APS News

Merry Christmas

Christmas started with a bang at our Christmas tree sale.  The magical festive evening saw over £800 raised for the hardship fund.  The evening was held alongside the Christmas Lecture.  There was a festive choir, mulled wine, hot chocolate, minced pies and gingerbread alongside chestnuts roasting on an open fire!  40 Christmas trees were collected on the special evening.  Thank you to our wonderful sixth form students, choir and committed parents who helped to run the event.

We would love to see your Christmas trees in your homes.  Mr. Felfeli's is featured below.  Please email jchadwick@alexandrapark.school with photos of your decorated Christmas trees.

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A pair of crackers

Congratulations to our friends at Fortismere who along with Alexandra Park School were named in The Sunday Times 'Nation's top 20 Comprehensive Schools'.  The list is based on the proportion of top grades awarded at GCSE and A Level.  There are approximately 3,000 secondary schools in England.  To have two of the top 20 state schools in the country within a mile of each other is exceptional.

Well done to all the staff, families and students in this little part of educational excellence we call Haringey.

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Mandarin Excellence Programme

Already a designated 'Confucius Classroom', APS has now been selected for the Mandarin Excellence Programme.

The DfE's Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) is being delivered by UCL IoE Confucius Institute in partnership with the British Council.  The purpose of the programme is to deliver a minimum of 5,000 speakers of Mandarin on their way to a high level of fluency by 2020.

The programme implements a rigorous programme of study for pupils, starting from Year 7, and will require intensive learning from participating students.  This will include the studying of Mandarin for eight hours a week, made up of a combination of teacher-taught classroom lessons, after-school teaching, self-study and intensive language courses in the UK and China.

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Christmas Letter 2016

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

The final two weeks of term before the Christmas holiday are always busy and involve some alterations to the usual schedule, so please make a note of the following changes and dates for your diary.

Our Year 11 students begin their GCSE mock examinations from Monday 5th December.  Students have been given all relevant details and the mock timetable is available on the school website.  We wish them all the best of luck.

On Thursday 8th December, Year 9 will be having their Progress Day.  Students in other year groups will be dismissed at 12.20 p.m. 

On Monday 5th December, the Physics department are hosting The Ogden Christmas Lecture.  This year the lecture will be given by Dr Emily Grossman, science broadcaster, educator and public speaker who will be discussing the weird and wonderful world of science.  We will be serving mince pies and mulled wine at 5 p.m. followed by the lecture commencing at 5.30 p.m.  This is a popular, ticket only event. 

Pre ordered Christmas trees purchased through the APS Parents’ Association can also be collected from the school playground on 5th December between 4.30 – 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 – 7.45 p.m.

Christmas lunch will be served on Wednesday 14th December.  The cost of the lunch will be £2.95 which will include a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a desert.  A vegetarian option will also be available.  Free school meal tickets can also be used. Snacks and sandwiches will only be on sale at break time.

On Thursday 15th December we will hold Celebration Assemblies for each year group when awards are presented to students for excellent attendance, engagement and achievement. 

On Friday 16th December there will be an optional non-uniform Christmas Jumper Day (£1 has to be paid in advance; £2 if you delay and pay on the day).  The money raised from this will be donated to Save the Children and MacMillan Cancer Support. There will be an early dismissal for students at 12.30 p.m.  Students on free school meals can collect a lunch at break time.

Please remember that the Headteacher’s Newsletter, along with an increasing amount of other school correspondence, is now delivered by email – do inform the school if your email address changes.

The first day of term for all students is Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 8.40am.  We look forward to seeing all students promptly, in full school uniform and ready to work.

This has been a busy and productive term at Alexandra Park School and I thank you all for your continuing support. The staff and I wish you and your families Season’s Greetings and a very Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely

Michael McKenzie

Headteacher

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Calling all APS Musicians...

Calling all musicians in Concert Orchestra, Concert Choir, Chamger Choir, Jazz Band and the lunch time Drumming Group...

Concert Tour to Flanders, Belgium from Friday 30th June through to Monday 3rd July 2017

As part of their educational programme, we are proposing to take students in the Concert Choir, Concert Orchestra, Jazz Band, Gode-Bille (lunchtime Drumming Group) and Chamber Choir on a Concert Tour to Flanders, Belgium.  The Group Leader responsible for the organisation of this visit will be Ms. Stephens, to whom any enquiries should be directed.

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Parental Support

APS Guide to Well-being 😊

At Alexandra Park School we aim to look after all of our students academically, emotionally and socially; keeping minds and bodies healthy.

We are aware that students feel the pressure of modern society and need support in a variety of ways. The APS Guide to Well-Being is intended to provide students, parents, carers, family and friends with some easy ways to maintain all-round well being; mentally, physically and by eating well.

Exam wellbeing guide - Summer 2017
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ParentInfo

View all articles at ParentInfo; lots of useful digital resources provided by CEOP and ParentZone.


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If you and your family are struggling to cope and need some practical support to move things forward, help is at hand.

Families can face challenges with a range of issues and Haringey's Early Help service can offer advice and guidance as well as practical, hands-on support, with a whole family approach.

Download the Conversations 4 Change flyer
Visit the Conversations 4 Change website

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Choices

There are many great community organisations and other services in Haringey to support emotional wellbeing.

CHOICES engage with these local organisations to provide you with a range of opportunities depending on your needs and your interests.

Download the CHOICES flyer 
Visit the CHOICES website
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Christmas Trees 2016

The Parents Association invites you to pre-order your Christmas trees

The trees are 150/170cm (5ft-6ft) premium grade 'Nordman low drop' Christmas trees.

The cost is £42 per tree, with all proceeds going to the school’s hardship fund.

The trees are to be collected on Monday 5th December, the day of our annual Christmas lecture, choir and festivities, from the school playground.

On the 5th December the trees can be collected between 4:30–5:30pm and 6:30-7:45pm (the Christmas lecture will run between 5:30-6:30pm). We regret you will be unable to pick up your tree at any other time.

If you are interested in attending the Christmas lecture please sign up here.

Please fill in the order form available to download here and the payment option will be set up on ParentPay when the form is returned to the school office.

Last payment date is Wednesday 23rd November.

Thank you

 

Key Terms and Conditions:

  • The school needs to meet the minimum order number required by the supplier. If this number is not met, we will not be able to place the order and the money paid via Parent Pay will be refunded.
  • The tree collections are on a first come first served basis, so if you would like to have a choice of the tree please arrive early.
  • There is no parking on the school site. Trees will need to be carried to the location of the car outside of school or carried home.
  • We will endeavour to assist you to carry the tree to the car (not homes) but this may not be possible.
  • The trees must be collected on Monday 5th December at the times specified. 
  • The school has no facility for refunding after the order has been placed, you will need to take the tree back to the supplier in Reigate if you are dissatisfied.
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Do you speak a world language at home?

Let your language take you places!

If you speak a world language at home and you are able to read and write in that language, you might be eligible to sit a GCSE or an A Level exam in that language.

For more information, and to collect an application form, please contact Ms. Manzone in room 209 (Languages Department) Wednesdays to Fridays.

Please complete the linked mini-questionnaire to be considered for 2016-2017 examintions or to receive further information.

Link to questionnaire
Download the application form

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Skills London 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

I'm sure you are already starting to discuss your children's ideas for their GCSE options.  They do not need to make their choices until March 2017, but they should be thinking carefully from now onwards.

I want to draw your atention to a completely free event at The ExCel Centre that you and your children may find useful.

Skills London 2016 is London's biggest jobs and careers event for young people and takes place at ExCel London 9-10 December 2016.  Aimed at 15-24 year olds, this two day event will provide youngpeople and their families with a rare chance to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and help young people visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career.

You can find more information on their website:

http://www.skillslondon2016.co.uk

Best wishes,

Crispin Bonham-Carter
Director of Studies Year 9

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Slambassadors receive their awards

Congratulations once more to our 'Slambassadors', who attended an event on Sunday 30th October to receive their commended certificates.  The students had a great evening, which was hosted by poet Joelle Taylor.  Another poet, Lemn Sissay presented teh students with their awards.  Of particular note is Beth Hollis, who received a 'highly commended' award.

Pictures from the event are below.

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Meet our 'Slambassadors'

13 students from our Spoken Word group recently submitted entries for the national poetry competition 'Slambassadors'.  We are pleased to say that all 13 have been shortlisted.  Only 30 entries from 900 were shortlisted, meaning that OVER 40% of all shortlisted entries were from APS.

Congratulations are in order for the whole Spoken Word group.  Three of the entries can be viewed below

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Beth
Destiny
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