For a number of years now, the Year 7 and 8 boys at NCS have taken on a year-long independent research project.
Some curriculum time is devoted to the project, but the boys are encouraged to pick a topic (usually a ‘why?’ question) that they find so interesting they don’t mind spending some of their extra-curricular time finding out more information. The best ‘special subjects’ from Years 7 and 8 respectively are then awarded the Warden’s Medal at our end-of-year prizegiving. This year, to develop the boys’ presentation skills, we decided to tweak the Year 8 special subject slightly, with the projects culminating in TED-talk-style presentations towards the end of Trinity. We even got some giant TED letters manufactured to give the occasion an air of authenticity. Over the course of two afternoons, we were treated to some excellent presentations, with the boys boiling down their key ideas into engaging talks that, in true TED style, had a strict time limit. This is a skill the boys will be using a lot in their later lives, so it is extremely worthwhile introducing and honing it at NCS.