Here is the second publication of your Student Magazine: ThinkBuckingham.
Thank you for all of your wonderful contributions. I would also like to say a special thank you to Claire Sherwood, our Marketing Officer, who puts this all together and publishes for us.
This month’s competition was judged by our Lead Practitioner in English: Karen Lefevre. The winner of the Descriptive Writing competition is Rachel Allen. Congratulations! A £10 Amazon Voucher will be emailed to you shortly.
Next month we will have two editions of the Student Magazine: our regular one and a special edition that will be dedicated to Black Lives Matter. Please send your entries for consideration by Monday 6th July.
There will be three competitions for the Black Lives Matter edition: ‘Best Poem’, ‘Best Article’ and ‘Best Illustration’, each winning a £10 Amazon voucher. The article must be no more than 200 words.
There will be a poetry competition for our regular edition. The theme for the poem is ‘life in lockdown’. The winner will receive a £10 Amazon voucher.
My winner is Serenity by Rachel Allen. My rationale:
There were some truly lovely entries to Mrs Devlin's Descriptive Writing competition and it was great to see students playing around with words for effect. Special mentions to Hannah Weedon and Zoe Roberts, who both created some striking imagery. However, Rachel Allen's 'Serenity' is the winner. Rachel managed to convey originality and 'realness' in a careful imaginative piece that avoided clichés, something it is all too easy to slip into when writing descriptively. Well done, Rachel!
PS....where were the boys' entries?
You wake smelling last night’s campfire smouldering, burnt out by the morning dew. Creeping out of your cramped, camouflage tent, you feel the cold wind and realise the sun is barely over the horizon. Squirrels race up ancient trees to walnuts. You lie in awe watching who reaches them.
After they scurry away, you sit on your chair watching the sun rise. You stand up with more energy than you need, stumbling over a rock. Steadying yourself, you walk over to your tent and sit down to breakfast before zipping up your tent and wandering into the trees.
The sun reveals the beauty of the world. Birds chatter about hatchlings and worries (well, you think so). Coming to a river, you sit at the water’s edge. You see a fox, checking the coast is clear of predators, before wandering to the water.
It takes another cautious look and settles down for a drink. Lifting its head, it licks its lips as it laps up goodness from the river. You think the moment has ended when it turns to leave but before it goes, it looks at you as if to say, ‘I see you too’. Now you’re one with nature.
By Rachel Allen, Year 7 Chandos
The hill was silent and unmoving, the surrounding trees slender, just brushing the stars that were tiny islands in the vast black ocean of the sky. Time slowed as the fiery sun rose over the top of the forest, looking like some celestial being had set the whole earth ablaze. Crimson light bathed the word in its glow, turning even the glass of the towers to blood. When the castle was new and the sea had only just begun to caress the mountains, you could have seen the intricate carvings in the stone that were now so beaten and worn. As the sunlight crept slowly towards the tip of the tower, a gong-like sound was heard, so deep inside the rock , yet so loud and instantly recognisable. You could hear its echo reverberating off the peaks. The inhabitants were waking up to a new day. A day that would be more than they had ever bargained for...
By Zoe Roberts
Every step he took made his legs ache more and more. He hoped that he was almost halfway through this vast labyrinth of twisting branches that seemed to stare into him and mock his every action. He felt the tiniest warmth against his face as the heated air came out of his mouth. he saw his breath disappear into the cold night air. He screamed! ‘There are a million paths!’ He roared! Startled crows jumped and flew in all different directions; screeching like frightened children. The echo resonated through the trees and softly faded away.
Light in the forest is scarce compared to the darkness and the endless abyss of lifeless trees. Branches that curve around each other moaned and creaked in the whispering wind. Whispers that resembled a mysterious and foreign language; it brushed against his hair and numbed his ears and nose. His dog barked! Oh, did I mention, he had a dog, a small creature who loved his best friend, it followed the boy around almost everywhere. A dim beam of bright blue light shone down through the trees and exposed a silhouette of the two and the eerie thick fog. Almost attempting to make them scared.
By Hannah Weedon
I placed my eyes at the glorious beach laying in front of me. The soft, untouched, golden sand hugging my hard toes, the shimmering, luxurious, sapphire blue water rocking carefully in perfect harmony with my beating heart. I watched the graceful seagulls propel through the calm evening air and youthful children running joyfully on the water’s edge, splashing droplets of clear ocean onto the even and smooth sand.
My eyes started drooping as I slowly lowered myself to the vast blanket of sand. The sky was lit by the burst of reds and yellows, meeting perfectly at the horizon with the calm waves. I turned my head to view the old fashioned road above the wall behind us. I gazed at the tall terraced buildings that stared back upon us, their many windows reflecting the therapeutic vision magnificently.
The huge lumps of wet sand stood tall, trying hard to represent a large, golden castle, but clearly failing miserably, their moats empty, and shells drooping. I observed the tiny scarlett crabs, as they scattered across the back of the beach, making mini markings in the smooth sand.
By Mia Swain
As the sun shone through the trees a soft wind made the trees dance whilst the birds sang like a choir of angels. The flowers brush against your skin like a pen on a piece of paper and the sound of buzzing bees is the true sound of nature as they speed over to bring life to the plants and the sight of fresh colourful nature relaxes you in a way that nothing else can. As you look up at the blue sunny sky you spot clouds as white as marshmallows in different shapes above the lime green grass. You lie down on the velvet red blanket with your dog as she tries to lick (kiss) your face and you start laughing as butterflies come around you. Next, you go on a walk to a relaxing river and dip your feet in whilst the water trickles down through the rocks and pebbles to the end of the river.
By Amelie Fox
It was a confined space and when you looked at the structure it looked as if it was going to collapse at any minute. The views you could get looking ahead at the evergreen trees. The cage area around the bridge was cross-patterned and made you feel like you were trapped on a never ending bridge.
By Heather Cissell
I’ve learned my lesson: Uncle Jim told me stealing was ok. It used to be my favourite game. So the summer I turned 12 my uncle Jim invited me to stay at his flat, and I went. We had lots of fun playing my favourite game. Taking sweets and things as big as smallish paintings! We came across an antiques shop and everything was expensive. Uncle Jim said we easily get some presents for me and some extras for him, as the lady behind the counter looked quite dotty and old. So we went in, looked around not trying to look too suspicious. But when we turned the corner, the fun really began! We grabbed things. Into our pockets and under our jackets! When we’d finished we told the lady we weren’t interested in anything today, and we walked out but I was caught. A small doll fell out of my pocket and the lady caught me. But Uncle Jim ran. When the police arrived I told them the truth, but when they went to arrest Uncle Jim he was gone. Now he’s on the run, and I’m in therapy. Goodbye, good riddance Uncle Jim.
By Lisa Yarranton
A series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events is exactly that: a series of unfortunate events.
Three children become orphans when a banker told them that their parents had perished in a fire which destroyed their home. Mr. Poe, a banker, becomes vice president of orphan affairs- put the three Baudelaires in the “CARE” of a villainous actor who wants to get his hands on their fortune. He fails to do so many times when he is so close but Violet, Klause and Sunny are very smart and intelligent, just like their parents.
I love this Netflix show and highly recommend it to anyone from the age of 7 who likes adventure, investigation, comedy and crime shows. I would not recommend this series to younger children as they may get scared of the unfortunate scenes.
I give A Series of Unfortunate Events Five Stars because of the story line and the ambition to watch more.
This program was based on the Lemony Snicket books that started in 1999.
I would recommend you watch this or if not read the books!
By Juliet Myers
Life in Quarantineby Francesca Wilks
Quarantine is boring
We're all staying inside
Can't see our friends
We're all losing our minds
Thinking about the future
When can we go to school
Daily walks no contact
It is really cruel
But we need to stay strong
Thank the NHS
Protect the UK
Each day deaths getting less
Thoughts on ‘Lockdown’
Because of this virus, schools are shut all around the world, parents teaching their kids, two metres, not allowed to leave your home, stress levels going up and bored of quarantine.
Friendship is being affected, friends getting angry at each other for no reason.
Why has this happened? Everyone hoping lockdown will end.
Songs are written about Covid 19, like Stay at Home, a mix up of the original song celebration. Music for Year 7 at Buckingham School has this task.
Tired, lonely, changing, this is how we describe this time. Lockdown has been going on for ages. For primary school they might be able to go back but for secondary school, next year is when school will be open.
Here are some words from some kids:
Harry, Year 7, Buckingham school: “Lockdown is so boring, can’t wait till it’s over”.
Ewan, Year 7, Buckingham school: “After lockdown I’ll come round to your houses guys, it will feel weird”.
Will, Year 7, Waddesdon School: “When will this end?”
A Funny Story - My Perfect Sunday
I would start the day by walking the dog, rat, pigeon and fox with Troy. Then when we got back from walking Bruno (dog), Rattie (Rattie), Geoff (Pigeon) and Foxy (Fox) I would then make pancakes for breakfast and I would put salt in Troy’s pancake instead of sugar and use the excuse of I got confused on which one was which because salt is white and so is sugar. I would then go to my closet to find my best dress and high heels to go with it. Ready for when we go to the school prom later this evening but I wouldn’t be able to find my dress or my heels. So I would ask Troy if he had seen them. He would also check in my closet and say that they are definitely not in your closet. I would say well I think I figured that out when I found that I couldn’t find them in there. So then I would have a thought that they could be in Troy’s closet so I would run out of my room and go into Troy’s room, look in his closet and find them straight away. I would then take them back into my room with a confused look on my face. I would then put my dress and heels at the front of my closet and close it. I would then ask Troy what my best dress and heels were doing in his closet. He would say that he put them in his closet by accident and forgot to put them in mine. I would say that it was okay and tell him to try not to do it again. We would then watch movies and eat a sort of picnic type lunch until it was time to go to the prom. At the prom we would dance our hearts away. When we got back from the prom we would just collapse and fall asleep on the sofa.
By Megan Fuller
WHAT I AM MISSING ABOUT SCHOOL:
In quarantine it has been very boring and everyone is probably running out of ideas on what to do next. Throughout I have been thinking about school and I have been missing the chicken burgers and my friends. Also, I had my birthday in quarantine and I couldn’t see my friends and I wish I could’ve had my birthday in school with my friends. I miss some of the learning and the PE as we would’ve been doing football. But hopefully we will be in school soon!
MY FAVOURITE ACTIVITY AT HOME:
So, I do gymnastics and I have a mat so I can do my skills on it and it is lots of fun; also it’s good to keep me occupied and keep fit. I don’t do it all the time as I would ache and feel rubbish the next day. On the mat you can do anything you want. In lockdown I'm not that bored!
HOW I KEEP IN CONTACT WITH MY FRIENDS:
Most of the time I text them and I facetime them for a long time, however Boris Johnson did say that you could meet up with one friend but keep the distance so I might do that. Sometimes I help my friends do the work and they help me, so that's really good!
By Jasmine Nottingham
Hi everybody, my name is Grace and just like everyone at the moment I am a bit on the edge and finding quarantine actually quite hard. I have obviously tried to take my time with most everyday things so the day might seem a bit shorter, but sadly it is not working , so I have to resort to learning. However, not all learning has to be done from the school. This year I set myself a goal: to get my grades up, and to develop a skill. Now, I set myself these goals because ever since I was little I have REALLY struggled with not getting distracted, for example, I must have stopped maybe three times when writing this piece! I am actually finding working from home alright though, due to the fact there is no one to distract me from what I am doing and I still get to see my friends on facetime. But seriously, I am missing them like crazy and I am never going to take them for granted EVER again.
By Grace Gregory
The Tower of London was recently recreated in gingerbread
Making the gingerbread was the easy part. We started off by putting plain and self-raising flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, caster sugar, butter, an egg, golden syrup and black treacle into the food processor and gave it a whizz. We then chilled the gingerbread for half an hour. Then it was time to roll it out and cut out the four sides of the tower. Then we baked it for half an hour. Once it was ready we let it cool overnight. The next day we cut the crenellations out and drew the windows and poppies on with icing. After that we rolled out some green icing. We stood the four walls on the green icing and joined them together with icing - this was the trickiest part - but at last it was finished. Later we ate it for pudding!
By Ruben Biltcliffe
Film Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
After their narrow escape from the evil clutches of the First Order on the planet Crait, the Resistance have found a new base on Ajan Kloss. Although, they have gained new information that the Emperor is alive and is building a fleet of star destroyers to destroy the universe known as the Final Order. Rey, a Jedi in training, is sent out to confront the supreme leader of the First Order, Kylo Ren, while Poe and Fin lead the resistance against the Final Order. To do this they must find their way to the hidden planet of Exicl before it is too late. They will then confront the fleet in a last daring fight for freedom!
Star Wars is a fantasy/action genre set in the past in a different galaxy where planets fight to resist the rule of a galactic army known as the First Order. With the resisting planets’ forces deteriorating with every battle due to the dwindling amount of Resistance support, there is little hope of freedom. Now only a few planets are left unruled with the odds stacked highly against them.
Set just a year after Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker answers many questions raised in the previous films without revealing the plot. With the characters in a constant race against time, the action never becomes dull. Travelling to several planets and meeting new creatures enables the audience to bond with the characters. With twists at every turn it is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. At just over 2 hours long, it is the same length as the other films and last for just the right amount of time. Join all your favourite heroes for the conclusion of the Skywalker saga!
I would rate this film 12+ due to the scenes of sci fi violence and action. It is available to buy in supermarkets and online for sensible prices
Ratings from other companies Empire:?, IMDB 6/10 - I would rate it 5 stars.
By Edward Naughton
Bethany Steventon and her mum commemorated VE Day by creating this beautiful banner for the outside of their house and had a picnic on their front lawn.
Bailey Mae Rose has been working on her digital art during lockdown and has shared her favourite pictures with us.
Francesca Wilks has shared with us her pencil art she has been working on.
Me and my brothers made a cardboard arcade for our ipads and switches.
From Lennon Johnson
Thunder’s Progress by Mark
Check out Thunder's progress each month.
I have been keeping busy by taming my new parrot named Thunder.
He is only a few months old and now is very friendly and follows me everywhere.
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