Year 9 scholars head for the hills
Last Friday, the Year 9 Scholarship Programme boys participated in a Retreat Day in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Fortified with hot chocolate and cookies, they started the day with a walk in the glorious sunshine through the idyllic Welsh landscape near Table Mountain; after a half-hour climb along the ridge they were rewarded with stunning views across the Black Mountains. Descending to the village of Crickhowell, they visited the national park visitor centre and admired the collection of landscapes in the gallery painted by local artists before arriving at their destination, the Bear Hotel. Here they were led to a private conference room, where an enormous lunch (featuring home-made Welsh burgers) was waiting for them!
Well restored after their morning expedition, they tackled the afternoon's work with gusto (further fuelled with chocolate brownies and ice cream), starting with their reflections on Mark Twain’s famous quotation, "never let your schooling interfere with your education." The next three hours were spent exploring the role that their schooling has had in developing their capacities for creativity and imagination, and also how the current system of education has prepared them for the key political, economic and technological challenges that they will have to face in their generation, including artificial intelligence, human migration and a changing physical environment due to global warming. They considered some ideas from deep thinkers like Yuval Noah Harari ("we have absolutely no idea what the world will look like in twenty years") and reflected on how they might each contribute to solving some of the key issues they will encounter during their time on Earth in the twenty-first century.
The Scholarship Programme is designed to meet the learning needs of students of very high academic ability, by providing a continuous programme of academic enrichment from Years 7 - 11.