Fear & Fantasy week at Oakham School
23 November 2015
Leading experts have joined teachers and students at Oakham School to take part in ‘Fear & Fantasy’ week: a packed programme of fascinating talks, workshops and activities.
Keynote speaker, the renowned art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon, began the week with an insightful discussion about fear and fantasy in the British Gothic. A range of other artists followed, including Willard Wigan MBE (famous for creating fantastical micro-sculptures) and Chelsea award-winning garden designer, Adam Frost.
It has been a non-stop week of events – including a breakfast club held every morning where different topics were discussed – including ‘Is it OK to be afraid of maths?’ and ‘Is religious belief motivated by fear and fantasy?’ Oakhamians also had the opportunity to take part in a range practical activities to help them to overcome their fears and explore myths and fantasies. This included the chance to try something new (from sports to foods), and to learn the basic techniques of how to overcome their fears, to fight off stress and anxiety.
Students ran many sessions during the week, including the main student debate (Sixth vs Seventh Formers), which focused on whether fear is the most effective catalyst for success. Many staff contributed too – including Director of Sport, Iain Simpson, who discussed performance anxiety. The week culminated in professional story-teller, Rob Lloyd-Parry, telling some old fashioned ghost stories to delight (and frighten!)
This year’s event, which seeks to encourage pupils to think outside of the confines of their normal subjects, follows on from hugely successful programmes from previous years, including 'Rules & Rebellion' week and 'Truth & Beauty' week.