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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.
A group of Brockwood students got to showcase some of their talents and produced a cover of “Better Together” by Jack Johnson, courtesy of Winter Workshops 2014. They produced it themselves in the Music Production workshop and it’s worth the listen.
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The first five days of school life at Brockwood are always a challenging mix of activities: there are numerous meetings of floor groups, tutor groups, returning student and new student groups. There are events designed to get everyone thinking deeply about the state of the world, their own lives and an education that might enable them to meet life fully. Finally, there are those activities intended to mix everyone up, allow them to get to know each other and make friends while having fun. These have all been happening since the students arrived last Friday and today they can pause for a day of rest before the business of creating classes and the timetable begins in earnest tomorrow. (Photographs by Mark Apted and Bill Taylor)