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I find myself sitting down to write a few days after the General Election. This isn’t a political essay – I feel that our role as educators is to equip people to make independent, informed decisions rather than to tell them what those decisions ought to be. Yet, the occasion, coinciding unusually with the end of the year, does make it an unprecedented time for reflection and projection. Back in the 1920s, Fritz Lang released his seminal dystopian science fiction film Metropolis. A reflection on the political situation in Weimar Germany, and a speculation on the world of the future,
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On Tuesday 14th January, myself and a group of year 12 students went on a visit to Blackpool Magistrate’s Court. We were sat down – and asked to stay quiet – in a box at the side of the court, with a clear view of everything that was going on. Slowly things fell into place, people got to where they needed to be, and the first of seven cases began. As we expected – and had been warned – the morning progressed slowly; nobody was keen to do anything quickly. This meant there was time spent sitting between cases, time
After looking at Compassion towards others last term, the Round Square focus for this half term is Self-Awareness. Miss De Miranda presented an assembly to launch it for students and staff and encourage them to think about what it means to them. She opened by explaining, “You need to take the time to be kind to yourself, often we pay more attention to negative events rather than positive ones that occur in our lives. It’s the bad things that grab our attention, stick in our memories, and influences our decisions. This can affect our behaviour, decisions, and even our relationships”. Miss De
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