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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.


Easter Science Talk: The Shard

 rosaOn a sunny Spring afternoon in the week before Easter, 220 friends and family of APS were treated to a wonderfully inspiring talk covering engineering, teamwork and the passion it takes to complete big projects.  Roma worked on the shard from 2006 to 2012 and by the range and abundance of questions from the audience, it seems the building certainly has a place in hearts and minds as large as it occupies on the London skyline.

Roma's talk offered fantastic careers guidance and stimulation for the engineering profession.  I look forward to reading her book, 'Built - the Hidden Stories Behind our Structures', when it is released next year.

She made it really funny, but at the same time she taught us the important factors of The Shard. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait until the next talk.Oscar Hills, Y8
shard audience
Thanks again for organizing such great lectures for the kids - I brought both my kids (my daughter goes to Archer in East Finchley) and both were so impressed.  I especially appreciated that you had a woman speaker on engineering first because I like to inspire my daughter with femaile role models (especially in STEM) and second because I'm a strong supporter of getting more girls into STEM topics.Dan Appelquist

Outstanding achievement in national Biology competition

This week the final results were announced for the Royal Society of Biology’s national Biology Challenge competition. This highly respected and rigorous competition is difficult to perform well in, however this year over 100 of our Year 9 and 10 students did well enough to be awarded with a certificate, which is an outstanding achievement. Particular recognition goes to the students who received the Gold certificate, which places them in the top 5.4% of the country.

Students who received the Gold award were:

  • Jack Holladay
  • Gabriel Da Silva
  • Clem Marshall
  • Ted Proctor
  • Charlie Thomas

royal society of biology


Science Week 2017

APS celebrates British Science week 2017

This possibly would be better titled ‘Science Month’ as we have had events running from the end of February right up to the beginning of the Easter holiday with the British science week being slap bang in the middle from 13th-17th of March.

We started with a BAE/Royal Navy robotics show for the whole of Y7 on Monday 27th Feb. There have been trips to the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham for Y7&Y9, GCSE Science Live, with talks from illustrious scientists such as Jim al Khalili, Robert Winston and Andrea Sella.  Y10s & Y12s have benefited from both Physics in Action and Biology in Action trips.  We have had the Living Egg project with chicks hatching and growing with us for 2 weeks, the animal man has been in school for 2 days with his veritable zoo of reptiles, mammals and creepy crawlies.  Our Y9s had a science exam during Science Week; we rewarded their hard work with an explosive chemistry show from Dr Sydlo on Monday 20th of March.

Science Week itself was action-packed with science themed lessons happening across all subjects and multiple events every lunchtime and each day after school.  I knew it was going to be a good week when on Monday at 3.15pm I saw 150+ students rapidly heading for S20 to get involved in ice cream making!  We squeezed the first 40 in, I hope everyone who was keen to get involved but couldn’t quite fit in enjoyed at least one other event during the week.

Other highlights included the inaugural APS Fruit Drop where a range of fruit, including watermelons, were dropped from the 3rd floor and the data used to calculate the acceleration of freefall on earth.  Y8 student Charlie Maunders's gases and group one metals demonstrations; his understanding of the chemistry he demonstrates is truly impressive and of course the 16th annual APS Shark Lecture, where almost 100 students squeezed into our biggest teaching room to see Mr Nicholls whistle stp tour of UK sharks.

Thanks to all the science teachers and technicians that made this possible, also to Mr Danby and DT for spreading extracurricular science week events across the school with his Marble Run Challenge after school on Thursday.

We have squeezed a little more out of this month of science with our Easter community lecture, ‘The making of the Shard’ on the 28th of March and our 80 degrees below dry ice session which was postponed during Science Week due to a failed delivery of dry ice happening on the 29th.

Finally, Celia Warre and Veselin Velkov are with Mr Marshall in Poland for the final week of term as part of our all-expenses paid Erasmus+ project looking at fusion energy – more about that in the next edition!

Below are a selection of comments and pictures from science ‘week’ trips and events.

BAE, RAF & Royal navy – robotics roadshow

On the wet afternoon of Monday 27th February the whole of year seven were treated to an exciting science and engineering show looking at how we engineer, make and code robots to help deal with dangerous and difficult situations.

Students comments

I thought it was very interesting and entertaining. I thought everyone liked it when the robot and the drones were used. It was good fun.León 7X
I thought it was fun and exciting - I would do it again! It was interesting to see how drones operate and work. I liked the part when Maya was doing Tai Chi.  That was really entertaining and funny and I really enjoyed it very much! Eila 7L
Big Bang Fair feedback - 2017
Everyone at the stands were really engaging and were excited to hear my ideas on the future of STEM. Rosa
I liked the Virtual Reality activities. It was great to round to go to different stands and learn new things with my friends. Lexie
I liked the Heavy Metal Marine Biology talk and all the fun activities around Isabela
It was a great day. There were brilliant and interesting stands, experiments and shows - all funny, engaging and educational. We got to try out different equipment, pet ferrets and got some really helpful information on science. I even made new friends with the same interests as me! Other students

GCSE Science live

Very interesting, entertaining and overall a fantastic experience.
The lecturers were very good and knew their area of science really well.
Very informative about the exam and how to do better on it.
Robert Winston was funny, but so inspiring and interesting.
Andreas Sella was really cool – it was fantastic that there were brilliant inspiring women scientists who are experts in their fields. Comments from Students

Science week Comments

Ice cream making

It was very fun and tasty because we got ice cream on the first try. Husein Hassan 7X
It was a very fun event and it was great how we got instant ice cream! Lara Forkan 7X
Mr Danby's marble run session
It was very fun and interesting I liked it a lotGergana 7X
Science Week Overall Student Comments
During science week I went to the instant ice cream session and it was really cool to make. I also went to the 16th annual shark lecture, which was really good and interesting; I loved learning about all the different sharks and facts! Science week was really fun! Edie
During science week I went to the animal man. I liked it because we got to learn about the animals and hold them. It was really fun. I also went to the shark talk; it was really interesting and I got to learn about different species of shark for example Great White sharks are coming to the u.k. We also got a small fossil shark tooth. Maila

Science Week 2017 Parents comments

Dear Mr Bragoli,
I would be grateful if you could pass my thanks to all those involved in putting together and delivering Science Week. The schedule was wonderful with interesting opportunities for all.
A school that offers 'The 16th APS Annual Shark Lecture' is one I am delighted to send my child to!
With all best wishes Susie Holden
Hello Everyone
I just wanted to thank you all (& I’m sure a lot of other staff) for an amazing Science Week which Eva got so much from. Admittedly, it was mainly to do with the no legged, 2 legged, 4 legged & 8 legged creatures she got to handle and find out about. She came home every day so excited about all the things she had learnt about rhinos, tarantulas, sharks, chinchillas, bearded dragons and many other things! She also ‘faced her fear of spiders’ getting the chance to hold Princess a number of times & loved looking after the chicks and watching them hatch and grow so thank you on behalf of Eva for such a brilliant week at school! Jenny Hansford
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