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Sir Walter Raleigh Celebration

Thursday 13 December 2018

On Wednesday 12th December, four of our senior pupils attended the Raleigh 400 Event at Drapers’ Hall in London. Nineteen schools were present and our students, Ella, Alice, Ben and Isaac, were involved in discussion groups, a panel event and lectures, as well as a reception with representatives of a range of livery companies. This was thanks to sponsorship of our pupils by the Guild of Entrepreneurs.

The event provided the students with a forum in which to discuss their own conceptions of entrepreneurship and how modern models of economic behaviour reflect upon those in the pre-modern past. In short, to discuss where we are now and how we have got here, with emphasis on the role of Sir Walter Raleigh and the City of London and Livery Companies - a theme which was also built upon through a lecture after the discussion event.

To facilitate the discussions, a research document was designed by Profs Jerry Brotton and Miri Rubin at Queen Mary, which offered an entry point into the topic and also provided fuel for debate. The topic for group discussion was ‘What lessons might we take from the pre-modern past when looking to plan for the future of international trade and commerce in an increasingly globalised world?’

This was a great opportunity for our pupils to meet those from other schools and educational institutions and to start building connections of their own. That it was in such a wonderful building as Drapers' Hall only added to the occasion.

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