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I hope you like the layout of the newsletter, if you have any ideas as to how it could be improved they would be gratefully received at firstname.lastname@example.org. After the success of this edtion, filling 8 sides of A4, I have been thinking about the I wish to welcome you, personally, to sustainability of the project. Rather the first ever editon of Sempiterna than having 4 or Floreat. I hope the eager antcipation so pages published once a month, of the majority has been wellwould people prefer one page founded and you very much enjoy printed weekly? The workload for reading the quality articles we have the editorial team would not increase for you in this editon. and I think perhaps it would help maintain I am pleased to report that the interest in Sempiterna Floreat if the build-up to this launch has een Sixth Form was given it little but resoundingly successful. Following often. Comments to sfmgs@gmx. my assembly towards the start of com. I must take this opportunity term I held a meeting which was to thank a number of people, attended by over 20 people and by Helen Grant MP for wring for the end of it I our inaugural edition, all our had a list of 29 people who wanted to contributors, the school for allowing be involved in some way or another. this to happen and the Guardian for allowing us use of their crosswords. Some contriutors have been more efficient than others, I do not wish to Matthew Kemp name any names but if the efficiency Sempiterna Floreat Editor of one particular group of writers is reflective of the efficiency of their subject matter then Thatcher has most certainly been vindicated.
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Sam Forrester School News
Starting the new term
time and by giving a warm welcome to the new memers of staff who have joined us this year. Farewell to Dr A new academic year at Maidstone Foster, Mr “Bolt, Mr “Bishop, Grammar School, you may all Madame Miles, Mr Lowen, know a fair amount has changed Mr (“I will be back”) Coltella, here throughout the summer. Mrs Fedorcio, Mr Harris, Mrs Harris, Mrs “Burns, Mrs I must extend my thanks to Greenwood, Mr Draer, Mrs the teaching staff who left the Morfey and Mrs Olley. A warm “Barton Road gates for the last welcome to Mr Fu, Mr Shillito,
Building Completion School News The latest architectural addition to MGS has been completed the fantascally blue structure with food technology classrooms featuring ovens and microwaves which are, unfortunately, used for educational purposes only. “but perhaps most imortant
to fellow sixth formers is the addition of the new to floor common room, a hotbed of intellectual discourse and witty banter. It was formally oened by our local MP, Helen Grant, who was also vising as a special guest for the senior speech day.
EMA Scheme Closure General News That is roaly the biggest revelation since the summer holidays but there have been a number of other changes to the school which are more subtle; the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scheme has closed to new applicants and has been replaced by the 16 to 19 bursary fund.
Sempiterna Floreat’s leading antagonist
then buy some proper fitting clothes! I don’t want to see a collar with your skin bulging over the to of it! You are only above one group of people in my eyes and those are the people who insist on buttoning three buttons on their suit jacket. Those with an ounce of integrity know that you only button two of three or one of two buttons because one can then reach their pocket watch without pulling their suit apart. Frankly you wouldn’t look out of place at a Christening with a video camera; ‘Hi, it’s me, Craig, on Camera (and I haven’t worn this suit for 3 years)’. We, at the Institute of Motivation don’t wear suits, we all wear Cardigans, you know, like a jumper that someone forgot to finish!
What kind of imbecile wears square glasses and thinks they look cool? Yes, that’s right, you, you hate mongering fruitcake. If it’s not Post-War Military Clothing it’s not worth sending money on! I mean, come on, everyone knows the three rules of fashion. No skinny trousers, no square glasses and if you must buy coloured trousers then only Lime Green *cough*. I bet you sit at home fiddling with your SLR camera and making the photos taken curve outwards, don’t you! You do! and you know what; I don’t much care for you! On an unrelated note I saw a memer of the Sixth Form walking down Charlie Walker-Jopson the Corridor the other day and it made Joppers’ Corner me think, if you have a massive neck
Challenge Joppers’ sartorial allegiances, email@example.com. Or find him in school. (He’s the one in the trench coat! Ed.)
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Faisal Anderson Faisal’s Top 5
The first week of holiday
king, Showbiz by Muse, Mr.Ice Freezepops… but in terms of what I call “the commercialist The first week of holiday is uprising” of auto-tuned ready finally here after a long to sell tunes, the late 90’s wait. A group of friends and I ruined are huddled around speakers my summer breaks that I blasng out what has to be the hoped to spend chilling to worst selecon of tunes I Pink ha!e e!er heard in my life: S club, Floyd and Radiohead. So I’m Rihanna and other such siKng there enduring the pop nonsense that seems to ha!e grinding in!aded our innocent ears !ibraons thrown out of the since the mid 1990’s. Don’t get speakers booming the me wrong, I am child of the words of lyrical “genius” 90’s, I lo!ed it ALL – the Lion
Dappy, when it occurs to me half of these people need to really get something different in the mix. From this stemmed a desire to get something different out there and forget what’s in the mainstream, bring something new to the table that not necessarily e!eryone has heard. What’s the harm? So I bring you Faisal’s Top Fi!e, a selecon of some of the albums that ha!e parcularly
Mr.Oizo – Lamb’s Anger Alternative French Electro House
Mingus Big Band – Nostalgia Jazz and Bebop
First up is one of the most underrated Alterna!e French Electro House Arsts that should be known with the likes of Uusce and SebasAn but sadly didn’t seem to cut it on Brish shores. With what can only be described as a whacky concatenaon of drum beats, synth melodies and !ocal distor on, Mr.Oizo first came into popularity with the song Flat Beat - which was also my first exposure to the surreal craziness that is Euenn Dupieux, the man behind the pseudonym.
Uazz has been with me since the early years of my life with my father puKng the smooth feel of blues and spirit of jazz into my soul as a wee baby. But one composer that parcularly stood out in the earlier years was Charles Mingus, a bassist, composer and bandleader, releasing many solo and collabora!e works. One of his most famous collaboraons was the fore!er e!ol!ing Mingus Big Band which produced this god of all Uazz albums Nostalgia in Times <uare. This collecon will catch you off guard during e!ery listen due to the techni<ue and haphazard impro!ising skills of jazz musician greats such as Ste!e Slagle and Randy Brecker. For me, the best tracks to listen to when you are in need of a li%le sprucing up to your day are Moanin’ and Mingus Fingers, but for those in wanng of less a!ant-guard swing, try Self Portrait In Three Colors for a li%le downtime.
The album is a turn of sound for the French based arst, starng with a more tradional sounding “Hun” with elements of techno and electronic !oices, but the real excitement starts with the second track Porriture which uses an almost Arabian sounding melody followed by slow but piercing drum loops half way through the track. What follows are tracks like Z, which resembles a 60’s slasher flick soundtrack gone funky, Cut Dick (jazzy and great to bop your head to, worth waing for the sax solo a <uarter of the way into the track) and one of my personal fa!ourites the ninth track Posi +f that has a surprise around e!ery repeon of beat. SECTION NAME
Beck - Mellow Gold
The Romanovs – …and the moon was hungry…
Maybe you’re more likely to ha!e heard this album, especially the track Loser with a strange mix of sitar and hip hop, modern R&B beats, but what most listeners seem to miss when hearing Loser is the gold (please excuse the pun) collection of songs that proceed the track and the pop art collage of music styles that Mellow Gold brings to the table. Pay No Mind starts off the album with a Bob Dylan-es<ue acous- c strum and harmonica solo, which is perfect for those of you who are in fa!our of a classic acousc guitar song but sll desiring a li%le flare of experimentaon. Whiskey Clone, the fourth track off the album (and my personal fa!ourite) has an off beat nge to it and may be hard for followers of tradional song structure but is rewarding with strange banjo and lazy guitar. Soul Suckin’ Uerk uses hea!y bass, !ocal distoron and electronic noise to create a surreal sound that sll keeps me hooked throughout due to the catchy hook that is the chorus.
Third album on your musical journey is the dark, orchestral sounds of The Romano!s. O3en cited as a collision between the industrial sounds of Trent Reznor and an orchestra, The Romano!s ha!e a !ery disnct sound that goes from electronic to more upbeat jazz with frontman (or lady) Morgan Wibby’s smooth !ocals, helping to bring an alterna!e sound to e!ery track. GeKng bored is impossible, with tracks like King and White Flag exploring a darker mood, Nice Day bringing the more classical side of the band to light and
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Saul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Libera+on of Niggy Imagine Trent Reznor and an incredible alterna!e hip hop arst being mashed together? Surreal right? Well this album is the result. I ha!e long been a fan of Reznor’s signature sound with Nine Inch Nails, but when I heard this album I realised how much flexibility Trent has as an arst. The noisy fuzz of synth blasts into acon right at the first track Black History Month with the rapping !ocals of Saul Williams creates what can only be described as an a!ant-garde sound which is one of a kind. For those of you wondering, the “Niggy Tardust” in the album tle is probably a reference to an arst both Williams and Reznor massi!ely admire, Da!id Bowie and his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust. This respect is shown through the song, also called Niggy Tardust, which again
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Ben Barnes Sempiterna FM
I like the new Sixth Form I like the new sixth form common room, I do. It really is a vast improvement, and I certainly don’t mean to complain. However, there is one issue: the radio. Like the classic Tom Hanks film Groundhog Day, they seem to play the exact same chart-songs every single day. Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Adele. All good, but s+ll. So what is there that we should listen to instead? Well I’ve made a suitable playlist
The Charming Man The Smiths
Lily (My One And Only) The Smashing Pumpkins
This song is the beginning of modern indiepop, made famous when performed on Top Of The Pops in 1983. This performance introduced many to The Smiths, who would later become arguably the most influenal Brish band of the 80s. Uohnny Marr is an incredible guitarist and he really shines on this track, as does Morrissey with his brilliant lyrics,
I chose this song for two reasons. Firstly, it is an excellent track in it’s own right, with jaunty piano playing and hearYelt lyrics. But secondly, I wanted an opportunity to momentarily discuss the album it is taken from, Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness. Two hours long, it is an absolute (near-flawless) enredefining masterpiece. And who is Lily?
Journey From A To B Badly Drawn Boy
Walking In The Sun Travis
A bizarre, industrial strength introducon gi!es way to a gorgeous pop song by this Lancashire songwriter. The plodding drum fill at the beginning really houldn’t work, but it does. This song was released on Badly Drawn Boy’s fi3h album Born In The X.W, but he is likely best known for recording the soundtrack of the
Oh Travis, so criminally underrated. Though o3en regarded as deri!a!e and o!erly inoffensive, they nonetheless bridged the stylisc gap between Oasis and Coldplay, and this song is them at their melodic best. Furthermore, it contains an unexpected twist a3er the second chorus that really makes
The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep)- Sunn O))) Here we are, the final song. Lasng o!er 7 and a half minutes, it is far longer than the others, and admi%edly also far darker. The produc on is sparse, the atmosphere is undeniably miserable, and SECTION NAME
Grace Cathedral Park Red House Painters
What Katie Did The Libertines
This song is a fantasc piece of dreamy pop rock. Taken from the group’s first self-tled album (which peaked at 63rd on the XW Album Charts in 1993), it has se!eral beauful textures and is generally serene, as well as being surprisingly dissonant in places. And then there are the fine lyrics. A rare and blistering unshines down in Grace Cathedral Park. Give it
The Libernes were the greatest indie band of the last decade because a3er releasing two brilliant albums, they had the decency to fall apart and break up before e!er becoming irrele!ant or disappointng. So many others released one or two truly great albums but where are they now? Halfway down the bill on a
You & Me Lifehouse
I Only Ha!e Eyes For You The Flamingos
A massi!e radio hit in the Xnited States, this tender lo!e ballad unfortunately did not recei!e the same success here in the XW. The song’s mainstream success can at least parally be a%ributed to its use in shows including Small!ille, Grey’s Anatomy, and Cold Case. If this is at all rele!ant to any MGS students, crics ha!e claimed that this song would be the
A golden oldie coming up now, this 1959 co!er !ersion is best described as Lgothic doowop’. Haunting backing !ocals and ethereal instrumenta on define this truly uni<ue piece of music. Spooky and romanc in e<ual measure, it’s no wonder Rolling Stone magazine listed it among the greatest
Avril 14th Aphex Twin
Blue Eyes Cary Brothers
I wanted to put one instrumental track in this playlist, and, as we’re half way through, think of this as an interlude. Grab a biscuit or see how your FA Fantasy League team is doing. Or listen to some wonderful piano playing, famously sampled by Kanye West on his latest album My Beauful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Whate!er you may think of the rapper or his headlinegrabbing ancs, this was
Scrubs fans may recognise this song from the end of the episode My First Will, but it also famously featured on the soundtrack of Zach Braff’s direcng debut Garden State. A bi%ersweet acousc number, it’s clear why the man known to many as U.D. is a fan. The layers of sound blend together into a fantasc atmosphere that brings
High And Low Greg Laswell
R.E.M. were the first e!er band that I had the pri!ilege of seeing li!e, and they decided to call it a day and split up !ery recently. A key track from their magnum opus Automac For The People, this was declared by Chris Marn of Coldplay to be Lprobably the greatest song e!er wri%en’. Acknowledge this influenal band by playing
I only !ery recently discovered this song, and what I lo!e most about it is its structure. Starng off as a tragic piano-led track with lyrics concerning unre<uited lo!e, it suddenly reaches an emoonal pause, only to break into a life-affirming orchestral coda. Greg Laswell is a singersongwriter from San Diego, California, and gi!en the strength of this track, he certainly deser!es greater recognion than he has been SEMPITERNA FLOREAT | 9
Teacher Interview HM & HP
An interview with Mr Zaccarini How long have you been teaching? “Since 1989, so 22 years.” Is MGS your favourite school that you’ve taught at and why? “Yes, there is generally a good atmosphere between students and teachers, an atmosphere of mutual respect.” What football team do you support? “Arsenal. I used to go quite regularly but now I work I can’t afford to go, which is ironic.” What do you think about Arsene Wenger? Do you enjoy teaching? What’s your least favourite year to teach? Would you rather have to fight one horse sized duck, or 10 duck sized horses?
If you could have 3 famous people for dinner, who would they be? If you could only eat one food for the rest what would it be? If you were stuck on a desert island, which 3 items would you need?
Sam Cheah Weird & Wacky
The Weird & Wacky
It ould appear true lo!e can take an form these das ith a Korean man marring a pillo. ThatGs right, a pillo. No correct me if IGm rong but isnGt marriage for humans? +pparentl not, because 7ee Jin-gu, 28, has fallen for his “dakimakura”-a large huggable
pillo from Japan, usuall ith a picture of a popular anime character printed on the side. 7eeGs belo!ed pillo has an image of a, “magical girl” anime series character, Fate estarossa. he 28 ear old ed his bride in a special ceremon , and e!en ent as far as fiKng it a dress. “(e is completel obsessed ith this pillo and takes it e!erhere,” said one friend. “he go out to the park or the funfair here it ill go on all the rides ith him.” his isnGt the first me there has been an unusual marriage, ith a Japanese man marring Nene +negasaki, a character from the Nintendo DS game “lo!e plus”
Lookalikes John Prescott
John Prescott - Tom “Car Park” Ditton
Sam Cheah Weird & Wacky
Building Completion School News Media has a huge impact on our life. Be it the radio, a nespaper arcle or on the P, it a2ects our e!erda li!es. +t school, e learn about these !arious forms of media, perhaps more so in Media Studies but also in English to some extent. We stud films, books, poems and nespapers but I feel e are missing one form that has become a form of media the majorit enjo . Pideo games. Gaming has become a major part of societ, ith ad!er- sements cropping up almost e!erhere. :ertainl in the ounger generaons it is a major part of dail life. So h donGt e stud it at school?
We stud films in Media and similar techni <ues are used in Pideo games. 7ighng, sound, character de!elopment, these are all major parts of games and films, hich can be analsed in much the same a. Pideo games ha!e a profound e2ect on peopleGs acons and understanding these and learning about ho a game makes ou feel hat ou feel, I think ould be intriguing. The basis for studing Pideo games is alread in place and so are the people ho ould ant to learn about them. I see no reason h it canGt be taught at school and feel it should alread ha!e been incorporated. If e stud all other forms of media,
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