Principal's Blog

Exam Revision Tips
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

As the internal examination season draws near, the Principal identifies some simple tips for improving student performance.

  • Education
  • Study Tips
Galileo, the Grand Inquisitor, and the Master Narrative
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the story of Galileo, the clash with the Inquisition, and considers how a (post)modern education pursues a more pluralistic model of knowledge.

  • Covid19
  • Education
  • Science
Time, the Clock of the Long Now, and Student Memories
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the themes of time and memory, how we experience these things culturally, and considers how students are exposed to these ideas in school. 

  • Covid
  • Philosophy
  • Time
Back Pain, Beer, the Bumble Bee, and the Inner Life
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal considers what it means to have belief or credit in ourselves, and explores how the cultivation of an inner life is crucial in fulfilling student potential. 

  • Education
  • Inner Life
Do Boys and Girls Learn Differently?
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the idea that boys and girls learn differently, and considers the implications of this for schools.

  • Education
  • Learning
Goals, Music, and the Importance of Sport
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal recalls personal associations with sport before going on to examine the evidence for sport helping to improve academic achievement.

  • Music
  • Sports
Love, a Boiled Bunny, and Emotional Intelligence
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the Principal looks at the theme of love, considering its images and history, and exploring what part it plays in a modern education.

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Love
A Life of Nietzsche, and the Life of the Mind
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores a witty and informative Life of Nietzsche and considers what it has to tell us about the way we think and learn.

  • Philosophy
Winter Light, Goethe’s Death Bed, and Classroom Revelations
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

For his 75th blog, the Principal considers the idea of light, its associations in religion, science, and the arts, and sees in education a potential for intellectual and personal enlightenment.

  • Education
  • Science
Alice, Peter Pan, and the Battle to Save Childhood
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal looks at the enduring symbols of childhood, how they represent a darker fear of not wanting to grow up, and considers how schools must both protect children as well as prepare them for the adult world beyond.

  • Covid19
  • Literature
Authenticity, Andy Warhol, and the Real Thing
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the notion of authenticity, how this affects our understanding of nature, culture, and emotion, and how it shapes our relation to the world.

  • Art
  • Culture
Antony, Cleo, and What They tell Us Now
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

 The Principal looks at the relationship of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony, with their lover Cleopatra, and considers how cultural assumptions can affect our judgements – something students need to be aware of in today’s world.  

  • Culture
  • History