The Power of Words

We have a second blog this week from the students.  This one comes from three of our Year 6 students who were part of a larger group who were invited to attend the Holocaust Memorial Service at St Annes Synagogue. This year, we were privileged to be a part of the ‘Holocaust Memorial Day’ celebrations that took place at St. Anne’s Synagogue.  We were learning about and remembering the people who died in the Holocaust. During the memorial three other schools contributed showing a presentation on ‘the power of words’ (which was the theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial). We

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On the Ball

Our blog from the students this week comes from two of our students who are thriving within our comprehensive netball programme at school.  At AKS we endeavour to support every student to enjoy their chosen sport and to be involved in ways that go beyond just winning. When and where did you first start playing netball? I started playing in primary school in Years 5 and 6. Do you play for a club? Yes, I play for Blackpool. What representative level do you currently play at? I now play for the Lancashire County U14 netball team. How often do you

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Be Wealthy

Our student blog this week comes from our head students who planned and presented their own whole school assembly earlier in the week.  They role played an international quiz between three different countries; the UK, Pakistan and Niger.  Each country representative was asked a question and then given a set amount of (Countdown) time to answer them, but were encouraged to use the relevant resources available based on that countries GDP (average wealth).  For example, the UK had access to an iPad and the internet compared to Pakistan having a stack of reference books and Niger only a piece of

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Educate, Empower, Enable

Our first student blog of 2018 comes from some of the girls in our AKS Soroptimists Youth Group who meet on a weekly basis.  They are looking forward to their chartering ceremony on Tuesday with the Fylde Soroptimists International Group who support them in so many ways.  The group are on a mission to twin every toilet in our school by sponsoring new toilets for children in schools in developing countries.  Let’s find out why the girls have joined the Soroptimists Youth Group at AKS and what they hope to achieve: I have decided to become a member of the

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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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