Perse students get world wise with Purple Planet

Purple Planet editor Julia Marshall

World watchers at The Perse can now get the lowdown on the biggest global issues with student-led magazine Purple Planet.

Organised by the Perse geography department and edited this year by Julia Marshall (Lower Sixth), the termly Purple Planet publication gives pupils a chance to write about international topics that matter to them.

Each edition has a different topic, with the latest Michaelmas volume focusing on ‘Water’.

Julia explained: “The articles are all related to the theme in some way, so for example, there’s an article on plastic water bottles and how they are impacting the environment and another on water scarcity and how climate change affects its availability. There’s a really interesting and broad range of content.

“We’ve also got a section on students’ work in geography, which includes posters and photos of fun activities that happen in the classroom, such as the Lower Sixth making ‘glacier’ cakes, as well as a section on the field trips that took place during the term.”

Julia took on the role of editor after responding to a call from Acting Head of Geography Emma Kenzie.

She said: “I only joined The Perse in September, but I remember coming to last year’s Sixth Form open event and being struck by Purple Planet after seeing it on display in the geography department.

“I thought it was such a good idea to have a magazine dedicated to a whole subject and I’m really interested in geography.

“I felt it would be a perfect way to extend that interest outside of the classroom, as well as trying to engage the rest of the school and give pupils more resources to pique their interest.”

Julia added that she was pleased with the response she had received from students across the school wanting to get involved in Purple Planet.

She said: “Being editor is a commitment, but I’m enjoying it. The geography department has been really helpful in providing support and material and students have been really eager to provide content.”


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