Student Struggles

Students at Barking and Daggeham College took part in a 2 hour film challenge as part of Inspiration 2015. This film was one of four films produced on the day and we can now say that this film “Student Struggles” has been judged as ‘Best Film’ at the Bold studio. All groups worked incredibly hard on the challenge, but this group nabbed the crown due to their thorough planning, some impressive shot choices and a narrative that is simple and clear enough to to be understood by an audience as a standalone 2 minute film – good work guys!

Many thanks to Ellen Kerr and Bob Noseda for having us down for this great event.

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Jameel Jamal: Facebook.sch.uk – fantastic or flawed?

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Illustration by Jameel Jamal

There simply aren’t enough non-conformist, strong minded people in today’s society who could deny or tear down the growing might of Facebook. Not long ago, emails and letters were the most common form of communication and now it’s questionably developed into inboxing and posting on people’s walls, something we seem to have found more favourable. So why is it that when most school teachers are part of the Facebook hype, this social network is banned for use in schools, leading to frustrated students all over the country? Ever since this topic arose, scores of head teachers have hidden behind the bush of “it will distract the students and provoke cyber bullying”. Debatable.

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Martin Orton on: London Materialympics 2011

People were forced to leap from the upstairs windows of a burning building in Croydon last night as rioting spread across London and beyond. (Image: The Telegraph)

Everyone this morning is asking the same question, why? How can our young people do this to us? Where is the political agenda? Oh please…we’re focusing on mindless thuggish behaviour: the result, not the cause. It’s a tiresome perspective – as if we, the society that is responsible for raising them, are blameless.
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Aly Dewji on: Matchpoint

I looked my opponent in the eye as the sunlight glistened on the service line. I knew he was ranked top 20 in the country, but I also knew that I was going to beat him. A slice-serve out wide, and I charged in for the volley, a quick touch and it rolled over the net. He lobbed the shot and it soared high above my head. I ran back, keeping my eye on the ball. I was not going to miss. A flat forehand zoomed down the line – and chalk flew into the air. It was over.
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Jameel Jamal on: Split Family, Split Emotions.

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Many of us endure hardship for two simple reasons: either we gain something at the end or it is merely more convenient to pretend everything is fine.

    In September 2010, I started the month with very little cash, a pile of incomplete work and a phone bill that would make my mum fume. Yet, still I was smiling. After several months, a letter slipped effortlessly through the door stating that my parents were no longer legally married. At first, it was a day of relief that we no longer had to stay a ‘complete’ family out of fear of how others would see us if we had come from a ‘broken’ home, having lived apart for quite a few months, this day was inevitable.

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Bizhan Govindji on: e-Read all about it!

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When I was younger, new books would feature heavily on my Amazon wish list. I would read novels on the train, before I went to bed, or if I was simply bored. For me, (here come the clichés) a good book allowed me to immerse myself totally in the story, escape from this world and dive into new ones where Harvard professors run around the Vatican trying to stop terrorist explosions, schoolchildren are taught magic to defend themselves against dark wizards, and Afghani kite-fliers have their lives ripped apart by the Taliban.

Today however, the variety of entertainment that young people have access to has expanded beyond imagination. The evolution of television, gaming, and the Internet captured the interest of youth, and on the whole, books are forgotten, gathering dust in a spare room.

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Martin Orton: Brand Looters

Three quarters of the young people convicted of looting London in August had previous convictions, many of petty crime and theft. The others? Perhaps bystanders seeking an opportunity too good to miss. Who can forget the family of looters? But what affliction do they all share? How did they suddenly transform themselves from the passive aggrieved and excluded into a proactive, well-organised army of rampant materialists?

I’m going to point the finger at a new culprit in this landscape of social inequality; a cause of the looting, one that has a solution and that will definitely surprise some people: Brands.
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