Specialism News

APS Astronomy Evening huge success

On Valentine's day 2019, Alexandra Park School's science department fell in love with the stars as we hosted an evening of astronomy.

Steve Fossey of UCL and the Mill Hill observatory kicked the evening off with a fascinating retelling of the night he and his team discovered a supernova, which was followed by 2 hours of observing the night sky through the school's telescopes. Highlights of the evening included the STEAM club's homemade telescopes giving clear and highly magnified images of the Moon's surface, and a breath-taking view of the Orion nebula through the school's larger refracting telescope thanks to the fortuitous weather.

I've never used a telescope before! It was interesting to see stars from a different perspective, and Ill never forget itEddie
It was goodCharlie
I went to the Astronomy Observation evening thinking it would be a waste of time (in the cold!) but then I found out that it was really cool and fun!Elsie, 7A
I have never seen the moon that close up before! It was so detailed!>Marin, 7X
I thought fun and interesting to learn about astronomy and see the stars and the moon through a telescope I also found it very interesting when Steve Fossey was talking about supernovasAmelia, 7A
It was extremely enjoyable to learn about supernovas and how they start and end. I also enjoyed using the telescopes we made to see the stars (even if it was quite difficult)Bethany, 7L

British Science Week 2017

British Science Week is being celebrated, as it is every year at APS, with a wide variety of activities, experiments and talks, taking place during and after school during the week from Monday 13th through to Friday 17th March.

From using chemistry to make ice cream and dry ice experiments, through to Mr. Nicholl's reverred annual shark talk, there is something for everyone.  Take a look at the activities below and get involved!

MON LUNCH Minibeasts Testing the effects of caffeine and alcohol on water fleas! Mr. Hill S10 KS3 First 25 students
Erasmus project Erasmus fusion students prepare for Poland trip! Mr. Hammond & Mr. Marshall S7 10,11,12
Ice Cream Making Can we use Chemistry to make Ice Cream!? – come and find out Ms. Anjorin S20 Y7&8 - First 25 students lining up quietly.
Exploring the Night Sky Demonstrating and using Stellarium to find out about the wonders of space! Mr. Allen S5 First 25 - All pupils welcome
APS fruit drop Using falling fruit to find the acceleration due to Earth’s gravity Mr. Marshall & Mr. Oaks S17 All Y12 and Y13 pupils
TUE LUNCH Physics Olympiad Challenging physics problem solving! Mr. Head S8 Y11
Lunchtime lecture "Help! My nose is killing me!" Rhinos and their perilous plight. Mr. Groom LIBARY All welcome
Chemistry Special Making Esters, Creating a Chemical garden and Rainbow titration! Mr. Johnson & Ms. Anjorin S15 KS3
Alkaseltza Rocket Investigate how to make the best Alka-Seltzer rocket! Mr. Rae S5 KS3 – first 20 students to sign up – see JRA in S13 to sign up
Introduction to electronics Build an astable and a monostable circuit using a 555 timing chip! Mr. Head S8 Maximum 15 students – please sign up with Mr. Head in S08
Biology Olympiad Biology challenge – how much do you know!? Ms. Wilkinson S22 Y9 top set and Y10 triples will do in lesson time – any other Y9&Y10s interested this is your opportunity.
WED LUNCH Poster Competition Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of change! Ms. Salah & Mr. Lyons S7 Y7&8
Charlie Maunder Demonstrations Reactions with group 1 metals – and other exciting chemistry. Charlie Maunder & Mr. Hammond S8 All Pupils welcome
80 Degrees Below Dry ice demonstrations, activities and experiments! Ms. David S10 Y7/8 - first 30 to line up quietly
Investigating owls Using owl pellets and your detective skills to deduce the lifestyle of these nocturnal creatures Mr. Oaks S12 KS3 - first 30 to line up quietly
THUR LUNCH Cloaking devices and Quantum computing Demonstrating how optics are used to solve real world problems! Dr. Alex Clark – Imperial college London LIBARY All
Poster Competition Get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, on the theme of change! Ms. Salah & Mr. Lyons S7 Y7&8
Animal Man Come and meet the mammals, invertebrates and reptiles! Ms. David S10 KS3 - first 30 to line up quietly
FRI LUNCH Lunchtime lecture 16th annual APS shark lecture; Do great whites visit the UK!? Mr. Nicholls 101 Lunchtime All Pupils welcome

Download the full programme

More information on the British Science Association website


Careers Fair 2017

03The annual Spring Careers Fair at Alexandra Park School was another great success.  Over forty universities, employers and apprenticeships attended, including Barclays Bank, the Royal College of GPs and Thomson Reuters.


Exhibitors commented on the conscientiousness of the Year 9 students and were pleased with the throughtful questions from Year 11 students.  Many Year 12 and 13 students also attended to pick up on some important points about next steps and to keep in touch with the ever-changing climate of higher education and advanced apprenticeships.

Students were grateful for the time dedicated to help link their learning to their future options and vicational ideas.

Year 9 students commented:

Until the careers fair, I didn't ralise how many options we have and it really helped me see different choices potentially for the future.Y9 student
I am now looking forward to university and how it could lead me to more options in life.Y9 student
The careers fair was very engaging, and helped me see what I could do for a job in the future.  I have always thought about a job in medicine, and seeing people from the Royal College of General Practitioners immediately caught my eye.  I learnt a lot about what it takes to become a GP; taking a 5-6 year degree, and a 2-year long foundation course in order to take another course to finally become a medicinal doctor. Keshav, 9L
01We were given lots of freedom to search for the universities, forms and colleges that may interest us.  I was really interested in the military as I didn't know that there were many other jobs that can be done in the army.  For example: coding, languages and decoding! Max, 9L
At the Year 9 Careers Fair I was able to talk to a lot of different people in a lot of different jobs, colleges, universities and much more!  I spoke with someone who explained to me how law works and what you need in order to go to law school. This helped me because I want to be a barrister. Chiara, 9L