Spring Term 2017

Sixth Form Lecture Update

Mrs MacCallumMrs Caroline MacCallum on Leadership - 28 January
Report by Iona S, Year 13

Today's lecture was taken by Mrs MacCallum, her topic was Leadership. She is currently studying a masters degree at the University of Aberdeen, her course is based on leadership and what it takes to be a leader. It was a very informative lecture and made all of Sixth Form think about what type of leader they are or aspire to be. The different ways of leading were presented through characters from films; something which everyone could relate to. Mrs MacCallum also touched base on how different types of leadership are important for different roles in society and the work place. 

Peter Hall on Addiction - 21 January 2017
Report by Iona S, Year 13 

On Saturday Peter Hall returned to Gordonstoun to speak about his personal experience with addictions; these included drugs and alcohol. His overall message was to inform the students about the dangers but, most importantly, the long term effects that his actions from the past have had on his life. The lecture was most informative and the level of emotion that Peter injected into the story gave people a realisation of how devastating the impacts of addiction can or will be. 

After passing through rehab five times Peter has now been clean for ten years, however his actions have haunted him in the sense that he has short term memory problems and is still fighting a battle to see one of his daughters.

Overall his lecture had a high impact on the audience and everyone was very appreciative of his honesty on what must be, for him, a hard topic to talk about; and for that we would like to thank him very much. 

Wasted Youth lecture by Peer Hall   Charlie Walker, Adventurer

Charlie Walker, Adventurer - 14 January 2017
Report by Ishaq R, Year 13

Charlie Walker is an adventurer who spent four years cycling across 3 continents. Inspiring, motivating and energising are just a few of the words one could use to describe Charlie's lecture.

Charlie spoke with clear passion about his astounding journey which took him over the Arctic Circle, through the mighty Himalayas and through the Sahara. He racked up a total of more than 40,000 miles which is the equivalent of cycling the circumference of the world not once, but twice! Whilst being humorous about his difficulty overcoming the language barrier with the thousands of people he encountered on his journey, he spoke well and with passion about how he had to dig deep to keep motivated especially when he faced -45 degree weather, malaria and frostbite on the tips of his fingers.

Overall, Charlie spoke with great passion and humour and constantly had the audience's attention throughout.

 


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