APS News

BBC News Presenter visits APS

BBC Today programme presenter, Mishal Husain spoke to all of Year 9 about her life and career.

The Hall was rearranged to resemble a Question Time layout and representatives from each form questioned Mishal on a range of topics. Year 9 behaved in an exemplary fashion throughout and Ms Husain conveyed many powerful messages on the importance of aiming high and being resilient when things don’t work out.

Thank you to Mishal for captivating our students and well done to Year 9 for their behaviour and thoughtful questions.

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Year 8 Artist in Residence

This month a small group of our year 8 students were selected to take part in a special Artist in Residence workshop led by Ceramic artist, Ricky Grimes. 

During the workshop, students learned how to sculpt with clay and explore a variety of different techniques to build different types of sculpture based on their current project ‘My London’.

The students mind-mapped a broad range of ideas from environmental to social issues within London and created some fantastic final outcomes. 

I would like to say a big thank you to Ricky Grimes for his time and expertise with our students and to the year 8 students for their time and hard work.

Ms Bent
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Alexandra Park wins at Oxford again!

Congratulations to Jamie Toeg (10L) for winning the prestigious Orwell Youth Prize at Pembroke College, Oxford.  In addition, another APS student: Flo Ellary (9X), was awarded a "highly commended" certificate.  Schools from across the country take part in this competition, which aims to ‘make political writing into an art’.

As part of the national competition, our students participated in two writing workshops where they explored the theme of the prize this year, ‘Identity’. They were then encouraged to discover and develop their talents and abilities by submitting writing to professional writers who offered personal feedback on their entries. Our students demonstrated excellent engagement in the workshops and really used this opportunity to explore the power of writing; to then have two winners from this is incredible. 

To celebrate the students' participation, all those who entered were invited to attend a Celebration Day at Oxford University. In addition to the prize giving ceremony, the day is an opportunity to inspire young people with writers’ seminars and a lively debate. This year a special election manifesto debate was held where two out of the four political parties created were led by APS students. The engagement and passion demonstrated by all our young people was amazing and a pleasure to watch.

Well done to all those who participated, especially to Jamie and Flo. APS students winning two years in a row is a fantastic achievement!

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APS Student Makes News with London Citizen Journalist Competition Win

Joel Kiffin with Richard PeelAlexandra Park School pupil, and Haringey citizen journalist, Joel Kiffin was a winner at the 2017 London Voices jounalist competition.  These awards, sponsored by The Media Society and London Learning Consortium, took place during a high profile event at the London Reform Club last week.  Joels written entry considers the pros and cons of social media for democracy, and was part of a competition designed to encourage new talent into journalism.

Dubbed London Voices, the competition aims to promote emerging journalism talent across the capital and to generate a range of new perspectives and ideas about London.  Aspiring citizen journalists submitted articles, videos or photos which debated and challenged the ways people think about their communities.  The competition was launched against a background of discussion about the proliferation of 'fake news', and is part of an attempt to fight back by encouraging citizens to become part of reporting 'real' news about their communities and issues.

Joel Kiffin with Stephen Jeffery and Richard PeelJoel's interest in politics was evident in his written entry to the competition, discussing ideas about the use and misuse of social media, and the extent to which it could be seen as contributing to or stifling democratic debate.  His entry was even more impressive, considering that Joel has only just completed his A Levels, and was one of the youngest entrants to the competition.  His entry can be read on the London Voices website at http://www.londonlc.org.uk/london-voices/.

Media Society judges Patrick Barrow and Barney Jones loved Joel's "well presented" article and felt it was, "informative, carefully prepared and well backed up with quotes and statistics".  He was presented with his award by President of The Media Society, Richard Peel.

Having just completed his studies at Alexandra park School, Joel has applied to university to study Journalism and Media.  He intends to continue with his twin passions of sport (cricket, football, tennis and Formula One) and writing, and he has plans to eventually work within either print media or broadcast media such as radio.

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Year 7 Taster Evening

The APS year 7 taster evening took place on 5th July, providing parents with invaluable information pertaining to year 7 and the transition process.

Information provided on the evening can be found in the presentation available to download from below.

 

Our Year 7 Team  

Director of Studies: Mr. Nathan Richardson

020 8826 4899

NRI 

Transition Manager: Ms. Serap O'Flynn

020 8826 4852

SOF 

Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 3: Ms. Joanna Chadwick

020 8826 4893

JCD
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Jack Petchey Awards Evening

On Tuesday 21st June, Mr. Allen accompanied six APS pupils, along with their friends and families, to the Jack Petchey Awards Evening for Haringey at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

The evening was to celebrate pupils across Haringey schools who have shown particular determination, diligence, selflessness and positivity throughout the academic year.

A massive well done to Juliet Eaglestone-Harman (Year 7), Solomon Bird (Year 9), Seren Chia Jones (Year 10), Anna Zanelli (Year 10), Finn Cunningham-Tickel (Year 11) and Susanna De Sena (Year 12) for representing the school so magnificently.

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Drugs workshop by Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation

Many thanks to the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation for their moving and detailed workshop on teenagers and drug use.  Around 120 APS parents listened carefully and participated in a workshop led by Daniel's mother, Fiona Spargo-Mabbs.  The workshop for parents and carers was a follow-up to the performances of I love you mum - I promise I won't die seen by Years 9 and 10 in March.

By the age of 15, almost half of all young people have been offered drugs, and 24% have tried them, and as a parent or carer it's important to be aware of what you can do to help your children stay safe.

DSM Talk

The workshop involved finding out about:

  • levels of young people's exposure to drugs and alcohol
  • why young people do and don't misuse drugs and alcohol
  • what young people need to know about drugs and alcohol, including factors that affect risk
  • what it's useful for parents and carers to know, and practical suggestions for what you can do to support your children to stay safe

For more information about the DSM Foundation, see http://www.dsmfoundation.org.uk/drugs-education 

THere is the Vice News documentary on drugs factories:

Download the slides from Fiona's talk

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APS Students write the 'dark truth'

By Laura Formby, writing for the Holloway Express.

Students at a secondary school in Muswell Hill have published a novel about l0ve and death called ‘The Dark Truth.’

Alexandra Park School chose a number of 12-year-olds for the White Water Writers programme – publishers who use workshops to help groups of around ten writers to write and publish their own novel within five days.

Students from Year 8 took part in a collaborative writing course between March 6th-10th.

The workshop allows them to use their imagination and help each other write a novel.  They develop their writing and communication skills, teamwork, attention to detail and confidence.

‘The students learnt so much from this experience,’ said Joanna Chadwick,  Assistant Headteacher.

‘They started as usual Year 7 and 8 students with school-age appropriate skills in English. By the end of the course they were novel writers! They learnt how to edit, review, work as a team, use interactive writing software and really proof read, as that was essential to making sure the book was a success. They learnt to express themselves in ways that challenged their usual mentality and entered new rounds of creativity and craftsmanship.’

Ms Chadwick said that she would love to see a few budding writers from this initial project. What she thinks is really important is that has sparked the belief and awareness that being a writer is actually possible.

She said: ‘ You don’t have to be the most fluent or perfect writer – you just need to have passion, the creative vision and the ability to work hard to create something that you are proud of.’

The novel is about characters Jaspar Chapman, who wants to find his sister’s killer, and Milly who is finding it hard to cope with her mother’s death so ends up making the biggest mistake of her life.

The programme was funded by The Shine Trust  who helped get several books published and uploaded onto Amazon.

All the ideas, words, chapters as well as the spelling mistakes are entirely the students’ own work.

‘The school is very proud of the students,’  she said. ‘The ultimate reward is surely the book being published.’

The school is now planning to hold a book signing.  Details will be in the school newsletter and each student is receiving two books. One will be signed by all the teachers involved.

‘What I think went down well with the students was the pizza party lunch that we threw for them to say well done for completing it,’ said Ms Chadwick.

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Careers Fair 2017

03The annual Spring Careers Fair at Alexandra Park School was another great success.  Over forty universities, employers and apprenticeships attended, including Barclays Bank, the Royal College of GPs and Thomson Reuters.

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Exhibitors commented on the conscientiousness of the Year 9 students and were pleased with the throughtful questions from Year 11 students.  Many Year 12 and 13 students also attended to pick up on some important points about next steps and to keep in touch with the ever-changing climate of higher education and advanced apprenticeships.

Students were grateful for the time dedicated to help link their learning to their future options and vicational ideas.

Year 9 students commented:

Until the careers fair, I didn't ralise how many options we have and it really helped me see different choices potentially for the future.Y9 student
I am now looking forward to university and how it could lead me to more options in life.Y9 student
The careers fair was very engaging, and helped me see what I could do for a job in the future.  I have always thought about a job in medicine, and seeing people from the Royal College of General Practitioners immediately caught my eye.  I learnt a lot about what it takes to become a GP; taking a 5-6 year degree, and a 2-year long foundation course in order to take another course to finally become a medicinal doctor. Keshav, 9L
01We were given lots of freedom to search for the universities, forms and colleges that may interest us.  I was really interested in the military as I didn't know that there were many other jobs that can be done in the army.  For example: coding, languages and decoding! Max, 9L
At the Year 9 Careers Fair I was able to talk to a lot of different people in a lot of different jobs, colleges, universities and much more!  I spoke with someone who explained to me how law works and what you need in order to go to law school. This helped me because I want to be a barrister. Chiara, 9L
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MYRIAD - My resilience in adolescence

The MYRIAD Project

Open to all Year 7 students

myriad 02Alexandra Park School are partnering with UCL on an exciting new project this summer term. The project is being conducted in partnership with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and will compare the effects of two  social and  emotional  learning  (SEL)  programmes,  which aim  to  improve  young  people’s  study  skills  and wellbeing.  

Students are invited to take part in an 8-week course as well as three data collection sessions, one before and two after completion of the programme.

At the start of the study students are randomly assigned to one of two SEL programmes.  Participants must then attend a 45 minute lesson once a week for eight weeks. These sessions will be led by a trained teacher and will be conducted in APS.

myriad 01Why take part?

  • Learn new skills
  • Work your wellbeing and personal development
  • Earn up to £90

If you are interested, please download the information and cosent forms from below, returning the completed consent form to Ms. O'Gorman in The Bridge.

Download the Information Sheet *

Download the Consent Form *

* Please note: parents / guardians will need to read both the Information Sheet and the Parental Consent Form in order for their child to take part in the study.  Handing in of the consent form does not guarantee a place, as groups will be very small.

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Poetry by Heart Competition

Congratulations to all the students below, who were finalists in the APS Poetry by Heart competition on the evening of January 10th 2017.  All gave excellent performances of two poems - one written before 1914 and one written after.

Our school champion was Liliana Newsam-Smith, who said "The PBH competition was a very inspiring and enjoyable process, which I am very grateful to be a part of.  I have always loved poetry and having the opportunity to recite some incredible poems by Katherine Philips and Alun Lewis was a great experience for me."  Runner-up Keir Chauhan's message to future participants was "To all those who enjoy poetry, literature and drama, this is a wonderful experience and well-worth doing."  Liliana and Keir now move on to the regional stage of the competition.

APS Poetry by Heart Finalists
Sophia Amin Grace Gellar Michael Deane 
Aan Tailor Olivia Bucherer Eva McNeil
Ella Gregory    

Congratulations and thanks are also due to our accuracy judge, Celia Warre, last year's Poetry by Heart finalist, and to our other judges, Anne Turvey, Lisa Marie Utley, Heather Wood and Lauren Cowan.

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