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Kilgraston virtual assemblies – January 2021

Kilgraston virtual assemblies – January 2021


Kilgraston virtual assemblies

Kilgraston’s assemblies are traditionally thought-provoking, and inspiring, and this week’s virtual assemblies are continuing this custom.

In Monday’s assembly, Kilgraston’s Deputy Head, Mrs Lund, asked us what might be the connection between a number of objects including an oyster, a NASA Scientist and an American Vice President.

The answer, Mrs Lund explained, was a pearl: the oyster produces a pearl, an item worn eventually by American mathematician, Kathryn Johnson, whose maths helped NASA astronauts land on the moon, and a pearl necklace is today the signature item of the American Vice President, Kamala Harris. A pearl is a small item and Mrs Lund’s message was not to underestimate the difference you can make as an individual, no matter how small.

Someone who began her campaigning small in years but certainly not in stature is activist, Greta Thunberg, and in Wednesday’s assembly, Head of Geography, Dr Phillips, discussed climate change and how Greta has inspired and motivated a generation of environmentalists. Dr Phillips shared some staggering data of the rise in CO2 in the past century, underlining the human impact on the planet.

Assemblies at Kilgraston can be given by staff and indeed pupils and you can enjoy more of these here.

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