As part of the renovation of the Garden Rooms in the School that has occurred over the last few years, a green sedum roof was installed. It is hard to think of a lovelier place for students and staff to spend a few hours weeding than on this roof, where the many different varieties of sedum are now coming into flower. Weeding is important to protect them against invasive grasses that are self-seeding. Finally this is not a scene that many of us get to see as we walk past the Gardens Rooms everyday, without knowing the wonderful world of colour unfolding up on the roof!
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Mature student Felix Bach has built two hives from recycled materials in the hope that bees will once again return to Brockwood.
“When I arrived in Brockwood last summer, the garden was in full bloom and everything looked so beautiful. I had heard about the danger bees are in. My inspiration for doing this comes from learning about natural bee-keepers. They are predominantly interested in the bees and are very careful when it comes to extracting honey. For me, this is about giving bees a secure, sheltered space to live, observing them and studying them and giving them the best possible chance to thrive.”
“I came upon a resource on the internet for building my own hives. Making the hives hasn’t cost me anything. All of the materials I found in odd corners of the school, in the woodwork barn and in various nooks and crannies. The maintenance team has been a tremendous help. It’s a simple hive, called a horizontal top bar hive. The bees are free to build combs as they wish on these bars. I have stuck some honeycomb on the inside. Hopefully that will encourage a swarm to move in.”
Photos by Emma Birt
Brockwood Park School staff member Andrew Alexander keeps a blog on his educational adventures and his latest post is about pressure at schools. After writing about all the pressures students are faced with, he concludes, ‘Just listen, look and be still for one moment. Then, without pressure, we might be able to explore together this thing we call life..’ Read his full article here:
Brockwood Park School students gave a brilliant ballroom dancing performance during the 2014 Winter Workshops showcase earlier this year!
The Brockwood Park School History class, studying World War One, recently visited the Winchester Archives. They wanted to look more closely at primary source materials involving WW1. They first received a general tour of the Archives, where they restore, categorize and preserve many very interesting primary handwritten documents, which range from all sorts of documents from the 12th century on. When planning the trip, the teachers, Robbert Bleij and Benjamin Hammond, had asked to look mainly at diaries and letters, in order to research the lives of individuals involved during WW1. The trip proved a great success as the varied documents students were able to examine gave all a good glimpse of the lives of people of all layers of society during WW1.
Last night, more than 25 students/staff travelled to Bedales School to hear guest-speaker Rupert Sheldrake deliver a talk entitled “The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry”. Sheldrake is a controversial, world-renowned biologist and author, who is best known for his theory of ‘morphic fields’ and ‘morphic resonance’, which lead to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory.
In his talk Sheldrake identified 10 dogmatic perceptions he believes science has presented to the world, and then he went into challenging three of them in some detail. He talked about different types of experiments we may have been conditioned to overlook by the methodological foundations science presents and has limited itself to.
Sheldrake has had some previous contact with Brockwood Park School and Krishnamurti. In 1982 he visited Ojai, California and did a series of talks with Krishnamurti on psychological disorder and suffering.
The first picture shown here was taken in 1981 in the sitting room at Brockwood Park, when Sheldrake was visiting the School before going to Ojai to meet with Krishnamurti.
1981 Photograph (above) by Rita Zampese—Sheldrake is seen in the centre of the picture with arm resting on the wall.
“The mind has to be empty to see clearly.”
Krishnamurti, The Little Book on Living
This past Sunday during Inquiry time, BP students and staff went on a trust walk. Students Ara and Jing-Yi had arranged everyone into partners. Each person was blindfolded and then guided through a 30-minute walk by their partner. The purpose of this exercise was to be able to see and feel some of nature’s beauty while being blindfolded, only to be guided by the direction of your partner.
One of the workshops during the recent very successful and popular winter workshop weeks was a flying workshop. Long time maintenance employee David Madgwick taught the workshop, using an incredible self-built replica of an actual Spitfire cockpit he constructed in the maintenance shed whenever he had some free time.
The workshop lasted two and a half days and the students who signed up for it were interested in flying. One is even hoping to become a pilot himself after his years at Brockwood Park School.
David, who is a trained pilot himself, taught students about aerodynamics, the biology of the human body in flight including the effects of acceleration and deceleration on the body, optical illusion for pilots, weather & meteorology and radio systems.
In addition to the self-built cockpit he used US pilot training films and a flight simulator program that he downloaded onto computers in the Art Barn.
Apart from the flying lessons, there was also a historical component to the workshop. Students learned about what is still regarded today as one of the classic planes, the Spitfire. It turns out that the grandfather of one of the students actually flew one during World War 2. David also brought books from the WW2 period and memorabilia.
On the last day, after learning the basics of flight and how to fly on the flight simulator, students mimicked flying conditions in a Spitfire. They dressed up in actual flying garb from the period, lights were dimmed to simulate nighttime flying conditions, and for a brief time students were transported back to the 1940s.