It has been a truly impressive start to the year from Year 10. The vast majority of students have started their GCSEs in a positive frame of mind. The students have reported really enjoying the new challenge and teachers have been equally impressed by the students’ enthusiasm.
The Year 10 boy’s football team were unlucky to lose to a very strong Petchey Academy team in the cup. Despite losing for the majority of the game, the students continued to encourage each other and did not let their heads drop.
The camaraderie and teamwork demonstrated by our students was inspirational to witness.
There is a huge amount going on at school outside of the classroom at present. A number of students have been part of this week’s school show ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ which has been a huge success.
The “Beyond Race’ Cultural Showcase that was held the week before half term was also a huge success. The following students deserve real credit for their participation:
The Prime Agency delivered a presentation and workshop to all of Year 10 on Monday 29th October. The assembly explored mental health, the causes of mental health problems (stress at school, relationships etc.) and the importance of the four British values (the rule of law, democracy, individual liberty and respect and tolerance). The presentation was well received by Year 10, who asked some excellent questions in the follow up workshop.
The following students deserve recognition for their exceptional start to the year. All of them have more than 65 commendations:
On Tuesday 26th of June, APS main hall was completely taken over by 59 amazing science projects from our local primary schools. The Science Fair day offered KS2 pupils with the best projects the opportunity to see others' projects, explain their work to the judges, complete a lab sessions at APS, see a science show and have a chance of winning an award and prize!
The quality of the projects was incredible, with topics like ‘why can’t you land on Jupiter’, ‘how much sugar are we drinking’, ‘global pollution’, ‘robotics’, ‘slime’, ‘how does sight and smell effect taste’ and 53 more! The students from Y3-Y6 explained their projects amazingly often with excellent practical demonstrations. Over the course of the day the project stands were visited by 100s of KS3 pupils as well as staff and judges.
On the day we were also joined by seven STEM ambassadors, this provided excellent careers links, guidance, and an unbiased supply of judges! As well as displaying their project, the primary students also attended two workshop sessions, 1 making a torch and the other on balanced forces. We could not have run this day without the help and support form a brilliant team of Y10 prefects and Y12 helpers so huge thanks to you guys too.
The day was a huge success and we are looking forward to next year already!
Here are a few student and staff comments;
The Sanger Institute is celebrating its 25th birthday by sequencing the genomes of 25 species native to the UK. To mark the occasion, they ran an online event to allow students to vote for 5 of the species whose genomes they will sequence next year. An application was made and we were lucky enough to be selected to take part and contribute to future science!
Pupils were able to learn about the different species, genetic sequencing and even take part in a live chat with wildlife enthusiasts, who were championing different species in a bid to win votes. 40 different species, which included the Scottish wildcat, the common starfish and the emperor dragonfly, competed against each other. The leathery sea squirt and lion's mane jellyfish were popular contenders amongst our students.
Well done to the pupils below, who attended biology club and took part in the event.