Archive for the ‘General Interest’ Category

An Interstellar Perspicacity

An Interstellar Perspicacity

Zeanne Mendoza | December 6, 2014

Interstellar, the long awaited movie! I let out a sigh of relief with the notion that I wouldn’t need to attend chemistry class later! I’ll be honest; my knowledge of the movie was rather limited up until a field trip to watch it came along. The pre-movie trailers alleviated the tension amongst our exorbitantly large Astronomy Club group; I had no idea what I was in for, neither did the rest who watched it with me.

Ode to Writing

Ode to Writing

By Edeline D’Souza, 19 March 2013

A blank page, the blinking cursor.
An oblivion of so much potential, but nothing tangible, of ideas that could be, and ideas glorified, of false starts and backspaces. This is an ode to writing.

Phases of Acceptance

Phases of Acceptance

By Neiha S Khan Lasharie, 13 March 2013

It’s hard for me to take good news at face value. I’m pretty sure I can’t be the only person to think this way – I lower my expectations about everything so much that I will refuse to believe that something amazing has happened to me until I have solid, tangible proof of it. Of course, that isn’t always possible. Not all good things are tangible.

The Importance of Curiosity

The Importance of Curiosity

Jennifer writes about the recent TEDxYouth@WinchesterLive2013 event, as well as the importance of being constantly curious.

Why We Read

Why We Read

By Teresa Francis, February 27 2013

It is the human condition to seek company, to search for purpose. We long for someone to relate to, for someone whose soul mirrors our own. Reading always starts off simple.

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

By Neiha Lasharie, 7 February 2012

Try everything. A lot of people downplay the importance of names, but then why do you have people who change their names later on in life? Because a name is just that important – it is your identity beyond your personality, your talents, your ambitions and goals and accomplishments.

The Question of Love

The Question of Love

By Shenny Pieries, 1 February 2013
There’s the transcendent sense of tenderness you feel toward a person who sparks your interest. There’s the sublime feeling of relief and reward when that interest is returned. There are the flowers you buy and the poetry you write and the impulsive trip you make to the other side of the world just so you can spend 48 hours in the presence of a person who’s far away.

That Street Lamp in the Shadows

That Street Lamp in the Shadows

Shennin Pieries, 29 September 2012
She sat there idly in the corner of a bleak hospital waiting room. The walls were tinted a faded hue of grey and lime green. The florescent lights above her buzzed aggravatingly and flickered every two minutes.

Probability

Probability

By Winston Vicente
If you were in a Las Vegas casino and you were on the roulettes, which colour would you bet on? The Red or the Black?

Jason Silva Visits The Winchester School

Jason Silva Visits The Winchester School

On Sept. 5, Jason Silva visited our school. For those who don’t know who he is, Jason has been described as a Wonder Junkie, an Epiphany Addict, a Remixer of Optimism, a Curator of ideas, innovation and awe, and a latter-day Carl Sagan. Here’s Neiha Lasharie’s blog post about her reaction to Jason’s visit.

The Aegean Shore- MTV’s missed opportunity.

The Aegean Shore- MTV’s missed opportunity.

Teresa Francis, 30 August 2012
It is hard to summarize ancient Greek mythology. We know everything about them through Hesoid’s epic poem Theogony. Learning about it does make you come to terms with this fact- our human need for drama, for complicated and messy relationships, they’re not recent. They date all the way back to the Ancient Greeks.

Katie and the Stars

Katie and the Stars

Rohan Roberts, 15 April ’11

Katie stared at the night sky. It was a majestic sight. The celestial empire stared back with infinite splendour and infinite indifference.

On Beauty and Colours

On Beauty and Colours

Rohan Roberts, 15 March ’11
Does beauty truly lie in the eye of the beholder? Do the objects of the universe have an inherent beauty that lies beyond the need for human apprehension? To what extent are we genetically predisposed to consider something beautiful? Do we truly have free will in our apprehension of beauty?

Past Perfect – Present Tense?

Past Perfect – Present Tense?

Girisha Gidwani, 4th February ’11
Fanciful musings about what people from the past would say to people of the present.

DUCTAC Musings

DUCTAC Musings

Priyanka Lopez, 25 Sept. ’10
Priyanka describes her experience this summer working with children at the Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centre.

Leah’s Rainy Summer

Leah’s Rainy Summer

Leah Elizabeth Simon, 14 Sept. ’10
Monsoonal rains, summer camp, and new-born kittens are some of the events that Leah encountered.

Adieu Dubai Summer ’10

Adieu Dubai Summer ’10

Jurgienne Arizza, 14 Sept. ’10

I expected this summer to come and go without any worries, not counting the nagging ennui and the constant paranoia of brain deterioration. Being trapped within Dubai’s sandy grip and withstanding the sweltering heat is no easy feat, regardless of how many summers one has spent in the area.

Lesson Plans in Voodoo

Lesson Plans in Voodoo

Rohan Roberts, 17 June ’10
How would a sceptical and sophisticated science teacher like Mr. Manoj react to the possibility that someone was trying to put a hex on him? That is exactly what Mr. Green and Mr. Roberts set out to discover.

On Altruism

On Altruism

Rohan Roberts, 5th June 2010
Why do we help others? Are humans inherently good or evil? How do we reconcile our cooperative behaviour and our violent aggression? Why do we put our lives at risk to save strangers?