Principal's Blog

The Female Century, Lee Miller, and a Photograph in Hitler’s Tub
Chris Greenhalgh

In this week’s Blog, the Principal looks at the life and work of Lee Miller, celebrated photographer, as an example of how young female students can be inspired to pursue their ambitions in what promises to be the female century.

  • Female Century
  • Lee Miller
  • Photographer
The Graduate, Plastics, and the BSM Sustainability Goals
Chris Greenhalgh

For his first regular post of 2020, the Principal recalls a scene from The Graduate, and links it with the BSM's new sustainability goals, to be launched this week.

  • Goals
  • Sustainability
  • The Graduate
50 Best Films - Last 20 Years
Chris Greenhalgh

In the final round-up of his top 50 films, the Principal selects his 10 best movies from the last 20 years. 

  • 50 Best Films
  • Cinema
  • Top 50 Films
50 Best Films - Late 1980s - 90s
Chris Greenhalgh

In the penultimate selection of his top 50 movies, the Principal explores the most brilliant and ambitious movies of the late 1980s and ‘90s.

  • 50 Best Films
  • Cinema
  • Films
50 Best Films - Late 1960s and Early 80s
Chris Greenhalgh

In the third selection of 10 films towards a top 50, the Principal looks at the diverse pleasures of great movies released between the late 1960s and early 80s.

  • 50 Best Films
  • Cinema
  • Top Films
50 Best Films - 1950s & 1960s
Chris Greenhalgh

In his second selection of 50 best films, the Principal chooses films made between the post-war austerity of 1950 and 1967’s ‘summer of love’, taking in the European New Wave.

  • 50 Best Films
  • Top50
  • Top Films
50 Best Films - Before 1950
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal has chosen his best 50 films from the last 100 years, starting with his 10 favourites released before 1950, taking in early experiments and film noir classics.

  • 50 Best Films
  • Films
  • Top 50
50 Best Books - Poetry
Chris Greenhalgh

In his final choice of 10 texts comprising his top 50 books, the Principal concentrates on poetry.

  • 50 Best Books
  • Books
  • Poetry
  • Top 50
50 Best Books - Prose
Chris Greenhalgh

In the penultimate part of the series on his choice of 50 best books, the Principal picks out his selections of prose texts from the last 75 years.

  • 50 Best Books
  • Prose
  • Top 50
50 Best Books - Novellas, Short Stories & Plays
Chris Greenhalgh

In this third instalment charting his 50 best books, the Principal identifies the finest shorter texts, including novellas, short stories and plays. 

50 Best Books - Fiction
Chris Greenhalgh

As part of the Principal’s choice of his 50 best books, today he selects 10 monuments of fiction published between 1845 and 1945.

  • 50 Best Books
  • Fiction
  • Top 50
50 Best Books - Classic Texts
Chris Greenhalgh

To help celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary, the Principal offers a choice of his 50 best books, starting with 10 seminal classic texts.

  • 50 Best Books
  • Books
  • Classics
  • Top 50
The Seven Storylines and the History of the School
Chris Greenhalgh

In the last blog before Christmas, the Principal ponders the seven basic storylines, and applies the template to the history of the school.

  • History
  • Storylines
  • Tales
The Perfect Muesli and the Importance of a Good Breakfast
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal this week shares insights into his pursuit of the perfect muesli, and reveals how a good breakfast can improve a student’s concentration and learning.

  • Breakfast
  • Concentration
  • Learning
Silence, Sant’Ambrogio and the Importance of Reading
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal’s theme this week is silence: how we need to carve out a space for ourselves to reflect and read, and how Milan’s Sant’Ambrogio offers inspiration in this regard.

  • Read
  • Sant'Ambrogio
  • Silence