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APS students Josh and Max from Year 9 were special guests at the Arsenal Stadium this week.

They were invited to help launch 'Arsenal For All'.  Possibly a phrase borrowed from Alexandra Park school’s motto?

Both boys were invited to watch the game in the new sensory room at the stadium, and also carry the flags as the players ran through the tunnel and on to the pitch. The boys had the pleasure of watching some beautiful football in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, leapfrogging another London football club into third place!

Héctor Bellerín, who has been at Highbury since 2011, chatted with the lads for some time.  In true style, Josh walked away with a new hat curtesy of the Spanish wing back.

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Science Week 2019

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Science has taken us from using sticks as tools to changing our own DNA and understanding the very fabric of the universe and you can help carry on this journey into the future.

It is British ScienceWeek from the 11thto 16thMarch and we have a range of exciting activities for students to participate in each day: In lessons, at lunch time and after school.

The available activities are up on posters around the school.

Signup is on either a first come fist serve basis or by signup sheet, please check the poster for the way to sign up for each of the activities or ask a science teacher for more details.

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APS Water Bottles now available!

bottles 02The APS School Council’s first project has been to research the environmental impact of reducing waste, re-using bottles and recycling here at APS. We strongly believe we all have a role to play in tackling climate change.

One way we can reduce our dependency on plastics here at APS and protect the environment is to start using our very own school water bottle.  The APS School Council is happy to announce that the school water bottle is now available to purchase via parent pay for only £3.

By purchasing a water bottle, you will be supporting our campaign to:

  • Reduce the use of plastics
  • Re-use water bottles

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APS Inclusive Sports Team win award

Congratulations to the APS SEND / Inclusive Sports Team, who have won Haringey's 'Disabled Sports Team of the Year' award.

2018 was an amazing year for inclusive sport at Alexandra Park School. This has been because of the talent, passion, energy and commitment shown by so many of our students that have additional needs. Sport has given our students a chance to reflect the school motto ‘Success for all’.

Last summer, at the end of year School Sports Celebration Awards Ceremony, parents, staff and students were truly inspired by the success achieved by all our gifted athletes, but for those students who sometimes have their additional needs described as a ‘disability’, they clearly demonstrated their ‘ability’ again and again, as they proudly represented their school and borough with distinction.

The APS inclusive sports team were proud to represent their school and Team Haringey at the London Youth Games in 2018. We are very fortunate to have a Borough Sports Development Team who encourage and fully support sports participation for all.

teamoftheyear 01The APS Inclusive cricket team were Runners Up in the final at Lords Indoor Cricket Ground, the 4thtime that APS had appeared in the finals in the last five years. Many of the team are looking forward to returning this year, to see if they can go one better.

teamoftheyear 02teamoftheyear 03The APS MLD Tennis squad, consisting entirely of Yr7 players, came third in London, despite competing against students two years older. They helped secure the points necessary to win Haringey the School Shield for the fifth successive year, in the last competition of the year.

teamoftheyear 04The APS wheelchair basketball / IZB squad again came third at the London Youth Games for the second year running, despite competing against boroughs with well-established wheelchair basketball clubs. Entering this competition has been a real eye opener for our ‘abled body’ students, who compete alongside those with a lower limb impairment. The empathy and respect for those who need to use a wheelchair was evident in training sessions and the competition, where they came up against national league players.

teamoftheyear 05The APS Boccia squad came 9th at the London Youth Games with a new look team after some key players relocated out of London. However, the Haringey Primary School Boccia Squad, benefitted from joint training sessions, by making the finals in the mini games.

teamoftheyear 06teamoftheyear 07We also had success in the Inclusive sailing event at the London Youth Games with another 9th place finish. Josh has competed in this event, with a variety of partners for the last three years. He has shown both fearlessness and a sense of adventure.

In the last twelve months, because of our students' commitment to inclusive sport, we have been fortunate to have school visits from Paralympians Tim Prendergast and Liz Johnson. Their visits have been highlights of the school calendar. 

They have inspired and mentored some of our most committed squad members. Over the last two years, APS students with additional needs have been chosen to deliver presentations at the London Step Into Sport Leadership Academy held at Lords.

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They have been excellent role models, sharing their personal story and successes with the hundreds of sports leaders who have attended from all over London. Their mission has been to encourage inclusion in sport for all abilities.

This amazing group of students, who share a passion for sport, always give 100% and have developed into a tight-knit team who use their experiences to develop not just their own, but each other’s skills. They have also embraced the opportunity to work with SEND students from Primary Schools and Special schools in the borough developing their own sports leadership skills.

Sport at APS is flourishing, but this special group of students are an example to all, of what hard work and determination can achieve, despite what obstacles they face in everyday life..

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APS U13 Girls County Cricket Champions

Congratulations to our girls cricket team, who are now the U13 Girls County Crichet Champions!

They will now represent Middlesex versus the other south-east county cricket champions, including Surrey and Kent.

A big thanks to Adem for managing the team.

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School Production - Little Shop of Horrors

Another whole school show comes to a close. We started in September with auditions for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ with over 100 excited students. Our hope was to bring together all year groups in a shared experience that they would remember happily for a long time; an experience for them and their parents to cherish. One that an audience would admire for their commitment and the high standard of the cast and musicians involved. Over the following weeks the costumes, set, dance routines, acting and songs began to fall into place. The anticipation on first night was palpable and the students duly delivered.

The play was a great success and one that all performers, musicians and backstage crew, from year 7 to year 13, can be justifiably proud. The wonderful comments and praise from the audience was a huge thank you and reward for the drive and the resilience of all students and staff involved.

An enormous thank you must go out to the dedicated band of APS teachers, pupils, parents and carers and of course, the site team, without whom the production could not have happened.

See you next year!

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APS student wins National Geographic competition

Our very own Anna Bauss (8E) was announced as the winner of the National Geographic Children’s Photography Competition.

Her photograph was chosen from more than 2000 entries, which makes this achievement even more impressive. Anna has won her family a holiday to Borneo for her efforts!

The judges commented on Anna’s entry:

There is beauty and joy in this image. It shows togetherness despite apparent difference. Add to that the perfect harmony of patterns and this photograph is a memorable masterpiece

Following her win, Anna commented:

I’m so happy my picture has been chosen. It feels like a dream! I took so many pictures of the Fodies that the camera ran out of battery. My parents were cross with me because we couldn't take any more photos that day...but they’re definitely not upset now that I’ve won!

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Black History Month Art Competition

To celebrate Black History Month in Art, Key Stage 3 students spent two lessons working together to create a series of posters to celebrate the achievements of black and ethnic minority communities and their contributions to British society. The strongest posters from each year group won a prize and their work was displayed at the APS Beyond Race Showcase.

There were some great entries this year and well done to this year’s winners and runners up.

Year 7

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Winner - Nina Yr.7

2nd - Martha Yr. 7

3rd - Mayah Yr.7

Year 8

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Winner - Emily H Yr.8

2nd - Emily C Yr.8

3rd - Freddie Yr.8

Year 9

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Winner - Jazz Yr.9

2nd - Maia Yr.9

3rd - Olivia Yr.9

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4th - Isabella Yr.9

5th - Tim Yr.9

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A Level Results 2018

A Level 06Students and staff at APS Sixthform have again been celebrating an exceptional set of A-Level and Vocational results. This year’s cohort have been a joy to teach and have achieved highly.

A number of students have achieved phenomenal results. Those with straight As or A*s include: Miles, Ava, Mohammed, Jeremy, Ruby, Benjamin, George, Malindi, Eve, Lottie, Phoebe, Sharon, Ismet, Raphaella, Elizabeth, Maritsa and Max.

These A-Level results were matched by an impressive set of Vocational qualifications with the majority of students achieving Distinction or Distinction*. This is a great achievement given the reforms that these qualifications have undergone this year, to include rigorous external assessment. Notable achievers include Burak and Amy.

Intended destinations for the Class of 2018 includes Oxford, Imperial College, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Warwick, Cambridge, Cardiff, Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Nottingham, Sheffield, Durham and Loughborough and their chosen subjects include Medicine, Dentistry, Music, Biochemistry, Sports Management, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Business Management, Computer Science, Law, Theology and many more. Other students have secured places on highly competitive apprenticeship pathways including Engineering at Siemens, Nursing with the NHS and Journalism at the BBC.

St John Starkie, Sixthform Director said “We are very proud of this level of exceptional performance and the tenacity and resilience of all of our students; some of which have overcome very challenging personal circumstances this year. These results are testament to the hard work of our students and the staff that have supported them so diligently this year. The combination of strong pastoral support, excellent teaching and opportunities to experience some ‘fun’ along the way has resulted in our students aspiring to be the very best and succeeding. Well done!”

A Level 09a“I could not be more proud of the achievements of our students and the dedication shown by our staff,” said Headteacher Michael McKenzie. “The school continues to be successful in a broad range of academic, creative and vocational Post 16 courses. Providing a broad curriculum to a diverse and large student body is central to our core beliefs and it is very satisfying to see them being successful.

“It is also very clear from these results that our focus on quality teaching by expert subject specialists, together with a culture of hard work and high expectations provide an environment where students can thrive and realise their full potential. With these qualifications, they have opened many and varied doors to life beyond APS. This success is also down to the fantastic support the students receive from their parents and the wider community connected with the school. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students for their hard academic work, thank them for their contributions to the wider school community and wish them every success for their collective futures.”

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