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Cricket legend Ian Botham inspires latest Academic Scholar session

Cricket legend Ian Botham inspires latest Academic Scholar session

A book surrounding England cricket icon Ian Botham was the inspiration behind Rydal Penrhos’ latest Academic Scholar session.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell led the group on Wednesday, May 2, which is the latest in a series of additional learning opportunities for those who were fortunate enough to be awarded Academic Scholarship following success in their application process before joining the school community.

The book looks at the heroics of Botham’s match-winning innings at the Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds in 1981 and was published in 1985. 

Mr Cashell, said: “Mike Brearley’s ‘Art of Captaincy’ introduced the concept of leadership to me and this led to a fascination of how leadership operates. 

“The title for the Academic Scholar’s seminar, therefore, was easy.  Replicating my first university assignment (when the students were allowed to pick their own title!), ‘Leaders are Born not Made’ analyses the age-old nature versus nurture debate. 

“Spiced up with a dip into behavioural science and the work of Pavlov and Skinner, the session sought to engage the pupils in the characteristics of a successful leader, leadership styles and the dichotomy of Trait versus Behaviour theory.

“Each pupil showed a fine application throughout the session and I hope they took a great deal from the subject, as I have throughout the years.”


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