BBC School Report 2017

Royal Society of Biology Challenge

insect leafThe results of the Biology Challenge that some students from years 8 and 9 and all of year 10 participated in, are finally out. It is a nationwide competition and this year over 43,000 students took part!

Our students have had another successful year. Students that have achieved gold, silver, bronze, highly commended or commended are listed below. Well done to everyone that participated.

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Passport to Success - 2018 revision sessions
First name Last name Result
Jack Holladay Gold
Flo Ellary Gold
Rory McCarthy Gold
Edward Powell Silver
Keshav Jagjivan Silver
Joseph Marcillo-Coronado Silver
Joe Levitas Silver
Toby Overfield Silver
Eddie Masters Silver
Andreas Cambanis Silver
Olivia Bell Silver
Ana Serban Silver
Amy Stancer Silver
Barash Tunahan Silver
Zara Brown-Guhli Silver
Olivia Papworth Silver
Louie Gerrard-Linn Bronze
Thomas Puthu Bronze
Mary Rawcliffe Bronze
Ambrose Hagi-Georgiou Bronze
Lottie Burnham Bronze
Molly Sheldon Bronze
Edie Murrell Bronze
Gabriella Adaway Bronze
Bertie Peacock Bronze
Ellie Beauchamp-Ward Bronze
Samantha Ellis Bronze
Reemah Lynch Bronze
James Pickering Bronze
Louisa Gravelle Bronze
Freddie Wiley Bronze
Lily Matthews Bronze
Michelle Boddey Bronze
Antoine Moore Bronze
Bernice Ukunzwe Bronze
Felix Perry Bronze
Joseph Flaherty Bronze
Daniel Burgess Highly commended
Emma Pesnedorfer-Jofre Highly commended
JJ Ruskin Highly commended
Kimberley Peci Highly commended
Amelia Toller Highly commended
Max Foster Highly commended
Harley Lellis-Ferreira Highly commended
David Orsulik Highly commended
Micah Sarkar Highly commended
Giulia Conway Highly commended
Aldora Chidley Highly commended
David O'Donoghue Highly commended
Bruno Waghorn Highly commended
Maya Robinson Highly commended
Arya Vahidi Highly commended
Francesca Borzini Highly commended
Finn Stowell-Smith Highly commended
Mary-Anthi Stratis Highly commended
Keira Collins Highly commended
Benjamin Dawson Highly commended
Angus Lennox Highly commended
Libby Occleston Highly commended
Ethan Howorth Highly commended
Yasmin Gaya-Martin Highly commended
Nell Pizey Highly commended
Joni Salillari Highly commended
Kai Rodrick Highly commended
Sara Qassam Highly commended
Olesya Belaya Highly commended
Fabiha Shiraz Commended
Joshua Jones Commended
Devon Beauchamp-ward Commended
Eva Costello Commended
Erin Engin-Bennett Commended
Ella Newberry Commended
Alexander Evans Commended
Gi'ada Del Colombo Commended
Kuba Binkowski Commended
Tom Green Commended
Adam Onoszko Commended
Suhanah Hussain Commended
Joshua Burkitt Commended
Jamila Omar Commended
Erin Brien Commended
Harry Showell Commended
William Tuck Commended
Ollie Hall Commended
Anson Lowe Commended
Laura Saavedra Commended
Omar Hasan Commended
Eleanor Browning Commended
Sasha Brealey Commended
Bailey Betteridge Commended
Mya Campbell Commended
Felix Moss Commended
Florrie Weston Commended
Calum Davies Commended
Daniel Atkinson Commended
Lottie Pavey-Humphrey Commended
Ben Ferrari Commended
Alexandra Mardar Commended
Aden Bryan Commended
Ethan Gerrell Commended
Solomon Bird Commended
Freddie Gow-Waldorf Commended
Daniel Cummerson Commended
Kane Daniel Commended
Roisin Mcbennett Commended
Hamda Elmi Commended

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Alok Jha presents the APS Easter Lecture

Tuesday 20th March 2018

Water may seem ordinary – it pours from our taps and falls from the sky – but you would be surprised at what a profoundly strange substance it is. It expands when it cools; hot water water freezes faster than cold water; it defies the usual rules of chemistry. Without its rebel behaviour, though, none of us would exist. Alok Jha will change the way you look at our most ordinary substance. Water has shaped life on Earth, we look for it on other planets as a potential sign of life and this simple molecule connects you and everyone else to the first moments of the universe.

Alok Jha is a science journalist, author and broadcaster. He is a Welcome fellow, developing new storytelling formats for science. He has worked as science correspondent at ITV News and the Guardian and made programmes for the BBC. Find out more about Alok @ http://alokjha.com/ 

This talk will be a story of science and hence accessible to all. Students do not need to wear school uniform. 

The talk starts at 5.30pm in the main hall. All ages are welcome, including family and friends. 

On the night we will be collecting for a new minibus - please donante as generously as possible. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

APS science department.

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Workshop with Robin Mobbs

On Friday 26th January, seventy students from year 12 and year 13 experienced workshops from the excellent Robin Mobbs of the National Space Academy. Robin enthralled the students with his stories of working alongside Tim Peake and the M&M floating around in the ISS. The year 12 session looked at UK space careers and how we lead on satellite production in this country as well as considering Newton’s laws and which other scientists were integral in their formulation. The year 13 students had a session on Kepler’s law where they were able to be hands-on and producing their own sinusoidal representations.

The session inspired the students to think about their futures and hopefully one day APS might have their very own home-grown astronaut.

Student quotes:

Nice job, 9 out of 10, I would recommend because it was brilliant and informativeAlex Y13
I thought it was going to be pretty boring but it was pretty funOmed Y13
EpicChris Y12
Really made me think about being an astronautFran Y12

Kepler’s laws

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I'm a Scientist get me out of here

In December, 2 of our students won the I am a scientist get me out of here competition. In this competition students speak to research scientists in real time via an online platform. They won it because all the scientists voted for the most engaged in asking good questions about their science research fields.
The scientist who won the £500 as voted for by the students wrote:

Can I say a massive thank you to all at I’m a Scientist, all the students and teachers that took part over the last two weeks. I hope you all had has much fun as I did! And learnt as much – these events are just as important for the scientists as the students, as they allow us to take a step back from our day-to-day work and look at our research in a very different way. I was also very surprised by the quality of some of the questions – far more intelligent than I could have asked at that age! And I also enjoyed some of the ‘banterful’/amusing comments – a few had me (and colleagues) LOL-ing in the office! So again, massive thank you to the students. And finally, I’m still a bit in shock from winning - as I was up against fantastic and enthusiastic scientists who generated very insightful answers (which I took great pleasure in reading – and again learnt from myself). But am incredibly grateful, and I will use the winnings very wisely to build an interactive model to show how the ‘stress-hormone’ cortisol is released and its effects on the body (good and bad), and look forward to updating you all about the outcomes! Keep asking lots of questions students!Winning scientist of I'm a Scientist, get me out of here!

A comment from our Stress Zone winner:

'I'm a scientist' was really interesting as it gave us a chance to interact with experienced scientists and ask them questions about what they do. Adam and I won a WHSmith voucher for being the most engaged which I think is great because it helps motivate us to ask more sensible and relevant questions furthermore they also offered a chance to vote for the scientist that you think should win £500 to put towards their research. In short I think it was an amazing experience and I am so glad that our teacher won this amazing opportunity! Thank you Ms Copley!Katelyn Colingwood on behalf of Adam Massoud and herself

Click here to see all the winners

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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 961 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 1004 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 1072 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 769 times