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    The Legacy of the Lionesses

    By Daniel Nutley, Year 10

    English women footballersAs I am sure you are all aware, last summer was the Men’s Football World Cup and the England men’s team did considerably well. In fact, they reached the semi- final, where they were unfortunately beaten by Croatia, but it remained their best tournament in 20 years, and it was only the third ever time they have reached the semi-final.

    Looking to follow in this success this summer was the England women’s team, in their respective World Cup. Managed by Phil Neville, the women headed off to France for an unforgettable summer of football.

    In the group stage, the Lionesses were placed in a group containing Scotland, Argentina and Japan. The first hurdle was Scotland. Neighbours by geography, there was certainly no love lost when the two sides went head to head: England buried an early penalty and then doubled their lead through Ellen White before the first half was up. The Scots came out fighting, however, and got a goal back late in the second half, but it was too little too late as the Lionesses took a 2-1 win from their first match.

    Five days later, England turned their attention to their next opponents: Argentina. Phil Neville’s side dominated the match but only took a 1-0 win from the game, where you would feel they could have won more comfortably. In the final match of the groups, England were to face Japan. Ellen White grabbed a double to send England through to the knockout stages in winning form, 2-0.

    Then it was time for business. The round of sixteen. Lose and England are going home. Win and their stay in France was prolonged. The opponents they were to face - Cameroon. And what a game it turned out to be! Not long into the first half, there was already controversy when England scored through Captain Steph Houghton. The goal came from an indirect free kick in the box after a Cameroon back-pass, which made the African nation’s team very angry. The second goal also had its fair share of controversy—which further angered Cameroon. Ellen White (who else?) put the ball into the back of the net with a tidy finish, but initially the referee’s assistant flagged for offside. Then, however, after protests from the England side that Ellen White was in fact in an onside position, the decision went to video assistant replay, where the goal was awarded correctly.

    Later in the game, Cameroon scored to pull it back to 2- 1, or so they thought. Their goal also went to a video assistant replay review, where a very close offside call ruled out their goal. They were furious! After the restart, some of the players even refused to carry on playing, claiming that the decisions were biased against them. Once the game finally got underway, however, the England ladies grabbed a third through a well worked corner routine, sending them through to the quarters after an eventful first taste of knockout football in 2019.

    Their next fixture, against Norway, was more straight forward. They won 3-0 with Ellen White grabbing another and Jill Scott and Lucy Bronze also scoring.

    So it was that they followed in the men’s footsteps and reach the semi-final, where they faced the best ranked team in the world, the USA. Coming to the semi-final off the back of two successive World Cup wins, the USA were favourites and proved to be too much for the Lionesses. England held their own, though, and the defeat came to a 2-1 score line.

    So, it wasn’t to be. Just like the men, it didn’t come home this time, but the fact still stands that the Lionesses can be incredibly proud of themselves. They did fantastically well and have inspired a new generation of female footballers due to their class and the increased coverage of the female game.

    Pride Month

    By Ellisia Bowman and Grace Clowrey, Year 8

    Gay flagThe month of June marked the remembrance of the Stonewall Riots, which we now know as LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The Stonewall riots (June 28th, 1969) happened as the LGBTQ+ community didn’t want to be discriminated against and wanted to be welcomed without the fear of being attacked.

    LGBTQ+ stands for:

    L – Lesbian
    G – Gay
    B – Bisexual
    T – Transgender
    Q – Queer/Questioning
    + – Non-Binary, Pansexual, Asexual, Polysexual, etc.

    Each category has its own flag. The gay pride flag is a rainbow and is the most common one we see. Transgender is blue, pink and white.

    Most laws have been removed against the community here in the UK, although 71 countries still criminalize being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2002, the law in the UK was changed to allow gay people to adopt children and in 2013, gay marriage was made legal in England and Wales and later in Scotland; however, in Northern Ireland, gay marriage is still not legal. Today, it is illegal to discriminate against somebody because they are LGBTQ+. However, many face discriminations still. If you treat someone differently because of their race, religion, gender or sexuality, you are discriminating.

    The Future of Television

    By Emily Rodgers, Year 7

    Think back — when was the last time when you actually watched live television, not recorded or on catch-up? Even if it was been recently, I doubt that it was many episodes, probably just the one-off.

    With the recent advancements in technology, streaming your favourite TV programmes and films has become more and more popular. Disney have recently announced that they are going to release a streaming platform, but by far the most prominent and well-known streaming platform is Netflix.

    Some people adore Netflix because it is simple to use and has many different shows. However, some might find it more challenging to use, especially without a smart TV and Wi-Fi connection. Also, most shows are released on television at a later date anyway (with the exception of the Netflix Originals).

    Some complain that we don’t have access to all programmes, which is true; people in the UK get different access to those in America but that’s probably because they have been blocked in your country. Some also say it’s quite expensive, which is true, but you pay once monthly and you get access for it on all devices.

    So, what do you think? Is Netflix the future of TV?