Mrs Stopps says…
Another great Ski Trip to Italy this February half term
Although the early rises may have been tough for some of us, it was needed to pack so much into the day and WOW we did fit lots in.
Incredible 5 hours of lessons every day from the fabulous ski instructors, which took us far and wide all over the mountains seeing some spectacular views. Even the beginners managed to ski the Red slopes by the end of the week and saw some incredible sights.
Then, every evening filled with exciting activities such as ice-skating, Bowling, Quizzes & even throwing ourselves down a ski run on a rubber ring!
Resilience, teamwork and helping each other were fundamental in making this such a successful trip.
Well done to all the Students that did so well and the Staff for all their help.
Next year’s ski trip to Switzerland 2019 notice is being emailed today!
Please note the deadline for the returned slips are this Wednesday 25th April.
Another great GCSE geography trip to Iceland this year! A group of forty students in years 10 and 11 spent five days exploring the top natural attractions that Iceland has to offer. Students had the opportunity to swim in the Blue Lagoon (a natural geothermal hot spring), hike the glacier tongue of Solheimajokull, walk along the rift valley forming where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates pull apart (Mid-Atlantic Ridge), watch Geysir erupt, and explore the black volcanic beach and the magnificent basalt cliffs and caves to name just a few.
It was a great opportunity to see and experience some phenomenal geographical features and landscapes.
APS is one of just 14 founding schools on The Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP). This is a national project aimed to develop a cohort of secondary school students to near-native Mandarin proficiency by 2020. APS is leading the way amongst the group of schools selected. Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb visited Alexandra Park School to meet our Year 8 MEP students. ITN Captured all the action.
Learning Spanish with us is great - exploring three super exciting southern Spanish cities and their rich culture in one trip was phenomenal!
A group of forty students spent four days exploring the top attractions in Seville, Granada and Cordoba at the end of January. The students now have a real sense of the Andalusian region and the strong Arabic and Moorish influence from exploring mosques, cathedrals and old towns – not no mention the breath-taking sceneries and flamenco lessons followed by an inspiring flamenco show in the heart of Seville. Hurray! ...or should we say.. ¡Olé!
The Careers Fair at Alexandra Park School on Thursday, 18th January 2018 was another great success. A wide variety of exhibitors attended including universities, employers and an increasing range of apprenticeship providers. Exhibitors commented on how they had never met such conscientious Year 9 students and were pleased with the thoughtful questions from Year 11s. Many Year 12 and 13 students also attended to gain some important points about next steps and to keep in touch with the ever changing climate of higher education and advanced apprenticeship options.
Students were grateful of the time dedicated to help link their learning to their future options and vocational ideas. Here are some Year 9 student comments:
I talked to lots of people and the Lawyer helped me think about how I can qualify with the right skills and subjects.
Until the careers fair, I didn't realise how many options we have and it really helped me see different choices potentially for the future.
I learnt about what opportunities there are for the GCSEs you take.
I’m now much clearer about what an Apprenticeship is.
As part of their A level studies, our sixth form students undertook a research weekend in Paris exploring the development of the motion picture house. Our intrepid group of AS and A-level French students travelled to Paris at the height of the recent flooding. Undaunted, they did research at the cinemathèque, climbed to the top of Montmartre (twice!) and saw every major monument from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower. In the true spirit of linguistic explorers, they walked a mind-boggling 50,000 steps and even managed to keep their feet dry. Tres bien.
Find out more about yourself and your future career options at our annual careers fair. Over 25 representatives from employers, universities, colleges and training providers will be in attendance including:
It is full STEAM ahead on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and maths club this year! Our incredibly enthusiastic group of year 7’s have been undertaking some top quality engineering with achievements including the construction of a bridge out of paper that can hold over 10kg of weight and creating a rocket out of matchsticks that has launched the length of a classroom! We have also undertaken some Christmas engineering, wiring Christmas lights and making a rocket powered Santa sleigh. In the upcoming term, the students will be creating assemblage sculpture in ART, solving logic puzzles in mathematics and building and programming robots.
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.