Anti-Social Media: a Trend Or a Movement? 

By Gabriella Davies In this day and age, we are fixed to our phones, and yes we are all guilty of this. Within the last five years we have witnessed the rise of TikTok and BeReal and as of the 5th January 2024, Tik Tok has over 1 billion active users, Instagram has 1.4 billion […]

The Great Debate: Audiobooks vs Hardback Books

By Esinam Asima To read or not to read that is the question… According to a YouGov survey, the mean number of books read for pleasure by adults in the UK is around 10 each year. Reading a book can be done at different paces, can be of different genres, and can cover various thought-provoking topics […]

GCSE Spanish trip to Malaga

By Lara Ward and Lily Young On Wednesday 13th December, students studying Spanish GCSE went on a residential visit to the Spanish city of Malaga. Accompanied by Mr. Alejandro, Ms. Gandi and Ms. Hales, we left St. Augustine’s Priory at 05:15 and arrived at Gatwick at 7:00. We travelled to Malaga airport, arriving at 13:30 […]

The Silent Struggle: Body Dysmorphic Disorder and the Harms of Body Shaming

By Layla Baboli In a world increasingly obsessed with appearances, the quiet struggles faced by individuals dealing with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and the impact of body shaming are frequently disregarded. Body dysmorphic disorder, characterised by the thoughts and behaviours related to recognising flaws in physical appearance, affects individuals of all ages and backgrounds. The […]

Creative writing piece: Equality and Justice

By Ava Rosenthal A little girl asked me once “Who guards equality? People try so hard to be equal yet it has never happened. Not once in history has every person been treated the same. Who guards the fortress which traps equality? Who built the wall that divides us?” I was very startled by this […]

Priory 6 Spot Hancock and Interview Huq in Parliament 

By Gina Virdee On the 17th January 2024, A-Level Politics, History and Sociology students, Miss Balani and Mr Murphy visited Parliament for a tour and a workshop, to witness the everyday procedures that take place at the centre of British democracy and politics. We first visited Westminster Hall, where former monarchs, such as Queen Elizabeth […]

The Teenage Sleep Deprivation Epidemic: A Growing Concern

By Zoe Tsokou In recent years, a concerning trend has emerged among teenagers – sleep deprivation. This growing epidemic has raised alarms among parents, educators and healthcare professionals alike, as it poses significant risks to the overall well-being and academic performance of young individuals. There are many contributing factors to this, whether it be academic […]