There have been a number of successes in the English Department recently: Ellen W. came runner up in the National English and Media Centre Close Reading Competition, with her analysis of an extract from ‘The Impressionist’ by Hari Kunzru. To be commended, the judges commented that students wrote fresh personal responses to the passage, balancing an overview with more detailed analysis and developing a line of argument. Her entry is available to read on the EMC website. https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/assets/uploads/documents/Ellen_Waters.pdf
Further to this, Ant H. was one of the winners of the prestigious Peterhouse College, Cambridge’s Thomas Campion English Prize. Students are tasked with exploring a theme within literature, this year’s being ‘discomfort’. The standard of entries was high but the judges felt that her essay stood out for its clarity of argument, stylish prose, level of research and originality of thought – viewing discomfort in light of Second Wave Feminism. This is a fantastic accolade and Ant is to be commended on her high level of academic writing.
On Thursday 26th April, 129 Year 10 students were given the opportunity to watch the latest RSC production of Macbeth as it was beamed into school as part of the National Schools’ Broadcast livestreaming event. Students brought pillows and snacks, and relaxed as the show was broadcast directly into the Drama Studio and Fairlie classrooms.
The performance stars Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack, presenting a contemporary reimagining of the Scottish setting. Students enjoyed both the tension created by a large digital clock counting down, and the reimagined witches as little girls dressed in onesies.
Inspirational author Sungju Lee is visiting AGGS on Friday 14th October. He is a North Korean defector and a young man with a moving and fascinating story to tell about the journey he has travelled in his short life. He is based in the UK and is touring talking to school children, book shops, and festivals throughout the Autumn. He will be speaking at the Manchester Literature Festival on Saturday 15th October and but we have been given the amazing opportunity for him to visit a school on Friday 14th.
Sungju is a truly inspiring speaker and gives a fascinating insight into how harsh life in North Korea is, one of the most isolated countries on earth. He is now 29 and a Chevening Scholar studying for a master’s degree in International Relations at Warwick University. He recently gave a talk at the Houses of Parliament to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea.
Sungju was forced at age twelve to live on the streets of North Korea and fend for himself. In order to survive, he joined a gang and lived by stealing, fighting, begging, and finding shelter in railway tunnels.