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School pupils celebrate great philosophers

Aidan Mailey, Ben Osborne, Dylan Barnes take part in World Philosophy Day at Holy Cross Boys School in Ardoyne. Picture by Mal McCann

SCHOOL pupils have been celebrating great philosophers to further promote understanding of the subject.

Children at Holy Cross Boys' PS in north Belfast this year gave presentations focussing on Aristotle, his work and teachings.

In previous years, they explored Plato and Socrates.

Classes from P1 through to P7 are taught philosophy lessons each week.

Principal Kevin McArevey said the school has been teaching the subject since 2013 and also marked World Philosophy Day every year.

"We have found that the children's capacity to critically engage as learners has been enhanced over the years as the subject has become embedded within the school's curriculum," he said.

The opening of a philosophy room within the school is a further illustration of the commitment to promote and advance the teaching and learning of philosophy within our school community.

"For several years, parents have been attending weekly philosophy classes at nights, whilst classroom assistants are involved in weekly lessons, demonstrating our commitment to make this a defining characteristic of our entire school community."

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