Peter Vardy, an eminent academic, philosopher, theologian and author, visited the school on Wednesday. He spoke to students from Years 10-13, including a group from Park School, on ‘The Global Financial Crisis of 2007 and its Legacy’ and ‘Why Technology Makes Ethics Exciting.’ In the former, he explained the banking crisis, the deregulation that led to it and the sovereign debt legacy that resulted from it. He then outlined why this led to austerity and the present situation as well as its impact on the students. In the latter, he talked about advances in human reproduction and genetic engineering of human embryos and the challenges this raises for the future.
In the evening, he spoke eloquently to an eclectic mix of students, parents, staff, governors and visitors at the Aldiss Society dinner and lecture on ‘The Aims and Purposes of Education.’ In this, he made reference to A.I and genetics, and whether present trends in education risk distorting what it means to be human. He challenged the increasing preoccupation with a league table based culture.
As part of National Storytelling Week, some of our Year 7 students took part in a library session to discuss their favourite picture books from when they were younger. They enjoyed a conversation about the use of language in younger children's literature and thought about what makes picture books so popular.
Last Saturday, twelve of our cross country runners represented North Devon in the Devon Schools’ cross country championships at Stover School.
Following this success, three of our students have been selected to represent Devon in the South West Schools’ cross country championships in Bath on 2nd Feb. The three pupils selected to run next weekend are Eden R (Y7), Fiona C (Y12) and George T (Y9).
The whole of the Prep School worked together on creating an amazing display to represent British values. The Union Jack combines their fingerprints with a heart depicting a word chosen by each pupil expressing what being British means to them.
Our sense of community and mutual respect were showcased with all pupils contributing to the project.