Secondary School Entrance Changes

From Monday 14th January our entrance on Wood Lane will be open to students only until 8:55am. Students will also leave via this entrance as usual at the end of the school day. Any students arriving after 8.55am will have to enter via the Du Cane Road entrance and register at the all-through reception, which is located in the Primary. They will then be escorted to their lessons.  

All visitors, parents and guests will arrive and leave via the Du Cane Raod entrance, at all times and also check in to the all-through reception.

The all-through reception is reached by following the pavement around to the left and entering the primary building. 

Lakshmi and the Doctrines of the Pre-Raphaelites

Dr O'Hear: Lakshmi Magon delivered an exceptional talk to History of Art Society today. Superlatives such as outstanding and exceptional are often over-used but in Lakshmi’s case they are more than justified. It was just‘jaw-droppingly’ good. And I speak as someone who taught undergraduates for four years at Oxford University.

She delivered a presentation, mostly without notes, on the Doctrines of the Pre-Raphaelites, an elite group of English artists working during the mid to late nineteenth century, the best known of whom were William Holman Hunt, John Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris.

Lakshmi spoke animatedly about how the Pre-Raphaelites tried, through their work, to evoke a mood of hyper-realism and intense colour, not seen since Raphael. A painting that particularly exemplifies this is Holman Hunt’s The Hireling Shepherd. They sought to reject the cold classicism of the day in favour of images which put directness and what they referred to as ‘moral truthfulness’ at their core.

Lakshmi also made a case, whilst referring to another Holman Hunt painting, The Awakening Conscience, in which a woman is seen extricating herself from an unhappy relationship, for them being proto-feminists!

It was a special occasion at which students and staff alike learned a great deal and were still full of questions when the bell went for period 6.