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APS Values

Alexandra Park School's Values

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School is about more than exam results; we educate the whole student.

When we say goodbye to students at the end of their time with us we hope that they are well-rounded individuals, confident about their futures, with the skills to achieve on their chosen paths. To ensure this, we actively teach values and characteristics that we believe will help them during their time at school and later in life.

Resilience is the ability to deal with setbacks and the capacity to push on through difficulties to complete tasks. At school and beyond, this characteristic can be the difference between success and failure. It can be encouraged and must be practised. Those who throw themselves into tasks, without the fear of failure, often gain the most from them. By doing and succeeding, we build our confidence. Sometimes we need to be fearless in order to start a task, particularly something that is new to us: we must have a sense of adventure and the desire to try something challenging.

One of the goals of education is to give students independence so that they can flourish on their own. The first step on this road is to take responsibility for your own learning and, rather than waiting to be shown something, take the initiative and find out for yourself. The best learners show drive; they are independent and motivated, with high ambitions for their work. Longer-term ambitions usually begin with the spark of interest in something. Finding this spark is part of the school experience.

Being organised is more than just remembering what you need to bring to school, planning your time and completing tasks by the due date. It is about having systems of thought that will allow you to structure essay responses and see your way through a task.

We are using the word creativity to mean more than the conventional definition of artistic endeavour. Creativity in finding new ways to accomplish tasks and innovation in finding solutions to difficult problems can differentiate us from our peers. These skills can be developed in all subjects. After the uniformity of the school experience, life is likely to be varied and changing. Being ready and willing to adapt to new situations is a valuable skill.
Whilst learning is a goal in itself we are judged by what we produce. The care, patience, diligence and desire to perfect a piece of work are summed up in a sense of craftsmanship.

Learning new things requires an interest in the world outside of your immediate life. A sense of inquisitiveness and curiosity makes this easier. Whilst some people are naturally curious, others must make an effort. However, it is its own reward. Learning new things opens up new worlds and our curiosity grows.

Whilst being happy may not be as simple as making a decision to be happy, we can find ways to be positive, work out what makes us happy and practise other characteristics that will help us be happy: gratitude, kindness and open-mindedness. Positivity is also about enthusiasm and willingness; a recognition that whilst there may be other things that you would rather be doing right now, you will get the most out of something if you commit to it whole-heartedly. Hard work is much more rewarding if you are enthusiastic about your subject!

Empathy and consideration, the ability to understand the feelings of others and modify our responses with those feelings in mind, are qualities that may not help earn academic grades or get us to university but will be essential to our success in every other aspect of life.

APS Values Reporting

A sample Values report is shown below. All teaching staff contribute to the values report based on observation of each value during class activities and interactions. Individual staff contributions are averaged to create the report you receive.

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Year 12 masterclass at Highgate

Five year 12 physics students have been selected to take part in National Space Academy at Highgate School.  Maya Vahidi, Khaled Saker, Philip Ilono, Raphaella Ridley and Alex Karayinnis took part in a series of workshops covering a range of space topics from 'The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence' through to 'How to Become an Astronaut!'  Here are a selection of comments from our students.

During our day at Highgate School we took part in a series of workshops and lessons which were all astronomy-based. My favourite thing that we learned about was how satellites and rockets were adapted to be able to re-enter our atmosphere. As well as this, we got to engage with other pupils with similar interests and overall, provided for an amazing day.Raphaella Ridley
At first, we were allowed to explore the room as there were pieces of meteorites and a fragment of the moon located around the room with small descriptions of how they got to the Earth and what they are. We then given a quiz about the outcome of certain physics scenarios and experiments in the space station. After that, there was a talk and video demonstrations about how astronauts live in space. To finish off, we made paper rockets that were launched into the air.
It was enjoyable because I learnt about how dangerous space could be and that it is very life threatening to go up into space and come back down. Launching the rockets was also good as they travelled very quickly and high in the air.  Thank you for a great opportunity.Philip Ilono
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Year 12 Visit to CERN 2016

The Physics department has recently returned from our third annual three residential visit to CERN, Geneva.  28 Year 12 physics students enjoyed a highly informative lecture from a CERN physicist and a tour of the CMS detector, one of 4 detectors of the Large Hadron Collider.  The tour, led by another CERN physicist, took the students 100m underground to observe the control room from where the data from the proton collisions is analysed.  Along the way our CERN physicist was able to explain and demonstrate how the LHC operates and describe how the protons are accelerated to almost the speed of light and made to collide.  The students heard first-hand how the Higgs Boson was discovered and its importance in understanding how our Universe began.

We also had the chance to visit the two museums at CERN giving the students a hands on opportunity to understand how the proton beam is controlled and also the other applications and discoveries made at CERN. For example students were given the opportunity to investigate how to destroy a brain tumour using proton beam therapy.

When not visiting CERN our students were able to enjoy the delights of Swiss culture ranging from swimming in the famous Lake Geneva to a free volleyball tournament.  Needless to say all the students had a wonderful time and the physics department looks forward to returning next year.  Here are a selection of comments from our students.

Link to CERN article on Ogden website

The second day was the best because we got to go to CERN where we learnt a lot about the Large Hadron Collider. We learnt what changes are made and how they are using the hadron collider to discover new fundamental particles. The food in the CERN was very delicious and there were many choices to choose form. The weather was extremely hot so we went swimming in the lake. Thanks for a great trip.Gozde Gultekin
A great trip with lots of things to learn and a majestic city. The guide around CERN was interesting and I learned a lot of new information that I couldn’t have learnt in a classroom. In the museum I could see all the components and parts of the LHC and there were a lot of interactive activities to make it more fun.Mayan Patel Vaithilingam
I was able to get an in-depth understanding of what happens at CERN, understand and appreciate the importance of the research they do there. The scale and thought put into the LHC is awe-inspiring. This is the first time I’ve seen the product of minds coming together and it really makes me excited for the future of particle physics. Plus Switzerland is amazing.Deji Adeoshun
I enjoyed the tour around CERN and learnt a lot more about it. I would recommend this trip to anyone with an interest to physics.Dominic Philip Osumba Blanchet
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Undergraduate talk to year 12 Physics students

Our year 12 physics students recently attended a talk from two physics undergraduates from University College London.  The interesting and challenging talk covered a range of topics including particle physics and electromagnetism in the preparation for our annual residential trip to CERN in the summer.

The two students were also able to give the students a first hand account of what life is like at university and their undergraduate physics course. They were able to give some extremely helpful advice regarding the UCAS application process and how to maximise their chances of achieving a place at a top university. Here is a selection of comments from our students.

I found the talk very insightful and gave me a lot of knowledge on CERN. I also gained awareness on what life is like in university and how to write my personal statement. Dominic Short
I enjoyed the talk because it led to me learning more about the different types of physics at university and he gave helpful info for getting into university and settling in your first year Mustafa Ahmed
I found the talk useful because I attained more in depth knowledge of how University life will be and what I should prepare for when attending university Subham Khooblall
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