A Normal Day

The first student blog of 2017 comes from Lucy who is currently studying for her A levels in the AKS Sixth Form. I woke up bright and early to a crisp winters day, mentally preparing myself for my busy schedule ahead, wondering to myself will this be a normal AKS day?  In the morning during Enrichment, myself and another student, Charlie, took on two other students in the annual House debate. Today’s debating topic, which we were fully prepared for, was: “the whole nation should become vegetarians.”   As a member of Salmesbury House, the side I argued was that we should

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Christmas Tears and Laughter

A festive themed blog from our community-minded senior students: This week, members of the school choir from years 10-13 went on the annual Christmas choir-in-the-community trip, spreading Christmas cheer across the Fylde coast. Our first stop was Trinity Hospice. Driven in our minibuses by Santa Claus, we arrived and gathered in the chapel. The patients loved seeing us dressed up with our Christmas jumpers and hats! Last year, a group of us in the Sixth Form set up a social enterprise, In The Mix, for the Tycoon in Schools competition. Through selling our brownie jars, gingerbread jars and hot chocolate reindeers,

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Fast Track to Success

Our second student blog of the week comes from Cody in Year 7; who has been working hard every weekend, showing great commitment and bravery with his passion for karting: This year has been a bit of a struggle, with ups and downs. At the start of the year I was winning, but later on in the year I kept getting smashed off the track whenever I was in the top ten. But this last race weekend I didn’t get smashed off. The day was a bit of a struggle, in the first heat my right rear tyre hub moved

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Music Maestros

As we get closer to the the Christmas break we have two blogs from the students this week.  The first blog from Annabelle shares her insights into recent music success: Last week, Jenny, Alicia, Meghna and I competed in the district round of this year’s Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition, which was held at Carr Hill High School. The evening featured a diverse range of performances from 24 talented young musicians from across the local area. The well-established competition attracts musicians from all over the country, and aims to offer young people the opportunity to display their musical talent

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Friendship

The student blog this week comes from Zara and Kirtika, both in Year 4. When I was in Reception I met Zara and we sat down and talked to each other. We played together and gradually built up our friendship. One of our favourite things to play was drawing on the whiteboard. The good thing about being friends is that you always have company. Now we are in Year 4. We are much older, but we still always do the same things! We have sports together, we have all our lessons together, and we both play the violin; we are

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Individual Attention

This weeks blog comes from Alyx, one of our six deputy head students.  Alyx has been busy speaking to our Year 6 parents (and students) about life in the AKS senior school and all the amazing pathways that await each individual student. I started at KEQMS in Year 5 and I am now in my final year, my 9th year at this school!  I think the links between the senior school and junior school are very important as I believe the progression from the junior school building to the seniors is made a lot easier if there are friendly faces. Seeing

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Change and Challenge

This week’s student blog comes from our Junior School.  Year 3 have been excited to tell us all about life in 3B and what it is like now (at long last!) to be a ‘junior.’ We have been very busy this term so far. There has been plenty of learning going on and new experiences to enjoy.  Mrs Briggs has seen us enjoying our lessons and making ourselves better learners.  We completed our own half term self-reflection reviews. Here is a sample of some of them: ‘This half term I think I have been good at and enjoyed the science magnets topic because I

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Conflict Photography: An Extended Project Qualification

The student blog of the week comes from Year 13 Sixth Form student, Katie Giblin, who has been working hard on her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  This is an important element of the Sixth Form programme at AKS, allowing every student to pursue their passions or preferred career pathways.   Before half term Katie hosted a thought-provoking exhibition which also included an excellent presentation on her chosen subject: conflict photography. For many years I have admired the works of the photographers Giles Duley and Mauricio Gris and their continuous dedication to tell the stories of those who are affected by conflict

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Adapting to Life

This week’s student blog comes from Molly and Sadie in Year 12.  As part of their enrichment programme in the Sixth Form they decided to visit N-Vision and learn more about our community partner and how they could work and learn with them. Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the N-Vision Centre in Blackpool, where we met a visually impaired man named Antony. Before losing his vision, Antony watched a balloon release on TV and ever since then he has wanted to be part of one himself. His story was so inspiring that we offered our help. To raise

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Junior Archives Club

This week’s student blog comes from our junior school archives team, as part of the after school activity programme they meet every Friday and work closely with our wonderful archive volunteers. Junior archives club studies the history of the school, from the very beginning up until the present day. On Friday the 23rd September we learned about our legacy schools; Arnold School, Queen Mary School, King Edward VII School and KEQMS.  We looked at the history of all the schools. We saw photographs of the children, the uniforms and school trips.  We found out about the King Edward’s wooden eagle lectern

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