Beyond the Curriculum

The Curriculum is just the starting-point of our students’ education, not a limit to their ambitions. We encourage all students to pursue their interests further through independent reading and research, and provide a wealth of reference material in both Junior and Senior School Libraries, including international newspapers and periodicals. Whether it is architecture, classical music or politics, we know that a passion fostered at a young age will stay with students as they grow up, and enrich their lives.

Students’ interest in current events and the world around them is aroused from their first years in the Junior School by the weekly “Junior Whizz” questions for children in KG2 and above. By the time they reach Junior 5, students have weekly Current Affairs quizzes. There is also an annual written General Knowledge quiz.

At the Senior School, a different class presents a summary of the latest news to the rest of the school in a Current Affairs Assembly each week. There are also Theme Weeks each term that focus on important topical issues, the latest developments in the subjects students study or cross-curricular topics. Themes have included Nanotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Sustainable Development, Nuclear Proliferation and The Renaissance. Students also have the opportunity to listen to internationally recognised experts in their fields speak in our Life Studies programme.

The annual Inter House Quiz is always a much anticipated event as the use of lockout buzzers creates considerable tension and excitement. There is also an annual School Quiz taken by every student in the school, allowing the Form 1 students to compete against the Upper 6th

The prestigious annual Essay Prize at the Senior School tests students’ ability to think for themselves and go beyond what they learn in class. It is designed to stretch our very brightest students by producing original answers to challenging general questions. Selected students are then invited to join the school’s senior academic discussion group, Essay Club, in the 6th Form. One member of the club presents an essay on a political, philosophical, ethical or contemporary issue each meeting, which is then discussed by the whole group. Students are stimulated to develop their own ideas and opinions and to support them in argument; skills that many will need in university interviews.