APS News

Not mum, but sons and daughters gone to Iceland!

Another great GCSE geography trip to Iceland this year!  A group of forty students in years 10 and 11 spent five days exploring the top natural attractions that Iceland has to offer. Students had the opportunity to swim in the Blue Lagoon (a natural geothermal hot spring), hike the glacier tongue of Solheimajokull, walk along the rift valley forming where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates pull apart (Mid-Atlantic Ridge), watch Geysir erupt, and explore the black volcanic beach and the magnificent basalt cliffs and caves to name just a few.

It was a great opportunity to see and experience some phenomenal geographical features and landscapes.

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Mandarin Excellence Programme

APS is one of just 14 founding schools on The Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP).  This is a national project aimed to develop a cohort of secondary school students to near-native Mandarin proficiency by 2020.  APS is leading the way amongst the group of schools selected.  Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb visited Alexandra Park School to meet our Year 8 MEP students.  ITN Captured all the action.

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Y Viva España

Learning Spanish with us is great - exploring three super exciting southern Spanish cities and their rich culture in one trip was phenomenal!

A group of forty students spent four days exploring the top attractions in Seville, Granada and Cordoba at the end of January. The students now have a real sense of the Andalusian region and the strong Arabic and Moorish influence from exploring mosques, cathedrals and old towns – not no mention the breath-taking sceneries and flamenco lessons followed by an inspiring flamenco show in the heart of Seville. Hurray! ...or should we say.. ¡Olé!

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APS Careers Fair

The Careers Fair at Alexandra Park School on Thursday, 18th January 2018 was another great success.  A wide variety of exhibitors attended including universities, employers and an increasing range of apprenticeship providers. Exhibitors commented on how they had never met such conscientious Year 9 students and were pleased with the thoughtful questions from Year 11s. Many Year 12 and 13 students also attended to gain some important points about next steps and to keep in touch with the ever changing climate of higher education and advanced apprenticeship options.

Students were grateful of the time dedicated to help link their learning to their future options and vocational ideas. Here are some Year 9 student comments:

I talked to lots of people and the Lawyer helped me think about how I can qualify with the right skills and subjects.
Until the careers fair, I didn't realise how many options we have and it really helped me see different choices potentially for the future.
I learnt about what opportunities there are for the GCSEs you take.
I’m now much clearer about what an Apprenticeship is.
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A Weekend in Paris

As part of their A level studies, our sixth form students undertook a research weekend in Paris exploring the development of the motion picture house. Our intrepid group of AS and A-level French students travelled to Paris at the height of the recent flooding. Undaunted, they did research at the cinemathèque, climbed to the top of Montmartre (twice!) and saw every major monument from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower. In the true spirit of linguistic explorers, they walked a mind-boggling 50,000 steps and even managed to keep their feet dry. Tres bien.

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Careers Fair 2018

Alexandra Park School Careers Fair

Thursday 18th January 2018

Main Hall 10am - 2pm
  • careers 02Looking at sixth form, college & university opportunities?
  • Looking for job opportunities?
  • Wondering whether an apprenticeship or college is a good choice for you?
  • Want advice and information about specific jobs?
  • Interested in volunteering or mentoring?

Find out more about yourself and your future career options at our annual careers fair.  Over 25 representatives from employers, universities, colleges and training providers will be in attendance including:

  • Barclays Bank
  • AAT Appprenticeships
  • TempDent
  • City & Islington College
  • Haringey 6th Form College
  • UK Unsigned (Music)
  • Haringey Council
  • North London Garages
  • Brunel University
  • Cain Lambert
  • Fashion Retail Academy
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STEAM club 2017

It is full STEAM ahead on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and maths club this year! Our incredibly enthusiastic group of year 7’s have been undertaking some top quality engineering with achievements including the construction of a bridge out of paper that can hold over 10kg of weight and creating a rocket out of matchsticks that has launched the length of a classroom!  We have also undertaken some Christmas engineering, wiring Christmas lights and making a rocket powered Santa sleigh. In the upcoming term, the students will be creating assemblage sculpture in ART, solving logic puzzles in mathematics and building and programming robots.

Steam club is absolutely mind boggling and fun!Ari, 7P
The ultimate ‘how things work’Ollie, 7L
It’s a place where no boys judge you and everyone gets an equal opportunityLily, 7X
STEAM has been a brilliant opportunity for me. I really enjoy it and love to know how the world worksAsh, 7X
A great club with loads of opportunitiesBen, 7S
STEAM club is an inventive, fun and educational club for all year 7’sEuan, 7P
STEAM club is an opportunity to let year 7’s have fun and learn about different subjectsEdan, 7A
STEAM club is really fun and we get to make now friends!Lucila, 8X
STEAM club is an amazing experience for students to have fun and become curious in activities including science, technology, engineering and maths. Every year group would definitely enjoy it since it is interesting. The good thing is that there is no homework to do and it is just experiments, which everyone loves. Finally it will give you a better futureDaniel, 7A
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Making Music at APS

making music 01Congratulations to Catriona Lockhart from our A Level Music Group.  Not only has Catriona been selected as oboist in The National Youth Orchestra, the most prestigious youth orchestra in the UK, she has also been offered a full-time scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama next year when she finishes her studies at APS.  However, with up and coming auditions at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, she has not yet made a final decision where she would like to continue her musical studies post-18.

Catriona is one of thirty students currently studying music in the sixth form at APS.  Offering A Level Music and two vocational music courses in performing and music production, we are delighted that music is flourishing in the sixth form at APS.

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Outstanding Achievement in Sport

Congratulations to the Haringey District Football Team and the APS girls who make up a large proportion of the squad. After winning the U11 National Schools Championships last season, they became the first Haringey schools side to ever win the National Title.

They were awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Sport award in the Outstanding for All Awards this year. The girls were given the award by Tottenham legend Ledley King, and the Mayor of Haringey. Their achievement comes after much hardwork and dedication, training every week and giving up most Saturdays to play games and tournaments.

Well done to Scarlet, Alena, Sara, Orla and Mia and a special thanks to their Coach Adem Ali.

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APS host 'Poetry by Heart' final

On Tuesday 7th November, the English Department hosted the final of the annual Poetry by Heart competition.  Congratulations to all the finalists who learned and performed one pre-1914 and one post-1914 poem from the national Poetry by Heart anthology. The evening was a great success where the students communicated clear understanding of the message and emotion of the poems they performed. At the end of the evening, the judges, actor Elliot Levey and Spoken Word Artist/TedEx Speaker, Lionheart, commented that they were particularly impressed with how each finalist seemed to ‘internalise their poems’ and the skilled way they managed their vocal performances including the ‘cadence of their delivery’. 

Our school champion this year was Flo Ellary, for her hypnotic rendition of Robert Browning’s: ‘Porphyria's Lover’ and her contrastingly amusing portrayal of: ‘God, A Poem’ by James Fenton.

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