I have been very fortunate for the last nine years to have a large number of students wanting to study Philosophy and Ethics, with roughly 100-150 students taking the course each year. This may be due to early interventions including changing the name from Religious Studies to Philosophy and Ethics (R.S). This meant that students understood what the course entailed, helping retention. My students also did a number of activities that attracted the attention of the local news such as making a Holocaust patchwork quilt for Holocaust Memorial Day (see Leaving a Lasting Impression).
But unfortunately this year (whilst I am still very lucky to have 90 students) our cohort from schools is going down and R.S is going to be hit over the next few years because of this. So this year, for the first time in many years, I am going all out on Open Evening. Usually I just place books and DVDs of interest around the room, create a handout and have current students answer questions and talk and interact with potential new students. But not this year!
This year we had a number of exciting, interactive activities for students and parents to get involved with.
Around college laminated posters were placed drawing students and parents to the R.S classroom including:
- Posters with Quotes:
- Posters with Discussion Questions:
- Skeleton holding ‘What makes us human?’ outside the classroom
- Posters with ‘Fancy a Photo with a Philosopher’ (see below)