Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56Academic ‘Can you find me a country beginning with the letter… E?’ A Prep 2 girl and boy scrutinize the globe in front of them. I can hear them muttering. ‘Well England,’ the boy is saying, ‘but that’s a bit boring.’ They slowly spin the globe, the whole world turning on its axis, continents revolving before them. ‘Perhaps somewhere in Africa,’ the teacher prompts. ‘Somewhere that has pyramids?’ ‘Egypt!’ But where is Egypt? Their eyes continue to scour the globe. More cartography going on up in the Castle. Here, the whole world has narrowed to a tiny, detailed fraction of it in the form of a 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey map. The map is spread out across the desks, and Prep 6 students are following contour lines with their fingers, deciphering the topography of the landscape. ‘See, there’s a hill here. This side is steeper.’ It is fascinating to watch these children develop. The youngest start with broad-brush concepts, simple enough to grasp, to grab their interest. With each successive year, layer after layer of detail is added, shades of colour and complexity. This is an education designed to challenge growing hungry minds; an education that is current and innovative; an education that maintains its relevance in an ever-changing world.