With internal exams over, our Y8 boys are enjoying an exciting and enriching post-exam programme in their final weeks in the Prep School. In this first week alone, boys have experienced numerous activities, workshops and talks, all designed to ensure that they are well prepared for the Upper School and the next stage of their education.
In a highlight of the programme, the boys participated in workshops on ‘The Art of Storytelling’ and ‘Leadership and Rhetoric’ from our Entrepreneur in Residence, Zubair Junjunia, and Old Bedfordian and RSC practitioner, Ollie Lyons, respectively. The boys first investigated and discussed the key ideas behind storytelling: status, facts and feelings, voice and audience with Zubair Junjunia, before putting their storytelling skills into action to raise awareness of environmental issues and prompt action by making an emotional connection with their audience. In the second workshop, boys explored the skills that combine to make a good communicator with Ollie Lyons. The active approach to communication in the workshop focused on techniques developed in the professional acting industry. It encouraged all pupils to consider new forms of expression as a critical life skill.