Symposium

“It is a truly fantastic course that enlightens teenagers’ minds and makes them think more profoundly about everything surrounding them, which they usually wouldn’t do. The course creates fantastic questions to ponder and it makes us crave questioning everything, even when we’re not in the symposium. The purpose is to think about more than what can be seen on the surface and how that can potentially affect us. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone.”

A student from the philosophy course.

“I really enjoy the symposium and particularly like the way all the participants are encouraged to share their thoughts and express themselves as well as the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Attending these sessions has given me a lot to think about and helped me on my journey of discovering who I am.”

A student from the philosophy course.

What are they?

Symposiums originate from ancient Greece and the purpose was to discuss topics. Allowing everyone to offer opinion and thoughts on the definition of different topics. The group debates, and discusses topics that are given to them the week before. They then go off and try to research the topic and should be prepared to discuss their opinions, views and definitions in the Symposium.

The idea is to encourage, free-thinking, critical thinking, Socratic questioning, debating and public speaking.

What will the course cover?

Good 

  • What is a good life?

Happiness

  • What is happiness?
  • Is the most important purpose in life to find happiness?

Courage

  • What is courage?

Beauty

Love 

  • Is it more important to be respected than loved?

Ignorance

How to learn

Wisdom

Happiness 

  • Are we obligated to make ourselves better and will that make us happier?
  • Can achieving nothing make a person happy?
  • Can I think myself happy?

Friendship 

  • What is true friendship?

Evil

  • Does evil come from within?
  • Is war acceptable?
  • Where does evil come from?

Technology

  • Have gadgets and apps taken away  emotions?

Perfection

  • Is there a perfect life?
  • Why do we strive for perfection if it is not attainable?

Further Questions:

  • Is everything connected?
  • Can kindness change the world?
  • What is so great about the world anyway?
  • What is the difference between grown ups and children?
  • Are the best things in life free?
  • Can one person change the world?
  • How should we treat animals?

Cost:

As this is new, for this year, all we ask for is £1 per class attended. This will be totalled and billed at the end of each month.

If you are feeling generous we are accepting payment through Patreon at £5 per month.

https://www.patreon.com/OHT

When:

The symposium starts at the beginning of the academic year and runs through out the year. Eventually finishing on week 35 of the school year.

The symposiums are on Monday from 1 pm to 2 pm.

Link:

If you are interested and it is Monday click on the link below:

https://meet11215680.adobeconnect.com/symp/

If you are interested, please contact the school below.