In their Liberalis lessons this half term, Year 9 have been focusing on Climate Change in an exciting cross-departmental project with DT, Science and Geography.

Yesterday, members of Year 9 were excited to hold a conference call with members of the British Antarctic Survey team, live from Antarctica. Questions ranged from the practical living conditions in the Antarctic to the effect of climate change on animals and on the world in general. They heard about the recent record-breaking temperatures in the Antarctic and how the team are working to help record how the world is changing as well as the dangers of working in such an inhospitable environment.  

Liberalis is a year-long weekly programme undertaken by the whole of Year 9 which encourages them to develop their understanding of the world through exploring the development of reason, the great philosophers, the history of democracy and discussion of other key cultural events that have influenced or will influence the world. 

Liberalis was founded on the principals of the Trivium educational philosophy (the development of the skills of Grammar, the Dialectic and Rhetoric). “The Trivium leads to mastering disciplines, learning to communicate and engaging with opposing ideas.” (Howard Gardner)

Our thanks go to Hannah Walker from the BAS for coordinating the team in Antarctica and to Mr Anglim for arranging the call yesterday.

If you would like to learn more about the wonderful opportunities available to our students here at Ampleforth College, why not come along to our next Open Morning on Saturday 7th March? Please click here to book your place.