Senior High Notes 24th November 2023
In my Senior School assembly today I asked the students what kind of thinker they are. Do they tend to primarily think in terms of numbers, words, sounds or how a course of action will affect people’s feelings? I explained that we need different types of thinking to solve different problems that we face individually, as a community and globally. For many years, people used IQ (Intelligence Quotient) tests to attempt to measure someone’s intelligence. However, increasingly, researchers believe that such tests fail to recognise that different people might actually think in different ways. William Shakespeare was a genius, but he probably would struggle if he had to learn about quantum physics, just like many of us! Likewise Einstein may have struggled with Shakespeare because he was a logical–mathematical thinker rather than a linguistic thinker. Einstein was no more clever than Shakespeare, they just thought about things very differently. Being clever or intelligent is much more than letters and numbers on exam certificates, it’s about your strengths and how you solve problems.
Last weekend a number of Year 12 students embarked on the first step of their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, a navigation day. This prestigious award stands as a testament to their dedication, teamwork, character development, and commitment to serving others. Duke of Edinburgh is just one of the many enrichment opportunities we offer to our students, emphasising the importance of trying new things and cultivating personal growth. As we celebrate their accomplishments, let us also encourage our students to explore the diverse array of opportunities available to them, supporting them on their journey of self-discovery and development. By having opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, to identify and develop their strengths, students can really hone their own intelligence. Our co-curricular programme can be found here on the school website.
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