Crash Course – Romeo and Juliet Part One

In this video John Green Iexamines Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. John delves into the world of Bill Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers and examines what the play is about, its structure, and the context in which it was written.


Learning from the rain, the lights and other things


Great to read Shelby’s story in the ODT today.

Here is a sample if you didn’t see it, read the rest here. Read more from Cromwell College here and here.

You’re supposed to be able to tell a lot about someone from the way they react to a rainy day or tangled Christmas tree lights.We’ve never had to deal with the lights, but you’re always on edge when it rains; you can’t sit still for long and you keep peeking through the curtains to see if it’s stopped, even though we can still hear it drumming against the roof.

You told me once that when you were little, you would stay up all night when it rained because you couldn’t get to sleep, and I told you that when I was little I thought I could hear the rain singing and little fingers tapping in time on my window, and my mind stopped spinning.

Cromwell Mural – Past, Present and Future

We had a trip downtown today to be at the unveiling of the mural: ‘Cromwell’s Past, Present and Future’. This award-winning mural is now finished and represents Cromwell’s shared ideas about what it thinks makes living and visiting here so unique and special.

The Muriel

Public artist Andrew Price led the mural project with support from the Cromwell & District Community Trust. Last year students from10C students helped to focus and to co-create the mural with Andrew.

In order to effectively depict Cromwell’s current identity the students conducted video interviews with members of our local community to learn what and who has made (and makes) Cromwell so special. Videos of all interviewees have been digitally archived and are available for watching on , the town’s digital record.

The mural looks great and for all that hard work, the students deserved a treat!


Impromptu Debates – Round One

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This week we hosted the first round of the Central Otago impromptu debates. We entered several teams, including our brand new Year 8 team. The Year 8 team went against a Year 9 team – and won!

It was a really successful night with teams from all over Central Otago attending the competition. Apparently we had the most entries ever.

It was fantastic to see the energy and real thinking from all of the students. It was a cold night but the place was buzzing and heated up by student brain power. Some rooms were like saunas after the debates!

Our Year 8 team was really impressive and debating is such a great way to develop critical thinking skills. Here’s a few shots of them in action.



Debating Dunstan

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This week our senior team had a debate against the senior Dunstan High School team. The debate was an evening one and it was held at the Centennial Court in Alexandra. The Rotary Club provided a lovely meal and a great audience.

Our senior team was depleted because of the Waimate Exchange. We had one senior debater and two Year 10 speakers. It was a fabulous and hard fought debate and we were pleased to come out as the winners. Well done boys!

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