Congratulations 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.
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.
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.
A fantastic whole-school production that did 'go forth and Prospero'. From Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5, the performances were universally a treat. The spirit of the sixties shone brightly at APS through acting, music and song that the students and illuminated the audience. Sprinkled throughout with stardust, all the students involved did themselves proud. We may not 'Return to the Forbidden Planet' anytime soon but the production will live long in the memory.
Classics continues to grow in numbers and ambition at APS. We now have 100 A Level and GCSE students studying Classical Civilisation. Following our first ever set of Year 9 Latin results (80% A – A*), Key Stage 3 Latin clubs are also proving hugely popular – the Year 7 club often has to cram 30 students into a classroom (not bad for an 8:00 am club!)
Meanwhile our trips abroad are among the most popular in the school. We regularly take 40 GCSE students to Pompeii and this year we took our first Sixth Form trip to Athens.
All this activity has raised our status in the London Classics world and we were thrilled to be invited to a private - APS only - showing of the British Museum’s Greek collection. Dr Ian Jenkins, Senior Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, will be showing our sixth formers the controversial Parthenon Marbles after hours.
Alexandra Park School are partnering with UCL on an exciting new project starting 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 40 minute lessons once a week for eight weeks, either on Wednesday or Thursday. These sessions will be led by a trained teacher and will be conducted in APS on Wednesday and Thursday after school for 40 minutes.
Why take part?
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.
* 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.
On Tuesday 18th July saw the return of our annual 'Beyond the Currculum Day', during whic students partake in many activities extending their learning and experiences beyond the curriculum.
This year saw activities such as a trip to the largest Gurdawara outside of India and a trip to a fascinating exhibition on blue whales at the Natural History Museum.
Images from the eventful day can be viewed below.
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.
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.
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!
Alexandra 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'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.
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
Transition Manager: Ms. Serap O'Flynn
020 8826 4852
Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 3: Ms. Joanna Chadwick
020 8826 4893
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.
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.
The workshop involved finding out about:
For more information about the DSM Foundation, see http://www.dsmfoundation.org.uk/drugs-education
THere is the Vice News documentary on drugs factories: