APS News

APS students triumph in PISA tests

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study. It is completed across seventy-five developed countries and measures the performance of 15-year-old school pupils' in mathematics, science, and reading. Every three years the tabloids trumpet how poorly the UK countries do against chart toppers such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Finland. Although there are many grounds on which the tests can be questioned, the results have again been accompanied by a bout of hand-wringing, doubting the effectiveness of the British education system on grounds which do not resonate with the experience of students, parents and staff in the vast majority of our schools. 

Last year students at Alexandra Park School were randomly selected to take this test as part of the English cohort. The students received no additional coaching. Indeed, the school played down the importance of these tests as the last thing a year 11 needs during their mocks is more stress. They sat the 3 hours of tests beginning at 7.00am on a cold December morning in the knowledge they could not even expect to receive results. Or so we thought.

Having encouraged the students involved to recognise the value of participating in such a huge research project, which provides all sorts of valuable information, it was initially concerning to see the negative coverage of the UK results this week.  We hoped that the students wouldn’t connect the test that they had done to the stories in the media, that they wouldn’t feel that they had underachieved, and be deflated by the experience.

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Last week we received the school’s results. It doesn’t include individual student results but remarkably this cohort of APS students topped the chart. Yes, that’s right they topped the chart. Their results were significantly better than each of the 75 countries that took part.

We have long known the performance of our students is outstanding.  APS has previously been recognised as being world class.  And we still have reservations about the value of PISA tests.  But it is pleasing for the students involved to know that their achievements compare so favourably with students across the globe. And it turns out that our students did exceptionally well.  In fact, their average performance far exceeded that in any of the seventy-five countries.


Interview on BBC Radio

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Mandarin Excellence Programme

Already a designated 'Confucius Classroom', APS has now been selected for the Mandarin Excellence Programme.

The DfE's Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) is being delivered by UCL IoE Confucius Institute in partnership with the British Council.  The purpose of the programme is to deliver a minimum of 5,000 speakers of Mandarin on their way to a high level of fluency by 2020.

The programme implements a rigorous programme of study for pupils, starting from Year 7, and will require intensive learning from participating students.  This will include the studying of Mandarin for eight hours a week, made up of a combination of teacher-taught classroom lessons, after-school teaching, self-study and intensive language courses in the UK and China.

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Christmas Letter 2016

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

The final two weeks of term before the Christmas holiday are always busy and involve some alterations to the usual schedule, so please make a note of the following changes and dates for your diary.

Our Year 11 students begin their GCSE mock examinations from Monday 5th December.  Students have been given all relevant details and the mock timetable is available on the school website.  We wish them all the best of luck.

On Thursday 8th December, Year 9 will be having their Progress Day.  Students in other year groups will be dismissed at 12.20 p.m. 

On Monday 5th December, the Physics department are hosting The Ogden Christmas Lecture.  This year the lecture will be given by Dr Emily Grossman, science broadcaster, educator and public speaker who will be discussing the weird and wonderful world of science.  We will be serving mince pies and mulled wine at 5 p.m. followed by the lecture commencing at 5.30 p.m.  This is a popular, ticket only event. 

Pre ordered Christmas trees purchased through the APS Parents’ Association can also be collected from the school playground on 5th December between 4.30 – 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 – 7.45 p.m.

Christmas lunch will be served on Wednesday 14th December.  The cost of the lunch will be £2.95 which will include a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a desert.  A vegetarian option will also be available.  Free school meal tickets can also be used. Snacks and sandwiches will only be on sale at break time.

On Thursday 15th December we will hold Celebration Assemblies for each year group when awards are presented to students for excellent attendance, engagement and achievement. 

On Friday 16th December there will be an optional non-uniform Christmas Jumper Day (£1 has to be paid in advance; £2 if you delay and pay on the day).  The money raised from this will be donated to Save the Children and MacMillan Cancer Support. There will be an early dismissal for students at 12.30 p.m.  Students on free school meals can collect a lunch at break time.

Please remember that the Headteacher’s Newsletter, along with an increasing amount of other school correspondence, is now delivered by email – do inform the school if your email address changes.

The first day of term for all students is Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 8.40am.  We look forward to seeing all students promptly, in full school uniform and ready to work.

This has been a busy and productive term at Alexandra Park School and I thank you all for your continuing support. The staff and I wish you and your families Season’s Greetings and a very Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely

Michael McKenzie

Headteacher

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Parental Support

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Papyrus UK

Paryrus is a charity that campaigns for and supports young people and their families with issues around suicide. They provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline:

Hopeline - 0800 068 4141

https://papyrus-uk.org

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CALM

Campaign Against Living Miserably.

The Campain Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

London Helpline - 0808 802 5858

https://www.thecalmzone.net

Young Minds

young mindsYoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

YoungMinds champions children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing across the UK.  Driven by their experience YoungMinds creates change so that children and young people can cope with life’s adversities, find help when needed and succeed in life.

Parents' Helpline - 080 8802 5544

https://youngminds.org.uk

Would you like to chat through your worries with another parent, who has personal experience of a child with mental health problems?

Chat with a parent through Young Minds' Parent to Parent Service

YM Parent to Parent is a new telephone listening service providing emotional support to parents and carers with concerns about their child's mental health and behaviour.  It provides a vital opportunity for your voice to be heard, share your current difficulties, or simply offload.


APS Guide to Well-being

At Alexandra Park School we aim to look after all of our students academically, emotionally and socially; keeping minds and bodies healthy.

We are aware that students feel the pressure of modern society and need support in a variety of ways. The APS Guide to Well-Being is intended to provide students, parents, carers, family and friends with some easy ways to maintain all-round well being; mentally, physically and by eating well.

Exam wellbeing guide - Summer 2017
Exam wellbeing guide - Poster

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ParentInfo

View all articles at ParentInfo; lots of useful digital resources provided by CEOP and ParentZone.


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If you and your family are struggling to cope and need some practical support to move things forward, help is at hand.

Families can face challenges with a range of issues and Haringey's Early Help service can offer advice and guidance as well as practical, hands-on support, with a whole family approach.

Download the Conversations 4 Change flyer
Visit the Conversations 4 Change website

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Choices

There are many great community organisations and other services in Haringey to support emotional wellbeing.

CHOICES engage with these local organisations to provide you with a range of opportunities depending on your needs and your interests.

Download the CHOICES flyer 
Visit the CHOICES website

Strengthening families Parent Programme 2018

Haringey early help and perevention service and Coleridge Primary school are delivering Strengthening Families & communities Parent Programme.
See Flyers for more information.

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Slambassadors receive their awards

Congratulations once more to our 'Slambassadors', who attended an event on Sunday 30th October to receive their commended certificates.  The students had a great evening, which was hosted by poet Joelle Taylor.  Another poet, Lemn Sissay presented teh students with their awards.  Of particular note is Beth Hollis, who received a 'highly commended' award.

Pictures from the event are below.

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Meet our 'Slambassadors'

13 students from our Spoken Word group recently submitted entries for the national poetry competition 'Slambassadors'.  We are pleased to say that all 13 have been shortlisted.  Only 30 entries from 900 were shortlisted, meaning that OVER 40% of all shortlisted entries were from APS.

Congratulations are in order for the whole Spoken Word group.  Three of the entries can be viewed below

Raphaella
Beth
Destiny
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Calling all ex-APS students and teachers Featured

Message from Sharon Hutchinson (Alumni Coordinator)

Calling all ex-APS students and teachers, or 'Old A.Ps' as we know you.

A day doesn't go by without us reflecting on your time here or the impact you made or the changes that have taken place.

"Remember back in the day!"

The school is now 18 years old!  We think it's time to establish our Alumni and see if we can connect staff and students, in order to grow our Alumni group.

Please take a minute and fill in a few details below so that I can keep you updated with upcoming news and events, including possible reunions.

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Week in Sport 28th Oct - 1st Nov Featured

LUNCH 1.30PM – 1.55PM

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Basketball Y7/11 (PED)
- Small Gym
Y7/8 Handball (BCO)
- Sports Hall

Fitness Y7/8 (PED)
- Fitness Suite
Dodgeball Y7-11 (BBO)
- Small Gym

Badminton / Table Tennis Y7-11 (PED)
- Sports Hall
Netball Club BEFORE SCHOOL (7.45-8.30) (BBO)
- Sports Hall

Basketball Y7-11 (HMA)
- Sports Hall
Benchball Y7-11 (SHA)
- Small Gym

Indoor Athletics Y7&8 (JOF)
- Sports Hall

AFTER SCHOOL 3:15PM-5:00PM

DAY

SPORTS HALL

SMALL GYM

BALL COURT

OTHER

MONDAY

Cricket Practice Y7-11 (BAM)
Trampoline (RHA)

Volleyball Y7-11 (Ext. Coach)

Yr 7 Football (PED)

Detentions (SHA)
- EW02
Y10/11 Football
- Grass Area
Y8 Football (BCO) - Away to Latymer
Y7 Boys Football Training (GST & Ext Coach)

TUESDAY

Netball Y10 (JOF)

 Basketball Y8/9 (HMA)

Y7 Netball (RHA)

WEDNESDAY

Badminton Y7-11 (Ext. Coach)

Dance Club (ECO)

Football Y8/9 (BCO / BAM)

Y8 Boys Football Middx Cup (BCO)
- Dukes Academy Vs. APS
U14 Girls Cup Football
- CCA Vs. APS (BCO)

THURSDAY

Handball Y7-11 (JOF)

Dance Club (ECO)
- Y9/10 

Football Y8/9 (BCO / BAM)

U14 Girls Cup Football
- CCA Vs. APS (BAM)
Y8 Boys Football
- Dukes Academy vs. APS (BCO)

FRIDAY

     

Fitness (PED)
- Fitness Suite

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APS Student wins George Orwell Youth Prize!

Congratulations to Celia Bergin (10E) for winning this prestigious award at Pembroke College, Oxford.  In addition, two other APS students, Arthur Attenborough (12P) and Elvina Chidley (10K) were awarded "highly commended" certificates.  Schools from across the country take part in this competition which rewards "political writing of outstanding quality".  To have three winners out of the hundreds of entries is a wonderful reflection of our students' engagement and clarity of expression.

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Congratulations to Drama Students

Congratulations to our GCSE and AS Level Drama students for their performances to external examiners throughout May.  A range of challenging topics were handled sensitively and professionally by all.  The audiences were drawn into each story by the characters with strong impact created by well-crafted scenes and interesting characterisation.  The commitment to hours of learning lines and rehearsing at lunch time and after school paid off – well done for your collaboration and imaginative approach to the range of texts!  Videos are now available on Moodle for you to view with family and friends.

Ms Vlad and Mr Deer

Direct link to Year 12 Drama Course on Moodle (you must be enrolled on the course to view the videos)

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