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English Department News

Student Journalists

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JournalistsWEBA group of 15 Year 9 students have started a journalist project with Teachfirst and The Student View.  The students have been learning the basics of engaging article writing and journalism.

This project has been an exciting opportunity for the students to write about what they feel passionate about and a chance to improve and show off their English skills. All of the students have written 'listicles' – small articles on a topic of their choice – which have been published on The Student View website.

Five of the students visited the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 22 November to put their journalistic skills into practise. They sat down with the Labour MP for Lewisham East, Heidi Alexander and interviewed her about a number of issues, including immigration, improvements in the local area and housing for immigrants and the elderly. The students showed great maturity with their questions as well as passion about their community, which was fantastic to see.

The project will run for the rest of the academic year with a number of sessions dedicated to improving and mastering their journalistic skills.  Students will write more challenging and developed articles and will most certainly be well on their way to becoming excellent journalists!

Ms L. Valente  -  English Teacher

 

Macbeth LIVE

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Back in February a group of Year 9 and 10 students had the opportunity to see the iconic Shakespeare play 'Macbeth' live on stage at the Broadway Theatre.

MacbethWatching the play live was exceedingly useful, particularly as a Year 10 student who is studying Macbeth for GCSE.  It is certainly a play that I will not forget anytime soon.  Prior to watching the play, I was relatively sceptical as Macbeth is considered a confusing piece of text to read, I wondered how the play would be brought to life in a way that was comprehensible for the audience.

I was pleasantly surprised! The actors brought such vigour and personality to their performances that I had no trouble piecing the storyline together. The stage was simplistically small but effective, creating a sense of intimacy between the actors and the audience.

Personally, my favourite character was Lady Macbeth, and I must say that the actress playing her did exceptionally well.  I felt the manipulation; I felt the vulnerability and the deviousness. Everything about her character mirrored the way Shakespeare wrote her.

Overall, Macbeth was a fantastic experience.  Students and teachers alike were engaged by the talent of the performers, and it was definitely spoken about long after it finished. We were grateful to have been given this opportunity.

Lauryn - Year 10

 

Hip Hop Literacy

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Breis2Students from Ms Reid’s English class along with students from Rushey Green Primary School have been taking part in Hip Hop Literacy workshops over the last 6 weeks.

During workshop sessions, students split up into groups and were encouraged to come up with a few inspirational lines of a rap about being at school and about aiming high.  The groups then got together and incorporated the group work into one long rap.

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