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Student Blog: Head, Heart and Hands

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Pestalozzi believed that everyone deserved an education regardless of their social status.
Kishore Chandra Patra
Kishore Chandra Patra received the International Student of the Year award from Sussex Coast College in 2013.
Library project - Nepal
Volunteering projects can help develop the 'heart' element of Pestalozzi's principles.
Yangkyi Lhatso
Yangkyi Lhatso is now at Wellesley college.
Using practical skills, people can make a positive difference in the world.
20 August 2014

Here at Pestalozzi we aim to give our students a holistic experience with plenty of opportunities to educate the Head, Heart and Hands. This can mean a variety of things to each individual and can be implemented in many different ways.

  • Head
When JH Pestalozzi talks about the ‘head’, he encourages us to develop our intellectual side, exploring and engaging with the world in order to learn about it.

Kishore Chandra Patra gained an amazing 43 on his IB (our equal top score for 2013 alongside Surya Tripathi) and received the International Student of the Year Award from Sussex Coast College Hastings. Kishore’s extended essay analysed the makeup of the gases found in fizzy drinks. "I used a Michelson Interferometer to look at the refractive indices of air and carbon dioxide at different pressures, and to compare the refractive indices of the gases in fizzy drinks. I found that although the bottle says ‘carbon dioxide’, the gases are not pure carbon dioxide but a mixture of air and carbon dioxide.” But there is a caveat, says Kishore. "It was a really tough experiment! It’s possible that the gas which I collected from the drinks was contaminated by air, which could have skewed my results.”

  • Heart
For Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, developing the ‘heart’ means developing our ethical side by encouraging responsibility and integrity, friendship and love, gratitude and empathy with others.

We asked two of our recent graduates how they had developed their ‘heart’ while at Pestalozzi:
Before coming to Pestalozzi my heart or emotions, including sympathy and kindness, were limited to my own community. After coming to Pestalozzi my heart has developed for the whole globe. – Anshul Agrawal 
By participating in volunteering activities and raising funds for disadvantaged people. Establishing a library in a rural part of Nepal is one of the greatest services that I have done. – Yadu Poudel 

  • Hands
The ‘hands’ part of JH Pestalozzi’s famous trilogy is probably the most complex. He includes professional and social skills, art and physical activity in this category – all the practical skills people can use to make a positive difference in the world.

At the end of every academic year, Pestalozzi organises work experience placements in organisations from hospitals to international asset management companies to art studios. Yangkyi Lhatso (now at Wellesley College) spent four days with Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust. "I am very much interested in environmental studies and the economic aspects associated with it,” she said. "This gave me great insight into an environmental organisation on theoretical and practical levels. Sitting in a forum on Wildlife Laws and meeting with a government official meant I learnt a lot about the relation between the government, the organisation and financial decisions involved. I enjoyed meeting with school teachers about environmental lessons for pupils and helping to create some lessons about sea level rise.”

Would you like to write a blog post about what Pestalozzi means to you? Get in touch with Marketing Officer Hannah Banham to discuss your ideas! Email or call 01424 870444.

This article first appeared in the Autumn/Winter newsletter 2013 - download it here!

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