Want to lose
yourself in centuries of political and religious conflict and dark mysteries
locked in snapshots from the past? Then the National Gallery in London is just
the place for you. With an enormous collection of stunning artworks spanning
over half a millennia, this is an amazing experience. No matter how many times
I’ve been there, I haven’t even scratched the surface of the passion, the love,
the hatred, the rebellion, the political intrigue and the social and emotional
commentary that’s behind the huge collection of art in the National Gallery.
In this episode,
we talk with Caroline Smith, head of educational programs at the National
Gallery and explore how they engage students in one of the most amazing
galleries in the world.
From the early
Renaissance to legendary artists such as Monet and Van Gough and stunning works
which take up entire walls, this is something which will awe and inspire
students in ways that the classroom can never replicate.
information on the educational programs at the National Gallery checkout:
Coffee is well worth seeking out as you will struggle to get a decent coffee
anywhere in the UK. However, the coffee here is amazing and some of the best
coffee I’ve had in the world! Just go there and try it. You’ll know what I
Are you between
14-25 and have a problem you want to solve? Do you have lots of ideas, but just
need the right space, equipment and support to turn those ideas into something
In this episode,
we talk with Andrew Moss, director of the YMCA 4C Centre, Christchurch.
The YMCA 4C Centre
is a place where young entrepreneurs, inventors and problem solvers can go to
build their solutions in a really cool and supportive environment.
From robotics, to
3D printing, to video and artistic pursuits, the 4C Centre is for everyone who
are curious and want to build their skills in Communications, Creativity and
Critical Thinking. It’s a wonderful place and space in Christchurch to take
your ideas, take risks and turn them into something amazing.
Want to have 3 classes a day and learn in the heart of a city and use everything around you as a lab?
The Downtown School in Seattle is a leading-edge school which uses Downtown Seattle as part of their integrated educational program. This is a grade 9 through 12 school. It’s a great example of a school that’s future focussed and enabling students to pursue their own interests and identity as part of their education.
More time in the classroom doesn’t equate to better learning outcomes and the Downtown school has built this into their overall program.
For more information on the Downtown School checkout:
Want to learn how to be an entrepreneur? Often this sort of thing is left to chance, luck or sheer force of will. Why not avoid this and get started at school with some real-world problem solving, idea hacking and industry partnerships to help you build an entrepreneurial mindset and skill set whilst still at school
In this episode,
we talk with Dr Paul Browning, Principal of St Paul’s School in Brisbane,
Australia and Author of ‘Compelling Leadership and Principled.
In a rapidly
changing world, we explore how St Paul’s has taken a proactive approach to
teaching and learning and created an Entrepreneurial stream for their students
to prepare them for an uncertain future.
From an in-depth educational
review with input from leading educational minds such as Andy Hargraves &
Pasi Sahlberg, to industry partnerships and a start-up fund, this school is on
the leading edge of education today.
information on St Paul’s and their wonderful program:
Where’s your creative space? Is it in a place filled with movement and noise, a quite retreat away from everything, or do you have random moments of creativity whilst out surfing?
In this episode, we talk with Mary Preece, Education Manager for Bundanon Trust, Arthur Boyd’s former property nestled on the banks of the Shoalhaven River. The Trust was set up after the famous artist donated the land and much of his private collection to the Australian people. We talk about various experiential education programs based around art and the environment which the Trust runs as part of its great educational work.
We also explore how spaces and environment impact on a student’s focus, feeling and expression. We recorded this podcast at a number of locations around the property, which was a highlight for me, seeing inside the artist’s studio, just as he left it.