In the past, I’ve not attempted to hide my criticism of celebrity culture. I know that in large part this comes from my personal dislike for some of the tv shows and the antics of individuals seeking fame on these programmes. I’ve never liked the idea of people becoming famous for being famous as opposed to having done something admirable!
If you look around the room today, you’ll notice that – despite what you might have seen on TV and social media – all of your teachers are incredibly calm and that’s because we trust the advice we’ve been given and we trust all of you to follow that advice, be careful and keep each other safe.
Ali has been recognised as a high achiever due to the amount of effort he puts into his learning in and outside of school. In his spare time Ali enjoys attending online courses to stretch himself academically. We asked Ali some questions regarding his achievements…
Mr Potts, Vice Principal (Pastoral) assembly on embracing diversity. I did a very rough estimate and I worked out that, amongst the students and staff here, we have well over 20 nationalities represented - just in this room! Scanning the hall right now I can see Claudia from Spain, Dr Neuberg from France, Zerda and Alexandra from Germany...
Talking to our Year 11s and 13s, I know that the pressure is now on. There are fewer than 40 school days until the exams start. Courses are almost complete and it’s time for them to make sure they have the best revision strategies for learning the information for retrieval under exam conditions in three or four months’ time.
At some point in History or RS lessons, you will have learnt about the dangers of stereotyping groups of people. This attitude over-generalises about different sectors of society, making the lazy assumption that “they are all the same”. The danger is that this then prejudices our approach to individuals within those groups.
John Amos Comenius was a 17th century educational pioneer, theologian and Bishop of the Moravian Church. Known as the father of modern education, Comenius argued for equality in school provision: that both boys and girls should be educated – not a common position to hold in his lifetime – as well as poor children.
It’s far too long ago for any of you to remember, but Peter Sissons was a BBC journalist and newsreader. He retired back in 2009, having hosted Question Time, presented the 10 o’clock news and, perhaps most famously, received death threats following an interview with the Iranian ambassador about Salman Rushdie.