Principal's Blog

Alone Together, the Digital Age, and the Role of Parents
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

This week the Principal looks at the impact of digital devices and shares the results of a survey on the impact of mobile phone use, revealing the influence of parents in this regard. 

  • Education
  • E-Safety
The Invisible Man, a Spooky X-Ray, and the Need to be Seen
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the temptations of invisibility in modern life, but argues that – more than ever – this is a time when people need to stand up and be seen. 

  • Covid19
  • Education
  • School Values
Communication, Image, Text
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal looks at how communication has changed in the digital age, how messages can become distorted, and how we need to be alert to the manipulative powers of language.

President Lincoln, Mrs Bixby, Spielberg and the Truth
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

In the context of the U.S. Presidential election, the Principal tells the story of a former President’s relation to fake news, and wonders how such representations matter.

  • Education
  • History
The Longest Year
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

In a personal reflection on the last year, the Principal addresses directly the current situation.

  • Covid19
Immortality, Jellyfish, and the Full Life
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the concept of immortality, reveals how the jellyfish got there first, and considers how our students might live a full life.

  • Covid19
  • Culture
Corridors, Utopia, and Social Distancing
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the idea of the corridor in modern culture, how it can be an emblem of freedom as well as fear, and focuses on the BSM corridors at the present time.

  • Culture
  • Education
The Mars Rover, Canali, and the BSM Connection
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explains the connection between the BSM and the Mars Rover and tells how HG Wells and Orson Welles have helped to mythologise the Red Planet.

  • BSM 50
  • Covid19
  • Technology
 Jaws, the USS Indianapolis and Covid-19
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

This week the Principal recalls his favourite scene from Jaws and sees an uncanny parallel with the current virus.

  • Covid19
  • Education
The Strangest Year, Vergil, and the Next Great Thing
  • 2019-20
Chris Greenhalgh

In his 54th and final blog of the year, the Principal reflects on the last few months, and focuses on a strange method for divining the future, and determining our next steps.  

  • Covid19
  • Culture
Object, Landscape, Feeling
  • 2019-20
Chris Greenhalgh

This week the Principal reveals a technique for thinking that connects our inner mental spaces with the outer spaces of the world, and how this can help students learn to be fully alive.

  • Culture
  • History