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Fall Curriculum Night Address 2018

By: Jason Barney, Academic Dean

Good evening and thank you so much for coming to this evening’s Curriculum Night. I know it’s another evening event in what is generally already a busy week for most of us. But I...

Natural Science and Philosophy

This last year (2017-18) we’ve been exploring the classical liberal arts tradition together as a school. Our mission is to inspire students with an education founded on a Christian worldview, informed by the classical tradition and approached...

Why Shakespeare?

By Hannah Bramsen

Upper School Humanities, Class 8 homeroom, and Middle School Shakespeare director

As spring slowly approaches, and students begin to feel the February blues, there is one thing that has faithfully brightened up the middle school...

Biblical Integration: Christian Schooling as Discipleship

by Katie Klos

Class Five Lead Teacher, Middle School Girls’ Bible, and Middle School Literature

I borrowed the title of this blog post from a conference that Jon Simons and I had the pleasure of attending at Cairn University last summer.  I was...

Relevant or Non-Essential?

The Use of Original Languages in Our Faith

by Brian Kelly, Class Six and Latin Teacher

In a recent conversation with one of my pastors, we discussed the tact that is needed in a sermon to introduce technical language terms or excerpts from the...

Theseus and the Minotaur

One aspect of a Clapham education that sets our school apart from many is our focus on narration. Why have students narrate? One cannot narrate well, unless one has listened and digested the information given. Narration requires the habit of...

Creation and the Image of God: A Reflection on The Zeal of Thy House, by Dorothy L. Sayers

by Hannah Bramsen, Upper School Humanities Teacher and Middle School French Teacher

Classes Nine and Ten just finished studying Dorothy L. Sayers’ play, The Zeal of Thy House, in Medieval Humanities Seminar. As we were reading, this question came...

Why is the study of Western Civilization so important for today?

By Doug Reynolds, Head of School

The ideas and principles that underpin Western Civilization date back to the days of Ancient Greece. The city state of Athens (and others) embraced the idea of democracy as early as the sixth century BC. In Greece,...