BBC School Report 2017

Queen Mary's Physicists of the Year

Two APS Physics students have been awarded the Queen Mary's University Physicist of the Year award.  Queen Mary University run this award to allow different schools across London to reward a GCSE student for their contribution and aptitude for physics.  Kelly Fitzgerald, year 12 and Liliana Newsam-Smith, year 10, attended an awards evening at Queen Mary University last week, which consisted of a lecture and several demonstrations.  Here are the reasons why Kelly and Liliana were nominated.

Kelly was nominated for her consistently impressive physics exam results and her enthusiasm for the primary school science club, where she planned and lead science club sessions at a local primary school.  Liliana was nominated for her impressive physics exam results and for her enthusiasm for the Highgate masterclasses.

Congratulations to both students.

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APS Sixth Formers Spark Science Excitement in Haringey Primary Schools

Twenty eight year 12 students at Alexandra Park Sixth Form were presented with their CREST Silver awards last night in recognition for their outstanding contribution to science education and inspiration across Haringey Primary Schools including Rhodes Avenue, Bowes, Muswell Hill, Hollickwood, Tetherdown, Coldfall, Bounds Green, St Martin of Porres and Our Lady of Muswell.

crest 01Students undertook an intensive programme of planning and delivering weekly science lessons and experiments to primary schools across the Borough, ranging from studying how suspension bridges stay upright, how sour should sherbet be and the science behind volcanoes. 

In total over 300 primary school pupils benefited from the inspirational hands-on science lessons delivered by the APS Sixth Formers.

Mr Henry Hammond, Science Director at APS and organiser of the programme said, “we spend 5 weeks training these wonderful Y12 students, they then deliver up to 15 hour long science club sessions at the primary school they are working with. The Y12s plan, risk assess and evaluate each session. This dissemination model means many more primary students benefit from extra science support than if we as staff ran these sessions.”

crest 02Maya Vihidi who volunteered at Muswell Hill Primary School agreed saying, “this has to be one of the best things I have done. The planning and delivery of a 4 month long project was daunting but the energy and enthusiasm of the primary pupils was contagious.”

Another APS volunteer when asked if this experience has influenced her to follow a career in Science said “most definitely. My plans are to read Robotics at Imperial, let them try and stop me." 

crest 03Mr James Wilshire, Headteacher of Muswell Hill Primary School, was impressed with the dedication of the students. He said, “the delivery of 16 full on, engaging science sessions through an entire school year would be daunting enough prospect for a trained specialist teacher. I have been blown away by the positive impact this project has had on our children”

The CREST Silver Award is presented to students who enrich their science studies through an extended project. They require around 30 hours of project work where students develop their own project idea and gain experience of going through the scientific process.

crest 04Presenting the Awards Clare Harvey, CEO of the Ogden Trust, the leading Physics education and inspiration charity said of the APS students, “the work they have done is exceptional. Grass routes projects such as these are how we will engage the scientists of the future”

Alexandra Park School Headteacher, Mr Michael McKenzie, adds, “We have a simple goal at APS; to change the way science is perceived of and taught across this country. This primary partners project is a vital link in this aim."

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Summer term Science

25 of our Y12 students received Silver Crest awards from the British Association for Science for the work they have been doing with local primary schools running primary science clubs. Their portfolios are exceptional – here are some notes from the assessor and some pictures of the superb work:

These were really enjoyable to read and had clearly had a lot of thought and effort put into them.
The aims of the project were very clear and the students worked towards a goal, evaluating and having their work evaluated as they went.
The students acknowledged any problems and thought of innovative ways to overcome them.
The students exhibited their understanding by communicating their work effectively to the primary school children.
The projects were well researched.
The risk assessments meant any ethical or safety concerns were acknowledged.

Primary Science Club 1  Primary Science Club 2            

 

 

 

Primary Science Club 3

 

Very Well done to

Adham
Rataba

Arifah
Huda

Ava
Mitchell

Becky
Atherton

Caleb
Green

Charlotte-Ambar Brown

Claire
Walsh

Cristina
Galka

Daisy
Cripps

Esme Keeley-Fermor

George
Burgess

Jake
Sarkar

Jasmine
Fubara

Jeremy
Atkinson

Kelly
Fitzgerald

Mahnoor
Hussain

Maya
Vahidi

Omed
khan

Osama
Butt

Paulina
Furgala

Phoebe
Mostyn

 

Susanna De Sena

 

Raphaella
Ridley

Sionadh
Gannon

Vinesha
Dwarka Davay

 

 

Yasmin
Roberts

 

 

 

Teentech Awards final at the Royal society

Jamie Toeg and Ted Procter have, for the second year running, made the TeenTech awards final – their design for a new form of bike lock beat off stiff competition from around the UK and I have no doubt they will wow the VIP judges at this year’s final. Maggie Philbin and CEO of TeenTech says ‘Many congratulations on reaching the final of the TeenTech Awards 2017! The standard of entries was exceptional this year so getting to this stage is a very considerable achievement!’ – If they win their category they will be invited to Buckingham Palace to receive their award.

Teenteach

 

Biology Challenge

Huge congratulations to these five students

Charlie
Thomas

Clement
D. Marshall

Gabriel
Da Silva

Jack
Holladay

 

Theodore
Proctor

 

 

They all received gold in the Biology Challenge and will be attending an awards ceremony at the IET in Savoy Place in July, which will include a talk by Tim Birkhead, author and animal behaviour and the history of science professor at the University of Sheffield.

Animal research assembly and workshops

It’s not just the award winners benefiting form the hard work and dedication of APS science team – Ms Salih organised a morning or talks and workshops, for the whole of year 10, from the team at understanding animal research.

This was highly enjoyable – here are some quotes from year 10s:

It was an insightful and highly informative talk, that gave us the positives of animal testing, without making the onlookers pushed on to either side of the argument. I particularly enjoyed, the class workshop and I was able to express parts of the talk that I found intriguing. It was brilliant and worth learning about from an expert.Kier Chauhan
I really enjoyed the talk on Thursday because I felt that the person who was talking was good at his job, this definitely made the assembly a lot more fun. However I didn’t like the bit about the rat because it was a tad gory but I would listen to it again because it was great. Sam Crooks

Summer lecture

Finally look out for your invitation to our summer lecture on Monday 3rd July – The Web: what happens behind the click? Dan Applequist peels back the layers of science and technology behind the click.

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Easter Science Talk: The Shard

 rosaOn a sunny Spring afternoon in the week before Easter, 220 friends and family of APS were treated to a wonderfully inspiring talk covering engineering, teamwork and the passion it takes to complete big projects.  Roma worked on the shard from 2006 to 2012 and by the range and abundance of questions from the audience, it seems the building certainly has a place in hearts and minds as large as it occupies on the London skyline.

Roma's talk offered fantastic careers guidance and stimulation for the engineering profession.  I look forward to reading her book, 'Built - the Hidden Stories Behind our Structures', when it is released next year.

She made it really funny, but at the same time she taught us the important factors of The Shard. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait until the next talk.Oscar Hills, Y8
shard audience
Thanks again for organizing such great lectures for the kids - I brought both my kids (my daughter goes to Archer in East Finchley) and both were so impressed.  I especially appreciated that you had a woman speaker on engineering first because I like to inspire my daughter with femaile role models (especially in STEM) and second because I'm a strong supporter of getting more girls into STEM topics.Dan Appelquist
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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 551 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 567 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 677 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 416 times