Mr Beattie, the school Archivist and Geography Teacher, delivered a fascinating talk to the Year 7 Scholars comparing and contrasting the Coronavirus pandemic and the Black Death of the fourteenth century.
In a wide-ranging survey, pupils examined the biology of the pandemics, the means and nature of the spread of the diseases, and their impact, mixing elements of different disciplines – science, geography and history – always an aim of the Scholarship sessions. The students were able to make links across time and place and consider the methodologies of data collection.
“The air corridors from East to West are the silk roads of the 21st century” – a reference to the fact that both diseases spread to Europe from their source in East Asia, though at vastly different speeds.
The lesson forms part of the Scholars Programme which includes workshops and lectures overseen by our Head of Academic Scholarship, Mr Cavendish.