instrumental in the growing interest in the subject.

This year we were fortunate enough to be visited by Oxford Professor and world renowned bio-ethicist Julian Savulescu. Professor Savulescu is the director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical ethics, Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University, a visiting professor for various other universities around the globe and the head of the Melbourne-Oxford Stem cell collaboration, amongst other distinguished roles.

During his visit the philosophy students were thrilled to have classes run by Professor Savulescu, which allowed us to get an insight into his sometimes controversial views mostly surrounding his stance for physiological doping in sport and procreative beneficence (a moral obligation of a parent to select what kind of child they should raise by the possible quality of life - essentially a designer baby). In spite of these practices seeming morally abhorrent to many Professor Savulescu forced students like myself to look beyond what could be described as a “yuck factor” and back up our stances with logic and proper philosophical process, which is much easier said than done when attempting to clash opinions with an Oxford professor of philosophy!

Hale has certainly been privileged by Professor Savulescu’s visit and the Philosopher in Residence programme has been a continual benefit to the School. 

Andrew Waddell, Year 12 Philosophy student

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26 Aug 2016

Jazz at Hale

Friday 26 August promises to be a magnificent night of Jazz! The evening will feature performances by Jazz 101, Middle School Jazz, Stage Band, Big Band and Hale Jazz Orchestra. With a programme focussed on getting you on the dance floor, I guarantee you will have a great night with all our Jazz boys. Make sure you book your table or seat through Mrs Julie Viney in 9347 0154 or musicadmin@hale.wa.edu.au soon, as you will not want to miss out on this entertaining night!  

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