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Year 9 Excel in Dystopia Awards

25 February 2016

Due to the current popularity of the genre in teen fiction, the English Department decided to give Year 9 the chance to more formally explore the dystopian genre. Head of English, Gemma Treeby, tells us about what they’ve been doing. 

  • Dystopia Awards
  • Year 9 Excel in Dystopia Awards
  • Year 9 Excel in Dystopia Awards
  • Year 9 Excel in Dystopia Awards

Although many students are currently enjoying some very popular book series on dystopia, many are unaware of the heritage of dystopian literature or how it often acts as a wider extended metaphor for current social and political ills experienced by society including issues such as: globalisation, disease, terrorism, inequality and abuse of the media.

Due to the extensive crossover between English and Media, we also wanted to give students the opportunity to see how writing can be transformed in to other text types.

Year 9 have therefore spent this half term studying the dystopian genre, learning about more historic texts like ‘1984’ and ‘Animal Farm’ as well as texts that are right up to date such as ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Divergent’. They explored themes, settings and characters and this culminated in a challenge for them to get into groups and independently film their own short dystopian short film or trailer.

Such was the popularity of the unit this year that we had treble the entries of last year’s cohort. These were then shown to the whole year who voted for their favourite.

Well done to the runners up: Zoe Riordan, Ryan Meng, Kai Richelmy, Natalie Loch and Lukas Schneider for their dark ‘Mask of Lies’

Friends in Utopia. She had tried to be a heroine…but had never succeeded. Different from the rest. It’s time to change the world. NOW.

And congratulations to the winners (with some fantastic use of green screen): Li-Ann Ching, Chiara Dell’Oro, Gavin Tan and Chloe Ngan for the cerebral ‘IQ99’

We used to be praised for our intelligence. Then things changed. We were made to believe we were the chosen ones but we were the ones they wanted to kill…

- Gemma Treeby, Head of English

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