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Next week in the Senior School is Humanities Week. The theme is ‘Britain’s place in the world’. Many exciting activities are planned as part of Humanities lessons and beyond.

On Monday, our special week begins with our evening guest lecture and special guest Simon Blackburn. Simon, a Fellow at the University of Cambridge and professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the New College of Humanities, will be talking to parents and students about why a philosophical education is more important than ever. During the day there will also be a special assembly and a debate with Terry Milton from the Humanist Society about ‘What is humanism?’

Tuesday sees our first Prep School Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) Conference taking place at HCS. Our pupils in Years 5 and 6 will be joined by their counterparts from other local Preps for a day of discussion and workshops including a trading simulation game, setting up their own political party, getting involved in a philosophical thought experiment and using logic to get out of our ‘escape room’.  

Students from Years 10 to 13 are heading to Parliament on Wednesday for a meeting with the Rt Hon. Caroline Nokes MP, a tour of the Parliament buildings and to attend election workshops.   

Our Year 9 geographers will be visiting London on Thursday for a trip on the theme of the UK’s Global Links. This will include visits to the Shard and Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

On Friday, Involver (a national advisory group) are running a series of sessions on ‘Britain’s future after Brexit’ and Imam Saleem Hussain, from Southampton Medina Mosque, and Rev. Thomas Wharton, Vicar of Romsey Abbey, will be leading a discussion on the question ‘Do we need faith to live a good life?’  

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