KS3 Art club students attended weekly sessions to create unique compositions for the 'Take pArt Art Challenge' competition supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation and delivered by national charity Children & the Arts. The theme for the competition consisted of exploring the topic 'Evolve'.
A number of our talented KS3 Art students entered the ‘Schools by Year 7-9 pupils’ category and as a result, out of 750 entries, three of our students’ compositions were shortlisted. Emily, Mila and Millie and their guests attended a private viewing to celebrate their achievements at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Alongside such an outstanding achievement, Mila’s composition was awarded as runner up for the ‘National Schools by Year 7-9 pupils’ category.
The Art department are all very proud of the students who attended KS3 Art club on a weekly basis to enter the ‘Take pArt Art Challenge’ competition.
On Tuesday 26th of June, APS main hall was completely taken over by 59 amazing science projects from our local primary schools. The Science Fair day offered KS2 pupils with the best projects the opportunity to see others' projects, explain their work to the judges, complete a lab sessions at APS, see a science show and have a chance of winning an award and prize!
The quality of the projects was incredible, with topics like ‘why can’t you land on Jupiter’, ‘how much sugar are we drinking’, ‘global pollution’, ‘robotics’, ‘slime’, ‘how does sight and smell effect taste’ and 53 more! The students from Y3-Y6 explained their projects amazingly often with excellent practical demonstrations. Over the course of the day the project stands were visited by 100s of KS3 pupils as well as staff and judges.
On the day we were also joined by seven STEM ambassadors, this provided excellent careers links, guidance, and an unbiased supply of judges! As well as displaying their project, the primary students also attended two workshop sessions, 1 making a torch and the other on balanced forces. We could not have run this day without the help and support form a brilliant team of Y10 prefects and Y12 helpers so huge thanks to you guys too.
The day was a huge success and we are looking forward to next year already!
Here are a few student and staff comments;
The Sanger Institute is celebrating its 25th birthday by sequencing the genomes of 25 species native to the UK. To mark the occasion, they ran an online event to allow students to vote for 5 of the species whose genomes they will sequence next year. An application was made and we were lucky enough to be selected to take part and contribute to future science!
Pupils were able to learn about the different species, genetic sequencing and even take part in a live chat with wildlife enthusiasts, who were championing different species in a bid to win votes. 40 different species, which included the Scottish wildcat, the common starfish and the emperor dragonfly, competed against each other. The leathery sea squirt and lion's mane jellyfish were popular contenders amongst our students.
Well done to the pupils below, who attended biology club and took part in the event.