Shrewsbury School 'SparkPoint'

'SparkPoint' is a new online micro-magazine produced each week by our Deputy Head (Academic), Maurice Walters.

It offers an opportunity for pupils and staff to spend a few moments exploring areas of knowledge, culture and experience that are off the beaten track and which might not necessarily form part of the formal curriculum. The magazine explores all areas of human endeavour, from pioneering exploration to ground-breaking literature. Its objective is to provide an opportunity for reflection and inspiration and an encouragement to engage in creativity as part of a balanced educational diet.

The latest editions are published as pdf files below.

Latest Editions

2017

Friday 30 June 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'Not Nice, Not Good - Just Right'
    This issue celebrates those who have done the right thing, irrespective of personal cost. It also includes two article by pupils: 'The Greek and the Good' by Ebrahim Jamshid; and 'Don't Blame it on the Sunshine' by Nick Yale.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury SparkPoint - 'Not Nice, Not Good - Just Right' as a pdf:


Friday 23 June 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'The Problem of Being'
    This week's edition considers some deep philosophical questions about the nature of 'being'. It also includes a fascinating article on Teleportation written by Ebrahim Jamshid (SH V).

Wednesday 14 June 2017

  • Careers Bulletin for Sixth Formers

    Please click here to download this week's bulletin as a pdf file.

Monday 5 June 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint: Britain Decides
    There could only really be one theme for this week's edition of SparkPoint... As ever though, in putting it together Mr Walters (Deputy Head - Academic) has selected some interesting video clips and links to other websites to explore and understand more about the background issues and context.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury School SparkPoint: Britain Decides' as a pdf:


Thursday 25 May 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'Fighting Back'
    This week's edition is dedicated to "those who have stood up in the face of apparently insurmountable opposition". It includes a link to the poem written by Tony Walsh and recited this week at a vigil for the victims of the Manchester atrocity, that speaks of an enduring spirit of resilience and a persevering sense of community despite the odds.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury SparkPoint - Fighting Back' as a pdf:


Tuesday 16 May 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'The Nature of Cyber Crime'
    Following one of the most signficant world-wide cyber attacks last Friday, this week's edition of SparkPoint focuses on the cyber landscape.

    Please click on the image below to open (safely) 'Shrewsbury SparkPoint - The Nature of Cyber Crime' as a pdf file:


Monday 8 May 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'Make Them Laugh'
    "Laughing is a hugely important process and one which has proven mental benefits." As the exam season gets properly underway, Deputy Head (Academic) Maurice Walters has produced an issue of SparkPoint that is designed to get readers smiling.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - Make Them Laugh' as a pdf:


     

     

Friday 5 May 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'Toy Story'
    This week's edition considers the fundamental role toys play not only in entertaining and educating us, but in shaping our perceptions of the world.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - Toy Story' as a pdf:


Monday 24 April 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'Hurrah for the Humdrum!'
    This week's micro-magazine for the intellectually curious celebrates the achievement, the complexity and the inspirational quality of everyday things that are right under our noses.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - Hurrah for the Humdrum!' as a pdf:


Friday 24 March 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint
    At the end of a busy Lent Term and with holidays just around the corner, this week's slightly frivolous edition focuses on all things Easter.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury SparkPoint - Easter' as a pdf:


Tuesday 14 March 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'Great Detectives'
    This week's fascinating edition looks at some of the ways that human beings' love of working out puzzles and finding solutions to problems has made itself manifest in literature, the arts and the sciences.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'Great Detectives' as a pdf:


Tuesday 7 March 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'A Little Bit of Magic'

    Please click on the image below to open Shrewsbury Sparkpoint: A Little Bit of Magic' as a pdf file.


Thursday 2 March 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'Money, Money, Money'
    From John Maynard Keynes to Cleopatra and F Scott Fitzgerald to Jerry Lewis, this week's 'Sparkpoint' looks at the theme of 'Money' from an intriguing range of perspectives. 

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury Sparkpoint: Money, Money, Money' as a pdf file:


Monday 20 February 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'Love is in the Air'
    This week's issue is themed around 'love'.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - Love is in the Air' as a pdf file:


Friday 10 February 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'Back to the Beginning'
    This week's issue celebrates the work of those who have theorised about what might have happened at the dawn of time.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - Back to the Beginning' as a pdf file:


Wednesday 25 January 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - 'The Year of the Rooster'
    This week's special festive edition celebrates Chinese New Year and features the music of Tan Dun, the writings of Lao She and the dance choreography of Jin Xing.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - The Year of the Rooster' as a pdf file:


Tuesday 17 January 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - The Making of Modernism
    This week's issue of the micro-magazine written by Deputy Head (Academic) Maurice Walters introduces some of the artists, writers and musicians who have shaped and explored the concept of Modernism.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - The Making of Modernism' as a pdf file:



Monday 9 January 2017

  • Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - The Fire of Rebellion
    "From literature through to art and music, there is no more potent inspiration for remarkable creativity than the notion of rebellion".  The latest issue of the weekly micro-magazine written by Deputy Head (Academic) Maurice Walters explores the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, the writings of Margaret Atwood and the work of American conceptual artist Adrian Piper, and introduces a new event entitled 'Little Bohemia' that will take place in school next week.

    Please click on the image below to open 'Shrewsbury School SparkPoint - The Fire of Rebellion' as a pdf file: