ORIENTATION DAY

A foretaste of the joys and challenges of academic research.

Ruut Koponen, the school librarian, and the IB coordinator hatched an idea that reached fruition in April with the launch of Orientation Day to offer Pre-DP students a foretaste of the joys and challenges of academic research. Taking the theme of nuclear bombs, students were invited to reflect on interesting research questions relating to a chosen field of study, whether biology, history, physics, literature, visual arts, economics…or whatever else captured their imagination. We had groups reflecting on propaganda, the Cuban missile crisis, atomic energy release, the effects of radiation, and comparative literature, to name just a few. Following a period of research, specialist subject teachers filed into the room to comment on the research questions and suggest fruitful avenues for further investigation. The buzz generated in the room spoke for itself. This was clearly a successful event and definitely one that deserves to be repeated.