Final Commendation Lunch of 2023

Every half-term Headmaster Mr Harrison, welcomes our brightest performers from years 9 to 11 to a celebratory, Commendation Lunch in Queen’s Hall.

To ensure that no-one leaves the room without getting their thinking caps out, Mr Harrison posed three questions to the room! Pupils and staff could answer whichever question they felt strongest about.

  1. Most interesting thing you did in half term
  2. Bit of world news that really interests you
  3. Recommendation for a book you’re reading.

The most popular question was about the books that everyone is reading; there was an impressive range of literature to discuss. Below is a summary of responses and you’ll see that it includes a great reading list if you’re looking for a recommendation!

Q. Book recommendations?

‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury. Very easy to read and a fun-fact is that he wrote the whole book in 9 days! The story is that in the futuristic U.S. setting, fire-fighters don’t put out fires – they start them to burn all books. The title comes from the temperature at which books self-combust

‘Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris, a really good read for history buffs.

’10 Minutes 38 seconds in This Strange World’ by Elif Shafak. This was shortlisted for the Booker prize.

‘All the Light we Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr is a wonderful book set in the second world war about a blind French girl and a German boy who joins the Hitler youth. It won the 2015 Pulitzer prize for fiction.

Q. Most interesting thing done in half term?

Golf. More golf. …and Mr Gunning went full ‘Jeremy Clarkson’ farmer mode and spent half-term trying to redirect streams toward trees that he planted a couple of months ago.

Q. Interesting news?

In the news recently there have been advances in gene editing. It has been used to prevent two girls from getting HIV. It has a lot of applications.
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