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….)
On the 5th July, we launched the summer EXAC project, The Election! Mixing both the Year 7 and Year 8 cohorts together, our intention was to stage an authentic political election, where the students could form a party, select key manifesto policies, present these via a debate format and then go to the polls to cast votes. In… Continue reading The Excellence Academy Election
It has been nearly a month since the Year 7 and 8 Excellence Academy joined forces to take on The Angmering School in a competitive debating event. Now, as we begin to prepare for a repeat fixture, Excellence Academy student Mridul gives his thoughts and reflections on the event. The students who formed two teams… Continue reading ExAc students reflect on first competitive debate!
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
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’
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
The 2017 Spring Term concluded for both Excellence Academy groups with two debates on the motion of This House Would Ban Homework. This was a fantastic chance for both groups to come together and compete in an authentic debate setting and put into practice the skills they have learnt throughout the year. There were four… Continue reading Spring term concludes with 7 versus 8 debate!