Claire Zhou - Year 8 Student Editor’s Note: On European Day of Languages in September 2019, The Association for Language Learning ran a competition in which pupils had to write a piece on the topic of ‘A Magical Journey’. Entries were chosen from a large pool in Year 8-11 and GSAL received a commendation from the judges on the … Continue reading A Magical Journey: Creativity in Spanish
Category: Language & Culture
Un viaje mágico en la cabeza de Lilian
Lilian Turner - Year 11 Student Editor's Note: On European Day of Languages in September 2019, The Association for Language Learning ran a competition in which pupils had to write a piece on the topic of ‘A Magical Journey’. Entries were chosen from a large pool in Year 8-11 and GSAL received a commendation from … Continue reading Un viaje mágico en la cabeza de Lilian
Genghis Khan: A Dastardly Villain?
Jamie Smallbone - Year 12 Student Mongol - the name is synonymous with bloodshed, pillaging and conquest. Was Genghis Khan simply a merciless butcher or a man we should admire as one of the most successful ever exponents of a particular moral framework? Genghis Khan is commonly portrayed in our modern western society as a … Continue reading Genghis Khan: A Dastardly Villain?
The deepest show on TV: Why we should all be watching Peppa Pig
Harri Cham - Year 10 Student Editor's Note: This well written and highly entertaining social commentary by GCSE English student Harri Cham explores the subliminal world of Peppa Pig, now reported to be a £1bn global phenomenon. CPD The classic kids show about a family of pigs and the struggles of modern society is the … Continue reading The deepest show on TV: Why we should all be watching Peppa Pig
Was Ching Shih a brutal renegade or a visionary feminist?
Mei Whattam - Year 12 Student & Chief Editor, Humanities Journal Feminist. An advocate for women's rights on the grounds of gender parity. Pirate. An individual who commits illegal acts at sea, including robbery, kidnap and torture. In this lies Ching Shih’s great enigma: she was unquestionably successful in protecting female status and upending the … Continue reading Was Ching Shih a brutal renegade or a visionary feminist?
Magical Realism in Spanish Literature
Jessica Graham - Year 13 Student Editor's Note: Year 13 student Jessica Graham gave this excellent presentation at Tertulia ('social gathering'), a Spanish intellectual discussion group that encourages students to engage with topics outside of the A-Level Spanish specification. RR Jessica 134648
Dovek: The Last of his Kind
Erin Fabbroni - Year 8 Student Editor's Note: This superb piece of writing was completed in response to a Year 8 English task to introduce a character within a recognisable genre. The text has not been edited from its original format. MJP Many years ago, thousands of years ago, there was a great planet. Many … Continue reading Dovek: The Last of his Kind
Is The Odyssey still relevant to modern readers?
Amir Khan - GSAL Alumnus (2019 Leaver) Former student Amir Khan was an editorial member of Salutaris, the Sixth Form academic journal, during his time at GSAL. This essay on the classical work The Odyssey was originally published in Salutaris 2019, a project led by Mrs Gray, E-Learning Designer. Mr Dodd (TJG Staff Editor) The … Continue reading Is The Odyssey still relevant to modern readers?
C’est Fantastique! French Translation Success
Mr C Dodd - Staff Editor Harriet Blackman (Year 13) was runner-up in an A-Level French translation competition organised by the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Kent. Harriet translated a short passage on the theme of immigration written by contemporary author Patrick Chamoiseau from Martinique. Shared below are the French passage, described … Continue reading C’est Fantastique! French Translation Success
Poem: L’Avenir (The Future)
A poem by Anna Forshaw - Year 8 Student