John Amos Comenius was a 17th century educational pioneer, theologian and Bishop of the Moravian Church. Known as the father of modern education, Comenius argued for equality in school provision: that both boys and girls should be educated – not a common position to hold in his lifetime – as well as poor children.
It’s far too long ago for any of you to remember, but Peter Sissons was a BBC journalist and newsreader. He retired back in 2009, having hosted Question Time, presented the 10 o’clock news and, perhaps most famously, received death threats following an interview with the Iranian ambassador about Salman Rushdie.
When Leah Barrow, the GB 800 metre runner, visited us last month, she mentioned that her inspiration had been a lady called Kelly Holmes, but didn’t really say why Dame Kelly had been so inspirational. Indeed, Kelly’s greatest achievement, writing herself into the history books, happened almost 15 years ago so I thought I would start today by explaining what a remarkable lady she is.
Students from Fulneck School have been on an inspiring visit to CERN, home of the large Hadron Collider and were hosted by a former student, now working there.
Think about this: somewhere in the world, there’s someone just like you. They might be the same age as you, they might be as intelligent as you, they might even look like you. The only thing that separates them from you is likely to be the start in life that they’ve been given. And that start – as you’ve heard – is likely to shape their future and how the rest of their life turns out too.
In my absence, Vice Principal and Head of Psychology, Gemma Carver, took this week’s assembly, continuing our theme of kindness. In two million years, the human brain has nearly tripled in mass, going from half a kg in our ancestors to the almost 1.5kg whopper that everybody here has between their ears. But what is it about a big brain that made nature so eager for every one of us to have one?