November 2016

Mental Health in Books

Mental Health is an issue that we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about. It is a part of many peoples lives and something that many people live with, so when it comes to ourselves we shouldn’t feel the need to hide what we are going through. It has become apparent that over the last few years, more and more teens are struggling with mental health issues.

When it comes to mental health, you will find that people advice you to find something that comforts you to help get through the little bumps. One thing that a lot of people hang onto is books, understandably. Not only can you get lost in another world for a while, books can also make you realise that you are not alone.

Mental health is a very important aspect of life that should never be ignored, so for it to be a subject in a book is helpful. It helps to show that not all YA fiction is fluffy romances, and that what it is, is people dealing with real problems. When reading a book, you could come across your solution, maybe you’re feeling some sort of way and you just can’t work out what it is, reading about somebody else who is going through the the same thing will help a whole lot. Not only does reading these types of books help somebody dealing with a mental health issue, it also helps to raise awareness. Not only is it important for the person going through it to understand, it is important for some one who isn’t to understand too. This way they can be of help when somebody is in need, instead of having no idea what to do or say.

Books are just as educational as the stuff that is taught in a classroom. You can learn so many things when reading a book, weather it be about different mental health issues, different sexualities, world issues, anything. You never know what you will learn when you are picking up a new book, if anything it can teach you things you won’t learn about it classrooms.

The next time you go searching for a book, maybe look for one that deals with a Mental Health issue, you never know who it may help. Whether that may be you, or somebody else around you.



Hidden Secrets

There are hidden places all around Sheffield and you will find them when you’re looking and even when you’re not.

Not far from Hillsborough college, there is an old Victorian graveyard hidden away just around the corner, where anybody can visit.
pbyvxhefThere are a lot of stories within the graves, it gives you an insight as to who people were, what they did and how they lived.

The detached churchyard holds a lot of history, so much so that you can almost see and feel it as you walk through.

The friends of Wardsend cemetery said on their website that the Cemetery has a distinct military influence due to its close proximity to Hillsborough Barracks. The obelisk monument commemorates the soldiers of 6th, 19th, 24th, 33rd, 51st, 55th Regiments of Foot, Victorian Army, who died whilst at Hillsborough Barracks during the period 1866 – 1869.

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Should schools change the way they teach art?

Should schools change the way they teach art?

Lately, more and more students feel as though they are pushed to learn subjects that they are not good at and not encouraged to flourish in the ones that they are.

Throughout school, from a young age you are taught that things like English, Maths and Science are the most important subjects and you must be good at them to succeed in life.

Matt Windle, 18, art student at Hillsborough college said “Art was always my favourite subject in school but we were definitely always pushed and encouraged to focus on the more academic subjects, which is unfortunate”

Over the years there has been a lot of talk of schools wanting to eliminate the more creative subjects, which luckily, they haven’t done yet.

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My name is Abigail Akers, a Journalism and Social Media Communications student at Hillsborough college, Sheffield. I hope to later study English literature at university.

I consider myself to be a well mannered individual with good communication skills, although I always seek to improve my skills when I can. I am constantly willing to learn new things and develop in many ways along my journey. I see myself as a very approachable and friendly person to those around me and I have also proved to be very organized, creative and determined.

In my portfolio you will find a range of work where I demonstrate different types of writing styles and creativity.

My Final Major project showcases my analysis, technical and research skills.

The Sheffield Star project shows my ability to write according to audience and topic.

Autumn Photo Journalism

Sheffield Is Beautiful

Sheffield In The Rain (multimedia package)

Sheffield is beautiful… even in the rain.

Sheffield is often disregarded as a place that isn’t wonderful.

Once you get past the negative parts that almost every city posses, you start to see it for what it really is.

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Behind The Scenes at City Hall

Behind the scenes at city hall pantomime

What is it like to be part of one of the largest amateur theatre companies within the UK?

Bethany Jo-Cutforth, 20, has been part of the cast since she was 15 years old and is now 20.

Chosen by her dance teacher, she has performed on stage happily with the society for six years.

After all the years, it is natural that she still gets nervous when waiting to go on stage, but says when she hears the audience, that’s when the adrenaline really kicks in and that “it is all part of the excitement”

When asked what it is like backstage at City Hall she said “backstage is so much fun but can get very stressful at times when the stage crew are having to move things and make sure everything is in the correct place”

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