Principal's Blog

10 Big Themes of the Twenty-First Century
  • 2023-24
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal identifies 10 key themes of the twenty-first century so far, and highlights the challenge for the next generation in successfully addressing them.

  • Culture
  • Education
  • Innovation
  • Values
Three Things I Experienced Over the Break
  • 2023-24
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal reflects on a cluster of experiences over the Christmas break that seemed to gather into an urgent and important message.         

  • Art
  • Education
  • History
Twelve Photographs – an Italian Odyssey of Shots  
  • 2023-24
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal shares twelve of his favourite personal photographs, recording Italian moments and chronicling his time in the country, while exercising a belief in ‘seeing’ the world.  

  • Art
Learning to See - Colour and Human Behaviour
  • 2023-24
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the phenomenon of colour, its cultural history, how it affects human behaviour, and the critical prism students must acquire to fully see the world.

  • Art
  • School Values
The Idea of an Island: Robinson Crusoe vs John Donne
  • 2023-24
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the idea of an island, contrasting the self-reliance of Robinson Crusoe with the notion that no man is an island, and the implications that has for how we conduct ourselves as human beings.

  • Education
  • History
Bambi, Swerves, and the BSM Future
  • 2022-23
Chris Greenhalgh

In his last blog of the year, the Principal sounds a personal note as he reflects on the swerves that shape a life, the challenges of the past, and the prospects for the future.

  • School Values
QR code
  • 2022-23
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal laments the use of QR code menus in restaurants,  and considers the implications for education posed by generative AI programmes such as ChatGPT.

  • ChatGPT
  • Innovation
  • Learning
King Charles, the Cromwells, and the Need for Magic
  • 2022-23
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal marks the coronation of King Charles III, reflecting on his own memories of the former Prince and what the institution of monarchy might mean in a modern context.

  • School Values
Children’s Games, Puzzles, and Learning through Play
  • 2022-23
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal considers how playing games is a fundamental human instinct, explores why so many games involve overcoming an obstacle, and why learning through play is a key part of education.

  • Games
  • Learning