Talks & Masterclasses

Do you have a thirst for knowledge? Ever wondered what your son was learning? Then, look no further than our termly Masterclasses taught by St Paul's teachers or the ever-popular Science Series. There are Talks and Masterclasses to suit all tastes and courses will be updated termly.

19 February - 18 March

Masterclass Series – Introduction to Philosophy with Dr Phil Gaydon, St Paul’s Teacher of Philosophy

The Masterclass Series for parents will consist of five, one hour sessions, taking place each week over a five week period. Places are limited due to the classroom nature of the series. This friendly and discursive class will give you a brief introduction to the major questions and some of the most famous philosophers in […]
05 March

Topical Tuesdays – Snapdragons and Shadows: Finding a Philosophy of Education in the “Golden Age” of British Children’s Literature with St Paul’s Teacher of Philosophy, Dr Phil Gaydon

Dr Phil Gaydon joins the High Master to discuss how we might find a philosophy for education in children's literature
05 March

European Youth Parliament: South-East Regional Forum

We’re hosting the two South-East Regional heats of the European Youth Parliament competition. The heats are part of the selection process for choosing a school to represent the UK at international European Youth Parliaments later in the year. Paulines have represented the UK at previous EYPs in Stockholm, Potsdam, Rome, Gothenburg and Trondheim. For more […]
12 March

Topical Tuesdays: How to Win Boat Races with Seb Benzecry OP (2011-2016)

Seb Benzecry OP will discuss his experience of the Boat Race.
13 March

The Whitting Lecture: Love and War – An Intimate History of Britain’s World War Two Commanders with Professor Martin Francis, University of Sussex

'Love and War: An Intimate History of Britain's World War Two Commanders'.Martin Francis, University of SussexLove and war might seem inherently antithetical. To be an effective military commander surely required men to remove themselves from the domains of the domestic, the feminine, the affective and the romantic. Tenderness would have to give way to toughness, and the assertion of those qualities of manliness - aggression, courage and endurance - which had been sapped by the presence in civilian life of women and children. In fact, as Martin Francis will argue in this lecture, the ostensibly all-male world of Britain’s commanders was never entirely quarantined from the worlds of love, family and feeling. Indeed, the Second World War required its military leaders to exemplify notions of romantic sensibility and domesticity, in order to legitimize their authority over the mass conscript army of a democratic nation. Combining military history with the history of emotions, Francis will show how Archibald Wavell’s love of poetry, Lord Alanbrooke’s affectionate notes to his wife, the tempestuous marriage between paratroop commander Frederick Browning and novelist Daphne du Maurier and the lonely widowhood of Bernard Montgomery (Britain’s most celebrated general and OP), all help to provide a more complex and holistic understanding of the nature of martial masculinity in the years between 1939 and 1945.Martin Francis was educated at the universities of Manchester and Oxford. He taught at a number of institutions in the UK (including Corpus Christi College, Oxford and the universities of Wales and London) before spending twelve years as the Henry R. Winkler Professor of Modern History at the University of Cincinnati. Since 2015 he has been the Professor of War and History at the University of Sussex, where he teaches subjects as diverse as gender and war, 1940s British film, the British monarchy, fashion history and the history of emotions. His publications include The Conservatives and British Society, 1880-1990(1996), Ideas and Policies under Labour, 1945-1951 (1997), The Flyer: Men of the Royal Air Force and British Culture, 1939-1945 (2008) and Empire, Celebrity and Excess: King Farouk of Egypt and British Culture, 1936-1965(2022). He is married to the historian of the Victorian era, Brenda Assael, and is an SPS parent.Book tickets for this event here
21 March

The Neurodiverse Brain with Dr Daniel Stark

In celebration of Neurodiversity Week, we have invited Dr Daniel Stark to present a talk on the neurodiverse brain, focusing on SpLD conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, and dyscalculia. This talk is open to pupils, parents and staff. Dr Daniel Stark, DClinpsy, QiCN Dr Daniel Stark is a Clinical Psychologist and Paediatric Neuropsychologist. Daniel has […]