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IB: The Final Frontier

14 March 2014

What lies ahead and last words of wisdom

Mr Farthing is ready to lead IB2 into (and out of) The Waste Land.

IB2 Language and Literature students are looking forward to a series of contributions from a ‘guest speaker’ in their lessons this month. Mr Farthing, BISB Principal, will be teaching a weekly lesson on T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ with Mr Young’s class. The text is the last of three works, which are studied for the comparative essay in Paper Two. The idea of collaborating on this unit of work emerged from a discussion between the two teachers last term.

“To begin with we were chatting about IB text choices in general, but it quickly became apparent that we shared a passionate interest in Modernist literature,” says Mr Young. “The suggestion that we team teach the unit on ‘The Waste Land’ just evolved quite naturally from that. Given that the poem is so rich in its ideas, open to such a range of valid interpretations- and that multiple points of view feature extensively, it made particular sense for this text to be taught by more than one teacher. The students are excited about it and so are we.”

Thinking ahead to these lessons, Mr Farthing chose a quotation from Eliot to acknowledge the challenges IB2 students will face in the coming months and remind them of the rewards to come:

"April is the cruelest month."

Quite seriously, our thoughts and understanding goes out particularly to you, our Year 13 students, who are completing your programmes and have developed the deeper understanding that each one of you now must find your own way forward and that there are no short cuts to success. April is the cruelest month because it reminds us you that there is very little time left before your schooldays end in June but that you must still wait in the hard times of revision while the land is cold before the new harvests of personal success come in the summer. 

With every best wish: go for it; make all of the important efforts in this final phase; do your very best and look forward to that special moment of success on results day.