LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Dear readers, As the year draws to a close, so do our roles as the editors of Winston. We have selected the new Editorial Team for 2014. It is definitely a challenge to lead production of the publication, but we are confident that we have left it in very capable hands. They have had to overcome a multitude of hurdles in order to secure their positions. After statements of intent, editing purposefully butchered articles and a dreaded interview, our successors have definitely proven themselves qualified for their roles. All the writers have worked tirelessly, and it is thanks to them that such a wide range of articles awaits you. Recollect everything from the festivities of Bonfire Night to an account of Miley Cyrus’ cringe-worthy rise to infamy. On behalf of the entire team, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of Winston and wish you a Merry Christmas. It’s been a pleasure serving as your editors. We hope that you enjoy our final issue! Danielle (Bea) Siy Editor-in-Chief
Dear readers, This school year’s first issue (and the 2013 Editorial Team’s last) was a product of some new changes that are currently being developed for the school magazine. Having said goodbye to one of our beloved ASA Supervisors, Mrs Dinah Hawtree, we welcome a new supervisor to the team – Mr Brian Taylor. With this change in management came some hugely needed suggestions on how we can improve the publication in any way possible. Perhaps the most significant issue that we aimed to deal with is the need to know more about our readership; this led to our development of a Marketing Team, now to be headed by the Marketing Editor: a newly created position of the Editorial Team. We value the opinions of our readership and so we assigned a determined group of students to handle feedback, develop marketing strategies and manage the publicity of Winston. Through this, we hope to better adjust the content and style of the publication to cater more to the interests of our readers. This past term, the team has been brainstorming on how to go about these tasks and so we expect to hear more from them in the near future. I am truly pleased that improvements to Winston were initiated during the publication of our team’s last issue: knowing that the ball has begun to roll for the development of our school magazine puts us at ease as we pass on our roles to the new editors. It has definitely been a pleasure serving our school community through this publication. On behalf of the team, we thank you for your support for the magazine throughout this year. We hope you continue to do so in the future as we wish for the best for our newly appointed editing team. Lastly, we hope you enjoy reading this issue this holiday season! Beth Dominguez Managerial Editor
CON TEN TSâ˜… 3 Best Dressed Teachers
5 Fashion Week
Miley Cyrus: Twerking Train Wreck or Marketing Mastermind? 33 Alex Tan
Alexandra Singca & Rica Garin
12 Battlefield 4 Review
Bryan Fong & Paco Litonjua
15 Filipino Hoops Dreams Come True as NBA Stars Rock Manila
17 World Cup 2014
20 (I)GCSE Revision: The Key to Exam Success
23 Bonfire Night
25 BSM Dominates MUN Locals
Arsalan Shamsuddin & Paolo Vera
Crash Course: Get to Know the Fresh Faces in the Staffroom 37 The Editorial Team
New Kid On The Block 44 Lorenzo Siy
How To Be A Good Public Speaker 45 Paolo Vera
Questioning The Way We Perceive Stress 48 Sophie Tan
The Science of Heartbreak 51 Paolo Vera
Rachel Abreu & Alyssa Yu
30 Annoying Things To Do In An Elevator 54
Daniel Sutton HIGHLIGHTED TITLES ARE FEATURED ON THE COVER.
BEST DRESSED TEACHERS
This simple yet elegant look won Ms. Horgan the title of the Best Dressed Teacher, which is no small feat. She wore a stunning, beautiful, sky-blue and white floral dress that fit her perfectly, she then added plain black wedges and simple bracelets to create an overall gorgeous, flawless and modest look.
Mr. Bowen looked smart yet casual when he matched his crimson-red tie and plain white shirt, which when paired together was striking and fashionable to say the least. To pull his whole look together he wore a brown leather belt and shoes, which helped make his outfit look more casual but not too boring. Overall, his look was stunning and perfect for work. 3
Ms. King chose to go simple and stylish with her fashion choice; choosing to wear a simple grey shirt and plain black pants that matched perfectly and made her look ‘a million-dollars’. She added some personal-flare by pairing her outfit with an oversized black bag that hung perfectly by her side and yet again matched her outfit amazingly. Overall, it was a terrific yet stylish look that is to be admired and envied by all.
Mr. Attwood decided to go plain for the day- opting for a simple white shirt and plain black tie. His casual attire made him look ‘oscar-worthy’ and more teachers should follow his lead with his modern look. However, he made a major fashion no-no and wore his school ID (major cringe).
Ms. Mouquet looked the natural French beauty that she is in an elegant and ladylike blue and white dress. She beautifully matched her bold dress with plain white pumps that helped pull the look together and made her outfit look flawless. However, she could have added some more French-flare and personality into her outfit with some simple accessories. 4
By Bryan Fong and Paco Litonjua incorporated a multitude of new features into the game’s multiplayer aspect. The result: a streamlined, efficient and engrossing online experience that is sure to surpass the standards of even the most die-hard fans. With the new Frostbite 3 engine, Battlefield has never looked better with its superb graphics, textures, and lighting effects. While these stunning improvements are noticeable in single-player game modes, it is within the multiplayer where they truly shine. Regardless of whether you are aiming down your sights, looking for that elusive headshot, or simply running down streets in fear, it is of no doubt that you will take the time to pause and marvel at the incredibly detailed textures and character models that are rendered beautifully on multiplayer maps. One of the Battlefield 4's new features, “Levolution”, has a
Battlefield 4 is the latest edition to the wildly successful Battlefield video game franchise developed by Electronic Arts. On October 29, the game was made available to millions of excited fans; the game managed to sell a remarkable 3 million editions within the first 48 hours of its release; despite this, questions are being raised as to whether or not the game truly lives up to its hype and if the game honors the legacy of its series, known for its immersive and engrossing gaming experience. In this review we will be trying to assess the game’s numerous mechanics to see how they affect the overall Battlefield 4 experience.
The online multiplayer component of Battlefield 4 is undoubtedly one of the most compelling and celebrated aspects of the game thus far. As with previous titles in the franchise, developers EA have stayed true to its winning formula: a seamless combination of large maps, fast-paced gameplay and, of course, a whole arsenal of destructive weaponry for us to play with. Battlefield 4 has lost none of the addictive and exciting gameplay elements that many enjoy. Regardless of this, even a classic recipe can become quite a bit stale without a few changes - innovation is the key to success. With this in mind, EA has also
An example of “Levolution” in action: a skyscraper collapses spectacularly in the multiplayer map, The Siege of Shanghai.
64-player engagements designed for PC users. Whilst this problem will soon be addressed with the release of the “next generation” consoles in a few months’ time, the issue remains somewhat of a nuisance to players that expect the grand online battles depicted in the pre-release trailers. Another minor fault is the game’s tendency to lag or display strange texture glitches when played on older pieces of hardware. These so called “texture pops” occur as a result of a lack of necessary processing power or memory to render the full scale of the game as it is played. Thus, these issues may hinder the overall online experience of the average gamer that is unable to purchase state of the art hardware.
large impact on the game’s online experience. “Levolution” aims to cut back on the monotony of online gameplay by providing players with a volatile and dynamic game environment that can drastically affect the course of an online match. Notable examples of this feature range from the simple closure of a tunnel’s escape route, to the highly publicized collapsing skyscraper. While its overall effectiveness and impact can vary, “Levolution” provides players with countless more opportunities to orchestrate the absurdly epic moments the series is known for. Another key element to the success of Battlefield 4 online is the vast array of military vehicles available for use. EA has drawn on past successes in this field of gameplay by including all of the expected planes, tanks, and helicopters in their multiplayer maps. Depending on the player’s familiarity with operating such machinery, these vehicles can prove to be invaluable tools in helping their team or faction win an intense online match. In this edition of the Battlefield franchise, naval combat is a particular highlight, which moves the players in varying motions depending on the size of surrounding waves. Although such touches may seem trivial on the surface, they are in fact crucial to making Battlefield 4 a truly immersive experience.
Though primarily an iconic multiplayer experience much of the game's appeal originates from its fastpaced and varied online combat - Battlefield 4’s campaign remains a critical aspect of the game. Set in the near future (2020), Battlefield 4 takes place in a global environment beset by rising tensions between the three world superpowers: USA, Russia and China. Following the journey of the American "Tombstone" Marine Squadron, players take the role of Sgt. Daniel "Reck” - one of the key members of Tombstone.
Despite the robust and comprehensive nature of the online experience in Battlefield 4, the game is not without its small flaws. One major setback to the game’s multiplayer feature is that the sheer scale of some of the online maps makes certain online matches seem sparse in action and activity. This problem is especially noticeable in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game as they support only 24-player matches, as opposed to the massive
Set 6 years after the events of its predecessor's campaign, Battlefield 4 manages to deliver a singleplayer campaign experience that is undoubtedly the superior between the two, engaging and compelling the player in ways that Battlefield 3 could never achieve. Though clearly imperfect in many aspects and definitely not the main attraction for any player buying Battlefield 4, the campaign manages to move significantly further away from the depressing linearity and stereotypical "soldier-type" characters that plague many modern shooter campaigns. With the friendly banter between NPCs (non-playable characters) giving depth and insight into the characters around you, and the stunning graphics from the new Frostbite 3 Engine creating beautiful environments and scenarios, perhaps the greatest relief is the greater freedom apparent in the game's levels. Tending to be more open with a greater variety of choices possible in getting from A - B, Battlefield 4 shows a much greater willingness to provide players with more options and paths in completing levels-an aspect that makes playing the
Sgt. Clayton "Pac" Pakowski and SSgt. Dunn, members of "Tombstone".
single player much more entertaining, and sets the campaign far apart from the likes of Battlefield 3. However, despite all of these improvements, Battlefield 4's campaign remains a side attraction to the game's multiplayer. Though much more enjoyable, the campaign still suffers from an excess of linearity, with the wide open maps interspersed between long sections of corridor shooting, locked doors, and a constant stream of lined up enemies. Although much has been done to give characters actual personalities that differentiate them from mere combat support, the characters remain firmly rooted in old character templates and are given too little time to develop. Indeed, with a total game play of about 6-7 hours (less if you rush through it all), the campaign has little chance to create complex characters or plotlines, thus leaving it open to criticism on both fronts. Though undoubtedly a much greater time investment than the previous game's, Battlefield 4's campaign remains riddled with bugs and glitches which can range from hilarious to infuriating: from enemy units disappearing into and firing inside solid rocks and walls to missing textures and game crashes following deaths - there is certainly much to do in terms of patches and game fixes. Nonetheless, though imperfect in many regards, the Battlefield 4 campaign remains a massive improvement upon the franchise's previous single player experiences, and still remains an enjoyable addition that many people will appreciate.
FINAL VERDICT: 8/10 The newest addition to the Battlefield 4 franchise is definitely a worthwhile experience for any modern shooter aficionados: both long term veterans and newcomers alike. Captivating players with incredible graphics and textures, and evolving both multiplayer and single player experiences with increased destructibility, new game modes, and new map functions, Battlefield 4 provides a fresh new spin on the franchise without taking away from the iconic Battlefield atmosphere that fans know and love. Though there are definitely areas for improvement, Battlefield 4 has a strong position with an outstanding multiplayer and an enjoyable single player. With its fast paced and thrilling game play, Battlefield 4 makes gives plenty of reason for you to keep coming back time and time again. Â
take a moment and get to know the fresh faces in the staffroom. By the editorial team
Inside: ! Nicholas Barker Matthew Bowen Laura Fenton
Kate Gleaves Michael Guinness Andraya Holmes Bonnie Horgan Lewis Keens Adam Kennedy Edwin Owen Ian Storey Jenna Williams Paula Wingate
“Formalities” 1. Where did you teach before you came to BSM? // 2. Why did you move to BSM? // 3. How long have you been teaching? // 4. Why did you choose to teach this subject? // 5. What do you think of BSM so far?
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Sunny Wolverhampton Because I wish it could be Christmas everyday 3 years A love of literature and theatre Lots of lively learning & laughs
Shanghai I love the Philippines and loved the school when I came for interview 10 years Obviously business and econ are the most useful & interesting subjects! Love it
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Bogota and Moscow It has an excellent international reputation 12 Years Iʼve always loved books Hard work, rewarding, friendly.
Nottingham, UK [I] Always wanted to try teaching abroad and [it] looked like an ideal place to start 4 years Iʼve always loved it Itʼs a great place, with awesome students
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Essex, UK To teach in an amazing school in an amazing country 6 years Geography is the most versatile subject and shows not just how awesome our planet is, but why + how humans are altering it, what the impact is and encourages you to think of solutions. 5. I love it!
London Opportunity to work in a fantastic school + in a new and interesting country 5 years Because history is the best subject – who doesnʼt love finding out about the past, analyzing how people think, behave and act, and how this affects the world? 5. BSM is an incredibly friendly, vibrant place where staff, parents + most importantly pupils are creative and enjoy learning. Iʼve enjoyed my start so far!
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London Adventure 3 years – Brilliant!
Saudi Arabia, Nada International School Area of the world I wanted to live 4, this is my 5th year Maths is fun Great school and good family feel
Saudi Arabia, Nada International School Location, and great school reviews by staff 4 years, this year is 5th Because I enjoy maths and have maths qualifications I think it is great! Best move I have made
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Bali, Indonesia Good school, new country 7 years Because I could not teach P.E. Fantastic
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Boston Spa, Wetherby, England Schoolʼs reputation, and to live in South East Asia This is my 5th year It is so challenging yet thrilling, everyone benefits from furthering their studies in it. I have huge respect for creative writers who are passionate about their text.
Leeds, UK For a new challenge in a fantastic international school th This is my 6 year I Love it and I enjoy helping othersʼ progress It is a school with a warm family atmosphere and a very welcoming staff + students. I am delighted to teach such motivated and diligent students. There are areas we can develop and improve too and itʼs important we work hard to do so.
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Hackney, East London Amazing reputation; the Philippines is a warm and inviting country to come to Dance and English teacher for a bit, French and Spanish teacher – 4 years. Love languages, big grammar geek. Fabulous
In one word I am: NB: MB: LF: KG: MG: AH: BH: LK: EO: IS: JW: PW:
Me Stubborn! Verbose Tired! Enthusiastic Motivated Enthusiastic Motivated Alive Talented Cheeky Thinker
If I could only watch one movie for the rest of my life it would be: AK: The Big Lebowski NB: Hotrod IS: Star Wars MB: Gladiator JW: The Notebook LF: Mighty Ducks PW: Moulin Rouge KG: The Graduate MG: Lord of the Rings Trilogy AH: Fight Club BH: Forrest Gump LK: Shutter Island
My favourite game is: NB: Hopscotch MB: FIFA LF: Risk KG: Scrabble MG: Hungry Hungry Hippo AH: Netball BH: obstacle courses LK: Football AK: Zelai: Ocarina of Time EO: Football IS: Football JW: Cluedo PW: Scrabble
If I won £1,000,000 in the lottery, I would: NB: Celebrate for the rest of my life MB: Travel the world LF: Buy an NHL season ticket KG: Travel the world MG: Wonder where I got the ticket from AH: Fly all of my friends to the Philippines for an island-hopping holiday BH: Travel more (maybe stay in a few nicer places though) LK: Travel the world scuba diving + playing football AK: Bring Daft Punk to Manila! EO: Buy 1 million lottery tickets next week IS: Not be working JW: Travel in 5-star luxury
PW: Buy a Matisse (Blue Nude)
I never leave the house without: NB: forgetting something MB: wallet LF: a book in my bag KG: phone MG: keys AH: umbrella BH: checking all electrical sockets are off LK: house keys AK: keys EO: clothes on IS: phone or keys JW: iPhone PW: makeup
If I could only eat one dish for the rest of my life it would be: NB: Roast lamb MB: Steak LF: shepherd’s pie with lashings of hp sauce KG: Thai red curry MG: one made out of edible material – china tends to hurt my teeth AH: a sandwich BH: fajitas AK: Lamb dopiaza EO: Cheese + pickle sandwich IS: Chinese JW: Sushi PW: Cheese
#1 on my bucket list is: NB: Meet the Hulk MB: Travelling Australia LF: to visit every continent! KG: See Greenday live MG: Own a zoo AH: Visit 30 countries before I’m 30 BH: Dive in the Maldives LK: Great Barrier Reef AK: At the top EO: Buenos Aires IS: Build my own house JW: Get married PW: learn a new language
If I were stuck on a desert island I would bring: NB: a chainsaw MB: mask + snorkel LF: Johnny Depp…only because he escaped an island twice KG: my cats MG: a book entitled “so you know you would get stuck on a desert island, why didn’t you bring a helicopter?” AH: a hula-hoop BH: a guitar – I’d finally have time to learn to play! LK: a knife AK: a lot of books! EO: music IS: Bear Grylls JW: my iPhone PW: Makeup
If I could be anyone for a day it would be: NB: The Hulk MB: Messi LF: a crew member of the Starship Enterprise KG: Kate Middleton MG: David Attenborough AH: Dr. Who BH: Oprah LK: Bear Grylls/David Beckham EO: Ryan Gosling IS: David Beckham JW: Lady GaGa PW: Hillary Clinton
My favourite superhero is: NB: The Hulk MB: Wolverine LF: Hawkeye KG: Spiderman MG: Spiderman AH: Danger Mouse BH: She-Ra LK: Does Bear Grylls count? If not then I supposed Batman is pretty ruthless and suave! AK: Wolverine EO: Batman IS: Wolverine JW: Iron Man PW: Wonder Woman
THIS OR THAT?
We put the new teachers through some tough decisions, and they came through with some surprising results:
#NowPlaying: 13 playlists were offered – we picked 6 to share with you. <Jenna Williams> 1.
Do I Wanna Know Arctic Monkeys 2. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough –Markin Gaye 3. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey 4. Defying Gravity – WICKED 5. Material Girl –Madonna
<Michael Guinness> 1. Superstition –Stevie Wonder 2. Under The Bridge –Red Hot Chili Peppers 3. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen 4. Yesterday –The Beatles 5. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N Roses
<Kate Gleaves> 1. Lego House –Ed Sheeran 2. Why Am I The One – Fun. 3. Song For The Dead – Queens Of The Stone Age 4. Wrong Way –Sublime 5. In For The Kill –La Roux
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Keep Your Head Up –Ben Howard 2. Real Hero –College feat. Electric Youth 3. Under Your Spell – Desire 4. Video Games –Lana Del Rey 5. Ballad Of Me And My Friends –Frank Turner
<Lewis Keens> 1. Suicide Blonde –INXS 2. Brilliant Disguise – Bruce Springsteen 3. Genius –Kings Of Leon 4. Mystify –INXS 5. One Love –Bob Marley
<Matt Bowen> 1. Numb Encore –Jay Z + Linkin Park 2. Chocolate –The 1975 3. A Certain Kind Of Romance –Arctic Monkeys 4. Best Of You –Foo Fighters 5. Don’t Go –Wretch 32
Last Laugh Laura Fenton: Why did the mushroom go to the party? Because he was a fungi! Nicholas Barker: I went to buy a goldfish and the shopkeeper asked, “Do you want an aquarium?” I said “I don’t care what star-sign it is!” Michael Guinness: I told my friend she drew her eyebrows too high. She looked surprised. Bonnie Horgan: A horse walks into a bar; the barman says “why the long face?” Lewis Keens: Two monkeys in the bath, one says “ooh ooh aah aah”, the other turns, looks at him and says “if it’s too hot put some cold in!” Adam Kennedy: Which type of cheese isn’t yours? Nacho cheese! Edwin Owen: A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
MIXTAPE By: Rachel Abreu (13MO) & Alyssa Yu (13IT)
In this issue, our features editor (Rachel) and commissioning editor (Alyssa) compiled a playlist of 20 tracks you’ll find on their current playlists – some of which are old favourites they’re still listening to right now.
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Candles – Daughter Don’t Move – Phantogram This Is What Makes Us Girls – Lana Del Rey Blood Bank – Bon Iver This Isn’t Control – MS MR All – Blackbird Blackbird Blue Gowns – Blue Hawaii All I Know – Washed Out Reckless – San Cisco Phenomenons – Twin Sister
Strawberry Swing – Coldplay Spaceman – The Killers Why Am I The One – Fun. Concrete Wall – Zee Avi Your Bones – Of Monsters & Men Animals – Martin Garrix Pumpin Blood – NONONO Animal – Mike Snow Young & Beautiful – Lana Del Rey Windows In The Skies – U2
30 annoying things to do in an elevator… By:
16. Sing “The Campfire Song” by SpongeBob.
1. Call out “GROUP HUG!” then enforce it. 2. Say “The doors are opening – watch your step!” when the doors open and vice versa. 3. Press every button and wait for their reactions. 4. Sit down cross legged and start to meditate – add a few unnecessary sounds if possible. 5. Attempt to press the emergency bell button. 6. Claim you are claustrophobic and need a medical attention. 7. Play “Baby” by Justin Bieber at full volume, then sing along. 8. Fart and claim it’s your ringtone. 9. Put on an accent. 10. Make friends with the person beside you, asking about every aspect of their life. 11. Scream frantically. 12. When another person reaches their stop, block the doorway and press the close doors button. 13. When you are alone and someone tries to enter, claim the elevator is full and close the doors. 14. Make loud elevator noises. 15. Put your arm around someone and sing “F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for you and me! N is for anywhere at any time at all down here in the deep blue sea….”
17. Make occassional meowing noises. 18. Drop a pen and wait until someone reaches to help pick it up. then scream “That’s mine!” 19. When there is only one other person, tap them on the shoulder and pretend it wasn’t you. 20. Sing “La Cucaracha!” loudly. 21. With some chalk, draw a small square and announce “This is my personal space!” 22. Divide the elevator in half with some string, if there is no attention, shout “It’s limbo time!!!” Play mexican music from phone. 23. Make explosion noises when someone presses a button. 24. Say “DING!” at each floor. 25. Stare at another person for a while. Then announce in horror: “You’re one of them!” – and back away slowly. 26. Greet everybody with a warm handshake and ask everybody to call you admiral. 27. Stand silent and motionless in the corner facing the wall without getting off. 28. Pretend to be communicating with the dead. 29. Start a rock-paper-scissors tournament. 30. Ask them to massage your fingers as they hurt from too much typing.