Principal's Blog

21 Years, 21 Books, and Holiday Reading
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal chooses his favourite twenty-one books of the century so far, perhaps prompting others to make their own selections this summer.

  • Books
  • Literature
Smoking, Young Lungs, and Our Students
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal reveals personal as well as professional reasons for his concern about students smoking, relating it to the culture in which we live.

  • School Values
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  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal considers the idea of character and personality, and how school can help to nurture students’ sense of identity as they seek to find themselves.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • School Values
Romanticism, Revolution, and the Idea of Child Development
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal looks at the idea of Romanticism – the worship of Nature, the championing of imagination, and how its ideas led to a revolution in the way children’s learning is conceived.

  • Art
  • Philosophy
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  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the importance of seeing the world from fresh perspectives, considers how language is crucial in this process, and how this can give our students a competitive advantage.

  • History
  • Languages
The Enlightenment Project, Progress, and the New Generation
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal examines the enlightenment project, its faith in progress, the implications of a blind faith in reason, and considers it in relation to today’s young generation.   

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Thinking in Twos and Threes, and Beyond
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal considers the most common ways of thinking and organising ideas, identifying how we create a sense of order from the chaos of the world.  

  • Philosophy
News
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal looks at the issue of plagiarism, defining it, examining how damaging it can be to a student’s career, and explaining how to avoid it.

  • Education
  • Plagiarism
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