Month: January 2020

Bebras UK success

31st January 2020

One of our pupils, JB, was invited to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford on Saturday 25 January as a finalist in a UK-wide competition – The UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. Reaching the final of the Juniors (10–12) age group was an impressive achievement, as 79,986 students entered the first…

Piece of the Week – January 31st 2020

31st January 2020

The tortured chords at the opening of Elgar’s Cello Concerto sound as if they have to be excavated from the cello face; it would be a similar situation if Shakespeare had started Hamlet at ‘To be or not to be.’ Most concertos take a little time to come to the main point but Elgar was…

Paul’s Puzzles 31st January 2020

31st January 2020

Paul’s Puzzles this week are: Either Will there still be nations in 1000 years’ time? Which will be the strongest? (Perhaps the UK will be on the Dark Side of the Moon by then?) Or If there are developed life forms on other planets in the Universe will they be in the form of nations,…

Holocaust Memorial Day

24th January 2020

We were delighted to welcome one of our past parents, Victoria Slotover, to the Junior House this morning. Victoria has spoken so sensitively to the boys in previous years about Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls on January 27th, and today was no exception. The boys were very attentive and we had an excellent discussion on…

Paul’s Puzzles 24th January 2020

24th January 2020

Paul’s Puzzles this week are: Either Does your ultimate success in life depend mainly on the good luck of where you were born and your family, rather than your effort or natural ability? Or Why do accents affect us so differently? This week, I have been enraptured by the beauty and music of Scottish accents….

Piece of the Week: Pachelbel’s Canon

17th January 2020

Pachelbel’s Canon is a musical work for three violins and ground bass by German composer Johann Pachelbel, admired for its serene but joyful character. It is Pachelbel’s best-known work and one of the most widely performed pieces of music from the Baroque Period. Although it was composed about 1680–90, the piece was not published until…

Paul’s Puzzles 10th January 2020

10th January 2020

Paul’s Puzzles this week are: Either Do I really understand what is causing the forest fires in Australia? Don’t such events show human beings are much weaker than they think, even with their computers and i-phones and missiles? Or Given what is happening in the US, Iran and Australia and Syria, is it really worthwhile…

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