APS News

School Production - Little Shop of Horrors

Another whole school show comes to a close. We started in September with auditions for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ with over 100 excited students. Our hope was to bring together all year groups in a shared experience that they would remember happily for a long time; an experience for them and their parents to cherish. One that an audience would admire for their commitment and the high standard of the cast and musicians involved. Over the following weeks the costumes, set, dance routines, acting and songs began to fall into place. The anticipation on first night was palpable and the students duly delivered.

The play was a great success and one that all performers, musicians and backstage crew, from year 7 to year 13, can be justifiably proud. The wonderful comments and praise from the audience was a huge thank you and reward for the drive and the resilience of all students and staff involved.

An enormous thank you must go out to the dedicated band of APS teachers, pupils, parents and carers and of course, the site team, without whom the production could not have happened.

See you next year!

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Music Lessons

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Music Lessons

It’s never too late to start learning an instrument! We are now taking applications for students wishing to start music lessons in school from January 2018 – application forms can be downloaded from here.

If your child is already having lessons, there is no need to reapply. Invoices for next term’s lessons will be posted out shortly.

Music Tour Paris 2019

Concert Orchestra and Concert Choir will be going on a residential tour to Paris in July 2019. Places on the tour are mostly full but we are accepting applications for the waiting list, should a place become available. Letters can be collected from the Music Office.

Graded Music Exam Results

Congratulations to the following students on their success in graded music exams.

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Year 8 Shakespeare Fever

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:

Winners

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…’)

Highly Commended:

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.

shakespeare fever

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!

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