Sarika - Year 8 Student Editor's note: I caught up with passionate Year 8 artist Sarika and asked them about some of their recent work. Sarika told me, ‘I go to art lessons outside school; I learnt a few skills there, but also learnt some myself at home and out of school. Art is something … Continue reading Student Art Gallery: Sarika
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
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
Anika - Year 10 Student Editor's note: There is a growing awareness that, "Current evidence for COVID-19 shows that those from a BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) background and males have been disproportionately impacted, with age and specific underlying conditions also associated with more severe illness. " (British Medical Association). However, there has been far … Continue reading Economic impact of COVID on the BAME community
Dhruv - Year 8 Student Editor's note: Moved by the events that followed the death of George Floyd and the ensuing Black Lives Matter movement, Dhruv, now in Year 9, challenged himself to reflect more fully on the scenes that unfolded before him at that time. These are complex and certainly emotive events, and yet … Continue reading Is the destruction of statues necessary?
Ella - Year 12 Student Editor’s note: In the final student contribution to the Humanities Journal of the 2019-20 academic year, Ella, now in Year 13, writes powerfully on racism and the need to overcome it for the betterment of society. She speaks about her own personal reflections on this emotive issue during the recent … Continue reading Human family
Imogen - Year 12 Student Editor's note: This insightful essay written by talented student Imogen, now in Year 13, was shortlisted for the Political Studies Association Student Blog Competition 2020. Students from across the UK were invited to write 500-600 words on 'Does the public expect too much of UK Politicians?' Students were required to demonstrate … Continue reading ‘Does the public expect too much of UK politicians?’
Jamie - Year 12 Student Editor’s note: Talented economist Jamie, now in Year 13, writes once again for the Humanities Journal, examining whether now is the time to implement a Mansion Tax. He tackles three key points: the issues with the taxation of property, the under taxation of wealth and widening economic inequality. He neatly … Continue reading ‘The Mansion Tax is an idea whose time has come’. Discuss.
Alexandra - Year 9 Student Editor's note: I could have submitted at least two handfuls of answers in response to this task, but this one really stood out. Alexandra, now in Year 10, wrote the following in response to the task at the bottom and it really made me go 'Wow': sophisticated, concise, and yet … Continue reading Why do people fight?
Francesca - Year 11 Student Editor's Note: Talented student Francesca, now in Year 12, writes here about two prominent 18th century philosophers, namely Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and Jean-Jaques Rousseau (1712-1778). Whilst both men were influential thinkers during the Age of Enlightenment, the 'intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe during … Continue reading According to Kant, is Rousseau a figure of the Enlightenment?