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From the day campus closed on March 13, 2020, the last year has brought lockdowns, isolation, and millions of deaths. But, through the challenges of COVID-19, the ASL community reflected on the pandemic and the positive outcomes that have come to light.

Unprecedented: One year with the virus

Clara Martinez, Staff Writer March 15, 2021

From whipped coffee and TikTok dances to patchwork denim and Disney+, the last year has been a whirlwind of novel experiences. It’s been a whole year where it’s seemed as though the media just couldn’t...

While climate change is one of the biggest problems humanity will face, it is often overlooked in favor of politics and other topical current events. If we continue to shift the focus off of climate change, it might soon be too late to go back.

Current events should not overshadow climate change

Ella Podurgiel, Features Editor: Print March 9, 2021

Climate change affects every facet of our lives and has a number of far-reaching consequences. More than one million species are at risk of extinction due to climate change. According to the World Wildlife...

Former student Evan Emery discusses with Computer Science Teacher Livia Piloto Feb. 6, 2020. Semester two conferences will be virtual this year, with the extension of COVID-19 regulations meaning the date remains uncertain.

Semester two conference dates may see changes

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor February 2, 2021

The dates for semester two conferences are uncertain after the U.K. Government announced the earliest potential date for schools to reopen is March 8. Initially, Principal Devan Ganeshananthan said the...

Aequitas Week is an annual event organized by the Social Justice Council. Due to COVID-19, the week has been moved to March, during which students will attend split sessions with opportunities for activism on the second day of workshops.

Aequitas Committee changes date to March, adapts sessions to COVID-19 restrictions

Clara Martinez, Staff Writer January 26, 2021

Every year, the Social Justice Council hosts Aequitas Week starting on the third Monday of January in correspondence with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Aequitas is a week-long event that allows students...

Owen Steege (’22), Aren Turhan (’22) and William Iorio (’22) queue to pay for their lunches in the cafeteria Nov. 9. Grades 10, 11 and 12 ate lunch on campus as the administration modified the open campus policy to permit just one grade level to leave campus each day.

Open campus modification takes effect

Cameron Spurr and Sajah Ali November 9, 2020

The administration has restricted open campus privileges to maintain accordance with the U.K. COVID-19 restrictions. Now, students are only allowed to leave the building for lunch once a week: Grade 9...

Marylebone train station stands empty April 2. The U.K.’s new lockdown, effective Nov. 5, could return many places that are typically very busy to a scene like this.

U.K. to re-enter national lockdown, schools remain open

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor November 2, 2020

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Oct. 31 that the whole country will re-enter a comprehensive lockdown effective Nov. 5. Pertinently for ASL, schools will remain open, unlike in March. Non-essential...

Grade 12 graduation will take place at Central Hall Westminster with extra COVID-19 regulations and will be available to watch over livestream. Grade 12 students may only invite two guests and will be seated on the ground floor rather than the stage.

Grade 12 student tests positive for COVID-19 in second confirmed HS case

Cameron Spurr and Sal Cerrell October 1, 2020

A Grade 12 student has tested positive for COVID-19 Oct. 1, bringing the cumulative number of tests at the school to eight, Head of School Robin Appleby confirmed with The Standard. As a result, 25...

Signs around school remind students and staff to follow the schools COVID-19 guidelines. The school had its first positive test result Sept. 17.

Middle school faculty member tests positive for COVID-19, 53 self-isolating

Cameron Spurr and Sal Cerrell September 18, 2020

Fifty-three students are currently self-isolating after a middle school faculty member received a positive COVID-19 test result Sept. 17, Head of School Robin Appleby said.  Those who were identified...

Culture Editor: Online Grace Hamilton shares a number of different suggestions for how to spend the summer in London while in lockdown.

Top 5 summer activities to do in London

Grace Hamilton, Culture Editor: Online June 12, 2020

Picnic in the park  Looking for a relaxing and easy way to enjoy the outdoors? Spend an afternoon or evening having a picnic at one of London’s best parks. Packing up a picnic is the perfect way...

Photo of Canary Wharf tube station taken by AJ Laurienti (21).

NAHS transfers art to digital platform

Cameron Spurr, Lead News Editor June 10, 2020

As the campus closure prevented the in-person celebration of student artwork, the National Art Honor Society attempted to replicate the celebration with a 3D virtual experience to enable members of the...

Sofia Van MIerlo (20) accepts her diploma from Head of School Robin Appleby. Every Grade 12 student had an allotted 10 minutes to receive their diplomas on campus from Jun 3 to 5.

Graduation for class of 2020 takes place amid pandemic

Emily Forgash and Cameron Spurr June 10, 2020

Since the school closed campus March 13, the administration and Senior Leadership Team had considered various options for the graduation of the class of 2020.  However, as distance learning endured,...

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