Broadening the scope for brilliance

The world has long been fascinated by geniuses – the rebellious Albert Einstein, whose mother sought medical advice because he was slow in learning how to talk, Mozart, who composed his first documented composition at the age of five and Stephen Hawking, whose brainpower inspired the 2014 Oscar-winning movie, The Theory of Everything. Although geniuses…

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Bullies Beware!

In the current political and social climate, which is riven with mudslinging and division, it is hardly surprising that Anti-Bullying Week is still an essential date on every school calendar.   Naturally, when children and teenagers see adults, particularly in positions of power, acting as though they were back in the schoolyard, copycat behaviour is…

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It’s nuts not to talk about mental health

There was a time when a normal conversation about mental health was unthinkable; when there was only one answer expected of you when asked how you were: “I’m fine.” Boys in particular have long been discouraged from expressing more sensitive feelings while anger has a history of being frowned upon in girls. In both instances,…

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The shifting shape of extra curricular

In recent years, extra curricular activities have been on a vertiginous upward trajectory not only in terms of popularity but also in terms of the importance they are given by universities and employers. In more normal circumstances, children as young as four complete the day with a variety of pursuits that bring them experiences beyond…

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It’s life, but not quite as we know it…

Of all the years students have returned to school following their summer break, this will unquestionably be one of the most memorable. After months of lockdown, summer came as a welcome release and open air and greater freedom of movement were embraced with unprecedented enthusiasm. Now, while many students are keen to get back to…

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Essay Writing

Writing a good essay is a skill that combines syntactical discipline with a capacity for structured thought, but if you thought it was an art that has been lost now, in this age of hash tags and emails, think again.   Back in 1874, more than half of first-year students at Harvard University failed an…

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