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Jeremy wins summer internship at CERN

Congratulations to Jeremy Atkinson, who has earned a place on CERN’s prestigious S’Cool Lab Summer Programme in Geneva.  More than 2000 applications were received for just 20 places. This is a rare chance for an internship at the World’s greatest experiment. Jeremy will spend the summer working alongside students and physicists from across the world. He will attend lectures, tutorials, workshops and carry out a number of different experiments on a variety of tasks. Jeremy will also get the opportunity to visit a number of the experimental sites and facilities at CERN. He will build on his knowledge and experience of particle physics following our annual APS Physics department trip to CERN in June.  Jeremy is delighted. "I'm very excited about the opportunity I have been offered. I wasn't expecting it as it was so competitive! It will be a great chance to extend my knowledge in physics, building on my present knowledge learnt studying A level. I also hope to make and develop contacts with other Physics students worldwide. I'm really looking forward to it!"

The Physics team at Alexandra Park School are very proud of our Jeza!

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APS students compete in Biology Olympiad

This year more than 7500 pupils from around the country took part in the british Biology Olympiad.  The competition is highly regarded and the highest scoring students are invited to represent Britain internationally.  We entered six of our top Biologists, who have all scored very respectable marks.  In particular, Stephen Mason and Iona Robb have achieved a silver award.  Well done to all six students involved.

  • Alex Minns - Silver
  • Stephen Mason - Bronze
  • Iona Robb - Bronze
  • Berin Tunc - Commended
  • Gozde Gultekin - Commended
  • Abigail Christian - Commended

APS Christmas Lecture 2016

Huge thanks to the 300 parents, students and friends of APS who turned out on a frosty Monday evening in December to attend the 2016 APS Christmas lecture. They were treated with mulled wine, hot chocolate and mice pies courtesy of APSA, some absolutely brilliant choral singing in F minor by the APS choir and a fantastic whistle stop tour of Dr Emily Grossmans weird and wonderful science facts.

Here is what some of the students had to say

I enjoyed it because it was interesting and smartMilo, 7X
I enjoyed it because it's weird and engagingMatthew, 7S
It was good and funMystery man
It enjoyed as it was very engagingCarew, 7K
It was great and I learned a lot!Charlie Maunder, 8P
I loved the part where she told us how to block a tickle!Mystery woman
We loved the lecture. It was very entertaining and we learnt a few wonderful and surprising facts.Parents
Brilliant - entertaining and informative!Parent

Dr Grossman also talked about her life as a scientist & broadcaster and one of her favourite areas of research – Stem cells and cloning to around 160 Year 10s and Sixth formers earlier in the day.

Here is what some of the students had to say after the talk;

I love her forward thinking ideas on emotions and her attitude towards gender equality and success for all no matter personality type, gender or religion etc.Susanna, Y12
Very inspiring showing how you can follow various pathways to a scientific career and find a work placement you can enjoy!Jezza Atkinson, Y12
Inspiring and interesting to see how a career in science can progressJamie Y10
Interested in going into regenerating stem cell research in universityAlex Y10

Thanks to Dr Grossman and the ongoing support from The Ogden Trust which make these events possible


Erasmus+ Trip to Copenhagen

APS currently represents the UK in a five nation EU Erasmus+ project. The three-year project brings students form France, Germany, Poland, Denmark and the UK together in week long student meetings to consider the question ‘Nuclear Fusion – THE clean energy source of the future?’ 

Last year students meet in Hamburg, Germany and had a superb time. This year its Copenhagen, Denmark and Thoron, Poland.

From 19th to 25th November we were in Copenhagen looking at the issues with wind energy and energy storage. The week long meeting was an enormous success, the students stayed with Danish host families and got a real taste of Danish home, school and university life.

In a time of a seemingly increasingly divided Europe it gave me great pleasure to see student teams representing all 5 nations enjoying communicating, working together and presenting to a large audience. Well done to Rafa, George and Jeremy, their glowing reviews below are testament to the value of the experience for all.

In my opinion, the whole week has been brilliant. Travelling to places, such as DTU, and engaging in activities, such as measuring the overall efficiency of turbines that we created out of lego in a wind tunnel has been really interesting and informative. It was also brilliant to meet people with similar interests from the whole of Europe and get to know their varying cultures throughout the week. Everyone was also very, very welcoming and the city itself is beautiful. Overall, this week has been an astounding experience and I am very grateful to be part of the programme!Rafa
This week has been amazing, at the start of the trip I was slightly wishing that we were staying with our fellow countrymen in hotels, but now knowing how the week has gone I am very happy I didn’t get my way and we did in fact stay with the Danes. It has been an incredible experience to learn about the differences and similarities in the culture of the Danish, and unlike some learning experiences; it was also incredibly fun. I speak for myself and everyone I have talked to in saying that Copenhagen is an amazing city and the universities, schools, teachers, lecturers and students of Denmark have been everything and more that anyone could expect them to be. While there were times when the tempo was perhaps a bit slow, this was sometimes welcome given the early starts. On the whole I cannot thank Ernst, his family and fellow students enough for being such great hosts, and thank you also to Erasmus and Vibenshus Gynasium for organising everything.George
This week has been fantastic, being able to not only study new forms of energy production and storage with international students, but also being able to spend time with them. I loved spending time with my host Daniel, who is not only a great guide of Copenhagen but also now a great friend. The entire exchange programme has allowed us to learn about other cultures, work together and make many new friends! The visits to the DTU taught us a lot about how wind energy is used in Denmark, as well as other forms of energy production and storage, and the party on Thursday allowed us to relax and have fun all together. Overall, it was a very exciting experience!Jeremy