Mystery of the teenage brain

In the first of what will inevitably be one of Perception Society’s finest lecture series in recent years, Prof. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore delivered a fascinating and engaging talk on Monday night to an audience of keen Specialist Carthusians, Beaks and Parents about the changes and struggles faced by the teenage brain. She is Director of the…

How babies and children think and learn

Lecture by Dr. Jessica Horst, WORD Lab, University of Sussex Reading stories to children often turns into a favourite activity, with tales of princesses and dragons, witches and wizards, or even just a very hungry caterpillar stimulating their imagination and expanding their horizons. Storybooks do indeed play an incredible part in a child’s development. Yet…

Current affairs: Should we be eating insects? 

The mere thought of feasting on insects makes most Brits feel uneasy. However, given the world’s population is growing at a steady rate of 70 million people annually, the food industry is, without a doubt, under substantial pressure. With the threats including overfishing, global warming, the 1 billion people suffering from starvation is likely to…

Why are we Reading Less for Pleasure?

I really began thinking about this question after meeting someone on the train. It was amusing because my initial judgement of this man had been completely dismissive and impartial. With earrings that stretched each of his lobes to the size of a two pence coin and an unkempt beard, I hadn’t given him much thought….

Film Review: Dunkirk

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s new film, the director of The Dark Knight Trilogy, and Interstellar, is based on the incredible evacuation in North France on the Harbour and beach of Dunkirk, stars the only 20-year-old Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, and even Harry Styles. Despite Dunkirk only running at a mere 106 minutes, you may as well…

Film Review of the Week: Step Brothers

Years back at the Windridge Summer Camp in Vermont we all assembled one evening in the food hall to watch a movie. I was initially indifferent to what film it would be. Dana, of the councilors, got out Step Brothers starring the comedic heavyweights John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell, and I thought this could…

Gender on the Agenda for School Uniform?

Teenagers like me growing up in the 21st Century have frequently been dubbed as the ‘snowflake’ generation; something to encapsulate our sensitivity towards a far wider spectrum of social issues. In recent years, sensitivity seems to have developed into a ‘dirty’ word, especially by older and more ‘robust’ generations. An important question to ask is…

An interview with Gina Miller

After the vote to leave the European Union, the news was dominated by the issue of Brexit and the question of what it would do to our country. What will be the impact of Brexit? Gina Miller, a business owner, has her own set of beliefs to what Brexit will do to our country and why we should…

What is ‘Britishness’ in the Twenty-First Century?

Charterhouse is a partner school of the Aldridge Foundation, a relationship which we cherish and which includes interaction between staff and pupils, particularly at the Kensington Aldridge Academy in London, where we have previously shared valuable professional development workshops for teachers and senior leaders. On Thursday 16th March, Charterhouse hosted the inaugural conference for Lower…

Overlooked at the Oscars 2017

Last month’s Oscars opened new frontiers for Hollywood. Moonlight was the first film to win Best Picture featuring an all-black cast, and Casey Affleck was controversially voted Best Supporting Actor, despite there being numerous harassment claims against him. That wasn’t all. There was more debacle as prior to the Best Picture announcement La La Land…

Mike Sani speaks at Charterhouse

  Charterhouse pupils were privileged to hear from Mike Sani, founder of Bite The Ballot, on Wednesday 1st March. Bite The Ballot is a social enterprise which campaigns for greater democratic engagement amongst young people, and which has successfully led major ‘voter registrations drives’ and achieved changes to UK law. As its founder, Mike has…