Your Freedom is an Illusion

Wednesday 19 September 2018 - Edward Botwright, Year 13

“This lecture will explain freedom of choice from the ground up, introducing the concepts of free will and determinism from three unique perspectives: the physical, the psychological and the religious. Through examining the arguments on this subject, using engaging examples, it will tackle the essential question of whether we are really free or not, and the implications it has on our lives.”

Epigenetics: our genes aren’t the only things that make us

Wednesday 10 October 2018 - Annabel Lee, Year 13

Annabel will talk about what Epigenetics is and how actions and lifestyle choices we have can affect our offspring in Transgressional Epigenetics. She will explain the mechanisms of Epigenetics and some effects they have on humans. She will also delve into the remarkable Epigenetics mechanism of X Inactivation and why this is extremely important. Then explore the certain syndromes caused by Epigenetics.

Ipswich School. Our part in the Great War.

Wednesday 14 November 2018

As part of our commemoration of the First World War we offer a reflection on the immediacy of the war for former members of our school, presented principally by the English and History Departments and led by Sixth Formers. The lecture features stories about former pupils who served and died in the Great War, along with poetry and prose from the period.

Note: this lecture starts at a slightly later time of 4.45pm and is open to the public. Entrance is via Ivry Street. Limited parking is available in the Prep School car park, access via Anglesea Road from 4.30pm. The Prep Remembrance Doves will also be on display to the public at this time.

December 10th 2018 YEAR 10 & 11 CONFERENCE - IGNITE! 

All pupils in Year 10 & 11 will be participating in a conference hosted by Ipswich School.  The objective of the conference is to stretch, challenge and inspire our pupils, encouraging them to think about global issues linked to the national curriculum but taking them beyond the confines of specific subject areas.

The conference will feature lectures by Peter and Charlotte Vardy that will include:

  • Ethics Matters
  • An introduction to critical thinking
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • Genetic modification: potential and pitfalls
  • Debate: “This house believes that we have a moral duty to use technology to remove pain and increase pleasure wherever possible!”

The conference will take place in Great School, beginning at 11am and ending at 4.10pm.  A debate is planned for the last session in which students will have the opportunity to participate.

What can we learn from literature? The historical context of ‘Oliver Twist’.

Thursday 17 January 2019 - Anna Hubbard, Year 13 

My lecture will be considering the importance of literature and whether ‘Oliver Twist’, arguably Charles Dickens’ most famous and significant novel, contained more of a political message than first assumed. My lecture is based on the research of my EPQ project and will consider how far can Dickens’ novel be used as an accurate portrayal of the state of poverty and crime in England at the time?

Geology and Climate Change.

Tuesday 12 February 2019 - Alvin Chung, Preeti Krishna & Ashley Pang, Year 13
As Climate Change is a global crisis, we need to know more about it. Last year, we had a lecture about what we can do in the future to save the world from Climate Change. This year, we are going to talk about Climate Change from a geological point of view. There are three main points that we will be focusing on, they are 

  • How the formation of rock tells us its environmental conditions (e.g. temperature) in the carbon cycle
  • How we can tell Climate Change within the structures of rock, including fossils
  • How the impacts of Climate Change influence geology and us

Since Climate Change is changing the Earth’s structure, we ought to protect the Earth and reduce the likelihood of experiencing the Second Climate Change. 


Voting: Why Bother?

Thursday 7 March 2019 - Katie McCullough and Madeleine Fairbrother, Year 13

In this lecture I will explore the background of democracy, political apathy, why the right to vote should be exercised, what happens when democracy falls and what can be done in future to encourage voting or participation in other ways. I hope to do this through examination of both modern and historical events, such as the Brexit vote, Trump election and the Apartheid of South Africa, as well as theories and thoughts of people such as Plato. I would like to investigate the process at the heart of our lives and better understand why it is so vital.

Education is making us smarter - or is it?

Tuesday 30 April 2019 - Polly To, Year 13
The lecture will be exploring the impact of changes in education on average intelligence in 50 years' time. The structure would be similar to the one I used for my EPQ;

  • the indirect causes (that affect education)
  • the direct causes
  • changes in education (quality and duration)
  • intelligence (how it would be affected by education)