Brillantmont - Finding the balance

Brillantmont students: finding the balance between learning and time out!


At this time of year, students in many schools are engaged in mid-term examinations as the end of the school year and external examinations loom on the horizon. To reach their final objective, our teachers are keen to engage their students in many different ways using a variety of methods and cross-curricular thinking.

For example, currently we are in the throes of the "Splat competition”, an annual Maths event which tests students’ logical thinking through a series of challenges. It is timed to be part of our annual cross curricular week in the run up to International Pi day in March. The Maths Department is also collaborating with the Art Department, encouraging students to submit mathematically themed artwork for an exhibition called "Towards Abstraction", which looks at how concrete ideas and calculations connect to the world of algebra and modern art after the invention of photography.

Such thinking allows students to see that even the most apparently different subjects are in fact connected. We want our students to become lateral thinkers, capable of thinking outside the box. The jobs of tomorrow don’t exist yet, so if we can promote creativity amongst our students, we are arming them to face their futures with a strong skill set.

To balance the intense study that this time of year brings, it is important to enjoy some relaxation and time out, to gain a sense of perspective. With this in mind, our students and staff headed up to Les Diablerets for a tasty fondue and a night-time sledge descent of the 7km sledging track. Watch the video here and feel the fun!



Multi-faceted Maths at Brillantmont.

Extract Brillantmont Newletter // February 12, 2018 | 0 comments| by John Kennedy 


    We're always thinking cross-curricular at Brillantmont and trying to find ways to engage the students in Maths by thinking creatively. We are currently in the throes of the "Splat competition", which is a regular annual event for which students can win a prize by completing as much of the booklet as possible. The Brillantmont Splat Challenge 2018

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    The aim is to foster an interest in logical thinking and mathematics above and beyond the curriculum. It is also timed to be part of our annual cross curricular week in the run up to International Pi day in March.

    From 5th -9th March, for one week only, we will have a Mathexpo.  All the Maths teachers and the Art Department are encouraging students to submit mathematically themed artwork and we will be choosing the best ones to frame and display.

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    The overall theme of the exhibition is "Towards Abstraction" in order to highlight the move from concrete ideas and calculations into the world of algebra and modern art after the invention of photography. Art teacher, Mrs Mc Fall is working with students to look at the link between art, science and maths in her lessons. She is going to highlight the links between the 3 subjects in different periods of history. In Maths lessons, we will be saving the most artistic elements of geometry and teaching them at the same time.

    The main purpose of the Mathexpo is to highlight links between our department and others so that students are able to see the connections and go on to be enlightened, creative, motivated individuals with higher order thinking skills! 

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