Lockdown Poem

Sarika - Year 8 Student Editor's note: Year 8 student Sarika's Lockdown Poem was written in response to the Daily Telegraph Teen Writing Competition, 2021. Sarika's choice of topic is highly appropriate, capturing beautifully some of the challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. CPD On November 2019, When all was good, Something went wrong. … Continue reading Lockdown Poem

Lockdown Life

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


Jack - Year 12 Student Editor's note: Tasked with writing a short story entitled 'Imprisoned', Year 12 student Jack's work really stood out for its effective use of deliberately crafted paragraphs, varied vocabulary, and the way in which it shows, rather then tells, the reader the story. CPD/KLK Imprisoned  I was standing in the chamber … Continue reading Imprisoned

Breaking down Lloyd Jones’ ‘Mister Pip’

Thabiso - Year 8 Student Editor's note: Passionate reader and writer Thabiso, now in Year 9, writes here about Lloyd Jones' excellent novel 'Mister Pip', set against the backdrop of the Bougainville Civil War during the early 1990s. 'Mister Pip' was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2007. This is Thabiso's third major contribution … Continue reading Breaking down Lloyd Jones’ ‘Mister Pip’