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Members of the public queue outside the Abbey Community Centre in Kilburn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 21. The first phase of the vaccine rollout, taking place now, is composed of nine priority groups which include all of those over 50 years old, those with pre-existing conditions and frontline health and social care workers.

Vaccine rollout indicates pandemic end may be in sight

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor January 21, 2021

In March 2020, when campus closed and COVID-19 made its first direct impact on the community, Maddie Wilkin (’22) said the future looked bleak, filled with Zooms, masks and other lockdown normalities. Coping...

The Biden administration has voiced specific changes that may come into effect after President elect Joe Biden’s inauguration day, Jan. 20. Students and faculty predict that Biden’s presidency will likely influence the ways in which the U.K. handles certain issues.

Community predicts impacts of Biden’s presidency on UK

Sajah Ali and Gabrielle Meidar January 20, 2021

President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump and was announced the 46th president elect Nov. 7, 2020. His inauguration today, Jan. 20, raises conversation about how his administration will...

Pro-Trump rioters assemble outside the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6 to protest the certification of Biden’s win after false accusations of a fraudulent election conspired. Four civilians and a Capitol police officer were killed when the protest turned violent.

Students react to recent UK, US news

Eden Leavey, Staff Writer January 19, 2021

While it is just a few weeks into the new year, a lot has happened in 2021. Here is everything that’s happened so far and what student voices in our community have to say about it: U.K. goes into...

The SJC informs students of a meeting they were to participate in with the English and social studies departments about the use of racially sensitive texts on their Instagram story Dec. 8. The meeting took place Dec. 9, and is a step to build on the schools anti-racism work.

SJC members meet with social studies, English departments about use of racially sensitive texts

Emily Forgash, Editor-in-Chief December 15, 2020

As part of this year’s anti-racism theme, the English and social studies departments met with the SJC Dec. 9 to discuss how to best incorporate racially sensitive texts into their curriculums. Alice...

Lead News Editor Cameron Spurr and News Editor: Online Sajah Ali break down the most important school events this week.

Weekly Briefing – Dec. 14

Cameron Spurr and Sajah Ali December 14, 2020

Orchestra to broadcast winter concert livestream The Chamber Orchestra will host its winter concert via livestream Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The orchestra’s virtual concert follows the HS choir’s...

As a result of COVID-19, the annual alumni talks have been adapted to online webinars centered around the theme “Reimagining the World.” So far, two talks, “How to Navigate Uncertainty (and a Job Search) During COVID-19” and “Medical Racism and How to Build Anti-Racist Communities,” have been presented.

Alumni talks adapt to become online webinars

Sophia Bassi, Staff Writer December 10, 2020

This year, the alumni talks series, centered around the theme “Reimagining the World,” have become online webinars.  Usually, the alumni program hosts annual events in London and the U.S., which...

Lead News Editor Cameron Spurr and News Editor: Online Sajah Ali break down the most important school events this week.

Weekly Briefing – Dec. 7

Sajah Ali and Amber de Saint-Exupéry December 7, 2020

Writer’s Seminar hosts group reading This year's Writer’s Seminar will host their first reading via Zoom Dec. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  12 students will be sharing their creative writing pieces...

Choir students recorded pieces for a virtual cabaret performance screened Dec. 4. Students adapted to challenges set by COVID-19 restrictions such as wearing masks while singing.

HS Choir performs in virtual cabaret, adapting to COVID-19 restrictions

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor December 4, 2020

The High School Concert Choir hosted a virtual Winter Choir Cabaret Dec. 4. The cabaret included songs from Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, soloists and student-produced pieces. 67 students sang in total. COVID-19...

Jessica Sweidan and Innovator-in-Residence Daniel Raven Ellison hosted a panel discussion along with panelists Colin Butfield and Sophie Lanfear via Zoom Dec. 1 about David Attenboroughs film “A Life on Our Planet.” Members of the community were able to interact by asking questions prior and during the webinar.

Community attends David Attenborough ‘A Life on Our Planet’ panel discussion

Sajah Ali, News Editor: Online December 3, 2020

Jessica Sweidan, parent of Skyler Sweidan (’22) and Founder and Trustee of Synchronicity Earth, co-hosted a panel discussion with Innovator-in-Residence Daniel Raven Ellison via Zoom Dec. 1 about David...

The Supreme Court ruled that New Yorks capacity limit in religious events violated religious freedoms Nov. 25. Justice Amy Coney Barett played a crucial role in this decision as she cast the deciding 5-4 vote.

Supreme Court supports religious gatherings in New York, Barrett casts deciding vote

Sajah Ali, News Editor: Online November 30, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious gatherings in New York Nov. 25 despite the country grappling with increasing COVID-19 cases. The decision reversed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s...

The concept of herd immunity has been offered as a possible action step instead of the lockdowns. Students and faculty members reflect on herd immunity and compare it to other methods of controlling COVID-19.

Members of community discuss herd immunity as method to manage COVID-19

Vittoria Di Meo November 24, 2020

The U.K. has already experienced two lockdowns due to COVID-19, with the first one beginning March 16, in which non-essential shops and schools were closed. The second lockdown began Nov. 5, in which non-essential...

Students of color at the school now have an affinity group dedicated to providing a shared space specifically for their experiences. The group had its first meeting Nov. 19.

Students of color create affinity group to form shared space

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor November 20, 2020

An affinity group for students of color was recently established by Zainab Adil (’22). The group had its first meeting Nov. 19 over Zoom. An affinity group, as defined by Merriam Webster, is a group...

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