The English Department's Blog

2011 Archive

Nov 24

We like interesting new writers here at Nottingham High School, especially if they come from our own ranks.  Jack Boaden is one such, and has recently had an interview published in NG5. His interview with The James Cleaver Quintet is a cracking piece of rock journalism, and we are looking forward to plenty of free tickets […]

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Nov 24

Reports have been hitting various news websites of a study published by Dr Kenneth Heaton, a former gastroenterologist, which argues that doctors should turn to Shakespeare, who had a remarkable insight into the way that physical symptoms can be caused by psychological problems.  It certainly seems like a really interesting idea, although I can’t comment […]

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Nov 14

Words

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This post is all about words.  About why our language is important and why we should care about it.  About how words may be dying because people are not using them.  About how words give people the power to understand themselves and make an impact on the world around them. If you have visited the […]

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Nov 10

I love the Boston Globe’s Big Picture website. It presents a constantly changing diet of the best news photography in the world, picking up stories that might otherwise be overlooked, or images that, while not as striking as those that make the headlines, often have powerful stories to tell.  Today, while looking through this excellent series on […]

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Nov 09

For a long time now I’ve been an enthusiastic user of Google Chrome: it’s lighter, faster and much less annoying than Internet Explorer, and doesn’t eat system resources the way Firefox used to (that said, I’m looking forward to seeing what Version 8 has to offer).  What makes Chrome great for me as an English […]

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Sep 22

The first orchestral concert of the new season is next Friday, Sept 30 at 7.30 in the Royal Concert Hall.  Tickets are, as usual, only £5.  Please let Mr Ruff know if you would like to go. Halle André de Ridder conductor Alban Gerhardt cello Suk: Scherzo Fantastique
 Dvořák: Cello Concerto
 Ravel: Une barque sur l’ocean
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Sep 19

It is a bit of a meme for teachers to bemoan the beginning of September, but here at Nottingham High we in the English Department are looking forward to a really good academic year. The new Year 11 boys are set to build on some excellent module results from last summer; the lower school will […]

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Jul 05

This week, we’ve been reviewing our schemes of assessment.  Now I know that sounds like the sort of activity usually reserved by Heads of Department as a particularly nasty punishment for their minions (some might even call it this), but two of us put a lot of hard work in last summer to draw up […]

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Apr 07

After a keenly felt period of absence, one of my favourite poetry websites is back up online.  The Wondering Minstrels presents a poem every day, along with a little comment and often some nicely illuminating discussion.  They have a great archive, going right back to 1999 (remember then? It could take a day to load […]

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Apr 04

At the moment, Year 9 are looking at spoken forms of English, studying how language is used in different places, contexts and forms.  It’s interesting stuff, and the interweb is full of all sorts of delights, such as Lauren’s outbursts against injustice; a wry report on the BBC about Doctors’ jargon, and the wonderful google ngram […]

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