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14 January 2017

Horizon Lectures for Upper Sixth Pupils

Organised by English teacher Emma Forward, our weekly Horizon Lectures are offered to our Upper Sixth Form. Speakers from all walks of life give a lecture on their specialism. The programme is extremely varied: from the basics of philosophy, to war photography; from forensic dentistry to stone balancing.

Last term we heard about South Africa under Apartheid from our Headmaster, Richard Biggs and learned how to manage stress and maintain well-being from former international journalist Katherine Baldwin.

Topics during the Michaelmas Term were again incredibly varied. Former pupil and CEO of Michael Page International, Steve Ingham, spoke of how to get ahead in the world of work, while John Levy, Executive Director of the Friends of Israel Educational Foundation, discussed Israel and the Arab world.

Later in the term, philosopher Julie Arliss considered the legacy of the sexual revolution, PC Tony Alderman raised questions on the issue of consent, Martin Cullingford, editor and publisher of Gramophone, looked at the art of recording, and Dr Marcelle Cole delivered a lecture on the quirks of the English language.

We heard from Richard Peirce about sharks in British waters. We learnt why species have developed in response to changes in their environment from Prof Harry Mellor in his lecture ‘Why I am Taller than my Father but Shorter than a Giraffe’. And in a special extended lecture, our Sixth Form heard from holocaust survivor, Henri Obtsfeld, as he recounted life in Holland under German occupation.

This term, the range is no less diverse.

We will hear about life after King's from former pupil Rich Pearson, how to take a positive approach to disability from academic and freelance tutor Michael Pearn and get a better understanding of how to communicate effectively from graphic designer Jules Akel.

War photographer, Rick Findler, will be telling us the stories behind some of his most memorable images and solicitor-turned-author and former King’s pupil, Damien Boyd, will explain why he chose to set his detective novel Swansong here at the school.

Tony Gardiner, mathematician, will be thinking in three and four dimensions. Dick Moore, a former teacher and headmaster, will be discussing mental and emotional health for young people and Prof Alan Lloyd from Swansea University will tell us more about death in ancient Egypt.

We thank Miss Forward for co-ordinating this exciting programme – some of which will be streamed live to our Facebook page – and look forward to welcoming our guest speakers to King’s.

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