Religion & Philosophy

God/no/where
God/now/here

Where do YOU draw the line? Many people say this generation of students is the most ethically alert and aware body of thinkers. The room comes alive when we have class discussions about abortion, war, euthanasia, cloning and many other contentious issues.

Imagine a subject which could take you to faraway cultures, to times past and to other worlds: that is what we do! Welcome to the most exciting subject in the world - this one at least!

Religious Education is the academic study of some of the most powerful, inspirational and emotive ideas in human history. A major component of what it means to be human is to 'believe'. In RE, we discuss these ideas, where they come from and how they influence and structure believers’ lives. Thinking about these issues makes our pupils more focused, analytical and skilful in both debate and research.

We want our pupils to be articulate about what they believe; we want their opinions to be backed up by solid academic knowledge. We have, at the same time, a completely unique, intellectual identity - teaching and reinforcing the intellectual skills that make many of our students successful applicants to law, journalism and a host of competitive and demanding careers.

Pause for Thought

“One of the highlights of our whole School Assembly is an inspirational weekly address. This address which is both varied and topical leaves us all with much to ponder upon. I am keen these thought-provoking missives are shared with as wide an audience as possible and give us all food for thought during the coming week. From rock star Jon Bon Jovi’s New Jersey ‘Soul Kitchen’ restaurant, to Why do we wear a poppy? and the challenges of a new term, there is much to contemplate.”

Ian Davies, Headmaster

 

Pause for Thought - Whole School assembly readings

Mr Clements' ‘Pause for Thought’ articles have been viewed more than 30,000 times on TES. See his latest reading below. 

Knowledge

The next time you go to Kings Cross station, you are only 100 meters from the British Library which has a very unusual honour. If you were to look at a map of London and use the British Library as a the centre and draw a circle of one kilometre radius, you would be drawing a circle which contained almost 60 universities, galleries, Institutions and museums all dedicated to the creating  and sharing of knowledge. From studying the worlds’ earliest books and manuscripts to the latest fashions and the astonishing advances in zoology and the medical sciences, this small area bubbles with an intellectual energy which is hard to express.

This area of London is known as ‘the knowledge quarter’ and is one of the busiest hubs of innovation in the world. The key is partnership, and by using electronic platforms and creativity, new links are being forged between seemingly different communities and this is a very exciting time to be in academic life. What is as important as what they are discovering is also the way in which these thinkers are interacting. They are working hard at building links with each other and the success lies in the strengths of these well-constructed and maintained links.

Recently the British Museum hosted a talk on partnership where it was explained that the nature of professional partnership between these institutions is pretty much the same as friendship and once you have stopped thinking about the buildings and history of it all, the rules of success in the academic world are ones we also follow in our social lives. So what is the secret of friendship, which we now know to be so very powerful? 

According to Wikipedia, there is a vast range of academic material on the idea of friendship, but the best way to understand is to make a new friend. It might seem a humble task; but this week, reach out to someone new or even better, re-visit a friendship what might have been neglected or needs some repair, for it is in the practice of friendships we not only enrich our own lives, but also learn the skills which are driving knowledge forward.

We would be grateful for your views.

Mr B Clements
Teacher of EAL

 

  • All 'Pause for Thought' articles from the last four years are available to read here