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The governments backpedal on several climate policies has prompted alarm amongst scientists and climate groups. The plans put the U.K. at risk of missing key climate targets over the next few decades.

UK government’s backpedal in climate policy threatens long-term goals

Biraj Khadka, Reporter November 28, 2023

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a number of U.K. climate goals, specifically three major ones to be dialed down Sept. 20. Three major policies that have been reversed are new initiatives to push back...

Poet Raymond Antrobus speaks to High School students and faculty Nov. 7. He has published multiple poetry collections and a children’s book, with an upcoming children’s book set to be published in 2024.

Poet Raymond Antrobus inspires students “to be living as well as reading”

Clara Martinez, Editor-in-Chief November 27, 2023

Poet Raymond Antrobus’s first ever story was a tale of persecution. He wrote a series of stories as a kid about a pony living as an outsider in a world of horses. “So much of those stories came...

Ziad Ben-Gacem (’25) speaks to Clarisa Gomez Rodriguez (’24) in the show’s opening scene during dress rehearsal Nov. 13. Rodriguez sang the first song of the musical, “I Get a Kick Out of You.”

GALLERY Students perform High School musical ‘Anything Goes’

Laila Taraporevala, Media Team November 27, 2023

The Performing Arts Department put on the fall musical “Anything Goes” Nov. 16-18. Set on the S.S. American, a boat traveling from New York to London in 1934, “Anything Goes” follows a combination...

Students share their outfits this fall. Almost half of students picked fall as their favorite season to dress up for.

Students share popular fall fashion trends

Talya Berner, Media Team November 23, 2023
Students share what they are wearing during fall 2023.
Cross country co-captain Noah Sadrian (’25) gives a speech to the team before the 5km race at ISSTs. Sadrian provided words of inspiration for teammates in preparation for the race, chanting “clear eyes” and their final yell of “Go Eagles!” before they lined up to race.

GALLERY Fall sports teams compete in ISSTs

Ailish Herrmann, Zoe Kaul and Yara Kassir November 21, 2023

Cross Country   JV Boys Volleyball

The school will switch inspectors from Ofsted to the Independent Schools Inspectorate, according to Director of Safeguarding and Compliance Richard Harrold. The decision to switch was made because the ISI is more tailored to independent schools’ needs.

School switches school regulators, undergoes Ofsted inspection

Oskar Doepke and Rahil Punshi November 20, 2023

The school will switch regulators from the Office for Standards in Education to the Independent Schools Inspectorate, according to Interim High School Principal Jack Phillips. In an email sent to the school...

Cole Auchincloss (’27) presents his clause to his committee Nov. 10 at the American School in Milan Model United Nations Conference. Auchincloss represented the delegate of the U.S. and presented his clause on the freedom of Uyghurs in China to the Human Rights Committee.

Model United Nations attends Milan conference

Ayra Ansari and Alexandra Theofilopoulou November 17, 2023

Students attended the American School in Milan MUN Conference Nov. 9-11 alongside several international schools. Elsa Skorski (’27) said the Milan trip this year gave her the opportunity to learn...

The JV girls volleyball team poses with their second place medals after their ISST game hosted by the American School of the Hague Nov. 9-11. This year, JV teams were able to participate in ISSTs, along with middle school and varsity teams.

ISSTs expand to include JV teams

Sophia Bateman, Lead Features Editor November 16, 2023

The International School Sports Tournament has expanded to include middle school and JV competition levels for the first time. Since the tournament’s founding in 1968, ISSTs have been held as end-of-season...

VIDEO Grade 12 students share advice for high school

Zoe Kaul and Meher Sareen November 15, 2023
Grade 12 students reflect on their experiences in the High School and provide guidance for younger students.
Student Council members discuss at their weekly meeting Nov 9. Leaders of the High School’s councils reflected on the impacts of their organizations on the larger school community and the skills required for them to succeed.

Council presidents consider impacts of leadership roles on school community

Ailish Herrmann, Media Team November 10, 2023

Leaders of the High School councils have spent a couple of months in their recently appointed roles this school year. Now, presidents reflect on their responsibilities and the skills they need to lead...

Victoria’s Secret fashion show sparks discussion surrounding the merits of body positivity following a rebranded campaign in September. However, many fans were left disappointed following the brand’s new look.

Victoria’s Secret rebrand sparks discussion surrounding resurgence of 2000s body standards, body image

Audrey Cushman and Yasmine Rivera November 10, 2023

Following a five year hiatus, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show made a return through a feature-length documentary released Sep. 26. It was the first show since a management change that resulted in...

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