Meliora

Welcome to Meliora.

We are proud of our pupils and their work. Daily, we ask them to be the best that they can and yet strive to be more, and we expect them to apply that mind set to their learning. We know that mastery is not achieved overnight, but that it is the result of craft, of honing, of a gradual process of refinement. Learning is a journey, and what seems like a masterpiece now can always be improved once new skills have been acquired. Reflection, honesty, courage, resilience and ambition fuel the desire to make what has been created by our hands even better. Two thousand years ago, the Romans had a word for this drive. It translates as ‘for the pursuit of something better.’ Their word was meliora. This is a collection of learning, our first, produced at the end of the year of our opening.

It contains a small sample of the work that pupils in years 7-9 have produced in the course of their studies on their way, no doubt, to other, greater, things. This is not a publication full of finished work. Instead it is a collection of pieces, drawn from different areas of the curriculum, that serve as a snapshot of where some of our brightest minds, and most talented individuals, were at the end of last year. We publish this because we are proud of our students’ achievements and because we want to show others what can be achieved. We know too, that the students named here are already in pursuit of something better.

Andy Prestoe

Principal

Exemplary

Theseus and the Minotaur – By Emily Rudd, Esme Orbell, Ruby Dearden Phillips, Amy Houghton & Isabella Welch (Year 7).

Minos, king of Crete, had a monstrous son with the body of a man and the head of a bull. He was called the Minotaur. He was kept in a maze of tunnels, a twisting labyrinth underneath the king’s palace. The creature would only eat human flesh. The king knew that if he were to feed the monster with his own people, they would rise up against him. But the creature was his own son, royal blood. He couldn’t let him starve to death.
Each kingdom of Greece was forced to send seven young men who would never be heard of again. When the turn of Athens came, the city’s king couldn’t bring himself to send seven young Athenians to a horrible death. Eventually king Minos, furious, set sail himself with a fleet of ships and took the men. Amongst him was Theseus. When they reached the island of Crete, they were led to the king’s palace by a glittering procession. They were invited to sit down and feast and in the evening, the king’s daughter, Princess Ariadne, would dance for them. And then, one morning, there were five of them at the breakfast table, and then there were four. Ariadne couldn’t take her eyes off Theseus.
When no one was watching, Theseus seized Ariadne’s hand: ‘Ariadne, from the moment I first saw you I have loved you’. He asked ‘Ariadne, is there nobody who could help me? If I could escape I would take you with me’. ‘Yes, yes. There is someone’. Ariadne replied.
Theseus made his way into the labyrinth. He plunged his sword into the beast’s belly. Theseus then left the labyrinth and sailed home with Ariadne. Theseus then told her he did not love her after all and he sailed away.