Upper School Symposium

Date of past event:

11th October 2018


Dulwich College held their annual Upper School Symposium for Year 12 and Year 13 students on Thursday 11th October,  the theme was ‘Tradition and innovation’. They were joined in the afternoon by students from SSLP schools The Charter School North Dulwich and St Thomas the Apostle School and Sixth Form College.

Keynote speakers Annie Brookman-Byrne and Richard Edwards-Earl explored the technological innovations which have revolutionized their respective fields (educational neuroscience and film) in the past decade, as well as reflecting on enduring traditions in science and cinema.

In addition to attending the keynote address, students chose from a selection of around 30 seminars and workshops given by teachers and visiting artists, focusing on tradition and innovation in a range of areas including advertising, military technology, satire, piano technique, philosophy, anthropology and architecture.

As one Year 13 boy said: ‘I feel as if I have attended a whole term of Liberal Studies in one day. My brain is buzzing!’

“I particularly enjoyed the session with Mr Weaver who showed us a variety of artefacts such as a book by Isaac Newton! It was an opportunity to see things I would never have got the opportunity to see, and being up close with all these amazing artefacts was really exciting. I also enjoyed the speeches from professionals, the Neuroscientist and Camera Operator, it was nice to listen to people with first-hand experience of an industry.”  Year 12 guest

“I thought both the lectures were great – the first one on Labour took the theme and discussed it in a very interesting way. The teacher giving the talk seemed so knowledgeable and interested in the topic especially with the questions at the end going into a range of topics. The second one on Nietzsche was really great with there being lots of discussion and debate within the session, which I thought was really good. It explore perspectivism and the Nietzsche’s philosophy in general so well in such a short space of time.”  Year 12 guest