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Thinking Supper on the Power of Protest

This term’s Lower School Thinking Supper brought students from Year 7 and 8 students from Abingdon School and academic scholars from St Helen’s together to discuss The Power of Protest. The students looked at five different protests: Extinction Rebellion, Brexit People's Vote, Suffragettes and Suffragists, Nelson Mandela and the ANC, and Gilets Jaunes. A group presented on each protest and researched aspects such as: did the protest achieve its goals? Were the actions of those who protested justifiable? If there was social media, how important was it in contributing to the protest?

‘On 14 May students from Year 7 and 8 attended a thinking supper at Abingdon. Over the course of evening we discussed the thought-provoking topic of protests. The protest our group was given was the Suffragettes and the Suffragists. This was an excellent topic as I learnt something completely new; I had never heard of the Suffragists. We spent our time talking with the boys and at the end did a presentation. Overall the night was very interesting and a very good experience. It helped me learn more about my topic and it was an enjoyable evening.’

Abi, 7M

'I liked the topic of the thinking supper and overall I enjoyed it.’

Abi, 7L

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