Tring School, Hertfordshire

| June 3, 2008 | 3 Comments 

I really enjoy time in secondary schools. Especially when we can work alongside primary colleagues. So, I had great fun today at Tring School, Hertfordshire.

After a presentation to all of the staff, I enjoyed a lesson with some Year 7 students. They responded incredibly enthusiastically. One lass even got into the role of Yeesha, the young girl in Myst IV (who we first encounter as the baby in the opening scenes of Myst III)

The descriptive prose the children used to describe the location we found ourselves in, was quite startling at times.

There was also talk about how Shakespeare can be woven into exploration within the games.

With the interesting development of Sir Derek Jacobi and others questioning the authorship of much, if not all, of William Shakespeare’s works (HERE and HERE) I was reminded of the natty “Shakepseare Insult Kit” or “Taunter

There are many writers, authors, poets, actors and thinkers who have doubted the Bard’s authenticity, including Mark Twain, Henry James, Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin, Sir John Gielgud

You might want to take a look at the insulter but I don’t reckon you can take it…

You starvelling, you eel-skin, you dried neat’s-tongue, you bull’s-pizzle, you stock-fish–O for breath to utter what is like thee!-you tailor’s-yard, you sheath, you bow-case, you vile standing tuck!

(Henry IV, part I)

If you have not come across the Shakespeare Works crew, their website is well worth a  visit too.


Last night we stayed at the delightful Pendley Manor Hotel, about a mile and a half from Tring School. They have their own Pendley Shakespeare Festival. This festival is held each year during August. This Year sees performances of Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice.

Even the peafowl seem to get in on the act with powerful Shakespearean ennunciation, at all times of the day and night!

It was the first time I had ever seen a white or albino peafowl too.

You can find out a lot about Peacocks and Peahens at the appropriately named There are some fun Peacock activities HERE.

Thank you to Claire Ramsden (head of English) her colleagues and students at Tring School, and visiting staff from neighbouring schools, for another wonderful wander in the world of words.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Claire Ramsden says:

    What a fab day!

    There is so much we can use from the resources and inspirational ideas that Tim gave us today. It was great to work in collaboration with our feeder schools and the Year 7 class who Tim worked with were absolutely enthralled!

    The English team at Tring are keen to try out the new ideas and I was particularly taken with the sense of curiosity and challenge that the Myst games created!

    Tim is clearly a fantastic classroom teacher. His teaching style is a perfect example of how to engage students successfully. Not one student took their focus off the content of the lesson – and that was for an hour and 30 mins!

    Thank you for a really excellent day! I look forward to seeing our students progress as we use Myst and the other handy little ICT tips to develop students’ literacy skills!


  2. Jo Harding says:

    Today I had the pleasure to teach the year 7 class that Tim taught yesterday. Without exception, they all loved the lesson and were very upset that we didn’t continue it today!

  3. Mark Robinson says:

    This was just such a fantastic day – what a way to bring literacy and ICT to life in new and exciting ways.

    I am sure that Myst and the other stimuli suggested by Tim will soon be winging their ways into the classrooms at Tring. I only wish my English lessons were as exciting when I was at school all those years ago! For anybody reading this who is thinking of booking Tim for an event, stop thinking about it and book now! He is a real inspiration. I’ve even tried some of the resources out on my 11 year old son at home, which he thinks are ‘amazing’, and that’s when they are rather pitifully described and demonstrated by dad!

    A superb day – well organised and carried off by Tim with real aplomb. Magic.

    Give my regards to Mr Walker.


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