APS News

APS students shortlisted in Take pArt Art Challenge

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.

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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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Science Fair

On Tuesday 26th of June, APS main hall was completely taken over by 59 amazing science projects from our local primary schools. The Science Fair day offered KS2 pupils with the best projects the opportunity to see others' projects, explain their work to the judges, complete a lab sessions at APS, see a science show and have a chance of winning an award and prize!

The quality of the projects was incredible, with topics like ‘why can’t you land on Jupiter’, ‘how much sugar are we drinking’, ‘global pollution’, ‘robotics’, ‘slime’, ‘how does sight and smell effect taste’ and 53 more! The students from Y3-Y6 explained their projects amazingly often with excellent practical demonstrations. Over the course of the day the project stands were visited by 100s of KS3 pupils as well as staff and judges.

On the day we were also joined by seven STEM ambassadors, this provided excellent careers links, guidance, and an unbiased supply of judges! As well as displaying their project, the primary students also attended two workshop sessions, 1 making a torch and the other on balanced forces. We could not have run this day without the help and support form a brilliant team of Y10 prefects and Y12 helpers so huge thanks to you guys too.

The day was a huge success and we are looking forward to next year already!

Here are a few student and staff comments;

Thanks so much for doing the science fair, we enjoyed it the whole time! Archie & Hannah – Coldfall Yr6
We loved the day and wish we could do it all over again now! Thandi, Jessica and Max
Thanks you so much for such a fun science day. We had so much fun! – Yr5 teacher
The projects were great, I got to use a robotic arm and make slime. Sam
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25 Genomes online event

The Sanger Institute is celebrating its 25th birthday by sequencing the genomes of 25 species native to the UK.  To mark the occasion, they ran an online event to allow students to vote for 5 of the species whose genomes they will sequence next year.  An application was made and we were lucky enough to be selected to take part and contribute to future science!

Pupils were able to learn about the different species, genetic sequencing and even take part in a live chat with wildlife enthusiasts, who were championing different species in a bid to win votes.  40 different species, which included the Scottish wildcat, the common starfish and the emperor dragonfly, competed against each other.  The leathery sea squirt and lion's mane jellyfish were popular contenders amongst our students.

Well done to the pupils below, who attended biology club and took part in the event.

 Year 9
Liam 9K
Milan 9S
Isadora 9S
Helen 9S 
Megan 9S
Gabriel 9X
Year 10
Zara 10K
Molly 10P
Michelle 10R
Fabiha 10R
Emma 10S
Sasha 10S 
Harry 10S
David 10X
Keshav 10L
Year 11
Grace 11K
Lola 11K
Liliana 11R
Keir 11R
Ella 11R
Alex 11P
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