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Shining Stars

Pupils who created and published our school politics magazine, The Eagle, were entered into the highly competitive Shine National School Media Awards 2022. We were delighted to see them nominated in two categories, concluding in our pupils receiving two awards at the Shine Awards ceremony in central London on Monday 27 June.

We are incredibly pleased to report that The Eagle achieved two awards – ‘Best Magazine Cover 2022 and pupil editor Keir was highly commended for the ‘Best Magazine Design 2022’ category. The judges commented:

'With an emotionally charged, stunning cover that sets the tone, news-magazine style and clear layout, The Eagle is impactful and thoughtful. A strong and serious school magazine.'

'With good reason, The Eagle felt no need to wait to declare Volodymyr Zelensky their Person of the Year. A superb cover combines a file photo over bold streaks of paint and Slava Ukraini. Our judges were unanimous in their praise of this of-the-moment, bold statement.'

Head of Politics, Julian Thomas said of their achievement: ‘I am so proud of all the writers and editors of the Eagle, but also I am delighted that they have been rightly recognised for what is a remarkable publication.’

It is a fantastic achievement for our politics pupils, and we are very proud of their achievements and the hard work that goes into each issue. The award-winning Spring Term issue of The Eagle can be viewed by clicking here, as well as the Summer Term edition which has been newly published, here.

The St John’s Politics Magazine, The Eagle has been published each term for nearly a decade, and the magazine has grown impressively over this time. The magazine is researched, written, and edited by pupils, and pupils from across every year group is welcome to write for the magazine.

Pupil editors host meetings and manage the pupil additions, as well as writing pieces themselves. Features can be written on any topic of their choosing – sport, culture, music, history, current affairs – if it has a political angle.

We are thrilled to see so many pupils taking a keen interest in politics, and key topics. Every edition of The Eagle features a diverse and impressive array of contributions, with pupils showcasing their engagement in political topics and discussions. Moreover, the research, debating and writing skills required to create their feature broadens their future horizons, not just in politics but also across their school subjects.