|Chris explains how learning happens at Cambridge|
An excellent trip to Cambridge yesterday. The Montaigne Society visited St Catherine's College where Chris (the School's Liaison Officer) introduced them to what learning was like at the university, both through an informative presentation and also getting a Ph.D Theology student to give a sample lecture. There was also a trip to the very impressive Fitzwilliam Museum which has amazing collections of all kinds of things to ignite curiosity.
Whilst any applications might be a few years off, it is clear that many of the students managed to see a glimpse of where there learning could ultimately take them, and hopefully makes the key messages we are trying to impart at Oakham, resonate to an even greater extent.
George Smith (Clipsham) followed this with an excellent presentation today in the Society's weekly gathering. He chose his genuine academic passion of palaeontology and did a fantastic job at introducing us to both his own journey; how he became so engaged in this area of study; and also theories about whether Jurassic Park would be at all possible and whether the Loch Ness Monster could exist. Along the way, we certainly got to share in his immense enthusiasm for the topic and it was abundantly clear that extensive research and critical thinking were both key foundations to the success of the talk.