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 25,000 times on TES. See his latest reading below. 

Southgate

Date Posted: Monday 17th October 2018

One of the most astonishing acts of kindness in the recent World Cup was when the England manager Gareth Southgate comforted a Colombian player who missed his penalty. That missed shot cost Colombia a place in the quarterfinals; and Southgate should have been over the moon and he was. However, like all great managers, he understands that football is played by humans who give of their very best and the pressure they are under cannot be understood by anyone who has not faced it.

 He knew from his own past the agony of a missed penalty in the 1996 World Cup and the thoughtfulness of his own manager at that time spoke to our best nature. So, he found a place in his soul for the Colombian midfielder Mateus Uribe, crossed the pitch and won the world's heart.

The Guardian journalist, Gaby Hinsliff captured it beautifully when she wrote:

“...Southgate was doing his level best to demonstrate how such failures should be greeted: not with boiling spite, but common decency. He may not come across as your average bombastic manager, but there’s something about his kindly and rather self-effacing manner to which even people who couldn’t care less about football have instinctively responded after a summer of vicious political squabbling. Victory is sweet, but victory with grace even sweeter.”

A display of manners is always a wonderful thing, but this was also a display of integrity, empathy and honesty. It was the act of a man who had risen to the top of his game based on his self-belief and compassion. It was a lesson in leadership and style and one worth studying in our school lives.

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