KS3 Art club students attended weekly sessions to create unique compositions for the 'Take pArt Art Challenge' competition supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation and delivered by national charity Children & the Arts. The theme for the competition consisted of exploring the topic 'Evolve'.
A number of our talented KS3 Art students entered the ‘Schools by Year 7-9 pupils’ category and as a result, out of 750 entries, three of our students’ compositions were shortlisted. Emily, Mila and Millie and their guests attended a private viewing to celebrate their achievements at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Alongside such an outstanding achievement, Mila’s composition was awarded as runner up for the ‘National Schools by Year 7-9 pupils’ category.
The Art department are all very proud of the students who attended KS3 Art club on a weekly basis to enter the ‘Take pArt Art Challenge’ competition.
This autumn, Year 8 studied the first Shakespearean play of their APS career: the ever-gory, truly terrifying Macbeth (aka ‘The Scottish Play’ to any superstitious thespians reading!) More horrifying than the ruthless Lady Macbeth, was the challenge the English Department set the whole year group in their very first lesson. With next to no knowledge of the play, every single student was made to choose a speech, which they were then given 2 weeks to comprehend, memorise and rehearse, ready to perform in a cross-year competition which (after class heats and a gruelling semi-final) had its glorious grand final on the 11th of October 2018.
This was the second annual Performing Shakespeare Final held at APS and it was an inspiring and humbling experience for all teachers, parents/carers and supportive friends who attended, as the selected students performed gripping interpretations of their chosen Macbeth speeches. Five incredibly brave students (Lucas, Kezia, Sameer, Poppy and Lucie W) even learnt a second speech with only one week’s notice, from a selection of Shakespeare child characters, compiled by guest judge (‘Skins’ writer and Shakespeare ‘buff’) Holly Hughes. Holly was joined by Ms Vasey and Ms Jobling to judge this very close competition and after MUCH deliberation agreed on the following awards:
Poppy Burnham for: Boy from ‘Henry V’, Act 3 Scene 2 (‘As young as I am…’)
Elsie Hunter-Rawlings for: Macbeth, from ‘Macbeth’, Act 2 Scene 1 (‘Is this a dagger…’)
Kezia for: Arthur from ‘King John’, Act 4, Scene 1 (‘have you the heart?’)
Lucas for: Bottom from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 4 Scene 1 (‘When my cue comes…’)
Lucie for: Macbeth, from ‘Macbeth’, Act 2 Scene 1 (‘Is this a dagger…’)
Our other (very worthy!) finalists were: James, Leo, Jodie, Sameer and Freddy.
The winners will be going through to the regional finals of this national competition in the Spring – so we have our fingers crossed for an APS national champion!
As if that wasn’t enough Shakespeare for one year group, 30 lucky year 8 students also won a lottery to attend the RSC’s critically acclaimed production of Macbeth at the Barbican, starring Dr Who’s Christopher Eccleston.
What a term - Shakespeare would be proud!
I am both pleased and impressed with the overall start Year 8 have made to the academic year. We are keen, as a year group, to make sure we continue to maintain good habits and develop skills to ready us for Year 9 and Key Stage 4. I was pleased to see that parents and carers turned out in masses for the first Student Progress Day, where I hope you found the meetings with your child’s tutors helpful.
It has been great to see the number of students who have bought into our extracurricular activities drive and have been getting their purple cards signed. We are privileged to have a school that offers so many opportunities to engage in the wider school community. I must thank families for supporting us in strongly encouraging attendance to at least one activity per week. I hope your child begins to see both the social and academic benefits of this, as we have found with previous year groups that have run this initiative.
We are currently achieving over 97% attendance, which evidences the mind-set and attitude your children have returned to school with. As the dark autumn mornings approach, please continue to support your child in coming into school each day. I would also like to ask that where possible, medical appointments are arranged outside school hours. We expect students to come in or return to school if medical appointments are made during the school day.
Please feel free to get in contact with myself or Debbie Wright, Pastoral Support Assistant, if you have any questions or queries.