Abi - Year 12 Student Editor's note: Year 12 student Abi produced this excellent piece of work as part of studies in English Language. Mrs Kurczij was suitably impressed and recommended Abi's work for publication in The GSAL Journal. CPD Are you as charming as Moist von Lipwig? Or would Commander Vimes match your grit … Continue reading Which Discworld character would you be, as a student?
Vicky - Year 13 Student Editor's Note: This essay forms part of a collection of student works published in the 2020 edition of Salutaris, the GSAL Sixth Form academic journal. It was originally published here in The GSAL Journal. References are available upon request. CPD Lavender: A Flashback ‘I was unsettled when I was little, and spent a great … Continue reading Lavender: A Flashback
Dorotea - Year 9 Student Editor's Note: This wonderful Prezi presentation was researched and created by Dorotea Y9 in response to a recent task set in English (see below). The stimulus for the task was a recent quote from Jonathan Freedland (The Guardian, 2020), "Still, for now, the pandemic has been a boon to the … Continue reading Coronavirus: ‘a boon to the world’s authoritarians, tyrants and bigots’?
Eva - Year 8 Student Editor's Note: This short piece of excellent fictional writing was completed by Eva Y11 as part of her studies in English. CPD The darkness, streaked with moonlight, creeps up on us. The calamity is as foreboding as King Marold’s empty eyes. I shiver, but not because of the midnight chill. … Continue reading A Short Story
Kartik - Year 10 Student Editor's Note: Written as part of his studies in English Language, the sense of threat and the lack of opportunity for escape comes across really strongly in this edited version of Kartik’s longer piece. The phrase ‘New Assignment’ may also strike fear in the hearts of those posting them during … Continue reading ‘New Assignment’: the evil, soul-destroying message
Spencer - Year 9 Student Editor's Note: Spencer (Year 9) wrote the following in response to pick-and-mix tasks consolidating two poems, one of which was Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous 1854 narrative poem The Charge of the Light Brigade. Spencer's chosen task asked the students to turn the words shown below into another poem or a … Continue reading The Charge, crunched
GSAL English Department Editor's Note: Students in Year 11 have enjoyed a recent series of lessons on Desert Island Discs, delivered by Mr Morley. We thought that you might be interested to know that the BBC is looking for listeners to get involved in a new lockdown issue of the programme. Details from the BBC … Continue reading Your Desert Island Discs
Barnaby - Year 7 Student Editor's Note: This is a beautifully uplifting piece of writing Barnaby submitted as part of the BBC Radio 2 500 Words 2020 competition. KSH A year ago, I was in a classroom, collecting money for charity on the teacher’s desk. A month ago, I was storage for spare stationary. Today, … Continue reading Glass Jar
Harri Cham - Year 10 Student Editor's Note: After publishing his excellent debut piece on 'Why we should all be watching Peppa Pig', Harri returns with this very impressive review of the ubiquitous iPhone. Harri has real talent and flair, demonstrating considerable skill in his writing. If you feel inspired by Harri's efforts, why not … Continue reading The iPhone: A Review
Vicky Bell - Year 13 Student Editor's Note: Vicky is a talented student with a real flair for creative writing. She decided to write this creative, original short story as part of her A-Level English Language course. It is modeled on a piece published online by wajahat75, entitled 'Flashback: A very short short-story'. Vicky also … Continue reading Lavender: A Flashback