Armour, Orienteering and Philosophy at Senior School
The Humanities Faculty hosted 85 visitors from RGS Springfield and RGS The Grange for a Humanities morning last week. The excitable students arrived with a little anxiety about Big School, but quickly realised that the halls and corridors of RGS were their home.
A team of Sixth Form Prefects helped to divide the pupils into four teams, each of which then followed a rota of events during the day. The Geography department tested their grit and navigational skills in a rain-soaked treasure hunt (aka ‘orienteering’). Religious Studies made them puzzle the deep questions (‘would you rather be a fork or a toaster’). History and Politics organised the building of medieval armour out of a huge pile of old boxes and plastic bottles (leading to a fierce face-off between competing teams). Finally, Classics hosted a Roman lunch, in which pupils dressed up in togas (having first watched an instructional video on toga-wearing!) and were managed by an impressive Mr Tanner who was dressed up in complete Second Century Roman legion uniform and speaking in Latin.
At the end of the morning, the pupils received a winner’s medal for their excellent participation in the day. Over the next year, they will have many formal and informal opportunities to visit the Senior School, to speak to older pupils, meet teachers and make themselves at home. We certainly enjoyed having them here – the future of RGS is certainly bright!
Dr Dan Coetzee – Head of History