APS News

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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School Show - Return to the Forbidden Planet

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.

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APS - A Classic

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.

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MYRIAD - My resilience in adolescence

The MYRIAD Project

Year 7 students Only

myriad 02Alexandra 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.

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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Beyond the Curriculum Day 2017

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.

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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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