27th April, 2020

The Praise Wall: Week 1; Page 1

Staff have been sending in lots and lots of examples of some of the fantastic work produced by students over last week. Every student who appears on The Praise Wall gains 5 reward points and their name goes into the hat for the weekly prize draw for a £10 Amazon voucher. The school is very proud of the work on show below; the standard of responses is exceptional!

Matthew Morgan - English

Mr Lloyd, teacher of English was sent this amazing short story completely out-of-the-blue by Matthew Morgan in Year 7 which he had written and asked Mr Lloyd to enter it into an online creative writing. competition. Fantastic work, Matthew!

Where are they now?

The shaggy black wolves had descended with blood smothered over their snouts and now they were nowhere to be seen: they had clearly killed before that, what though, it was not clear. Where were they now? Gradually, a new set of sleek wolves had taken over the mountain, and their chilling howls rose to the glittering sky night after night. Then, one day, silence. We ignored it and naively assumed that they carried on with their vicious lives as they hunted for innocent animals when they bring dread and no mercy. But as suddenly as they had come, these wolves were no more. We thought no more of it, until one night, looking out my window, I saw a pack of shaggy black wolves, blood smothered on their snouts, encircling the village. Howls, screams, and then silence.

Gracie Lowe - Photography

Gracie Lowe, Year 10 sent in this photograph to Mr Cordwell which she took as a part of an online competition ran by professional photographer, Jenine Taylor. Gracie’s image below won the Flower theme category. A brilliant achievement, Gracie!

Xander Hargreaves - Science

Ms Rawstron, teacher of science would like to add Xander Hargreaves in Year 9 to the Praise Wall for his science work this week. He received 100% on the two Seneca assignments and submitted some excellent work to the Google Classroom. He’s shown excellent effort and resilience this week.

Elisabeth Jones, Bethany Cain & Jessica Colgan – MFL

Ms Brown, teacher of MFL writes:

These students have put in a lot of effort this week in their remote learning tasks and really tried their best. They deserve to go on the Praise Wall.

Year 8 Spanish: Elisabeth Jones

Year 8 French: Bethany Cain

Year 9 Spanish: Jessica Colgan


Ryan Collard-King – Maths

Ms Naylor, Vice Principal writes:

Can Ryan Collard-King go on the Praise Wall as he has completed all the maths tasks this week and has worked really hard.

Kelly Dempsey-Fallows, Charlie Eyres, Chloe Mayor, James Hinks & Kyle Patel – RE

Ms Morris, Leader of RE would like the following students recognised for their outstanding work and results in RE:

Kelly Dempsey-Fallows and Charlie Eyres in Year 9 both achieved grade 7+ on their `Peace and Conflict` 2018 exam papers.

Chloe Mayor, James Hinks and Kyle Patel (all in Year 7) all produced outstanding work on Muslim prayer this week.

Harry Barton, Felicity Berry & James Hinks - Art

Ms Sulek, Leader of Art would like to praise the following Year 7 students for their great responses to the colour association art tasks this week:

Harry Barton, Felicity Berry and James Hinks.

Fantastic work, everyone!

Beth McGuffie & Charlie McAllister - Art

Ms Sulek would also like to recognise the fantastic art pieces produced by Beth McGuffie and Charlie McAllister in Year 9 based on the artist David Lozeau for their Day of the Dead project.

Elina Velicka, Bella Thompson & Bettina Babic - Art

Finally, Ms Sulek has been impressed with the effort shown by Year 10 students, Elina Velicka, Bella Thompson and Bettina Babic in their written analysis of artist comparisons.

In addition, Bella Thompson has produced a Michael Craig Martin style piece (below) of work based on Alice in Wonderland which shows a great use of graphic art technique.

Bella Thompson – English

Mr Lloyd, teacher of English would like to share the brilliant Year 10 ‘A Christmas Carol’ essays he has received this week. The first is from Bella Thompson:

How Does Dickens Present Scrooge Changing? (30 marks)

In a Christmas Carol, Dickens suggests that no matter how cruel, bitter and unpleasant a person is, there is good is everyone and change is always possible[PL1] . In Stave 1, Scrooge is described as a “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!”: this presents Scrooge as a miserly old man, who rejects all cheer and generosity; he possesses only negative personality traits, encouraging the reader to envisage someone of questionable character, especially in the season of good will. Dickens here uses language to present Scrooge as both greedy, but also harmful to others and perhaps does this to demonstrate the effect his avarice and money lending has on those around him and to connect these two qualities in the mind of the reader. Dickens creates this effect through the connotations of the words “refer to the first quotation breakdown we did in class this year, in like 5 books of work ago”. Scrooge is a rich old man but does not live like one because he fears poverty and finds security in his isolation and seclusion; his obsessive love for money causes him to become unable to love anybody, as his wealth is his priority – he thinks it provides him status and respect. In reality, however, Scrooge’s fixation on money frightens the people around him. Despite this, in Stave 5 of the novella, Scrooge exclaims to be “as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy”, after he has been exposed to memories of his childhood, which may have been his last experience of joy. The nouns “angel” and “schoolboy” connote purity and happiness, contrasting to the “covetous old sinner” of Stave 1[PL2] . In this extract, Scrooge “had acted like a man out of his wits”, Dickens indicates that he feels enhanced and improved from his former, also the sins and injustice he created as a miser. He has started to consider the viewpoints of the others around him and indulges in his past memories of Christmas time.

Furthermore, at the beginning of the novella, Scrooge is depicted as being a man whom “no warmth could warm, nor wintry weather chill”. In this way, Dickens presents Scrooge as cold-hearted and immune to his surroundings. This contrasts to when, in the extract, the spirit says, “he has spent but a few pounds of your mortal money: three or four perhaps.” Scrooge is “heated by the remark” and “not his latter self” as the ghost of Christmas past questions Scrooge to test his inclining generosity. Scrooge goes against his usual ways, proving to the audience that he can possess warmth, despite previously being “cold through and through”. [PL3] Dickens displays change in Scrooge’s character from his normally penny-pinching ways, to admiration for Fezziwig and his hospitality. Due to revisiting memories of his boss during youth, Scrooge “should like to say a word or two to my clerk Just now.”, [PL4] he realises his praise for the kind Fezziwig and would like to be remembered the same way by Scrooge’s own clerk, Bob Cratchit. Scrooge previously “couldn’t afford to make idle people merry.” This presented him as a stingy and self-serving man, who envied parting with his money. He ridicules those who he calls ‘idle’ are so by choice, his contention is that those without the necessities of life, especially money, have only themselves to blame. He was so mean that he wouldn’t offer a dime to anyone and wouldn’t let his clerk enjoy Christmas day off without deducting money from his poor family. Scrooge turned images of Christmas, such as charity and sharing, into images of violence. However, he now understands and appreciates that Fezziwig’s “liberality” makes his such an admirable man: “The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it costs a fortune.” This implies that generosity costs nothing, yet its priceless as everybody appreciates a generous person. Dickens suggests that Scrooge aspires to be like him, therefore wished to talk to Bob Cratchit. Perhaps Dickens wanted to imply that after viewing his sins “with his former self”, Scrooge has realised what an unpleasant man he is to be with and how kind people are sought-after and appreciated by those in their surroundings.

Perhaps Dickens uses Scrooge as a symbol for all of the greedy and sinful misers within the Victorian Era, how they all have the ability of gradual redemption to be saved from their green and sin if they accept their responsibilities within society and prevent “doom” from ignorance within society. The message that Dickens directs to the audience draws upon the importance of true Christmas spirit, that lies together in togetherness, generosity, thankfulness and compassion.

Thomas Hamlett – English

How Does Dickens Present Scrooge Changing? (30 marks)

In a Christmas Carol, Dickens’ allegorical novella, the protagonist Scrooge is a misanthropic and miserly man who hoards wealth and rejects the community of humankind, preferring to hide in his counting house and accumulate his money. Dickens intended Scrooge to represent the greed and selfishness of the middle-class When confronted with the consequences of his actions and when shown the opportunities to enjoy simple humanity that he is missing out on, Scrooge repents and changes into a kind, generous man. Scrooge’s path to changing is not linear, but reflecting on the impact he has had on Bob Cratchit’s life is a significant impetus for change.

In the extract, Scrooge visits his former employer, Fezziwig, Scrooge’s antithesis, a man who has the power to “render us happy or unhappy” or “make our service light or burdensome”. He is a man who is greater than Scrooge in every way possible. Upon realising how much influence Fezziwig has on people, Scrooge also realises that he also has that power; which he has been abusing for years. The wealth he built up with his partner Marley has only led to suffering on both sides of the societal battle between the Middle and Working classes. The constant exploitation of the Working Class led Marley’s suffering in the afterlife as a spirit who has to walk aimlessly with a “chain he forged in life”. The heavy “chain” which Marley wears symbolises all the sins which he committed; the people he negligently belittled are now the people who have control over Marley.  Furthermore, the weight which Marley now feels on his conscience can not even amass to the wealth which he gained in his life.

Chillingly, Scrooge’s chain is longer even than Marley’s, as the reader is reminded in the line “DO you not know the length and weight of the coil you bear yourself?”. Scrooge has “forged” his chain, suggesting that he has deliberately created it with a sense of purpose, ignorant to the effects of the sins he willingly girds onto his chain. Marley reminds Scrooge that “of my own free will I wore it”, which further deepens the impression Dickens has given us that Scrooge is an active sinner, deliberately and ignorantly affecting those around him. The idea of “weight” is used by Dickens as a motif in the novella to indicate that Scrooge is burdened by his misdeeds. Whereas Fezziwig seems to float around the room at Christmas when he is dancing, Scrooge is too burdened with sin to do anything of the kind. His change, however, is illustrated by DIckens in Stave 5 when Scrooge exclaims that “I am as light as a feather”. Dickens deliberately connects this moment to the episode with Marley’s Ghost using the motif of weight: Scrooge is now free from his guilt and wrongdoing. He has atoned for his sins. The word “light” has connotations of purity and innocence whereas “feather” has connotations of freedom. Perhaps Dickens does this to suggest that we all have the capacity for change, and that individuals adapting their behaviour could lead to a societal change that benefited the working class. This is Dickens’ way of emphasising the importance of love and relationships.

However, Dickens also attempts to make the reader empathise with Scrooge as he explains why Scrooge pushes everyone close to him, away. In Stave 2, the Ghost of Christmas Past takes Scrooge to his childhood town where he went to school. In his younger years, Scrooge is characterised as a “solitary child, neglected and alone, is left there still” further developing Scrooge’s overall character and explaining Scrooge’s perpetual abandonment issues. The word “solitary” has connotations of peculiarity and reclusiveness; it also links to Stave 1 when Scrooge is described to be “as solitary as an oyster”.  The comparison to an “oyster” is significant because it suggests that there is potentially something beautiful inside him however the “hard exterior” leads people to judge him simply off first glance. Crucially, Dickens chooses to connect these two moments: Scrooge abandoned as a child, let down yet again by a neglectful and uncaring father and Scrooge as a miserable man, unable to sustain human relationships yet in desperate need of them. Dickens creates a profound sense of tragedy: Scrooge only later understands the impact his unhappy experiences earlier in life have on him later. In variance, after Scrooge has changed he proclaims to be “ as merry as a school-boy” which advocates a “reborn”Scrooge who now expresses a permissive, broad-minded attitude to everyone he walks by on Christmas Day. The direct link shows the broad change that Scrooge has undergone and helps Dickens emphasise the theme of love and relationships as an important aspect of human nature.

Molly Gunn – English

How Does Dickens Present Scrooge Changing? (30 marks)

Dickens presents Scrooge’s change as a necessary improvement people need to make in order to treat people around him fairly and with deserving respect, as well as behaving with a Christmas spirit not only at Christmas but throughout the years. Perhaps Dickens intended Scrooge to be a ​caricature of the worst inhumanity of the middle class and utilitarian ethics. The middle classes ignored and took advantage of the poor vulnerable people of the working class, Dickens uses Scrooge change to criticise the inhumane social equality of the time.

In the extract, Dickens presents one of Scrooge’s changes as he is only just aware of his impact on others in the part of the novel. This moment in this extract represents him recognising the error of his ways and his genuine desire to change as shown by  Scrooge claiming he ‘should like to say something to my clerk right now.’ Demonstrating he looks to make immediate amends with him. ‘I should like’ shows he personally is now willing to change. This is completely juxtaposed against, early in the novel, Scrooge keeping Mr Crachit in ‘a tank, a sort of cell.’ Perhaps Dickens uses words like ‘tank’ and ‘cell’ to show imprisonment, punishment and inhumane conditions Scrooge has put him in. The juxtaposition between these moments showing Scrooge how he was treated compared to how he treats Bob makes him realise his disgusting behaviour and want to transform. If this is all it takes, potentially Dickens did this to prove how easy it is for a cruel man to suddenly have the desire to fix his wrongdoings towards employees.

A clear contrast between Scrooge and Fezziwig is made in this scene that Dickens exaggerates by juxtaposing Fezziwig’s radiant jollity and happiness, symbolised by light and warmth, and Scrooge’s infectious misery and cantankerousness from Stave 1, symbolised by darkness and the cold. The symbol of light used helps to represent upcoming change and redemption. The quotation ‘light seemed to shine from his calves’ shows Fezziwig is in light and is already a good man, the word ‘light’ is the source of goodness and the ultimate reality. Contrasted against ‘darkness was cheap and Scrooge liked it’ presents Scrooge’s former inner shadows. ‘Darkness’ connoting evil, cruelty and mystery. Darkness is a monster and is literally the absence of the light, and so an absence of light within Scrooge.

Keira Howard – English

How Does Dickens Present Scrooge Changing? (30 marks)

Dickens presents Scrooge’s change as a necessary improvement he needs to make in order to treat those around him better and behave with a Christmas spirit not only at Christmas but throughout the year. Perhaps Dickens intended that Scrooge represented the greed and callousness of the Victorian middle class, who selfishly ignored the issues in society they helped cause during a turbulent period of extreme social inequality.

In the extract Scrooge explains how he would “like to be able to say a word or two to my clerk” . This moment represents the time when Scrooge begins to understand the error of his ways and develops a genuine desire to change. “I should like” displays his intent to make amends with Bob and treat him better. This juxtaposes with a moment earlier in the novel where Bob’s working conditions are described as a “dismal little cell”, “a sort of tank”. This quotation shows that Scrooge is above Bob in the social class order and conveys how horrible the working conditions were for the poor. The word “cell” illustrates how little space the workers had and demonstrates how working is as bad as being in prison. It has connotations of imprisonment, entrapment and punishment which demonstrates the feral working conditions. Also, the word “cell” suggests that they can’t escape working just like they can’t escape prison. Furthermore, the word “tank” also creates a sense of entrapment for the workers, conveys that working class people are trapped in poverty and have no way to escape it and illustrates the inhumane working conditions they have to work in. Therefore, perhaps “tank” represents the entrapment of the poor in poverty.  Maybe Dickens uses this whole quotation to portray Bob as a possession of Scrooge’s which conveys that workers don’t have an opinion on anything; they are not treated like humans, they are treated like objects. It also demonstrates how working class people don’t get to be themselves because wealthy people use their power and status to own and control the working class. Moreover, Bob’s place of work is “beyond”  Scrooge’s which shows the difference in classes and it also conveys that Scrooge does not like other people’s company and he likes to isolate himself. Through the quotation “a dismal little cell”, “a sort of tank” Dickens demonstrates that the society at the time was very unempathetic which lacked humanity and treated the poor like objects, not people.  Dickens also uses this quotation to help the readers understand the terrible conditions the working class had to work in and to show how badly they were treated by the wealthy. By juxtaposing Scrooge wanting to say “a thing or two” to his clerk and by describing Bob’s working conditions, Dickens demonstrates how Scrooge has changed his ways and is starting to become a better person.

Dickens also uses the symbol of the chain to present Scrooge changing. At the beginning of the novel, Scrooge is presented as a sinful, isolated and evil character. By the end, he has completely transformed into someone who is caring, compassionate, and “happy”. Scrooge changes because he is fearful of his predicted afterlife. In Stave One, Scrooge meets Marley’s ghost who is wearing a long and heavy chain which is a punishment for his sins on Earth. When Scrooge sees that Marley is wearing the chain he “forged in life” and realises that it is a physical manifestation of his guilt, he starts to worry and becomes fully aware of the fact that actions have consequences .  Marley’s ghost tells Scrooge that his chain is “heavy” and “ponderous” and if he doesn’t change his ways and becomes a better person then he will end up in the same situation that Marley is in. Between Stave One and Stave Five, Scrooge undergoes a transformation and becomes a better person and in Stave Five Scrooge explains that he feels “as light as a feather”, “as happy as an angel” and “as merry as a schoolboy”. The word “light” demonstrates that Scrooge feels like a weight has been lifted off of his chest and he no longer has a guilty conscience. He feels like his chain would no longer be “heavy” like it would’ve been in Stave One. Scrooge has managed to change his ways before his death which has helped him to avoid having a “heavy” and “ponderous” chain. By juxtaposing Scrooge’s chain being “heavy” and Scrooge feeling “as light as a feather” Dickens illustrates his change. I believe that through Scrooge’s transformation Dickens has managed to get the message across that anyone has the ability to change and by changing for the good you can feel happier and free.

By using juxtaposition and juxtaposing Scrooge’s actions from Stave One and Stave Five, Dickens  presents Scrooge changing and how he has become a better person who treats everyone around him with compassion. Dickens also uses Scrooge’s transformation to convey that everyone has the ability to change for the good and hits out at the treatment of the lower class by the greedy and callous Victorian middle class.

Jack Walton – English

How Does Dickens Present Scrooge Changing? (30 marks)

In Dickens’ novella, “A Christmas Carol” (ACC), the growth and redemption of the protagonist, Ebeneezer Scrooge, is the primary focus of the story. Scrooge undergoes a drastic change in his outlook on life throughout the events of the novella, and gradually develops a sense of morality and empathy. Dickens presents the progressive alteration of Scrooge’s philosophy through many interlinked events over the course of the book, which accumulate to a complete conversion from a misanthropic old man to a jocund cheerful one. The author also portrays Vicotorian society as a cruel and indiscriminate place of suffering to make Scrooge’s revelation all the more impactful toward the reader; this portrayal also allows Dickens to implicitly identify the many issues present in Victorian society, and how these problems affect the lives of individual families. In this essay, I will analyse what I believe to be the most significant events throughout the plot that provide a change toward Scrooge and his opinions.

In the given extract, Scrooge spectates his time as an apprentice for Fezziwig, and realises the influence that he has over the life of his clerk. Scrooge states about Fezziwig, “He has the power to render us happy or unhappy.” Once Scrooge’s complimentary monologue about Fezziwig is complete, it is clear that he registers the authority that he holds over Bob Cratchit and his well-being. Scrooge begins to understand that he fills the role of Fezziwig for Bob, but has failed to be the jovial and lovable man that Fezziwig was. This realisation is notable as Scrooge says, “ I should like to be able to say a word or two to my clerk just now.” This phrase gives the reader the impression that Scrooge is regretful toward his mistreatment of Bob, and feels guilty as he now becomes conscious of the fact that he could have brought Bob the same kind of joy that Fezziwig brought him as an apprentice. Dickens chooses to use the word “power” in Scrooge’s speech to demonstrate to the reader the strength that Dickens believed people have to influence each other’s moods, and furthermore their behaviour.  Perhaps Dickens does this to present an underlying opinion of his; all people possess the ability to ruin or enhance the lives of others, whether that be through wealth or simply how a person acts toward someone.

Throughout the whole novella, Scrooge’s change is directly caused by his interactions with the supernatural. These experiences progressively modify Scrooge’s outlook on life and people; the most important of these events, I believe, is his journey with the Ghost of Christmas Present. The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to the Cratchit household at Christmas, and the scene imbues a feeling of festivity and joy upon the reader. Despite an evident lack of money to provide for his family, Bob Cratchit still invests into a Christmas dinner for his family to feast upon. It is at this moment where Scrooge concludes that wealth does not bring happiness, and is crucial towards the shift seen in his priorities. It is also reasonable for the reader to assume that Scrooge would feel guilty after seeing the conditions that the Cratchits are forced to live in, especially as Scrooge has the means to better the lives of these people. A sense of responsibility may also be felt by Scrooge, as he is beginning to understand that these innocent people do not deserve to live such a horrible life. This feeling is directly enforced by Dickens when the characters of Ignorance and Want are introduced.  These characters are explicitly what Dickens believed to be the root causes of corruption in society. The Ghost of Christmas Present speaks about how the children are a product of mankind in the quote, “They are Mans.” This directly pins the problems based in society on it’s founders, humanity, and from Scrooge’s perspective, people like himself. Scrooge believes this because he now has comprehended that he has the capability to help improve the world, yet selfishly refused to even acknowledge the problems that need to be fixed. This moment is important as it is when Scrooge comes to terms with the fact that Victorian society is rife with inequality and suffering, caused primarily by a group of people that he has sided with in the past. Scrooge’s revelation here is, I believe, the one that causes the most drastic alteration of his lifestyle. I believe this because he sees the physical embodiment of the issues that he has caused, and also the unnecessary ramifications of his selfish actions. These two realisations are, what I believe, the predominant reason that Scrooge undergoes a full ideological transformation in A Christmas Carol.

I mean, as an introduction, this is perfect. Beautifully written and demonstrates an advanced level of understanding of the book, Dickens’ intentions in writing it, and socio-historical context.

Billy Fothergill, Charlie Kirkman, Bettina Babic, Aisha Imtiaz, Sophie Gorman, Gracie Taylor & Callum Lane - English

Miss Calvert, Assistant Leader of English is already over the moon with the efforts her Year 10 students are making in her new Google Classroom for English. She would like to give a special mention to Billy Fothergill, Charlie Kirkman, Bettina Babic, Aisha Imtiaz, Sophie Gorman, Gracie Taylor and Callum Lane​ who have completed work early and to an impressive standard.

Well done and thank you!

My War Poem by Daisy Wall

Ms Hughes, teacher of English has received some stunning war poetry from her Year 9 students. First up is Daisy’s Wall’s piece:


The downcast of the sun beams dismally

against her ashen cheeks

As her eyes travel down the page woefully

her heart shatters and weeps


The world then seemed so lifeless

when the birds stopped soaring mid-air

for she only felt so useless

as they crashed like grenades in despair


His smile, his laugh, his fear

she could sense it through his writing;

she could hear his melody whistling in her ear

yet to not see him became so frightening


Her mind was then as still as a portrait

without the joy and the bliss

for grief and suffering was all it could donate

to a demoralised damsel in her spiralling abyss


The shrieks of battle could be heard from miles to continue

but to her it was nothing unknown

because now she was in her own fight of the new

with the feathers of wings which have grown.


My War Poem by Jade Evans

My pain feels cold and selfish,

My anguish very small,

My reality insignificant,

compared to the ones that fall,

Young men with broken bodies,

Their Comrades lie in sacks,

Devastated parents,

As their sons will not come back.

My pain will ease and minimise,

My anguish slip away,

My reality insignificant,

Two fearless men died today,

Young men with shell shocked faces,

Growing old before their time,

Are living breathing testaments,

To this ignorant pain of mine.

My War Poem: A Letter to Ma by Laiba Hussain

The air is cold on this silent night,

The wind does not blow,

Not a star seems to shine,

Nor the owls song is heard.

I stare over the barren land,

The lost souls it has claimed.

I fixate on the pile of bodies,

Surrounded by empty artillery shells.

Heroes of the country fall,

Screaming and begging for a quick end,

Left alone in the mud,

Unable to escape this annihilation.

Do not tell me to be calm, Ma

For I have lost so much.

They tell us it will be alright.

They tell us to be calm.

But have they seen our bloody hands?

Have they seen our eyes?

Filled to the core with rage and terror?

Tell me Ma, have they seen our eyes?

“Fight”, they have the audacity to tell me,

From the comfort of their homes.

Far from the red seeping into the ground;

Far from the destruction they order.

We know what happens when the thunder comes,

And the rains come down like punishment.

Alarms echo through my bones,

The squelch of mud as brave men run.

My time has come to say goodbye,

But I hope it’s not the last.

For in this silent night, where the air is cold,

I wish I were by your side, Ma.

My War Poem by Georgia Ridings

As I sit on the rusty seats of the train the church bell rings

they say they ring it to honour the soldiers going to war

however, we all know it’s for the ones who don’t come back

the carriages fill up with men all devoting their life to war

we all introduce ourselves and shake hands with a smile

we all know deep down that not all of us will be on the train back


I feel the adrenaline rush through my veins

slowly followed by the slow drag of fear as the train sets off,

a wave of cheers travels down the carriages like the first chug to our death is an accomplishment.

everyone seems excited talking about their family and professions

am I the only one with fearing for my life?


the landscape full of life flies by the small window

the tress swayed in the wind like they was waving us off

the fields all different shades of green like they’re painted by Mother Nature

the train enters a tunnel and everything goes dark

everyone goes silent like the darkness caused everyone realisation

people have finally realised the danger in our loyalty for our country

the darkness of the tunnel doesn’t compare to the darkness of war


The violent screech of the train pulling to a stop as we arrive silences the chatter

the atmosphere is eerie almost like the earth knows what’s coming

the air is suffocating, close and it’s hard to breath

I lug myself off the seat and off the train

a wave of anxiety punches me in my chest

no one knows what’s going to happen

we can only pray that we can keep our prised possession

we can only pray that we can keep our lives.

Tegan Dalley – Photography

Mr Cordwell, Assistant Vice Principal would like to share Year 10 student, Tegan Dalley‘s first week on the new Lockdown Photo Diary project (which you can view in the link below) in which she has captured two different but equally well captured subject matter from her lockdown experience so far. Well done, Tegan.

Tegan’s Lockdown Photography Diary