BBC School Report 2017


by Kate, Mary, Hamda & Florrie

Friendship is hard.

Don’t let people tell you it will be a breeze, because it won’t.  But it’s totally normal to be worried, everyone will be.  But everyone is on the same boat, all looking for friends and all keen to be your friend.  But as year seven, eight, nine and ten go on, you will discover the real life long soul mates.

Keep reading and you will hear from year 6 pupils, about their views, which are probably very similar, or were similar to your view and worries, about making new friends.  You will also hear from some APS year elevens.  Hopefully their tips will help you to be less stressed.

Don’t let coming to a new school make you forget about your old friends - don’t smash a rock, in which your friendship is set in stone… 

During my time in Year 6, I had many worries and fears.  One was friends because no one from my primary school was joining APS.  I thought that I wasn't going to make new friends and that I would miss my friends.  When it came to the first day of school, I realised that lots of people were going through the same thing and that I wasn’t alone.  Back then I did not know the actual definition of a friend and what they were for. Gradually, I no longer felt nervous… I just did what I usually do when I am around people I know.  I then started to make great friends!  Even though I do miss my primary school friends, life moves on. The past will still remain with you but the future awaits you.

friendship01 We interviewed some year six pupils from St Martin's of Porres, and found out that we all get nervous.  One of the things that they were nervous about was whether a friend will leave you but a definition of a TRUE  friend is someone:

  • who is there for you
  • you can trust
  • that understands if you even if you can have some alone time
  • that does not get angry at the slightest things

These were the definitions of a true friend from the year 6's and I agree with all their opinions.

The year 7 pupils at APS made a collage of what how they felt about friendships.

So there you have it, our report. I hope some of this advice will make you feel slightly less nervous and slightly more comfortable about starting secondary school. Making friends will come naturally but if you are worried, talk to a parent, guardian, friend, family member or a teacher, because whatever problems you have, there will always be someone to help.


Kate, Mary, Hamda and Florrie talk 'Friendship' on Vanessa, BBC London 94.9

Top Friendship Tips

We have spoken to lots of pupils across APS, and these were the top tips for making friends when you start secondary school:

  1. Be yourself
  2. Make yourself comfortable
  3. Meet new people by joining clubs with activities you enjoy
  4. Don't ditch your original friends
  5. Hang out with people who make you happy
  6. Talk to people
  7. Don't worry about it if you don't click straight away - you will over time
  8. Don't be shy - everyone feels the same inside
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BBC Reports from 2017

  • LGBT+ representation in Alexandra Park School
    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.

    Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:15 in BBC School Report 2017 Read 1020 times
  • Science Week 2017 - an article for BBC Schools report 2017
    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.

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    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.

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    By Helen Brookes
    Science Week took place nationally from 10th - 19th March.  Read more about Science Week at APS here.
    Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:37 in BBC School Report 2017 Read 1087 times
  • Donald Trump - an APS news item for BBC School report 2017
    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.

    Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:18 in BBC School Report 2017 Read 1139 times
  • Sports news for BBC School report 2017
    Sports news for BBC School report 2017

    APS Students participating in BBC School Report day 2017 report on sports in the video below.

    Written on Thursday, 16 March 2017 14:03 in BBC School Report 2017 Read 822 times