We recently came across a documentary which we felt we would like to share for our Sciences and Geography students.
“The Secret Life of Waves”
Documentary-maker David Malone delves into the secrets of ocean waves. In an elegant and original film, he finds that waves are not made of water, that some waves travel sideways and that the sound of the ocean comes not from water but from bubbles. Waves are not only beautiful but also profoundly important, and there is a surprising connection between the life cycle of waves and the life of human beings.
You can catch the documentary on BBC Iplayer now here; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00y5jhx
Whether you’re a believer, a sceptic, or haven’t got round to seeing what all the fuss was about, the first play to wet the stage at David Game College’s new site in Jewry street by the Drama Society had pretty much been a miracle – essential viewing. The manipulative power of rhetoric and its ability to incite indignation at the everyday issues faced by young people had been at the heart of the comedy play Selfie, by Bradley Hayward.
It follows a group of eight late teens over their final year GCSE and the problems are mounting as they prepare for the future. Facing bullies, parents, pressure, sickness and their own self-judgment, the characters search for ways to stand out. As they document their year, one click at a time, they come to realise life is not about what other people see – it’s about the pictures they have of themselves.
Nicole, the good girl turned rebel, played by Hoorain, and Tyler, the bad boy turned good, played by Innocent, had been two robust, convincing leads. The rendering of Jessie by Anita and Laura by Haya has been as if reality was repeating itself on stage, two besties with the “most amazing hair”. Kaitlin, played by Nilgun, and Morgan, played by Michael were stars in their own right. Last, but not the least, Ed, who played Sam and was the understudy for Zack, interjected some meta-humour into the mix.
A happy-ever-after ending for the unlikely pair Zack and Kaitlin, so too for the cast’s mettle in making history on stage!
Written by Alexandra Raen
Head of GCSE English & Drama
I have recently finished two excellent books:
1. Not in God’s Name – confronting religious violence: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
2. A Thinking Person’s Guide to Islam: H.R.H. Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad
In the first book Jonathan Sacks explores the roots of violence and its relationship with religion. In a clear analysis, the author draws upon a wide range of compelling evidence from evolutionary psychology, theology, ethics, philosophy and game theory. The book is a rebuke to all those who kill in the name of God and a convincing antidote to hate. Students will get a fresh and clear perspective about the dangers of hate in the name of religion and identity politics.
The second book was also a fascinating and extremely informative (and balanced) view on how Islam has become hijacked by a tiny minority and its messages distorted and twisted. In essence, the book spells out what Islam is, and logically, what it is not, with significant evidence that concisely explains what true Islam stands for. I particularly liked the information on why Daesh is simply nothing to do with Islam, but rather a perverted and nasty mutation of it. The author is an authority on Islam and serves Chief Religious Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs to H.M. King Abdullah of Jordan.
I thoroughly recommend both books to all our students.
Please sign up for a seminar and get prepared for your UCAS application. Topics covered will be:
- how the application process works
- Making the right university choices
- understanding entrance tests
- Oxford and Cambridge, Medical and Dentistry applications – how are they different
- start preparing your Personal Statement
Seminars will be run by Rachel in the library at 5pm – 6pm
Please choose a date and sign up on the sheets on Rachel’s door (D20).
- Thursday 27th April
- Friday 28th April
- Monday 1st May
- Tuesday 2nd May
- Friday 5th May
Max 15 students per group.
More dates can be organised after this depending on numbers.
Be the first to come and see our new theatre’s opening play, the chucklesome Selfie, at 31 Jewry Street! Not to be missed, the Selfie photographic exhibition too! Who knows, you might find it an all(awe)-inspiring experience to take more and better selfies!