Medical / Welfare

Year 8 Shakespeare Fever

This autumn, Year 8 studied the first Shakespearean play of their APS career: the ever-gory, truly terrifying Macbeth (aka ‘The Scottish Play’ to any superstitious thespians reading!) More horrifying than the ruthless Lady Macbeth, was the challenge the English Department set the whole year group in their very first lesson. With next to no knowledge of the play, every single student was made to choose a speech, which they were then given 2 weeks to comprehend, memorise and rehearse, ready to perform in a cross-year competition which (after class heats and a gruelling semi-final) had its glorious grand final on the 11th of October 2018.

This was the second annual Performing Shakespeare Final held at APS and it was an inspiring and humbling experience for all teachers, parents/carers and supportive friends who attended, as the selected students performed gripping interpretations of their chosen Macbeth speeches. Five incredibly brave students (Lucas, Kezia, Sameer, Poppy and Lucie W) even learnt a second speech with only one week’s notice, from a selection of Shakespeare child characters, compiled by guest judge (‘Skins’ writer and Shakespeare ‘buff’) Holly Hughes. Holly was joined by Ms Vasey and Ms Jobling to judge this very close competition and after MUCH deliberation agreed on the following awards:

Winners

Poppy Burnham for: Boy from ‘Henry V’, Act 3 Scene 2 (‘As young as I am…’)
Elsie Hunter-Rawlings for: Macbeth, from ‘Macbeth’, Act 2 Scene 1 (‘Is this a dagger…’)

Highly Commended:

Kezia for: Arthur from ‘King John’, Act 4, Scene 1 (‘have you the heart?’)
Lucas for: Bottom from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 4 Scene 1 (‘When my cue comes…’)
Lucie for: Macbeth, from ‘Macbeth’, Act 2 Scene 1 (‘Is this a dagger…’)
Our other (very worthy!) finalists were: James, Leo, Jodie, Sameer and Freddy.

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The winners will be going through to the regional finals of this national competition in the Spring – so we have our fingers crossed for an APS national champion!

As if that wasn’t enough Shakespeare for one year group, 30 lucky year 8 students also won a lottery to attend the RSC’s critically acclaimed production of Macbeth at the Barbican, starring Dr Who’s Christopher Eccleston.
What a term - Shakespeare would be proud!

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Year 8 Notices Nov. 2018

Mr Richardson writes:

I am both pleased and impressed with the overall start Year 8 have made to the academic year. We are keen, as a year group, to make sure we continue to maintain good habits and develop skills to ready us for Year 9 and Key Stage 4. I was pleased to see that parents and carers turned out in masses for the first Student Progress Day, where I hope you found the meetings with your child’s tutors helpful.

It has been great to see the number of students who have bought into our extracurricular activities drive and have been getting their purple cards signed. We are privileged to have a school that offers so many opportunities to engage in the wider school community. I must thank families for supporting us in strongly encouraging attendance to at least one activity per week. I hope your child begins to see both the social and academic benefits of this, as we have found with previous year groups that have run this initiative.

We are currently achieving over 97% attendance, which evidences the mind-set and attitude your children have returned to school with. As the dark autumn mornings approach, please continue to support your child in coming into school each day. I would also like to ask that where possible, medical appointments are arranged outside school hours. We expect students to come in or return to school if medical appointments are made during the school day.

Please feel free to get in contact with myself or Debbie Wright, Pastoral Support Assistant, if you have any questions or queries.

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Black History Month Art Competition

To celebrate Black History Month in Art, Key Stage 3 students spent two lessons working together to create a series of posters to celebrate the achievements of black and ethnic minority communities and their contributions to British society. The strongest posters from each year group won a prize and their work was displayed at the APS Beyond Race Showcase.

There were some great entries this year and well done to this year’s winners and runners up.

Year 7

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Winner - Nina Yr.7

2nd - Martha Yr. 7

3rd - Mayah Yr.7

Year 8

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Winner - Emily H Yr.8

2nd - Emily C Yr.8

3rd - Freddie Yr.8

Year 9

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Winner - Jazz Yr.9

2nd - Maia Yr.9

3rd - Olivia Yr.9

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4th - Isabella Yr.9

5th - Tim Yr.9

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Science Fair

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;

Thanks so much for doing the science fair, we enjoyed it the whole time! Archie & Hannah – Coldfall Yr6
We loved the day and wish we could do it all over again now! Thandi, Jessica and Max
Thanks you so much for such a fun science day. We had so much fun! – Yr5 teacher
The projects were great, I got to use a robotic arm and make slime. Sam
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