Our younger academic scholars presented a range of EPQ style studies to an enthralled audience of family, friends and staff. Dr Bennett introduced the presentations by explaining the importance of curiosity - a desire to know - and its role in intellectual and imaginative creativity. Upon their visit to the V&A and Science Museums in February, Gifted & Talented students had been tasked with finding a museum object that aroused their curiosity and inspired self-directed research projects.
The presentations were notable for their depth and breadth of learning, alongside a fascinating insight into the rewards and exasperations of intellectual research. We learnt about an eclectic and fascinating range of subjects: female infanticide in the 18th century; a famous art heist and its psychological import; the Cuban Revolution; feminism in pop culture; the impact of colonisation on 19th-century British culture; the environmental impact of agriculture; the relevance of the kimono in the 21st century; the necessity of boredom; and how propaganda works. Students Sophie, Annabel, Faith, Desiree, Abi, Eleisha, LouLou, Eleanor and Molly received a rapturous round of applause for an inspirational afternoon that celebrated intellectual striving at its best.