Lower Sixth pupils visited Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland to attend a dialogue symposium inspired by communication used during the Brexit process.
The pupils were joined by Head of English Janet Hope and, over the course of three days, learnt the principles of dialogue alongside seven schools from across the UK from both the private and state sector.
The symposium was the first held by Gordonstoun School who has been running a Dialogue society for the past 5 years and wanted to involve a wide range of schools in the principles of the society. Inspiration for the with came from the Brexit process and the ongoing debates surrounding the subject, and aimed to give pupils the skills to explore opposing views constructively.
Peter Price, who attended the event with fellow pupil Amelie Gauger said: “The Dialogue Symposium was a completely new experience for me personally: exploring the ways we could discuss difficult ideas collaboratively was a real learning experience.
“The most memorable part for me was the immersion into Scottish culture, especially taking part in Scottish Reels and a trip to the beach on the Moray Firth. Everyone was so friendly, and it was great to meet and talk with pupils from different backgrounds, ideas and experiences.”
The three-day event was organised by Gordonstoun teacher Mr James Smith who has a masters degree in peace and conflict and was part of the UN peacekeeping mission to Haiti. The event focussed on teaching attendees that dialogue places emphasis on active listening as a means of constructive discussion, as opposed to the combative nature of debating.
When discussing the symposium Head of English, Janet Hope, said: “With our current political and public dialogue being in a state of stalemate and confrontation the symposium was a thoroughly inspiring few days and we were grateful to Mr James Smith for organising it and the Faith and Belief Forum who run a number of fantastic workshops for both staff and teachers.
“It was really rewarding for our pupils to receive such a great opportunity and for them to be able to take away what they’ve learnt. These are skills they can continue to implement throughout their lives and that we hope will positively influence their future careers and relationships and how they communicate and interact with others.”
Autumn Sports Round Up Christ College Brecon is celebrating a busy term of sport that prevailed over the pandemic, welcomed supporters back to matches and brought pupils and team mates together. Highlights include hockey success across all age groups, an unbeaten season for the 1st…Read on
At a recent meeting, the Board of Governors supported the proposal to replace the current ‘Astro’, the next stage of the school’s investment in its sports facilities. The contract for the new pitch has been awarded to Smith Construction of Lincolnshire. Smith Construction have 40…Read on
On Wednesday 8th December , Christ College Brecon 1st XV met The Oratory School for their annual fixture at Cardiff Arms Park. This fixture was particularly poignant as the teams were playing for the Gary Halpin Salver, a fitting tribute to Gary, Irish rugby legend…Read on
CHRIST College Brecon has appointed a new Deputy Head Academic who will assume responsibility for the academic strategy of the school and leading and developing all departments. Harry Mackridge is the current Head of Academic Innovation at Shrewsbury School, having previously held the position of…Read on
Each year we focus on a number of school events to support, including sport, drama, music and art, inspiring the pupils involved to perform as well as they can and creating an atmosphere of inclusivity, where we remind ourselves of the pride we have in…Read on
After training hard over the summer break with the Welsh Sailing Squad, Emelia Tinch ( Yr 11) has been selected to become part of the Welsh National Laser Squad. With this selection she can now compete at national level. Well done Emelia!Read on