Morning meditation is part of the founding vision of John Corlette, and remains a special moment in the day for the Aiglon community. It is the time each day when the whole school comes together, and it is when we cherish our unity, while reflecting inwardly on our own thoughts and hopes for the day.
Taking place early morning, from 7.55 am to 8.15 am, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, meditation can be led by staff or students. It begins and ends with a period of silent reflection; what comes in between can be very varied. The speaker may share a poem, a thought, or a personal experience or life lesson – these can deal with challenges or anxieties, but are always ultimately uplifting.
Past topics have include everything from gap year experiences, to Warren Buffett, as well as such perennial themes as forgiveness and journeys. Students are sent back out into the bustle of the school day inwardly stimulated.
Meditation is non-denominational, and is not intended to replace religious observance. Twice each month, students of specific faith groups meet together for their own meditation.
The meditations are organised by the school's Chaplain, Mr James Torrance.
MA Natural Sciences, Christ's College, Cambridge
PGCE Secondary Science, Lincoln College, Oxford
James Torrance is fascinated by the interface between faith and science, especially in a multi-cultural context like Aiglon. A lover of theatre, creative writing, cricket, skiing and wildlife, James also likes to spend his time walking in the mountains, framing pictures for his artist wife, and sharing good food and wine with friends. He loves living so close to Italy, and achieved a life’s ambition last year, going to the opera in Verona. His aim at Aiglon is to open pupils’ eyes to the reality of the spiritual: there can be no better place to do it!