St Edward’s Academic Challenge

28th September 2016

 

On Monday, four members of the 4th Form attended an Academic Challenge at St Edward’s, Oxford. Rohan, Tom, Edgar and Jimmy were put through their paces against other prep and primary schools in a wide range of academic disciplines – our thanks to St Edward’s for hosting such a great day.

The boys began with their first ever Italian class, where they deciphered the rules of the language, using their linguistic and phonetic knowledge. The next challenge that faced them was to decide the kind of political system they would employ to govern the world in the event of a zombie apocalypse! A talk on the world’s endangered coral reefs was followed by a three-dimensional puzzle on the subject. Law was next where the pupils debated the rights and wrongs of a motion concerning compulsory military service for British youths to help solve the Middle East crisis.

Overlooked by a giant mural of a scene from The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame was a boy at the school), the boys enjoyed a tasty and well deserved lunch, alongside some present Teddies pupils. The afternoon saw a thought-provoking philosophical workshop before prizes were awarded. The intellectual endeavours of the BG boys were rewarded with first place in the Science competition!

This was a fun and thought-provoking day for our four scholarly young men. Teachers and parents alike should watch out lest their thinking be tested by the boys’ new-found knowledge of the Socratic method!

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