Excellence Academy is back! (and straight into a debate about fashion….)

This Wednesday, we welcomed back our Excellence Academy members, who return to Durrington High School as year 8 and year 9 students, and we wasted no time in immersing ourselves in our first debate motion of the year: This house believes that fashion is harmful to society. The year 8s will be taking on the year 9s in… Continue reading Excellence Academy is back! (and straight into a debate about fashion….)

Year 7 Debating- The Modes of Persuasion

Last week, in Year 7 ExAc, we learnt about ‘The Modes of Persuasion’ or the ‘Rhetoric Appeals’, originally described by Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle in his treatise, On Rhetoric. They are Ethos, Logos and Pathos. It was these three fundamental ‘techniques’ that were originally thought to most important in making a debater or arguer successful every time… Continue reading Year 7 Debating- The Modes of Persuasion

Year 7 ExAc- ‘Guerrilla Geography’

This week, the Year 7 Excellence Academy had a Geography enrichment session with Mr Crockett, who introduced them to the inspiring concept of ‘Guerrilla Geography,’ Daniel Raven-Ellison’s new way of experiencing places and linking these to our emotions. Here is Mr Crockett’s thought process from his blog:   ‘I wanted to take this opportunity to show these students that Geography shouldn’t… Continue reading Year 7 ExAc- ‘Guerrilla Geography’

Year 8 ExAc- Political cartoons and satire

The Year 8 Excellence Academy met for the first time after the Easter break on the 26th April and had a lengthy discussion about cartoons. Political cartoons have appeared ubiquitously in newspapers and news pamphlets since the creation of the original printing presses.  In the 17th century, such cartoons often described the appearance of strange… Continue reading Year 8 ExAc- Political cartoons and satire