Principal's Blog

The Strangest Year, Vergil, and the Next Great Thing
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
  • Future
  • Inspiration
Object, Landscape, Feeling
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.

  • Civilisation
  • Landscape
  • Space
Racism, Education, and Strange Fruit
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal responds to recent events, arguing that as well as condemning racism, we need to educate people into a new respect, and reimagine a culture in which Strange Fruit might stand as a kind of anthem.

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Education
  • Racism
The Mirror Stage, Narcissus, and the Boys’ Bathroom
Chris Greenhalgh

In this week’s blog, the Principal considers the ‘mirror stage’ in a child’s development, examines myths and scenes involving mirrors, and contemplates the place of reflection in education, including the walls of student bathrooms. 

  • Development
  • Education
  • Mirror
Something for Everyone – a Six-Pack of Interesting Things
Chris Greenhalgh

Reflecting the fact that people are engaged by different things, this week the Principal chooses a piece of music, a piece of art, a cinematic style, a funny joke, a philosophy, and a great sporting moment, in the hope there might be something here for everyone.

  • Attention
  • Learning
  • School
The Plague, Apples, and Good Will Hunting
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal reflects on the plague, how it led to Isaac Newton’s scientific discoveries, how the apple became a symbol of knowledge, and how our students might ‘eat them apples’.

  • Apple
  • Knowledge
  • Newton
One Snake, Two Feet, and the Freedom of Walking
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal considers how the lockdown has deprived us of the freedom of walking, considers what walking means in our culture, and hopes soon to see students walk through the school gates again.

  • Freedom
  • Lockdown
  • Walking
Hippocleides, Club Kitchen and the Madison Dance
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal considers the act of dancing, from an ancient tale, to a modern story of an improvised Club Kitchen, and confesses his own secret love of the Madison Dance. 

  • BSM Gala
  • Dancing
  • Secret Love
Top 60 Paintings - Third Part - From 1800 to 1915
Chris Greenhalgh

In the third instalment of his selection of 60 great paintings, the Principal chooses 15 favourites from 1800 to 1915, and reveals why he likes them.

  • Art
  • Masterpieces
  • Paintings
Top 60 Paintings - Second Part - From 1524 to 1793
Chris Greenhalgh

In the second instalment of his selection of 60 great paintings, the Principal chooses 15 favourites from 1524 to 1793, and reveals why he likes them.

  • Art
  • Masterpieces
  • Paintings
Top 60 Paintings - First Part - Before 1512
Chris Greenhalgh

In the first part of his selection of 60 top paintings, the Principal chooses 15 favourites painted before 1512, and explains why he likes them.

  • Art
  • Before1512
  • Paintings
50 Pieces of Music - Part Two - Jazz
Chris Greenhalgh

In the second instalment of his selection of 50 pieces of music, the Principal chooses 15 favourite jazz tunes and reveals why he likes them.

  • Jazz
  • MusicForHope
  • Top50Music