Thirty pupils from the Third Form Trivium course were selected to display their work at a Trivium Connections Project Evening in the Great Hall. Pupils had been asked to research ideas and issues, find links between two seemingly different concepts, make connections, write up their findings, and create and share a presentation.

The pupils displayed originality and creativity, and clearly enjoyed themselves in the process.

The projects displayed a hugely diverse range of interests. Some projects focused on current events. William (Sch) wrote a play in response to his research on the American Civil Rights movement and Russian disinformation about the Ukrainian war.

Architecture was an impressive trend, with projects accompanied by fabricated models that demonstrated the potential for sustainability, homeless shelters or resilience to war.

Issues about fashion are always popular. Investigations included Coco Chanel’s revolutionary style that redefined womanhood, an examination of different worldwide legislation that regulates fashion, and a comparison of historic and modern styles that included a hand-sewn 17th century style costume made from recycled tablecloth and curtain fabrics.

Other projects looked at the art of Islamic calligraphy, Formula 1 racing events around the world and the influence of Freddie Mercury on music and AIDS. Interactive games were taken seriously and played with enthusiasm.

Prizes were awarded to the projects that best fulfilled the purpose of creating connections.

Third place was awarded to Harrison (Sr) who composed and recorded a song based on lyrics by Taylor Swift. Salwa (Sr) was award second place for her examination of how the economic and social impact of war affects architecture. Her project included a detailed architectural model illustrating her thesis.

First place was presented to Beatrice (Sr) who designed and crafted a sophisticated game about curing deadly diseases and defeating the “grim reaper” that was complete with skillfully made playing pieces.

The Trivium course intends to place learning for its own sake at the heart of the Third Form curriculum. It has no syllabus and no prescribed content. It is a course based on “interestingness”. The brief is to educate; to introduce pupils to ideas and culture, to sow seeds and to broaden the educational experience.