CCF Summer Camp by Christian, Year 10

On Friday 16th July, a number of AKS CCF cadets visited Altcar Training Camp. Over the course of the day, they experienced a variety of activities ranging from a military grade obstacle course to close quarter combat, all of which helped them to learn more about life as a cadet. Here Christian, a Year 10 pupil, describes the trip: “The visit to Altcar was great. The activity I initially enjoyed the most was the obstacle course as it challenged me, but was also fun at the same time. We had the opportunity to practise our shooting using paintball guns to either shoot

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Round Square Virtual Symposium by Mollie, Y12

On Saturday 21st August, I, along with 273 others from around the world, (six countries and 29 schools), took part in the Round Square Virtual Symposium on the subject of ‘internationalism and the ideal diversity’. The three-hour event took place between 9am and noon UK time but it was clearly afternoon, evening or late at night in the other time zones. Overall, I found the conference extremely interesting and very insightful. The symposium was hosted by the Assam Valley School in India with the special guest Ms Gitanjali, from the Himalayan Institute for Alternatives. Her talk was my favourite part

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Joining AKS in Y7 – from shy to confident all-rounder! by Hannah, Y7

I’ve always loved every kind of sport but, other than football, I have never had such an amazing opportunity to try such a wide variety of sports than I am now getting at AKS. Being quite shy I was very nervous about joining any clubs at first, I didn’t know anybody at all and I had never even picked up a hockey stick before I started in year 7 and some of the girls had playing for a while. I didn’t need to worry as the teachers helped me so much, I went to every practise and quickly learnt so

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Teaching pupils in Year 2 by Amy, Tara & Tristan Y12

As part of our preparation for studying Medicine and Dentistry at university, we decided to prepare and teach lessons to the Year 2 children on the topics of healthy eating and living. During our first lesson, we talked to the children about the different food groups and making the right choices when it comes to their diets. We asked the children to write down what they had eaten the day before to make them aware of their current food choices. Using the healthy eating plate, we gave them different types of foods on cards, and they confidently stuck them on

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Bronze DofE Qualifying Expedition by Pippa, Y10

On the nineth of May, the Duke of Edinburgh groups gathered, kitted out with rucksacks, walking boots, and a surplus of snacks. Boarding the bus, we travelled to Camp Waddecar, where each group met their enthusiastic instructor who helped us divvy up tents and Trangias. With favourable skies, the groups set off, following winding country lanes, muddied paths, and fields full of non-pulsed sheep. The scenery we had the joy of walking through was picturesque – bluebells and daffodils coated the fells in numbers that Wordsworth would be proud of, and light trickled through the canopy of the woods, a

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My first MUN Conference, by Mia Y12

Around the beginning of March I signed on to do the Concordia Model United Nations Conference 2021. It was one of the biggest learning curves I have ever done in my school career. We do have a Model UN club within the school, but it is relatively new and has never done a conference before as a delegation. I really wanted to see how an actual conference works so I decided to sign up to one and see what happened. To clarify, Model UN gives students the ability to participate in organised debates on real world and current topics. You

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Preparing for Duke of Edinburgh Bronze by Zara, Y10

Bright and early on Sunday morning we all arrived at school with our full backpacks eager to start the day. Then the wonderful instructors took each of our groups off into separate classrooms, to maintain social distancing guidelines, and began explaining how the expedition will play out.  We started by planning out our walking routes across the two days, both times starting and ending at Waddecar, so we decided to walk over Beacon Fell the first day so we could enjoy the beautiful sights. After finalising the route, we created a ‘route card’ which breaks down the walk into smaller parts

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Moving to AKS from Dubai – Erin’s Story

I moved to the UK in July 2020 from Dubai. It was a huge change to my life.  Like anyone starting a new school or meeting a new group of people I was nervous to be joining AKS in Year 7.  Not only was I starting Senior School, I was in a country I had never lived in before. I said goodbye to my friends in Dubai, where I was born, and moved here to start a new life. I was really nervous joining AKS. I had no friends at the school and had no experience of going to school in England. I decided

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Why I love reading, by Isaac Y4

First, I thought reading was OK, but then I came across a book called ‘Wizards of Once’, which was a very good book, so I read all four in the series. I liked them because they are about wizards, they have good characters with interesting names, like ‘Xar’ and ‘Wish’ (who was controlled by witch blood!). They also have great adventures and good powers, such Wish who has a magic eye which stops wizards casting spells on iron. They are the best books I’ve ever read – I didn’t want them to end! That inspired me to read lots more

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Eve’s Story – Joining AKS in Year 8

I started AKS in year 8 and was really anxious about joining a few weeks into the first term. However, the moment I stepped through the school gates on my first day, I felt like I was part of a family. I had some friends that I had known from primary school but I was still very nervous. That soon disappeared when I was greeted by one of my good friends by the school entrance, and taken to my form room. When I arrived at my form I was greeted by the boys and girls from mine, and other forms

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