APS News

APS host 'Poetry by Heart' final

On Tuesday 7th November, the English Department hosted the final of the annual Poetry by Heart competition.  Congratulations to all the finalists who learned and performed one pre-1914 and one post-1914 poem from the national Poetry by Heart anthology. The evening was a great success where the students communicated clear understanding of the message and emotion of the poems they performed. At the end of the evening, the judges, actor Elliot Levey and Spoken Word Artist/TedEx Speaker, Lionheart, commented that they were particularly impressed with how each finalist seemed to ‘internalise their poems’ and the skilled way they managed their vocal performances including the ‘cadence of their delivery’. 

Our school champion this year was Flo Ellary, for her hypnotic rendition of Robert Browning’s: ‘Porphyria's Lover’ and her contrastingly amusing portrayal of: ‘God, A Poem’ by James Fenton.

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School Show - Return to the Forbidden Planet

A fantastic whole-school production that did 'go forth and Prospero'.  From Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5, the performances were universally a treat.  The spirit of the sixties shone brightly at APS through acting, music and song that the students and illuminated the audience.  Sprinkled throughout with stardust, all the students involved did themselves proud. We may not 'Return to the Forbidden Planet' anytime soon but the production will live long in the memory.

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APS - A Classic

Classics continues to grow in numbers and ambition at APS. We now have 100 A Level and GCSE students studying Classical Civilisation. Following our first ever set of Year 9 Latin results (80% A – A*), Key Stage 3 Latin clubs are also proving hugely popular – the Year 7 club often has to cram 30 students into a classroom (not bad for an 8:00 am club!)

Meanwhile our trips abroad are among the most popular in the school. We regularly take 40 GCSE students to Pompeii and this year we took our first Sixth Form trip to Athens.

All this activity has raised our status in the London Classics world and we were thrilled to be invited to a private - APS only - showing of the British Museum’s Greek collection. Dr Ian Jenkins, Senior Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, will be showing our sixth formers the controversial Parthenon Marbles after hours.

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Pre-order your Christmas tree

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.

christmas tree animated gif 30Each tree costs £40, with all proceeds going to the school’s hardship fund.

The trees are to be collected on Tuesday 12th December, the day of our annual Christmas lecture, choir and festivities, from the school playground.

On the 12th 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 29th 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 12th 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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MYRIAD - My resilience in adolescence

The MYRIAD Project

Year 7 students Only

myriad 02Alexandra Park School are partnering with UCL on an exciting new project starting 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 40 minute lessons once a week for eight weeks, either on Wednesday or Thursday. These sessions will be led by a trained teacher and will be conducted in APS on Wednesday and Thursday after school for 40 minutes.

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.

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Beyond the Curriculum Day 2017

On Tuesday 18th July saw the return of our annual 'Beyond the Currculum Day', during whic students partake in many activities extending their learning and experiences beyond the curriculum.

This year saw activities such as a trip to the largest Gurdawara outside of India and a trip to a fascinating exhibition on blue whales at the Natural History Museum.

Images from the eventful day can be viewed below.

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BBC News Presenter visits APS

BBC Today programme presenter, Mishal Husain spoke to all of Year 9 about her life and career.

The Hall was rearranged to resemble a Question Time layout and representatives from each form questioned Mishal on a range of topics. Year 9 behaved in an exemplary fashion throughout and Ms Husain conveyed many powerful messages on the importance of aiming high and being resilient when things don’t work out.

Thank you to Mishal for captivating our students and well done to Year 9 for their behaviour and thoughtful questions.

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Year 8 Artist in Residence

This month a small group of our year 8 students were selected to take part in a special Artist in Residence workshop led by Ceramic artist, Ricky Grimes. 

During the workshop, students learned how to sculpt with clay and explore a variety of different techniques to build different types of sculpture based on their current project ‘My London’.

The students mind-mapped a broad range of ideas from environmental to social issues within London and created some fantastic final outcomes. 

I would like to say a big thank you to Ricky Grimes for his time and expertise with our students and to the year 8 students for their time and hard work.

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Alexandra Park wins at Oxford again!

Congratulations to Jamie Toeg (10L) for winning the prestigious Orwell Youth Prize at Pembroke College, Oxford.  In addition, another APS student: Flo Ellary (9X), was awarded a "highly commended" certificate.  Schools from across the country take part in this competition, which aims to ‘make political writing into an art’.

As part of the national competition, our students participated in two writing workshops where they explored the theme of the prize this year, ‘Identity’. They were then encouraged to discover and develop their talents and abilities by submitting writing to professional writers who offered personal feedback on their entries. Our students demonstrated excellent engagement in the workshops and really used this opportunity to explore the power of writing; to then have two winners from this is incredible. 

To celebrate the students' participation, all those who entered were invited to attend a Celebration Day at Oxford University. In addition to the prize giving ceremony, the day is an opportunity to inspire young people with writers’ seminars and a lively debate. This year a special election manifesto debate was held where two out of the four political parties created were led by APS students. The engagement and passion demonstrated by all our young people was amazing and a pleasure to watch.

Well done to all those who participated, especially to Jamie and Flo. APS students winning two years in a row is a fantastic achievement!

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APS Student Makes News with London Citizen Journalist Competition Win

Joel Kiffin with Richard PeelAlexandra Park School pupil, and Haringey citizen journalist, Joel Kiffin was a winner at the 2017 London Voices jounalist competition.  These awards, sponsored by The Media Society and London Learning Consortium, took place during a high profile event at the London Reform Club last week.  Joels written entry considers the pros and cons of social media for democracy, and was part of a competition designed to encourage new talent into journalism.

Dubbed London Voices, the competition aims to promote emerging journalism talent across the capital and to generate a range of new perspectives and ideas about London.  Aspiring citizen journalists submitted articles, videos or photos which debated and challenged the ways people think about their communities.  The competition was launched against a background of discussion about the proliferation of 'fake news', and is part of an attempt to fight back by encouraging citizens to become part of reporting 'real' news about their communities and issues.

Joel Kiffin with Stephen Jeffery and Richard PeelJoel's interest in politics was evident in his written entry to the competition, discussing ideas about the use and misuse of social media, and the extent to which it could be seen as contributing to or stifling democratic debate.  His entry was even more impressive, considering that Joel has only just completed his A Levels, and was one of the youngest entrants to the competition.  His entry can be read on the London Voices website at http://www.londonlc.org.uk/london-voices/.

Media Society judges Patrick Barrow and Barney Jones loved Joel's "well presented" article and felt it was, "informative, carefully prepared and well backed up with quotes and statistics".  He was presented with his award by President of The Media Society, Richard Peel.

Having just completed his studies at Alexandra park School, Joel has applied to university to study Journalism and Media.  He intends to continue with his twin passions of sport (cricket, football, tennis and Formula One) and writing, and he has plans to eventually work within either print media or broadcast media such as radio.

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Year 7 Taster Evening

The APS year 7 taster evening took place on 5th July, providing parents with invaluable information pertaining to year 7 and the transition process.

Information provided on the evening can be found in the presentation available to download from below.

 

Our Year 7 Team  

Director of Studies: Mr. Nathan Richardson

020 8826 4899

NRI 

Transition Manager: Ms. Serap O'Flynn

020 8826 4852

SOF 

Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 3: Ms. Joanna Chadwick

020 8826 4893

JCD
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