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Christmas Lecture 2017

02On Tuesday the 12th December 2017 APS held its annual Christmas lecture – This year we had the pleasure of hearing from Ella Al-Shamahi, a National Geographic Explorer & Neanderthal specialist. Ella inspired the 300 strong audience of parents, students, siblings, grandparents, staff & friends of APS with her stories of fossil hunting and the life of an adventure scientist.

A personal highlight was Ella’s excellent explanation of why carrying out research science in conflict zone is so important, sharing science with those who are interested but may not have the opportunities we take for granted and also demonstrating the international nature of scientific research. Below are some comments from students and parents.

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I found the talk very interesting and useful because it helped me think about my own future career.APS Student
I found it very inspirational and interesting to the story of someone else’s life.APS Parent
It was a good talk, covering a lot and inspiring without being extremely cheesy. It had a nice amount of comedy as well.APS Student
She was funny and entertaining. Her talk was interesting and inspiring.  I really like the idea of being an archaeologist. Thanks a lot!Alice, Y7
Quite funny and interesting. I think it was quite inspiring for people and maybe boosting girl’s confidence about being explorers. Thanks!APS Parent
Interesting talk. Quite engaging. Such an interesting job.APS Parent
It was interesting how it was not organised, you just look for fossils.Ripley
I like the talk because it is about adventure and it was interesting because I am a Scout.William
I found this talk really interesting. I think it was good to know what exploring is really like and from what I heard it sounds amazing.  She made it sounds like a possible career choice and I’m glad I came.Clara, Y7
I liked the talk because it was interesting and funSonny
I found this very interesting and fun. I feel like I would like to explore caves as well.APS Student
Completely inspiring! It was so good to see a woman talk with such knowledge and passion about science – such a positive role model for girls/boys.APS Parent
Thank you. It was very interesting and inspirational to hear your journey.APS Student
It was very inspirational. Thank you.Misia and Mia
She explained well. It is a very interesting job. I would like to be a chemist when I grow up, so that definitely made me curious.APS Student
I thought it was very interesting on what she said and what she does because I want to be a marine biologist and I find exploring very interesting.Olivia
I really enjoyed the talk for its combination of exciting science and personal testimony. Inspiring!APS Parent

Queen Mary's Physicists of the Year

Two APS Physics students have been awarded the Queen Mary's University Physicist of the Year award.  Queen Mary University run this award to allow different schools across London to reward a GCSE student for their contribution and aptitude for physics.  Kelly Fitzgerald, year 12 and Liliana Newsam-Smith, year 10, attended an awards evening at Queen Mary University last week, which consisted of a lecture and several demonstrations.  Here are the reasons why Kelly and Liliana were nominated.

Kelly was nominated for her consistently impressive physics exam results and her enthusiasm for the primary school science club, where she planned and lead science club sessions at a local primary school.  Liliana was nominated for her impressive physics exam results and for her enthusiasm for the Highgate masterclasses.

Congratulations to both students.


APS Sixth Formers Spark Science Excitement in Haringey Primary Schools

Twenty eight year 12 students at Alexandra Park Sixth Form were presented with their CREST Silver awards last night in recognition for their outstanding contribution to science education and inspiration across Haringey Primary Schools including Rhodes Avenue, Bowes, Muswell Hill, Hollickwood, Tetherdown, Coldfall, Bounds Green, St Martin of Porres and Our Lady of Muswell.

crest 01Students undertook an intensive programme of planning and delivering weekly science lessons and experiments to primary schools across the Borough, ranging from studying how suspension bridges stay upright, how sour should sherbet be and the science behind volcanoes. 

In total over 300 primary school pupils benefited from the inspirational hands-on science lessons delivered by the APS Sixth Formers.

Mr Henry Hammond, Science Director at APS and organiser of the programme said, “we spend 5 weeks training these wonderful Y12 students, they then deliver up to 15 hour long science club sessions at the primary school they are working with. The Y12s plan, risk assess and evaluate each session. This dissemination model means many more primary students benefit from extra science support than if we as staff ran these sessions.”

crest 02Maya Vihidi who volunteered at Muswell Hill Primary School agreed saying, “this has to be one of the best things I have done. The planning and delivery of a 4 month long project was daunting but the energy and enthusiasm of the primary pupils was contagious.”

Another APS volunteer when asked if this experience has influenced her to follow a career in Science said “most definitely. My plans are to read Robotics at Imperial, let them try and stop me." 

crest 03Mr James Wilshire, Headteacher of Muswell Hill Primary School, was impressed with the dedication of the students. He said, “the delivery of 16 full on, engaging science sessions through an entire school year would be daunting enough prospect for a trained specialist teacher. I have been blown away by the positive impact this project has had on our children”

The CREST Silver Award is presented to students who enrich their science studies through an extended project. They require around 30 hours of project work where students develop their own project idea and gain experience of going through the scientific process.

crest 04Presenting the Awards Clare Harvey, CEO of the Ogden Trust, the leading Physics education and inspiration charity said of the APS students, “the work they have done is exceptional. Grass routes projects such as these are how we will engage the scientists of the future”

Alexandra Park School Headteacher, Mr Michael McKenzie, adds, “We have a simple goal at APS; to change the way science is perceived of and taught across this country. This primary partners project is a vital link in this aim."


Summer term Science

25 of our Y12 students received Silver Crest awards from the British Association for Science for the work they have been doing with local primary schools running primary science clubs. Their portfolios are exceptional – here are some notes from the assessor and some pictures of the superb work:

These were really enjoyable to read and had clearly had a lot of thought and effort put into them.
The aims of the project were very clear and the students worked towards a goal, evaluating and having their work evaluated as they went.
The students acknowledged any problems and thought of innovative ways to overcome them.
The students exhibited their understanding by communicating their work effectively to the primary school children.
The projects were well researched.
The risk assessments meant any ethical or safety concerns were acknowledged.

Primary Science Club 1  Primary Science Club 2            




Primary Science Club 3


Very Well done to






Charlotte-Ambar Brown




Esme Keeley-Fermor













Susanna De Sena




Dwarka Davay







Teentech Awards final at the Royal society

Jamie Toeg and Ted Procter have, for the second year running, made the TeenTech awards final – their design for a new form of bike lock beat off stiff competition from around the UK and I have no doubt they will wow the VIP judges at this year’s final. Maggie Philbin and CEO of TeenTech says ‘Many congratulations on reaching the final of the TeenTech Awards 2017! The standard of entries was exceptional this year so getting to this stage is a very considerable achievement!’ – If they win their category they will be invited to Buckingham Palace to receive their award.



Biology Challenge

Huge congratulations to these five students


D. Marshall

Da Silva






They all received gold in the Biology Challenge and will be attending an awards ceremony at the IET in Savoy Place in July, which will include a talk by Tim Birkhead, author and animal behaviour and the history of science professor at the University of Sheffield.

Animal research assembly and workshops

It’s not just the award winners benefiting form the hard work and dedication of APS science team – Ms Salih organised a morning or talks and workshops, for the whole of year 10, from the team at understanding animal research.

This was highly enjoyable – here are some quotes from year 10s:

It was an insightful and highly informative talk, that gave us the positives of animal testing, without making the onlookers pushed on to either side of the argument. I particularly enjoyed, the class workshop and I was able to express parts of the talk that I found intriguing. It was brilliant and worth learning about from an expert.Kier Chauhan
I really enjoyed the talk on Thursday because I felt that the person who was talking was good at his job, this definitely made the assembly a lot more fun. However I didn’t like the bit about the rat because it was a tad gory but I would listen to it again because it was great. Sam Crooks

Summer lecture

Finally look out for your invitation to our summer lecture on Monday 3rd July – The Web: what happens behind the click? Dan Applequist peels back the layers of science and technology behind the click.