On Wednesday 21 September, Upper Sixth students gave their final Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) presentations. It was an accumulation of all the hard work we have put in over the last year, researching, analysing, and writing. I think it is fair to say that, despite the nerves, it was a great way to celebrate all our achievements along the way and share our findings with each other. It was really cool to feel like the expert instead of the learner on this occasion and a great way to grow in confidence and practice our presentation skills.
My own EPQ discussed the portrayal of Ophelia in Pre-Raphaelite art, a topic which I previously knew nothing about, but was fascinated by after seeing a painting of Ophelia by Arthur Hughes in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. I found there was much to be discovered about Victorian attitudes towards women and patriarchy all through art, a source I did not realise was so enlightening.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable evening, and it was fascinating to learn about a range of topics from our peers – from ethical marketing practices to the effects of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.