Selfies are everywhere – throughout magazines, the news and all over social media. Every day hundreds of thousands of selfies are taken. Even children as young as 6 are taking pictures of themselves. Selfies are great for memories of people, places or simply good times, but are we obsessed? Have our lives become too engrossed in taking the perfect picture of ourselves? In this article we will explore the secret world of the selfie.
Britain has been placed on high alert as a toxic, polluted smog has passed over from France and has settled all over the country for a couple of days. The smog could potentially ruin a front row seat to the solar eclipse on Friday. It was spotted late Wednesday and will remain for the whole of Thursday, hopefully dissipating by Friday morning due to the arrival of a new weather front. The clouds that will remain may block the view of the solar eclipse.
With YouTube becoming increasingly popular, YouTubers are making a career out of their videos. There are many different channels, and several famous YouTubers who are making a great deal of money out of their hobby/profession. One of the most popular sub sections of these channels, especially with teenage girls, are the beauty channels.
The date of the General Election in May is coming up shortly, and all eyes are on the opinion polls, predicting who is most likely to win the most seats in Westminster. At the moment, there seems to be no overall majority, with the Conservative party predicted to have the most seats in Westminster. However, support for the Labour Government is still going strong in the latest polls, so will the predictions stand correct? Or will another party win the majority?
Proportional Representation (PR) is an electoral system in which parties gain seats in direct proportion to the number of votes they receive. Currently in Britain we don’t have PR, and instead have a “first past the post” system: by which a party wins an election by achieving a simple majority. However, many people think that a system of proportional representation is fairer, or some have mixed views on the subject.
Whilst our society has moved on and developed its views on the roles of women, it is still evident that gender inequality exists – particularly in the area of sport.
The participation levels of girls in sports has increased across the board in recent years and society is even more accepting of female athletes than ever. Despite this, the fact that girls continue to drop out of sport at six times the rate of boys, is an indication that we still have a long way to go in reaching the goal of gender equality.
The Play Your Part Campaign needs £3,500,000 in order to achieve everything that they wish to provide. The school was given a grant of £2,200,000 from the government, which would fund the Sixth Form centre. This money could not cover the art, music and PE schemes but the school has remained determined to give its students the best surroundings possible.
Last week, we interviewed a teacher at our school, Tonbridge Grammar School, about the General Election, women in politics and voting at 16. The latter is a heavily debated issue, because young people, especially under the age of 18, are gaining more and more responsibility in our society. We sent out a survey to 57 students in our school, and these are the results we collected: