Nurturing potential

It may seem obvious that students need to be encouraged to believe in their own potential but what is clearly not so obvious is how to get them there.   As Jessica Supple, the head of the National Gallery of Ireland’s Apollo Project, points out in a Ted talk called Could do better – reframing…

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Educating for Future

Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg and her Fridays for Future have done more to change our perspective on the environment than all the world’s politicians put together in what is being dubbed by the media as “the Greta Thunberg effect”. Guest of honour at high-profile global events, the 16-year-old powerhouse had the red carpet…

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Learning to be up front

Try thinking of a leader who has inspired you. It’s harder than you might think, perhaps because we initially try to conjure up someone of the calibre of Martin Luther King Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi. But on a more modest scale, there are a number of figures who serve as role models, perhaps ones we…

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Keeping in touch with your adolescent

There’s a bit in Zoe Heller’s shortlisted Booker Prize novel Notes on a Scandal when the protagonist Sheba says, “It’s probably a good thing that your kids turn into difficult adolescents. The feelings you have for them as infants are much too intense, too enervating, to sustain.” She is referring to her 17-year-old daughter Polly…

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It’s all in the mind

Every 40 seconds someone takes their own life. That is the shocking statistic that the World Health Organisation wants to focus on this October 10, World Mental Health Day, 2019. With poor mental health particularly prevalent among teenagers and suicide the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29 year olds around the world,…

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Home away from home

If starting a new school can seem daunting, throw boarding into the mix and students are facing a double challenge, leaving them, it might seem, with nowhere to hide when the going gets tough.In fact, one of the reasons people used to pack their children off to boarding school was precisely to toughen them up;…

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