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Parent Information Evenings 2023

  Come and learn more about Hartford College. With a strong mentoring program, and a focus on the Liberal Arts in the Western Tradition, Hartford College is the first of its kind in Australia. The information evening will provide parents an opportunity to see the classrooms, meet the teachers and learn more about our unique…

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Professor John Haldane on Character Education

Professor John Haldane, regarded as one of the World’s top 50 most influential philosophers, recently spoke at ACU on ‘Flourishing as an aim of education’. He stated that virtue education and character formation had the potential to transform individual students and societies. Professor Haldane said there was enormous interest in character education around the globe,…

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Chess Develops Character

Hartford College is delighted to announce the establishment of its Chess Club, led by Dr Emma Wood. Chess, with its long and rich history, is one of the world’s most played games. The game inspires critical thinking, strategic thought, develops memory, cultivates patience and enhances problem-solving skills – not bad for a board game. Players…

Stationery List & Reading List

Stationery List We have compiled a list of necessary stationery which you will need to purchase for your son Click the PDF link below to view the list Hartford College Stationery List Years 5 and 6 Hartford College Stationery List Year 7 These are the items that will be supplied by the school: School Diary…

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Welcome Our New Teacher – Jennifer Hoare

Hartford College is pleased to welcome its newest teacher, Mrs Jennifer Hoare. Jennifer is a dedicated and passionate teacher with a thirty-four-year career teaching boys in Sydney’s Catholic Independent Schools. Among the schools she has worked in are St Aloysius’ College Junior School (1990 – 2001), St Ignatius’ College Riverview (2002-2010), and Waverley College Junior…

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Welcome Our New Teacher – Emma Wood

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new philosophy teacher, Dr Emma Wood. As part of Hartford’s integrated approach, students study philosophy from years 5 to 12. Emma received her PhD in philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington in 2015. Her PhD thesis was a defence of moral realism against the most recent moral…

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Why Study Philosophy At School

Why study Philosophy at school? Philosophy teaches students to think logically and rationally.  It helps one to develop a sound argument. Students access a tsunami of information online, sometimes truthful and factual, but other times downright misleading. Students need skills to analyse and discern facts from fiction, right from wrong, truth from lies. Many of life’s major…

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How to Build Good Character

Developing virtue in our students is a key objective at Hartford College. Professor Larry Arnn, of Hillsdale College, Michigan, USA, speaks on how Aristotle taught that excellence in education, combined with the development of good habits, produced virtue. Given so much discussion now about declining learning standards amongst boys, we think Aristotle probably had it…

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Teen Boys at Record Low for Literacy

Recent NAPLAN results show literacy levels for teenage boys have dropped to the lowest since national testing began. One in nine high school boys is unable to read at a basic standard. 11.4% of boys in year 9 failed to reach the minimum reading standard. This is the worst result since 2008. In the education…

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Ramsay-Campion Great Books Podcast

Dr Stephen McInerney, Member of Hartford’s Curriculum Committee, has launched a new podcast discussing the Great Books of Western Civilisation. Dr McInerney is a Senior Lecturer of Literature and Director of the Centre for the Study of Western Tradition at Campion College in Sydney. The podcast is a joint initiative between Campion College Australia and…