Year 12 trip to CERN & Geneva
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- Venue: CERN, Geneva
On the 2nd of March, Ms Karnani took 30 keen year 10 students to the GCSE Science Live! event as part of National Science Week. Whilst there, the students had the opportunity to hear from several well-known scientists including Professor Jim Al-Khalili and Professor Robert Winston, and their research.
Topics included time travel, fertility challenges, and the miracle of water.
Here are some comments from the students:
The 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.