A Corkin’ Visit

This week’s blog from the students is from our Sixth Form Tycoon in Schools group, Corkin’, who are currently top of the national leader board.  They have recently realised that it is not all about profit… On 29th November the Corkin’ team went for a day’s crafting session at our chosen charity, Trinity Hospice in Blackpool. Trinity Hospice offers a place for people to go for palliative care, focusing not on a cure, but on improving the quality of life for the patient and their family, because the stress of caring for a loved one with a terminal illness can be

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Creeped-Out

This week’s student blog comes from William in Year 11, who shares with us part of his acting journey and how we will be able to see him on national TV tomorrow evening! I had three separate auditions at various locations across Manchester, each time I was given a script for different characters, which I had to learn and perform in-front of a camera. The last audition I met the producer and the director. The producer Juliet Charlesworth was very friendly and welcoming, whilst filming she won a BAFTA for her work on ‘Happy Valley’.  Steve Hughes, the director, had

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Proud and Inspired

AKS has a rich archival collection which covers the history of Arnold, KES, QMS and KEQMS. The repository is maintained by Mrs Bickerstaffe and her small team of volunteers who have, in recent years, organised the excellent “Schools by the Sea” public exhibitions – as well as cataloguing and preserving much of the material. Members of the student Archive Club have been helping in this effort to breathe life into the exciting documents held within the collection.  The Year 7 members of the club recently discovered the story behind the AKS war memorial during their Friday lunchtime activity.  This week’s blog

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Overseas Opportunities

The student blog this week comes from Carly in Year 6 who decided to spend her half-term holiday in a school! During the half term holiday I travelled to Malaysia.  We stayed in a place called Johor Bharu with my Mum’s old school friend (Miss) Val, who also went to Queen Mary School and is now teaching with her husband (Mr) Steve at Excelsior International School.  I was lucky enough to join the Year 6 class (which they called grade 5).  When I first arrived I felt quite nervous.  An amazing girl called Sarah, kindly offered to take me under

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Liberty’s Got Talent

Our student blog of the week comes from Liberty in Year 8… A local member of our church community, Simon Cox, had seen some information about Brian House Children’s Hospice being 2 million pounds short of their essential funding for this, their anniversary year. He is an accountant,  but has written some songs before. He wanted to help raise some money locally. He wrote a song called Golden Days which is about living life to the max and living in the moment. At this point he contacted local primary schools and community organisations to ask if they would like to

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Facing Mountains

The student blog this week actually comes from one of our OAKS.  We were delighted that Ed was able to come into school this week and speak to our Juniors in assembly about his recent adventures. Recently, I have been on an expedition to Nepal, and whilst I was there I undertook an expedition to Mt Everest Base Camp, as well as climb a mountain called Island Peak. On the 15th of September, I went to Manchester airport and began my journey, bound for Nepal. When I arrived I met a man named Babu, who was to be my guide

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Meet The Head Students

Our blog this week comes from Georgia and Sam, who are both keen to continue our annual tradition of proudly introducing our Head Students to the wider AKS community. My name is Samuel and I am honoured to have been chosen as Head Boy at AKS.  I joined Arnold Junior School when I was 7 years old and remain proud to call myself an Old Arnoldian and, one day soon, an OAK(S).  If someone had told me that when I started all those years ago that I would go on to be Head Boy, I would have laughed; but here

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Darkness and Light

When Mum and Dad first said we were going to see an eclipse I didn’t see why it was so important, I mean 2 minutes 36 seconds of darkness – what’s so special about that? I see darkness every night but Mum and Dad were excited as they had seen two before and they said I would enjoy it, but I still didn’t want to go. Our adventure started in Orlando Florida, followed by a six hour car journey to Santee, South Carolina – crossing 3 states en route, sadly it felt more like 12 hours because trying to play

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Gloop, Skittles and Creepy-Crawlies

On Monday a wide variety of famous people arrived at AKS Junior School ready for an action packed day of learning about science and getting involved in scientific experiments.  Our Infants are very keen to tell you all about it in this week’s student blog… We met Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Alfred Nobel and Alexander Fleming, to name but a few.  The day began with a presentation from the Wildlife Trust talking about our coastline and what we can do to make a difference.  Special cards were left in school for us to think about how we can make a

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A Big Project in Tanzania

Our first blog from the AKS students comes from Bel and Lucy who spent a large part of their summer holidays with 50 other students from across the world on a service project in Tanzania. At the start of the summer holidays we were lucky enough to go on a Round Square International Service Project to Tanzania. This is a short recap of our experience and what we learnt, but to start off we would like to point out that obviously everyone had a different trip and different outcomes, but these were our own. The trip consisted of 50 students

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