2019 Workshops – What is a good life?

Teaching Religion and Philosophy

With Dylan Bartlett and Jeremy Hall
Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart & Sydney

From vision to classroom reality, Dylan and Jeremy will share a wide-ranging and versatile unit for the middle school classroom (Years 7-10).

This unit models a ‘personal search’ approach to Religious and Values Education (RaVE) and shows how RaVE can be at the centre of the secondary curriculum as a lively, relevant, inter-disciplinary subject that promotes critical thinking skills and enhances personal development.

The course will be a valuable opportunity for RaVE and Philosophy teachers, as well as pastoral leaders responsible for well-being programs.


  • Motivating philosophical discussion in the classroom
  • Exploring the values that surround us
  • A ‘personal search’ approach to Religious and Values Education


  • Hedonism and the Life of Pleasure
  • Consumerism and the Adaptation Principle
  • An introduction to Positive Psychology
  • Aristotle and Virtue Ethics
  • Principal Beliefs of Islam
  • The Buddhist Path
  • Christianity Re-examined


Delegates will receive a comprehensive resource pack, with subject briefings, lesson plans and everything you need to bring this course to life in your own school and context.

Dates and Venues

  • Adelaide: Monday 8 April (St Aloysius College)
  • Melbourne: Friday 3 May (Melbourne Grammar School)
  • Brisbane: Friday 10 May (Anglican Church Grammar School)
  • Hobart: Friday 7 June (St Michael’s Collegiate School)
  • Sydney: Thursday 31 October (Newington College)


9 a.m. for a 9.30 a.m. start and 3 p.m. finish.


$170/person or $150/person for DAN members & multiple bookings from same school.

Cost includes Workshop, Teaching Materials, Morning Tea & Lunch.

Places will be limited and early bookings are encouraged.

Dylan Bartlett is currently Teacher of Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theory of Knowledge at Newington College, Sydney. He has  23 years successful teaching experience in several contexts. He was Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at The Royal High School, Edinburgh, where he taught for twelve years. He also served as a visiting lecturer and workshop leader on the Bachelor of Education degree course at the University of Edinburgh. He has led departments of Philosophy and TOK in an international school context in Italy and has served as an examiner for the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the International Baccalaureate. In 2009, he undertook a Farmington Fellowship based at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, writing a short course for Year 10 students on the nature of a good life.

Dr Jeremy Hall is Director of the Dialogue Australasia Network. Since 2008, he has been Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Newington College, Sydney. He holds degrees in Theology from the University of Durham and a PhD from the Centre for the Study of Literature, Theology and the Arts, University of Glasgow. He leads a large and successful department in Sydney and is Director of Newington College Centre for Ethics. As part of his role, he is responsible for Theory of Knowledge and Philosophy for the IB Diploma Programme. He has also been a Sessional Lecturer at Charles Sturt University and a member of the development panel for the Masters in Religious and Values Education. He has run professional development courses for teachers in Australia and the UK, including the recent Inspiring Questions workshops in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide.

Feedback from 2017 PD workshops with Jeremy Hall & Mark Case

‘Engaging and inspiring. Fantastic to be led by passionate and successful teachers’  – (Stephanie Spiller, Canberra Girls’ Grammar School)

‘Immensely practical and inspiring, I recommend this PD for any RE or Humanities educator’  – (Luke Critchley, St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba)

‘A time of rich resourcing, stimulating possibilities, and practical ideas’  – (Anne van Gend, New Zealand Schools)

‘The workshop was energetic and inspiring. Lots of fun along the way, but also wonderful resources and plenty of great ideas’  – (Vanessa Gamack, Churchie)

‘Excellent positive, energetic presentation with lots of practical ideas. Team approach worked really well’ –  (Stephanie Maher, Grace Lutheran College)

‘Grounded in wise pedagogical thinking with intelligent and purposeful ideas for learning and assessment’ â€“ (Malcolm Woolrich, Melbourne Grammar)

‘Stimulating and refreshing’ –  (William Peacock, Melbourne Grammar)

‘An inspirational session that offered practical and relevant information to enhance my school’s RE programme. Thank you!’  – (Melinda Naughton, Girton Grammar)

‘You will be inspired!’  – (Lisa Benn, Lakeside College)

‘The kind of PD that commercial telly network executives should attend to see what really happens in Australian schools’  – (Tom Arthurson, St Joseph’s College, Geelong)

‘I feel inspired, validated and hopeful about teaching RE and ethics again. A fresh approach to teaching RE in a challenging educational setting. Brilliant session. Well worth the time!’ – (Liz Cutter, Tintern Grammar)