Zi-Yu Emma 8C - For working at a consistently high level!
Creative Writing Competition
Last term, we ran a creative competition for the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. Thank you everyone who submitted an entry - the standard was incredibly high!
We are pleased to announce our amazing winner, Zoe from 8M, and our brilliant runner up, Keira from 8T. Here are their wonderful poems, both of which are very thoughtful and powerful.
Well done Zoe and Keira!
Enough is Enough - Zoe, 8M
Enough is Enough, I can't deal with this anymore,
Women's voices are restricted, and I don’t know what for.
Them men think it's alright, well you better think twice,
Before we come banging on doors for change, we aren’t little mice, I mean it's crazy!
This impacts our future as well as our decisions,
If this isn't changed now, this will definitely cause divisions.
Between family and friends as well as politicians,
Before you know it, women's equality is ruined!
Enough is Enough, women can and WILL have a say,
I don’t care if it’s not a choice, this can’t be delayed.
To all the future girls out there, don’t be afraid to speak up,
The men can’t rule you, they know who’s boss, so get ready to erupt.
Shout as loud as you can, make the world know,
That woman's rights DO MATTER and that’s final, women say so!
Enough is Enough, this world IS going to change,
Women's votes count, and women will NOT take the blame.
Good Night’s Rest - Keira, 8T
Midnight on a Monday,
Try to get some rest.
But I simply can’t
My brain is way too stressed.
My party until dawn
Does me no good now
And never will for all.
And bony, pretty hands
Makes me feel unsure
With commenting fans.
Girls and boys or other ones
Sure of what they are
That should be me, I might think?
Maybe not so far.
I wake up in the morning
Not so fresh and sweet
Hair is in a mess
I also oversleep.
Getting dressed with oily hair
Put on my best clothes
Just so they won't be ashamed
That I don’t look like a rose.
Assembly Speaker, 20 February Dr Tilly Scantelbury Cortauld - Institute of Art
On Monday we were kindly joined by the wonderful Art Historian, lecturer and former student, Dr Tilly Scantlebury who delivered a brilliant assembly detailing her career journey and talking about her current projects outside of work.
Tilly began by speaking very highly of her time at Camden Sixth Form being part of the class of 2011, having a ‘rip-roaring’ time. Then she described how she found her love for Art History, which she took into her academic and professional career. It was shocking to hear that Camden had been one of only 8 state schools in the country to offer this course. We heard about her time as a sixth form senior prefect as well as her involvement in The Sixth Sense magazine (she was delighted to hear that it’s still going strong) in which she had a column called ‘The Curly Column’ around sex, relationships, art and music. Despite having dyslexia, this was one of the many extracurricular activities Tilly excelled in and really enjoyed.
When she went on to study Art History in university she reminded us of the importance of continuing what you love and what you’re inspired by. At the end of three years at uni she decided to continue with a masters degree and was awarded her doctorate for a thesis titled Being Together With Others: Queer American Art and the Family 1990-2020. The whole of her academic journey was driven by her introduction to History of Art in school and she remembers her time here with great fondness.
Currently, Tilly delivers outreach talks and workshops across the UK which aim to widen access to Art History and transform our relationship to art while also pursuing workshops around feminism and queer theory which have remained in her interest since being at Camden. Music was another passion and she was part of a band whilst in Camden and continued to perform with them after she left school. To this day, she still makes and plays music and soon will release a project called ‘Lazy Day’. Tilly outlined how she never wanted one thin to define her and that her sense of who she is comes from all her different interests and passions.
Overall this assembly felt like a very honest and inspiring conversation during which we learnt about pursuing our passions and remaining enthused through the difficulties within education and work. It was particularly influential for those studying Art or Art History who took interest in Tilly’s career path, but her fundamental message was relevant for us all.