APS News

Sports Week 2022

This week APS celebrated Sports Week. Students had the opportunity to participate in unconventional sports in their PE lessons ranging from ultimate frisbee to Dodgeball.
Staff had the opportunity to show off their sporting skills in staff vs staff football, staff vs staff tug of war and also staff vs students' netball".

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Gold Mark Award

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We are delighted to announce that we, Alexandra Park School, have achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school’s engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Our physical activity and school sport achievements this year include:

Year 7 Girls Football winners, Year 7 Girls and Year 9 Girls Cross Country winners, Year 7 and Year 8 Girls Table Tennis winners, Year 9/10 Girls Quad Kids Athletics winners, Year 9/10 Boys Volleyball winners, Year 7 and Year 8 Boys Football winners, Year 9 Cross Country winners, Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 Boys Swimming winners.

We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our events possible. We are committed to using the School Games to try and engage those young people who haven’t previously been active or represented our school and to try and ensure that all our students have a positive experience and want to try out new activities beyond school too in our community. We believe in the power of physical activity and school sport as a school and give opportunities to those young people that need it most either as a participant, leader, official or volunteer.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfill criteria in the areas linked to the five School Games outcomes and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
A special thanks to all staff, teachers and coaches for all their support and understanding with fixtures and events.
We look forward to applying once again in 2023!

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Engineers of the future hosted at APS

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It was a true privilege to watch our engineering pathways day unfold. The idea behind the day was to gather engineers from every stage of their careers and provide a shared space to allow free flowing conversation to inspire our next generation of STEM experts. The Royal Academy of Engineering Connecting STEM Teachers Network North London (what a mouthful!) would like to extend a massive thank you to the STEM ambassadors Kingsley Ohuka (Mclaren), Imani Morgan (Sky), and Michael Pozzi (Institute of Mechanical Engineers), for being so honest, inspiring, and forthright with their journeys through engineering. We are extremely grateful to the UK Electronic Skills Foundation for sending along Nandni Jamnadas (Royal Holloway University of London), Otis Lee (University of Bristol), and Marcus Corbin (University of Southampton), whose rich knowledge of all things electronics and programming allowed the students to reach their full potential.

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The students from Hornsey School for Girls, Oasis Academy Hadley, City of London Academy Highgate Hill, Woodside High School, and Alexandra Park School, impressed everyone on the day. The true joy of engineering is seeing the wide way in which people can find problems, create solutions, and systematically improve their design based on feedback. We hope that each of the teams will develop their projects further and share the videos they create of their progress. Well done all and we look forward to running a similar event next year.

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Planet hunting with Python

Introduction and aim of our project

The Kepler telescope was first launched in March 2009 and spent 4 years collecting data from more than 150,000 stars. 4717 exoplanet candidates have been discovered from various solar systems. Our aim is to design an algorithm using Python to find exoplanets using raw data of light intensity from distant stars.

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Concept

When a planet transits the star it orbits, the observed intensity of light from the star drops by a small amount. We can use this data to not just find but also calculate the orbits of exoplanets in distant solar systems.

The process of discovering these planets is not as complicated as some may expect. If the Kepler telescope is continuously focused on one region in space, you gain information regarding the transit of these planets in relation to their stars. The telescope detects the luminosity of these stars. When a planet passes in front of its star, this luminosity will decrease, as the intensity of light shining onto the lens of the telescope decreases. Since the planets orbit their star repeatedly, we can expect to see a periodic dimming of the stars, thus giving us information regarding the orbital period and the size of these exoplanets.

For geometric reasons, most planetary orbits around distant stars do not line up perfectly with the telescope's line of sight. For a randomly oriented orbit, the probability of observing the transit is about 1%, so for this reason we want the telescope to monitor as many stars as possible(150,000 for the duration of the mission), leaving us with the discovery of 4717 exoplanets candidates, of which 2303 have been confirmed to be genuine exoplanets.

Download the PDF of Planet Hunting project

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Fourth Plinth School Awards 2022

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The story behind the Art:

Message from our winner Ava:

'Key workers of London, 2022,
My artwork features a Doctor, Teacher, Policeman and a Cashier worker in Front of a marbled background.
I created this outcome to celebrate the tremendous work and dedication of the front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are the true heroes.'

Hard work Pays Off!

KS3 Art + Textiles students attended weekly workshops after school to create compositions for the national Gallery 4th Plinth - School's Award. these compositions focused on illustrating the student's interpretations of the theme: LONDON.

Ava's artwork 'Key Workers of london' was shortlisted by the National Gallery for a borough award. Mr Mackenzie and the Art Department would like to congratulate Ava and the remaining artist's who all submitted fantastic works of art for this competition!

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World Facts Competition!

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Represent your year group!

LIVE Questions and QUIZ style rounds

All during lunchtime hours

One pre-games meeting with lunch provided for players and reserves!

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Next half term, four-year groups will compete for the first places in the APS world fact competition:
Yr7 vs Yr8                   Yr9 vs Yr10.
7v8 & 9v10 Winners in the Grand Final

Instructions:

Each form will do their own player selection. Form tutors, please go to the link below and add the names of:

-    1 student as the main player.
-    1 student as reserve player. 

There will be an audience – details announced after half-term
Add name here

Deadline: 11th February – the end of this half term.

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Rolls Royce Science Prize – Finalists!

We were extremely proud to partake in the award ceremony for the Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology. Over the past 2 years Mr Marshall, Mr Adams, Ms Harrold, Ms Pearl, Mr Hammond, and Joe Hart (industry VR expert) have been introducing Virtual Reality (VR) to Y10 and Y12 students.

Our Y10 students had the opportunity to take VR headsets home in order to investigate the potential for VR to be used as a substitute for computer based remote learning. They joined Mr Marshall and Mr Adams on the surface of the moon to complete a lesson on Newton’s Laws. They also visited Antarctica with their families to learn about biological conservation in the region. The Y12 product design students used VR to help with their architectural design project. Traditionally they make small models of bus stops which meet local needs in the community. Ms Harrold and Ms Pearl led their classes through using VR to help iteratively design their bus shelters and then view them in true 1:1 scale. Being able to walk around your final design is a completely different experience to a desktop model which confers huge benefits in making improvements.

We have received £6,000 of funding from Rolls-Royce and have used this to purchase VR equipment – we hope to continue to use this equipment over the coming years. Additionally, if there is any expertise in our parent community that would like to support the continuation of this project – please get in touch with Mr Marshall.

We would like to thank Satpaul Sall, our mentor from Rolls-Royce, and Debbie Duro, who organises the competition, for their support throughout the past two years. A rich experience for students, staff, and families, and one which will hopefully shape the future of education.

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Alexandra Park School awarded top classification by Arts Council

Alexandra Park School is very proud of the Artsmark Platinum Award. The Arts Council awarded their top classification in recognition of the superb work the school does within the Arts and Cultural experiences, especially within Fine Art, Music and Drama. In addition The Arts Council asked Alexandra Park School to appear in the promotional video for the organisation.

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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Following the huge success of our Bronze Award scheme last year, Alexandra Park School is excited to announce that we are now offering our current Year 9, Year 10 and Year 12 students the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and/or Silver Award. This prestigious award gives children the chance to develop a range of life skills while increasing their fitness and having a lot of fun. duke 1
 duke 2  The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme involves the completion of four different activities. Over a period of 6 months, students will need to participate in a physical activity, develop a skill and undertaking voluntary work in their community. Finally, all participants must undertake two overnight expeditions away from home. These will involve camping and hiking in small groups with the emphasis on developing their team working skills and independence.

Please use the links below to download the application form and read advice on choosing suitable activities.
Application Deadline: Friday 15th October (Selected students will need to pay an enrolment fee of £30, and will have an extra fee for the expedition).
Year 9 DofE Application Letter
Year 10 DofE Application Letter
Year 12 DofE Application Letter
General advice on the DofE Award: www.dofe.org
Activity Advice: Activity ideas - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (dofe.org)

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Alexandra Park School Prospectus 2021

Please download an interactive version of our prospectus from below:

This interactive version includes videos.  For the best experience, please open with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC which is free to download from the Adobe website.

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The Turing Scheme

The Turing Scheme: Engineering Careers in Context

Alexandra Park School is committed to our international relationships and ensuring success for all of our students by providing free opportunities to explore, learn, and socialise, abroad. We have one more year on our successful Erasmus+ programmes, and as the sun sets on one adventure, the sun rises on another. 

turing 01The Turing Scheme is the UK Government’s new global scheme to work and study abroad. Alexandra Park School has been awarded funding to run a new Engineering Enrichment programme with our Year 12 students aimed at promoting the wide range of careers in Engineering. Engineering isn’t ALL planes, trains, and automobiles (although these are exceptionally necessary for the trips to run). Engineering is one of the widest ranging disciplines in the world; broadcast engineers, software engineers, product designers, civil engineers, chemical engineers, medical engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical, aerospace, sports, acoustics, environmental, biochemical …virtually everything you come into contact with will have been engineered. 

Not only is engineering wide ranging, but engineers report high job satisfaction, high salaries, and the opportunities to travel the world. This will form the focus of the Enrichment project as we encourage our students to thoroughly explore this possibility before making their post-school life choices.  

Y12 students will be able to sign up to the programme through Enrichment and participate in fortnightly sessions. These will be tailored to the students – from researching global problems we face and how to solve them, to coding, tinkering, designing, making, and breaking, anything and everything our students wish to focus on. STEM Ambassadors will be invited in to talk to our students and many students will choose to complete an EPQ or CREST Award – enriching their UCAS, apprenticeship, and job prospects. 

Their studies in school will culminate in a trip to either Copenhagen, Denmark, or Toronto, Canada, where we will spend time completing masterclasses with host schools learning what it is like to live and study abroad. There will be no or minimal costs to attending these trips due to the grant funding provided. In addition, we will visit institutions such as the Neils Bohr institute where ice cores from Greenland are stored, and the Perimeter Institute where engineers help scientists answer some of science’s biggest questions. 

Students who wish to take part will need to be studying one of: Maths, Computer Science, Product Design, BTEC Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. They don’t need to be set on a career in Engineering – merely interested by the possibilities. Students can sign up when they apply for their Enrichment choices. 

This our first time running a project of this nature, if any parents or people in our school community work in engineering or have interesting experiences to share (e.g. workplace visits or come in to talk) then do please reach out to Mr Marshall (jmarshall@alexandrapark.school).

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