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Many congratulations to Jamie who has been shortlisted for the World Class Schools essay writing competition with their essay titled ‘Dear Ella’. Students from World Class accredited schools from across the country had the opportunity to take part in the competition, writing on the theme of ‘Friendship’. As the press release states, the competition had more entries than ever this year, so we are incredibly proud of Jamie and their ‘World Class Achievement!'

The shortlisted pieces will be judged by writer and Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. Jamie’s name can be found on the World Class Schools website, and their brilliant essay will be published there once the winner is announced. Fingers crossed for Jamie!

Black History Month

The month of October marked the celebration of Black History Month in the UK, with the focus point this year emphasizing on, “Action Not Words.” This recognizes that although it is important for us to remember events in the past, in order for things to change, we also need to look to the future.

APS celebrated Black History Month with an array of events, in which students engaged creatively in practical and analytical activities, serving to enhance and develop their skillset and understanding of the vast aspects of Black culture and history.

Highlights included Sixth Form hosting a Cultural Day, which saw students and staff honouring their heritage by wearing traditional attire on Cultural Day, in addition to showcasing talent in forms of spoken word, music and catering, in celebration and recognition of the diverse cultural backgrounds among the student cohort.

The library’s book club proved popular, with “full house” attendance of students who were keen to explore the themes within the varied genres of Black literature.

Design & Technology, Food-Tech and Art tapped into the creative skills of students, seeing them produce; textile pieces using traditional African fabric; African and Caribbean enthused delicacies; alongside using tribal patterns to create their own series of patterns and print using lino and fabric. Curriculum team leaders and their departments shared a wealth of information on impactful and influential Black people from a variety of industries and backgrounds within their curriculum subject, which was presented and explored with tutor groups throughout the month.

Year 11 had the privilege of being addressed by former APS Alumni, Altou Mvuama, where the focus topic of the assembly was on “SUCCESS.” Altou inspired students, sharing poignant moments of her personal journey on the path to success, which now sees her thriving in her career as a fashion model and body positivity advocate.

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Alexandra Park students have become the first students to not only have won for the first time in its history, both The Haringey Shield for Boys and The Haringey Shield for Girls in 2019, but continue to reign supreme by defending and repeating that amazing victory in 2022!

A huge congratulations to all students who represented Alexandra Park across 17 different sporting activities throughout 2021-22 including badminton, athletics, volleyball, football, cross country, table tennis, dodgeball, swimming, indoor cricket, trampoline, rounders and basketball and competed against students from all 13 secondary schools in Haringey.

All sporting events were hotly contested with victories across most schools. Despite the valiant efforts of Fortismere and St Thomas More chasing for the top spot, it was Alexandra Park students who took top honours in winning both The Haringey Shield for Boys and The Haringey Shield for Girls. We are extremely proud of them.

A huge thank you to our amazing PE team who encouraged, coached, coordinated and supported the participation of our students

The much needed rain on Thursday August 25th could not dampen the spirits of our students who were in school collecting their GCSE results. These results were record-breaking, with APS students bucking the national trend of falling grades.

Our Sixth Form students once again demonstrated their ability to secure places on demanding courses at competitive universities throughout the country. The school maintained its impressive record of sending students to Oxford and Cambridge with at least half a dozen students beginning their studies there next term; reading  a variety of courses including Classics, English, Music, Ancient History and Maths.

The class of 2022 (aka 'Generation Covid') have proven just how well they have managed through the past two years of disruption. These students were sent home in March 2020 with less than an hour’s notice, having both their schooling and GCSE exams cancelled.

Year twelve Product Design entered the RSA Pupil Design Awards this year, a nationwide competition where students respond to briefs on societal issues set by the Royal Society of Art, Manufacture and Commerce.

This week APS celebrated Sports Week. Students had the opportunity to participate in unconventional sports in their PE lessons ranging from ultimate frisbee to Dodgeball.
Staff had the opportunity to show off their sporting skills in staff vs staff football, staff vs staff tug of war and also staff vs students' netball.

We are delighted to announce that Alexandra Park School have achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year.

It was a true privilege to watch our engineering pathways day unfold. The idea behind the day was to gather engineers from every stage of their careers and provide a shared space to allow free flowing conversation to inspire our next generation of STEM experts.

Fourth Plinth Awards

Ava's entry for the National Gallery 4th Plinth - School's Award was shortlisted by the National Gallery for a borough award.

Planet Hunting with Python

The Kepler telescope was first launched in March 2009 and spent 4 years collecting data from more than 150,000 stars. 4717 exoplanet candidates have been discovered from various solar systems. Our aim is to design an algorithm using Python to find exoplanets using raw data of light intensity from distant stars.

How does one judge a school? It seems a hot topic at the moment.

Surely not by its Year 7 students. At this stage, schools will not have had time to work their magic. Definitely not its Year 9. In fact especially not Year 9 with their concoction of hormones and swirling moods. Judge a school by the year groups that are reaching transition stages. Year 11, the almost finished article and Year 13, as they move onto pastures new. On both fronts, our students come up trumps.

We were extremely proud to partake in the award ceremony for the Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology. Over the past 2 years Mr Marshall, Mr Adams, Ms Harrold, Ms Pearl, Mr Hammond, and Joe Hart (industry VR expert) have been introducing Virtual Reality (VR) to Y10 and Y12 students.

Both Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to put our Erasmus project on hold. Thankfully we were able to resume this year, albeit remotely, to continue the wonderful scientific and cultural exchange between students at APS and those from two schools in Denmark and Norway.

The Arts Council awarded their top classification to Alexandra Park School in recognition of the superb work the school does within the Arts and Cultural experiences, especially within Fine Art, Music and Drama.