Rosa Parks

Lakshmi Dipukumar, 11A Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist. She was called the “Mother of the Modern-Day American civil rights movement” and “the mother of the freedom movement.” She literally stood up against the racial discrimination of black people under the system of Apartheid. […]

Ancient Civilisations

Junior Arts Fest 2017 by Imaan Suhail, 9A and Zuhura Ismail, 12A The Junior Arts Fest of 2017 was based on the theme of ancient civilisations; students dressed in costumes based on a civilisation of their choice, like the Greek, Roman, and Chinese civilisations of the past. A few students arrived dressed as pirates, and […]

Ages of Revolution

Senior Arts Fest 2017 by Aminath Eema Asim Every school has that one feature that is seen to be “striking” which ensures it stands out from the rest of them. It perhaps even gives them an identity. Billabong High’s unique feature and event is undoubtedly the Annual Arts Fest. Since 2015, it has been the […]

International History Bee & Bowl

History Quiz Competition, Abu Dhabi Billabong High’s teams for the International History Bee and Bowl travelled to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE over the course of five days. Our group consisted of two teams; the Varsity team and the Junior Varsity team. After our arrival in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, the 15th of […]

Dictator Facts You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

By Humam Ahmed Mujah, 11A In 2012, a 14-year-old North Korean girl, Han Hyon Gyong, drowned while trying to save portraits of dictators Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Thus, the government named her school after her. Joseph Stalin’s son shot himself because of Stalin’s harshness towards him, but he survived. Then Stalin said, […]

The Demise of the Romanov Dynasty

By Aishath Faathin Maseeh, 11A R: Romanovs dictated oppressive rules U: Until they portrayed themselves as fools S: Spring blooming with promises*, through their abdication S: Soon the Winter of Resentment** was to say farewell I: In the midst of War time, Hope prevalent through the nation A: A tragic Tsar replaced, muddling Russia, far […]

Bloody Sunday

By Jumana Shahid, 11A 22nd January 1905, Released wasps from the hive; Under the power of Tsar Nicholas the II The Golden Days nearly came to an end Shy was he, a timid maiden. His moustache—the one good thing he had then. Though almost as dumb as the 16th Louis, He, at least, didn’t marry […]

STALIN: The Man of Steel

By Aminath Eema Asim, 11A Russia was completely closed and isolated from the rest of the world until 1991, when the communist regime fell. It is only by chance that evidence of many of the many violent acts he committed still survives. One of the most ‘Stalinist’ acts of the period had been the arrest of […]

NERO: The Emperor Who Laughed When Rome Burned

By Fathimath Rayya, 11A Nero was the Roman Emperor from 54-68 AD. He was an actor, poet, and—most significantly—a dictator. He was born as Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, the son of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarus and Agrippina. Just like any other dictator, Nero used terror to stay in power. He was ruthless, cruel, and did not hesitate […]