Author: Dariush - Year 12 Student Peer Reviewers: Dorotea & Hannah - Year 12 Student Editors Trigger Warning: death, bereavement. Whilst I read this book, the nurses in the UK voted to strike – what could be a more fitting read than this? The author, Atul Gawande, is a very academically achieved man. Not only … Continue reading Book Review: Being Mortal
The recently held Black History Month Essay Competition received a number of excellent student entries, all of which are shared below. The purpose of the competition was to encourage students to undertake independent research, think critically and communicate clearly about any aspect of black history specific to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The … Continue reading GSAL Black History Month Essay Competition 2022
Weza - Year 13 Student & Student Editor, The Scribe There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."Margaret J. Wheatley This year at GSAL, we held a jam-packed Prefects Week as this year’s theme was celebrating culture, diversity and difference at GSAL. Many events took place including Miles … Continue reading Culture Day at GSAL was a cultural reset
Written by Grace - Year 12 Student Edited by Weza - Year 13 Student Editor Editor's note: Students at GSAL were able to attend a talk by author, broadcaster and educator Jeffery Boakye. According to his biography online, "[he] is an author, broadcaster, educator and occasional journalist with a particular interest in issues surrounding education, … Continue reading Jeffery Boakye: The History of Race and Identity
Scarlett - Year 7 Student Editor's note: Scarlett delves into the scale of problems faced by the LGBTQ+ community. She discusses the issue with micro aggressions and uses punchy facts to draw attention to wider civil rights concerns. Scarlett also asks the reader to celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community, with several music recommendations … Continue reading From micro-aggressions to civil rights, here is what you can do to help the LGBTQIA+ community
Mei - Year 13 Student & Former Chief Editor, Humanities Journal Editor's Note: Year 13 student Mei, founder and former Chief Editor of the school's Humanities Journal, researched and composed this remarkable extended essay on the Carolingian Empire in response to the Robson History Prize essay competition organised by Trinity College, Cambridge. The judges were … Continue reading Did continual military expansion lead to the decay of the Carolingian Empire?
James - Year 13 Student Editor’s Note: Year 13 student James submitted this fascinating essay on William the Conqueror's Harrying of the North to the Peterhouse College, Cambridge, annual Vellacott History Prize essay competition. James's essay was a competition winner: as the judges noted, "[t]he standard of entries was high, but the judges felt that your essay stood … Continue reading To what extent is the ‘Harrying of the North’ responsible for the contemporary economic disparity between the North and South?
Abi - Year 12 Student Editor's note: Do motives matter? Year 12 student, Abi Boggs explores the morality behind using activism in advertising, raising pertinent questions concerning the recent influx of organisations promoting human rights campaigns to sell products. She highlights the ‘hollow words’ in advertising, drawing on LGBTQ+ representation and the corporate involvement in … Continue reading The Impact of ‘Woke’ Advertising
Mei - Year 13 Student & Chief Editor, Humanities Journal As this wholly bizarre term draws to a close, the time comes when one must reflect. To pause, and look back at how far one has changed, one has evolved, one has grown. Reflection is something that has escaped me somewhat. In a time which … Continue reading Editorial: GSAL Humanities Journal 2019-20
Dhruv - Year 9 Student Editor's note: Year 9 student Dhruv writes here about his personal experiences of coronavirus lockdown. He talks of missing the joys of summer and playing cricket, but comes to realise the value of social interaction, time spent with family, and even time spent in the classroom. This is Dhruv's third … Continue reading Lockdown Life