Students from Alexandra Park School will be making the news for real on 16th March 2017 as they take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1700 GMT on News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later. Meanwhile, have a look at some of the news APS has produced in previous years.
- LGBT+ representation in Alexandra Park School
Kiah Cruise writes...
As we know, LGBT+ media representation is hard to come by, and when you do, it isn't always positive. However, Alexandra Park School does its best to recognise and educate its pupils on LGBT+ rights, discrimination and abuse that they suffer, types of sexuality, and gives plenty of support to openly, or privately, LGBT+ students.
One way that they support these students is by having an LGBT+ Support and Pride network group, of which I am a member myself. In the club, we discuss important issues surrounding LGBT+ people, and their rights. We have recently had a session in shich people told stories of 'coming out' as LGBT+, and most were positive. The club also gives us a chance to meet similar-minded people, whether they just support members of the community, or are part of it. To improve the already large amount of bad and discouraging recognition given to homophobia, the club is also setting up an anti-homophobia campaign, which includes students and teachers on the proper use of the word 'gay', raising awareness of subtle bullying that members of the community may experience, directing positive messages about the community towards younger, less educated students, and abolishing harmful stereotypes of LGBT+ men, women and non-binary-gendered personnel.
As well as the club, students are taught about sexualities in Citizenship, vaguely, which opens up the possibilities of properly informed, positive representation from a figure of authority. This is a really important step to seeing same sex / asex relationships as equal as equal to heterosexual ones.
In terms of work to do, there is still a long way to go. Even with small actions, such as calling transgender students by their preferred name in class, even if they haven't legally changed it, would mean so much to those students, and the rest of the community. Being called by their preferred names, transgender students would feel more accepted and comfortable in a learning environment. We also get very little support and education on gender image, which many people (especially at the ages of 13-17) do need help with, and can be questioning.Tags: bbc school report 2017Read 1057 times
- Science Week 2017 - an article for BBC Schools report 2017
Science week is a yearly event that Alexandra Park School takes part in every year. It is a great opportunity for students to learn about science whilst having fun too.
There were many events throughout the week, of which some I was able to take pictures of.
Monday - 'Minibeasts'
In this activity, we were investigating the effects of alcohol, caffeine and glucose on water fleas. It was very interesting as you could see the microscopic life forms very clearly through the microscope, and the results were very interesting.
Tuesday - Chemistry special
In the chemistry special, we did two activities. The first was growing a chemical garden. To do this we dropped different substances intto a clear substance and they grew into fascinating formations right before our eyes. The second activity was called 'rainbow titration'. By pouring different substances into the tube, an amazing rainbow slowly formed.
By Helen Brookes
Science Week took place nationally from 10th - 19th March. Read more about Science Week at APS here.
- Donald Trump - an APS news item for BBC School report 2017
Some APS students decided to report on Donald Trump for BBC School Report day 2017.
The video is about what our views are on the leader of the free world; why he came to power, who he connected with in his drive for the preseidency and what impact this has on both us locally and the world as a whole.
- Sports news for BBC School report 2017