Principal's Blog

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
Alone Together, the Digital Age, and the Role of Parents
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

This week the Principal looks at the impact of digital devices and shares the results of a survey on the impact of mobile phone use, revealing the influence of parents in this regard. 

  • Education
  • E-Safety
The Invisible Man, a Spooky X-Ray, and the Need to be Seen
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the temptations of invisibility in modern life, but argues that – more than ever – this is a time when people need to stand up and be seen. 

  • Covid19
  • Education
  • School Values
Communication, Image, Text
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal looks at how communication has changed in the digital age, how messages can become distorted, and how we need to be alert to the manipulative powers of language.

President Lincoln, Mrs Bixby, Spielberg and the Truth
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

In the context of the U.S. Presidential election, the Principal tells the story of a former President’s relation to fake news, and wonders how such representations matter.

  • Education
  • History
The Longest Year
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

In a personal reflection on the last year, the Principal addresses directly the current situation.

  • Covid19
Immortality, Jellyfish, and the Full Life
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the concept of immortality, reveals how the jellyfish got there first, and considers how our students might live a full life.

  • Covid19
  • Culture
Corridors, Utopia, and Social Distancing
  • 2020-21
Chris Greenhalgh

The Principal explores the idea of the corridor in modern culture, how it can be an emblem of freedom as well as fear, and focuses on the BSM corridors at the present time.

  • Culture
  • Education