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APS Sports Personality of the Year

Congratulations to the following students on receiving sports personality of the year nominations for consistently showing the following values in PE.

  • Ashani - Resilience
  • Jasper - Drive
  • Caoimhe - Positivity
  • Bertie - Independence
  • Luca - Hard Work
  • Flo - Empathy

Ashani - 'Resilience'

Jasper - 'Drive'

Caoimhe - 'Positivity'

Bertie - 'Independence'

Luca - 'Hard Work'

Flo - 'Empathy'

Jack Petchey Awards Evening

On Tuesday 21st June, Mr. Allen accompanied six APS pupils, along with their friends and families, to the Jack Petchey Awards Evening for Haringey at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

The evening was to celebrate pupils across Haringey schools who have shown particular determination, diligence, selflessness and positivity throughout the academic year.

A massive well done to Juliet Eaglestone-Harman (Year 7), Solomon Bird (Year 9), Seren Chia Jones (Year 10), Anna Zanelli (Year 10), Finn Cunningham-Tickel (Year 11) and Susanna De Sena (Year 12) for representing the school so magnificently.


Beyond the Curriculum Day 2017 Featured

Beyond the Curriculum Day 2017 is fast approaching.

Students will be taking part in a number of activities outside of their regular curriculum, ranging from a trip to the Gurdwara outside of India to a fascinating exhibition on blue whales at the Natural History Museum.

Please find below a full list of the activities that will be available on Tuesday 18th July 2017.

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Activity Year Groups Description
Spoken Word Writing Walk 9, 10 From the bustle of Camden Lock to the quiet of the canal, we will explore lesser known patches of North London for inspiration on our Spoken Word walk. Lunch by the fountains in Granary Square and chilling out on bean bags in the Welcome Collection's magical Reading Room, the day will be dotted with short writing exercises, discussion and performances by those who want to share. We will aim to record any performances from the day (with your permission) to upload to the APS Spoken Word YouTube channel.
Mud Larking on the Thames 9, 10 For 2000 years Londoners have lived around this mighty river. We will go down to the shoreline at low tide and conduct a detailed archaeological search. Expect to find pottery, bones, clay tobacco pipes, old coins, oyster shells, and who knows what! We will bring our findings back to APS and create an amazing display.
Bank of England 10 Want to hold a gold bar worth nearly £400,000? Tour the City where billions of pounds are traded every day? Then come with Mr Cummisky and Ms Stone to the Bank of England. We will stroll through some of the most iconic buildings in The City. We'll visit the museum at the Bank of England. Finally, students will have some free time to get lunch at the many food venues in and around Liverpool Street Station. Open to all in year 10, but might particularly interest those currently doing Business.
Gardening 9, 10 Spend a rewarding and life-affirming day pottering around in the sixth form garden. In a year or two you will be relishing its bowery shade. Build paths, plant plants, enjoy the fruits of your labour relaxing on newly laid turf. Celebrate our green and pleasant land at the culmination of a rewarding day's work with strawberries and cream. Our treat.
Wellness Day 9, 10 We will spend the day looking at ways that you can enhance your mental wellbeing. Our day will start at APS where we will have breakfast and explore how our nutrition can help to focus us and move to Holland Park where will try some different ways of taking care of our mental well being through the Japanese gardens and leafy parkland. Expect to come back to school feeling ready for anything!
BP Portrait Awards 9, 10 Come and visit the National Portrait Gallery and view the final portraits selected for the BP Portrait awards 2016; you will be able to see a broad range of painting styles and will also be able to have a look around the gallery. We will have a picnic lunch in trafalgar square, where you will also be able to enjoy the sights of London.
Play-in-a-Day 9, 10 The magic of live performance at it's best - using raw talent and creative genious, the morning will start with a few resurces and by the end of the day, you will create a unique piece of theatre with set/lighting/sound/props. Last year's political farce featured none other than 'Ronald Hump' in the lead role!
TV News Report 9, 10 Learn about the construction of TV News with a morning session in which we will shoot a range of cutaways and interviews. This will be followed by the editing of the material to help tell the story onscreen. Open to all, but particularly those with basic camer and editing skills from their own projects.
Bread Making Masterclass 9, 10 Fancy yourself as a bt of a Paul Holywood/ Nadiya Hussain? In this bread making masterclass will be making a variety of different breads (both sweet and savory) This is a great oppertunity beacuse bread takes time to prove, and this is something that we are unable to do in normal lessons!
Cable Car and the Crystal 9, 10 The Crystal is home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities, the world's most sustainable events venue, and office space for global engineering powerhouse Siemens.
Natural History Museum 9, 10 Join us for a day out at one of our favourite museums to attend a brand new exhibition entitled "whales: beneath the surface". Dive through one of the world's most compelling evolutionary journeys. More than 100 specimens from the Museum's collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise. Explore whales, dolphins and porpoises' extraordinary adaptations to their underwater environments, and learn how they are similar to us.Travel back 50 million years to the beginning of the evolution of the whale. See how whales became sociable, aquatic mammals, some of which can communicate over vast distances.
PE Carousel 9, 10 Throughout the day you will get the oppertunity to take part in four different activity sessions. You will have the chance to choose what activity you want to do in each session and throughout the day will try sports that you don't usually get offered at school, as well as your old favourites.
Museum of London 8E only 8E Form trip. We will tour the Museum and gain a chronological overview of London's History. After lunch in a nearby park we will then go for a walk to see some of the places mentioned in the Museum firsthand.
Forensic Science 9 Ever thought of becoming a forensics scientist? Join us for a forensics and crime-solving workshop! Forensics is used to gather important evidence that can be used by the police to identify criminal and the justice system to present in court to the public with the aim to convict guilt criminals. In this workshop you will learn how to gather evidence from a crime scene, preform some common forensic experiment and then analyse evidence to identify a potential criminal. Take the first step to becoming a forensic scientist.
Southall Gurdwara 9, 10 Southall Gurdwara is the biggest Sikh place of worship outside of India. You will have the oppotunity to take part in a guided tour and have lunch in the famous Langar. We will also walk through Southall Broadway, to sample some of the culture and diversity the Sikh and Indian community have brought to London.
Kenwood House 9, 10 Students get a chance to investige the abolition movement through Kenwood House and run around Hampsted Heath
Science Museum 9, 10 A fantastic opportunity to visit the World Famous Science Museum with 3 of the best science teachers around. Visit the diverse array of exhibits and see for yourself the rockets used to send man into space and push the boundaries of space flight to the fascinating world medical history to the interactive exhibits and deal with the ever increasing global demands for resources and engineer your own future Earth!
Mini Expedition 9, 10 Practice navigating yourself around the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside using a map and a compass. Walking, talking and laughing in the sunshine plus a lovely picnic. This is a great 'taster' day for the Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions or an opportunity to relive your experiences.
Afro-Asian Masterchef 9, 10 We are taking you on a culinary journey around the world, and yes, it is led by some Maths teachers, Come and join us for a tasty cooking experience. We will teach you how to make Sushi, some Mauritian street food, some traditional food from Cameroon and some Bangladeshi delights. We will even go and source our own ingredients!
Coding in Python: 9, 10 Coding in Python: You will make fun and intriguing programs using Python, solving a range of problems (not all maths!). Problems may include: finding the biggest prime number below a million; writing a list of the first hundred thousand primes; solving Sudoku; writing an interactive quiz. This activity will be interesting and enjoyable for any student who likes solving problems, is interested in coding, and who is not already a high-level Python programmer
Belmont Farm Visit 9, 10 Students will be invited on this trip.
Barbican Centre 9, 10 Students will get the chance to visit the Barbican center and the surrounding landmarks of central London. Exploring the main sites by means of a treasure hunt were they must solve problems and clues in order to discover the different sites and sounds.
International cooking and cinema 9, 10 It will be a two part activity. First part: cooking until 11:30am: Learning to cook international dishes from Turkey, Spain, Mexico and possibly China or France. Second part: afternoon watching a film in target language from Spain, France, China or Turkey with activities related to the movie, music andcultural activities related to the countries and languages we study in APS.
Making Robots 9 Robots are integrating into our lives. You might want to know how they become robots and have an understanding of how they work. Robotics will allow you to build on this as well as improve your logic and programming skills. In the first part of the session you will be following instructions to build a Clawbot and have it remotely working using a wireless controller. The second part of the task is to program the robot. You will be given a scenario in order to explore what a robot can do.
Great British Sewing Bee 9, 10 The sewing challenge will be to make a pair of Pyjama trousers and matching draw string bag. Judging will take place at the end of the day. You can get your own fabric, or give a £4 donation, funds or fabric will need to be handed in 2 weeks prior to BCD. Please see Miss McGill for further fabric details.
Robotics Exhibition 9, 10 From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots exhibition reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human. Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our ambitions, desires and position in a rapidly changing world. You are welcome on this trip to explore and get a good understanding of robots.
Gamelan Music Workshop 9, 10 Visit City University in London and participate in a 2 hour Gamelan Workshop, playing Gamelan Music on authentic instruments. Gamelan is the traditional music of Indonesia - we study it in Year 7 at a basic level. The instruments are all percussive and similar to western xylophones and gongs but much more beautiful and exciting. Be prepared to take you shoes off and sit on the floor to play!!


APS Open Evening 2017

Alexandra Park School's open evening will be taking place on Thursday 28th September 2017, from 18:00-20:30.

Headteacher talks will be taking place at 18.15, 19.00 and 20.00.

Sixth Form open evening will take place on the 9th November 2017, from 18:00-20:00

Head of Sixth Form Talks will take place at 18:00 and 19:00

If you have any questions please contact the Sixth Form Office on 0208 826 4921 or email jporter@alexandrapark.school
Alexandra Park Sixth Form, Bidwell Gardens, London, N11 2AZ | 020 8826 4921 | 020 8888 2236

Please visit this page to reserve a space on one of our open mornings, taking place on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October.

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Drugs workshop by Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation

Many thanks to the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation for their moving and detailed workshop on teenagers and drug use.  Around 120 APS parents listened carefully and participated in a workshop led by Daniel's mother, Fiona Spargo-Mabbs.  The workshop for parents and carers was a follow-up to the performances of I love you mum - I promise I won't die seen by Years 9 and 10 in March.

By the age of 15, almost half of all young people have been offered drugs, and 24% have tried them, and as a parent or carer it's important to be aware of what you can do to help your children stay safe.

DSM Talk

The workshop involved finding out about:

  • levels of young people's exposure to drugs and alcohol
  • why young people do and don't misuse drugs and alcohol
  • what young people need to know about drugs and alcohol, including factors that affect risk
  • what it's useful for parents and carers to know, and practical suggestions for what you can do to support your children to stay safe

For more information about the DSM Foundation, see http://www.dsmfoundation.org.uk/drugs-education 

THere is the Vice News documentary on drugs factories:

Download the slides from Fiona's talk


APS Students write the 'dark truth'

By Laura Formby, writing for the Holloway Express.

Students at a secondary school in Muswell Hill have published a novel about l0ve and death called ‘The Dark Truth.’

Alexandra Park School chose a number of 12-year-olds for the White Water Writers programme – publishers who use workshops to help groups of around ten writers to write and publish their own novel within five days.

Students from Year 8 took part in a collaborative writing course between March 6th-10th.

The workshop allows them to use their imagination and help each other write a novel.  They develop their writing and communication skills, teamwork, attention to detail and confidence.

‘The students learnt so much from this experience,’ said Joanna Chadwick,  Assistant Headteacher.

‘They started as usual Year 7 and 8 students with school-age appropriate skills in English. By the end of the course they were novel writers! They learnt how to edit, review, work as a team, use interactive writing software and really proof read, as that was essential to making sure the book was a success. They learnt to express themselves in ways that challenged their usual mentality and entered new rounds of creativity and craftsmanship.’

Ms Chadwick said that she would love to see a few budding writers from this initial project. What she thinks is really important is that has sparked the belief and awareness that being a writer is actually possible.

She said: ‘ You don’t have to be the most fluent or perfect writer – you just need to have passion, the creative vision and the ability to work hard to create something that you are proud of.’

The novel is about characters Jaspar Chapman, who wants to find his sister’s killer, and Milly who is finding it hard to cope with her mother’s death so ends up making the biggest mistake of her life.

The programme was funded by The Shine Trust  who helped get several books published and uploaded onto Amazon.

All the ideas, words, chapters as well as the spelling mistakes are entirely the students’ own work.

‘The school is very proud of the students,’  she said. ‘The ultimate reward is surely the book being published.’

The school is now planning to hold a book signing.  Details will be in the school newsletter and each student is receiving two books. One will be signed by all the teachers involved.

‘What I think went down well with the students was the pizza party lunch that we threw for them to say well done for completing it,’ said Ms Chadwick.


Careers Fair 2017

03The annual Spring Careers Fair at Alexandra Park School was another great success.  Over forty universities, employers and apprenticeships attended, including Barclays Bank, the Royal College of GPs and Thomson Reuters.


Exhibitors commented on the conscientiousness of the Year 9 students and were pleased with the throughtful questions from Year 11 students.  Many Year 12 and 13 students also attended to pick up on some important points about next steps and to keep in touch with the ever-changing climate of higher education and advanced apprenticeships.

Students were grateful for the time dedicated to help link their learning to their future options and vicational ideas.

Year 9 students commented:

Until the careers fair, I didn't ralise how many options we have and it really helped me see different choices potentially for the future.Y9 student
I am now looking forward to university and how it could lead me to more options in life.Y9 student
The careers fair was very engaging, and helped me see what I could do for a job in the future.  I have always thought about a job in medicine, and seeing people from the Royal College of General Practitioners immediately caught my eye.  I learnt a lot about what it takes to become a GP; taking a 5-6 year degree, and a 2-year long foundation course in order to take another course to finally become a medicinal doctor. Keshav, 9L
01We were given lots of freedom to search for the universities, forms and colleges that may interest us.  I was really interested in the military as I didn't know that there were many other jobs that can be done in the army.  For example: coding, languages and decoding! Max, 9L
At the Year 9 Careers Fair I was able to talk to a lot of different people in a lot of different jobs, colleges, universities and much more!  I spoke with someone who explained to me how law works and what you need in order to go to law school. This helped me because I want to be a barrister. Chiara, 9L

Ms. Pearl "Design Teacher of the Year"

Congratulations to APS head of DT, Laura Pearl, who has won Design Teacher of the Year.  The winner was announced at a star studded event at the Design Museum in Knightsbridge.  Ms. Pearl joined APS in 2010 and leads our Design Technology department.  She was joined at the event by a team of year 10 APS designers who had also been shortlisted in the National Ventura Design awards. The team’s design for a practical way to recycle plastic bottles made the top 10 shortlist from the 588 schools that entered. They were pipped at the post to the top prize but well done to them all:

  • Paisley Cole
  • Daniel Dobres
  • Grace Geller
  • Ky Hope
  • Ailsa Robb
All photos ©Miles Willis Photography/Design Museum

MYRIAD - My resilience in adolescence

The MYRIAD Project

Open to all Year 7 students

myriad 02Alexandra Park School are partnering with UCL on an exciting new project this summer term. The project is being conducted in partnership with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and will compare the effects of two  social and  emotional  learning  (SEL)  programmes,  which aim  to  improve  young  people’s  study  skills  and wellbeing.  

Students are invited to take part in an 8-week course as well as three data collection sessions, one before and two after completion of the programme.

At the start of the study students are randomly assigned to one of two SEL programmes.  Participants must then attend a 45 minute lesson once a week for eight weeks. These sessions will be led by a trained teacher and will be conducted in APS.

myriad 01Why take part?

  • Learn new skills
  • Work your wellbeing and personal development
  • Earn up to £90

If you are interested, please download the information and cosent forms from below, returning the completed consent form to Ms. O'Gorman in The Bridge.

Download the Information Sheet *

Download the Consent Form *

* Please note: parents / guardians will need to read both the Information Sheet and the Parental Consent Form in order for their child to take part in the study.  Handing in of the consent form does not guarantee a place, as groups will be very small.


Poetry by Heart Competition

Congratulations to all the students below, who were finalists in the APS Poetry by Heart competition on the evening of January 10th 2017.  All gave excellent performances of two poems - one written before 1914 and one written after.

Our school champion was Liliana Newsam-Smith, who said "The PBH competition was a very inspiring and enjoyable process, which I am very grateful to be a part of.  I have always loved poetry and having the opportunity to recite some incredible poems by Katherine Philips and Alun Lewis was a great experience for me."  Runner-up Keir Chauhan's message to future participants was "To all those who enjoy poetry, literature and drama, this is a wonderful experience and well-worth doing."  Liliana and Keir now move on to the regional stage of the competition.

APS Poetry by Heart Finalists
Sophia Amin Grace Gellar Michael Deane 
Aan Tailor Olivia Bucherer Eva McNeil
Ella Gregory    

Congratulations and thanks are also due to our accuracy judge, Celia Warre, last year's Poetry by Heart finalist, and to our other judges, Anne Turvey, Lisa Marie Utley, Heather Wood and Lauren Cowan.