APS News

Othello at the Globe Theatre

Ms. Peleties Writes...

We were very fortunate to secure thirty seats for Year 12 to see this prestigious production, starring Mark Rylance as Iago and Andre Holland as Othello, which has just finished its hugely successful run at the Globe.

Our sixth formers proved themselves worthy ambassadors of Alexandra Park School; their conduct was exemplary and their appreciation, engagement and enthusiasm for the performance and the venue were impressive. It was an absolute pleasure to accompany Year 12 on this trip and students’ responses are a testament to their enjoyment and enhanced understanding of their set text ‘Othello:

I really enjoyed the play because it helped me to understand the drama more; the atmosphere was amazing!Oli Da Costa
It was interesting to see Iago being displayed with humour as it contrasted to the way he is perceived when reading the play.Olivia Bucherer
A fantastic performance from Mark Rylance in ‘Othello’…. The characters’ relationships were strong and impactful as the audience could see how Iago manipulated them.Keir Chauhan
Excellent cast that did not disappoint and delivered a once in a lifetime production which was great to watch!”Phoebe Crutchley

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Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018

Ms. Vasey Writes...

shakespeare schoolsA group of Year 9 students have been working on a production of Romeo and Juliet in association with the Shakespeare Schools Festival. They have been extremely committed, attending rehearsals on Mondays and Fridays each week, and have also attended a cast workshop at the Arts Depot Theatre. The students really enjoyed the workshop and here are a few of their comments:

“I had a great time and learnt how to develop my character in more depth.’’ - Madi (9K)

“I had a really fun time and I liked learning new acting techniques and doing different exercises to improve the understanding of my character - Imogen (9K)
The festival has not only allowed APS students to pursue their interest in acting but has also allowed those students interested in lighting and sound design to explore their talents and perform a valued role in the production process.

The pupils will be performing Romeo and Juliet on Friday 23rd November, along with 3 other schools who are involved in the festival.

We hope to see you on the 23rd November to support these talented and hardworking students!

Ticket info:

Full price: £9.75 - Concession: £7.75

Box office contact number: 020 8369 5454

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Pompeii Trip 2018

Mr Short and Mr Bonham-Carter recently took Year 11 classics students on a very successful trip to Pompeii. Below are comments from some of the students involved:

The trip was relaxing but yet fast paced and energetic at the same time. We wasted no time in the beautiful ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii and saw everything we could have hoped to have seen in the time we had. We also got an educational commentary on the sights from Mr Bonham-Carter and Mr Short who I’m sure had an insightful time also. Not just educational but also highly enjoyable as Naples provided us with the best pizza that we have ever tasted and a picturesque view from the Bay.Daniel, 11X

It had been a week of rain and gloom in England and I think just about everyone was missing the heat and fun of the summer, there couldn’t have been a better time to jump on a plane (albeit the crack of dawn), and fly to the sunny, beautiful Amalfi coast. The days were jam packed indulging in both the rich history of Herculaneum and Pompeii and huge amounts of pizza, pasta and ice cream. What's more we had the amazing experience of swimming in the Bay of Naples during a stunning sunset after a warm and chock-a-block day visiting Pompeii and the beautiful Sorrento. A brilliant weekend that made returning to the cold and raining London with tonnes of homework and revision just that much more depressing.Flo, 11X

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Year 11 Notices Nov. 2018

Mr Bonham-Carter writes:

Year 11 are working hard and rising to the challenges of the GCSE year. As always, the small details are what matters. Students will succeed if they can continue to be:

· Organised 

· Positive

· Resilient

December Mocks:

Students should treat the next month as a dress rehearsal for next summer. It’s crucial that students organise their time around revising. In assembly we have been listening to a Year 12 discussing their successful revision strategies. Key ideas were:

  • Make a list of the main topics you will be tested on
  • Be honest with yourself about the topics that you need to focus on (there’s no point just revising things you are already good at!)
  • Break up your revision into chunks and timetable when you will revise them. A couple of hours a day during the week is about right. More at the weekend.
  • Put your phone in another room!
  • Attend all possible school revision sessions
  • Practise under timed conditions and keep identifying areas where you need to revise more
  • Stay healthy – eat properly, drink water and get enough sleep
  • Keep up with your school-work

Key Stage 4 Blog

Please look on the KS4 APS Blog for regular updates of revision strategies and subject topic breakdowns. 

Beyond June…

It’s not all exams though and Year 11 are still playing a full part in school life. Year 11 students have recently enjoyed successful trips to Germany and Pompeii, the football team is doing brilliantly, Year 11 are heavily involved in the school play and a group of 25 monitors are helping Year 7 students settle in.

year11 ncsNCS The Challenge Summer 2019

We had a presentation from The National Citizen Service regarding The Challenge. This is a fantastic Government subsidised opportunity for 15-17 year olds to spend time away from home in an exciting environment over the summer. As well as developing key personal skills, the students will work in groups to develop and manage projects.  It’s an amazing           opportunity and highly recommended by previous students. In the past up to 50 APS       students per year have taken part – don’t miss out! 

You can read all about The Challenge on their website here: https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/

 

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