APS News

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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Year 10 Notices Nov. 2018

Mr. Hudson writes...

It has been a truly impressive start to the year from Year 10. The vast majority of students have started their GCSEs in a positive frame of mind. The students have reported really enjoying the new challenge and teachers have been equally impressed by the students’ enthusiasm.

Sport

The Year 10 boy’s football team were unlucky to lose to a very strong Petchey Academy team in the cup. Despite losing for the majority of the game, the students continued to encourage each other and did not let their heads drop.

The camaraderie and teamwork demonstrated by our students was inspirational to witness.

Extracurricular

There is a huge amount going on at school outside of the classroom at present. A number of students have been part of this week’s school show ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ which has been a huge success.
The “Beyond Race’ Cultural Showcase that was held the week before half term was also a huge success. The following students deserve real credit for their participation:

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The Prime Agency delivered a presentation and workshop to all of Year 10 on Monday 29th October. The assembly explored mental health, the causes of mental health problems (stress at school, relationships etc.) and the importance of the four British values (the rule of law, democracy, individual liberty and respect and tolerance). The presentation was well received by Year 10, who asked some excellent questions in the follow up workshop.

Student recognition

The following students deserve recognition for their exceptional start to the year.  All of them have more than 65 commendations:

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Year 9 Notices Nov. 2018

Ms Simon writes:

Year 9 Christmas Charity Project

Following the major success of our “Reverse Advent Calendar” charity project last year in which we collected almost 400kg of donations for the Haringey Food Bank, Year 9 will be undertaking another charity project in the run-up to Christmas 2018.

This year we are doing something a little different. We will be raising money for Mind in Haringey. The Year 9 students and Pastoral Team are aware that adolescence is a time when many people can struggle with their mental health. Unfortunately, feelings of anxiety, anger and sadness are all too common as are many other illnesses which young people need help and support to recover from. Mind in Haringey runs a wide range of programmes and sessions which aim to improve mental health for the people of Haringey and our students and staff would like to support them this Christmas.

We are asking each student to make a pledge and collect sponsorship for completing it. Pledges should be to do something which benefits students or those around them. Our theme is the twelve days of Christmas so they can pledge, for example, to cook 12 family meals in December, read 11 books, run 10 miles, visit 9 relatives, complete 8 extension or curiosity tasks, go 7 days without using their phone after 7pm… the options are endless!

Teachers or parents can then sign their pledge cards to confirm they have completed their pledge and donations can be made to the charity via the Year 9 Just Giving page (link to follow).
There is no lower or upper limit to what students can pledge or how much money they can collect; the idea is to do something as a school community which will, hopefully, benefit both our students and the wider community.

Please contact me (csimon@alexandrapark.school) if you have any questions.

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