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Academic | Posted 13.03.2017

Year IV Humanities Trip

26 Year IV girls recently ventured to Edgbaston High School for a Humanities day, the idea of which was to give the girls the opportunity to consider a range of disciplines and careers available to those interested in pursuing Humanities beyond School. The day revolved around workshops and lectures based on a range of different subjects. The initial lecture was given by Natalie Haynes, a BBC broadcaster and author whose enthusiasm for the Greek tragedy and the Classics was infectious. Her first novel ‘Amber Fury’ is indeed an homage to all things Hellenic – myths, art and ideas, as well as fate, revenge, violence, obsession and love. The girls then split into workshops which ranged from ‘The Philosophy of Evil’ to ‘Moral Geography’ and from ‘Arthur the Lost King’ to ‘Paleontology’.

The highlight of the day was, however, the keynote speaker Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, known as the ‘world’s greatest living explorer’. The girls had front row seats and heard the most amazing tales from this raconteur not only of his remarkable achievement of being the only person ever to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface but also of his early career in the SAS and his personal zenith, the discovery of the Lost City of Ubar. The accompanying slideshow of frostbitten toes and fingers, polar bears, floating ice caps and temperatures of -110 left us in no doubt about the determination and motivation needed to succeed in these challenges. Whilst he jokingly claimed he could not reveal his next expedition plans for fear of the Norwegians beating him to it, a quick look at his website shows that he is attempting to complete the Global Reach Challenge and become the first person to have crossed both polar ice caps and have climbed the highest mountain on each continent whilst raising funds for Marie Curie.