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Twelfth Night 

 The Year 8's in Rooks Heath have been focusing on the plays and sonnets written by William Shakespeare. Twelfth Night was one of the plays we studied in English this term.

Twelfth night is a play based on mistaken identity. Viola (the main character) is in a muddle, as she and her brother were working on a ship. There was a sudden crash of the boat and Viola got tipped into the water alongside her brother. The siblings both suspect each others death. Therefore Viola decides that she wants to work for the Duke of Illyria named Orsino (who is madly in love with Lady Olivia). However, the problem is the Duke only employs male servants. Therefore Viola is forced to dress up as a man calling herself 'Cesario'.

As Viola continues to work for Orsino she falls in love with him in the process. Little does Viola know that she has an admirer herself! Guess what everything takes a turn for the worst as her brother, Sebastian, enters the scene.

I would fully recommend this play for the people who are interested in mistaken identity and plot turns because there are many twist and turns in this fabulous play.

There is also a modern version that has been made into a film, based on the story of 'Twelfth Night.' The film is called 'She's the Man.' I would definitely recommend this film to watch as it gives you a good idea of what Twelfth Night is about giving the play a more modern approach. 

So if you aren't too keen on reading the Bard’s plays or watching the original films/plays but like the modern approach then I would definitely  recommended this film to you.

Twelfth Night – 5 star rating

By Aamani


 YouTube has become very popular with the younger generation and it is one of the top 5 most used websites. You can access it from anywhere in the world and it is available on phones, laptops, tablets and other electronic devices. Many people have become well known because of You Tube.  For example, Superwoman (Lilly Singh) who is a comedian and described as a motivational speaker promoted her first world tour and released her film. A famous You Tuber is Zoella (Zoe Sugg) who released two beauty product ranges and wrote two novels which were promoted on You Tube. Tyler Oakley, Grace Helbig, Marcus Butler and many others have released books and promoted them on You Tube, where they had many viewers.

As you can tell YouTube has had a big impact on their lives. So I’ve put together a few tips for people who are starting out in YouTube.

  1. Quality over quantity

Now you’ve probably heard this before in school, but it applies to YouTube as well about the quality of your video.  Your video doesn’t have to be long but planning is important. Write down the key points of your video, so it’s a bit like a script. It doesn’t have to be detailed but it’s there to prompt you in case you forget anything.

  1. Pick a genre that you like

There are a lot of different genres on YouTube. For example: comedy, lifestyle, beauty, DIY tips, etc... Pick something that you enjoy and something that you’re passionate about. If you like makeup, hair and fashion then beauty might be right for you. If you like making people laugh then comedy may be the way to go.

  1. Focus on the positives

There will sometimes be a few people who will have a negative view on what you upload but remember that it’s only one person out of the 7 billion people in the world so focus on the positives!

  1. You don’t need an expensive camera

You might think that you need the fanciest and the most expensive camera to shoot a video but what really matters is the content of your video. Try to drown out any background noises and try to make the image as clear as possible. These points are important because viewers like to be able to hear what you’re saying and see you clearly.

  1. And finally, be YOU

Be unique, don’t act differently in front of the camera, be the real you. Create your own intro and outro. Make it catchy and appealing so people will remember it. For example, if you’ve ever watched a Marcus Butler video you would know that his intro is “Helloooo.” This is simple but powerful because he says it with a great expression in his voice.

That’s all the tips I have. I hoped this helped anyone who is starting out on YouTube and one more thing; have fun with it!


By Priya

The rise and rise of social media 

 Social media took people by storm ever since it was created. It was a new form of connection that allowed many people to talk around the globe free of cost. Social media has created countless opportunities for ordinary people to turn into popular celebrities in the course of about 5 years; YouTubers merely filmed videos in their bedroom but have a huge fan base that love them. Although social media connected everyone throughout the Earth, it had also disconnected people from their lives. There were many heart-breaking stories of mainly teenagers, who had decided to commit suicide due to the nasty comments they receive from another end of a screen.

On the bright side, social media had created many people’s dreams into reality. In the form of YouTube, many people got to experience opportunities which ordinary people could not.  There were countless YouTubers on talk shows, some met Presidents and Prime Ministers, and others were able to get wax figures made in Madame Tussaud's next to powerful celebrities!

Social media has evolved throughout the years and many of them could be in jeopardy of being no longer popular. In the first years of social media being invented, MSN was a great platform where people used to talk endlessly but this was soon replaced by Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

We need to be careful online as many teenagers can be exploited with grooming and targeted by cyberbullies. Cyberbullying is real and dangerous. If you feel uncomfortable online then please inform an adult you trust and come off line immediately.

Hope you all have a great day with your BBC reports, and remember:

Stay Safe Online!

By Umayr


British Muslim women have been left confused and angry following Prime Minister David Cameron's recent statement about them being traditionally submissive.

"The backlash through the twitter storm that followed his comments under the hashtag TraditionallySubmissive showed how off track he was," said Sakina Datoo, a journalist who took part in the Twitter storm.

She said what offended Muslim women was not just that he painted them all with the same brush of submissiveness, which she said they certainly were not, but that he implied that the problem of not knowing the English language was primarily a Muslim women problem. He offered free English lessons for these group of ladies.

"They are many immigrants who can't speak English, and certainly many men who don't speak the language well too. Why did he target Muslim women in particular?" Datoo asked.

She said connecting this fact then to extremism was even clumsier. Just because someone cannot speak fluent English, does not imply that they are more prone to brainwashing and thus extremism. "Some British women don't speak fluent English but they are highly educated in their native languages and much more astute and aware than many English speakers of global issues including the danger posed by groups like ISIS," she said.

During the Twitter storm, British Muslim women took to the social media platform in their hundreds to reveal their many qualifications and achievements. Women of all ages tweeted about their several degrees, years of professional services and fluency in multiple languages, directly challenging the Prime Minister's image of uneducated and submissive women. 

Datoo said the Twitter storm was a success trending at number three, which helped raised awareness against the image Cameroon was trying to portray of Muslim women. "However, we still face the challenge as we not sure what the aim of targeting Muslim women and labelling them at high risk of extremism was. And we don't know what else he's thinking so yes, as Muslim women we do feel rather uncomfortable in Britain right now," said Datoo.

The Twitter storm was organised after it emerged that the PM had mentioned in a private conversation that Muslim women were traditionally submissive, unable to speak English and this made them more prone to extremism. Shelina Janmohamed, the author of the memoir "Love in a Headscarf" told BBC Trending she was offended by Mr Cameron's reported remarks. 

"My heart just sank when I saw the headlines," she said. "It's just making things harder for Muslim women. That's just one stereotype about Muslim women, it's not how we all are. We are vibrant, diverse, we're talented and we have opinions. The Prime Minister is always saying we need to take up British values, so I responded in the most British way I could - with sarcasm."

Janmohamed created #TraditionallySubmissive as a way to counteract the idea that Muslim women are submissive. She encouraged her followers to tweet about their successes, professions, hobbies and views. In just a few hours more than 33,000 people tweeted using the hashtag, many of them alongside pictures of themselves. Some trumpeted their achievements of other British female Muslims such as Nadiya Hussain, the winner of last year's Great British Bake Off TV series.

She tweeted: "Hey look! Here's me on @BBCRadio4 voicing my own opinion. By myself. On my own. In English #TraditionallySubmissive."

Some of the others who tweeted including Aasiya Versi who said: "@David_Cameron I speak 4 languages, how many do you speak? #TraditionallySubmissive". And Zainab meanwhile wrote: "English teacher by profession. Taught hundreds of British teenagers. Should I learn English too? #TraditionallySubmissive."

We spoke to a number of women from a number of cultures about the idea of submission – below is a summary of their thoughts.

Should women be submissive to their men?

Some would say YES - There is nothing wrong with being a submissive wife. Maybe a woman might want to make her husband happy, and there is nothing wrong with that. Happy couples are based on making each other happy. It’s a women’s duty to care for their husbands.


Others would say NO- Women are free to do what they want to do. They don’t deserve to be controlled by their husbands. They have the same rights as men in this world. Women’s voices are meant to be heard. Happy couples are based on mutual respect for each other. Love and respect is a two-way street.


A lot of women prefer to be treated delicately like a princess and in turn return the favour by being submissive at the cost of equality.

How do feminists feel about women who agree with submission?

SGH: Honestly, I'd be a little sad only because I'd never want that in my own life so trying to understand it is difficult for me. However if that's what makes them happy then whatever. It's their life to live. They can do as they please. I'd only have a problem if they tried taking away rights from me to do as I please.

PDS: Being submissive to your husband doesn't mean you submit to the guy in the next cubicle at work, and it does not make you less in the eyes of the law. I consider myself a feminist, and I have no issue with women who choose submission in their private arrangements. If that makes them happy, I'm happy for them.

By Nabiha, Zyena and Christina.