Terry Waite CBE and U6th Prefects Julia Coulson and Imogen Goddard
It was a huge privilege to welcome Sir Colin Blakemore, Terry Waite CBE and Dr Mary Baker to school.
Bromley High School Alumna, Dr Mary Baker, held ‘a conversation with Terry Waite and Sir Colin Blakemore’ bringing her ‘Year of the Brain’ lectures to a very thrilled and packed house comprising parents, staff, students, alumnae and the local community, including Year 11 students from local state schools. Earlier in the day Sir Colin and Terry Waite held seminars with our 6th Form scientists, psychologists and philosophy and ethics students.
Dr Mary Baker described Sir Colin as the best neuroscientist in Europe. The University of Oxford’s Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience and London University’s Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience duly demonstrated his passion for a subject on the frontiers of undiscovered science by speaking in a way which was accessible even to those with no scientific background, elaborating on the concept of neuroplasticity. Terry Waite CBE discussed his work as a hostage negotiator and his experience as a hostage for five years in Beirut, much of which spent in solitary confinement in the dark. His role in establishing the charity Hostage UK in 2004 was an inspiring example of a humanitarian response to appalling personal adversity.
"A challenging, fascinating and utterly riveting insight into human brain and a moving glimpse of the depths of the human spirit." Angela Drew, Headmistress Bromley High School GDST
All who attended both seminars and evening lecture have remarked on the experience and how privileged they felt to have been present.