Mr C Dodd – Staff Editor
Welcome to the 2020 edition of Salutaris, the GSAL Sixth Form academic journal. It is an annual publication that provides Sixth Form students in their final year of study the opportunity to showcase their academic writing. It also provides a number of students with editorial experience. The name ‘Salutaris’ means ‘health-giving’ or ‘beneficial’, i.e. promoting healthy academic discussion and writing that can benefit one’s mind.
Ten skilfully crafted essays have been composed by Year 13 students from across a range of academic disciplines, including history, politics, law, languages and science; of these, five have been published in The GSAL Journal previously, whilst five have been written specifically for Salutaris. Although the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdown period has meant that this edition of Salutaris is not yet ready to be published in the intended format, The GSAL Journal provides an opportunity for it to be made available online before the authors move on to greater things.
The foreword to this edition has been kindly written by Mr Law who is retiring from GSAL at the end of this academic year; student editors, Sam and Josh, pay tribute to his remarkable 31-year career at the Grammar School, and it goes without saying that Mr Law’s extensive knowledge, worldly wisdom and unwavering professionalism will be sorely missed next year.
The GSAL Journal would like to thank the wonderful student team who have worked together to produce this excellent publication, shared here for everyone to read and enjoy. CPD
Editors’ Note – Sam & Josh (Year 13 Student Editors)
Foreword – Mr C Law (Teacher of Economics)
The Government’s Act of Terrorism – Sam (Year 13)
Could the neutrino be the most interesting particle in physics? – Flaka (Year 13)
Lavender – A Flashback – Vicky (Year 13)
What is wrong with bribery? – Aditi (Year 13)
Can history teach us lessons? – Elle (Year 13)
Should we bring wolves back to Britain? – Zara (Year 13)
“Traduttore, traditore”- ‘The translator is a traitor’ – Jessica (Year 13)
Judicial Activism – Joshua (Year 13)
How to Lie with Statistics – Megan (Year 13)
‘Labour Isn’t Working’ – when will they win an election again? – George (Year 13)