Year 3 – reflections on their new class

Year 3 have had a successful first week having moved up from infants to juniors. Here are some of their reflections: Katie, Leila – “I loved hockey and playing with my new friends”. Nikhil, Maksymilian – “We really enjoyed PE and rugby”. George, Sadie – “It is nice in Year 3 and we have yummy lunches in the Senior School”. Wilfred, Isaac – “I really enjoyed the maths and counting in 100s and 50s”. “I’m really interested in how many things have changed in Year 3”. Freddie, Joseph, Rupert – “We really enjoyed ICT with Mrs Leeming and getting our

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Starting senior school – two perspectives

Following our recent student blog from James and Jay about their first year at senior school, Holly and Charlotte share their experience after finishing year 7. Whilst Holly hailed from a local primary school, Charlotte came up to senior school from our prep school. Here’s what they had to say: Holly’s experience moving to AKS from a local primary school At first, I was nervous about starting AKS as it was a new school to me and I only knew a couple of people. I didn’t need to be worried as all the teachers and staff were really friendly and

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‘My first year at AKS’

James and Jay are coming to the end of their first year at AKS after joining us from Ansdell Primary School. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences. We’re delighted that they have enjoyed following their individual pathways and that they have settled in so well. They have contributed significantly to our school community and we look forward to following their continued success and adventures when they move into Year 8 in September. They will also be a great support for our new Year 7s who we will be welcoming next term. James’ story: When I started at

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My Castlehead Experience

By Kirtika, Year 6 On Monday the 20th of May we all arrived at school enthusiastic and joyful about the residential. The residential was for 5 days and 4 nights. Most of us were not nervous since we had been on school residentials in the past. The teachers that came with us were Mrs Knight, Mr Rice, Mrs Dixon and Mrs Blinston. Soon we all loaded our luggage onto the minibus and got ready to go. At this point I was too giddy to miss my parents!  After an exhausting 1hour 30minutes we arrived. Our Castlehead guiders (Sarah and Chloe)

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My trip to Borwick Hall

By Ava, Year 4 I had an amazing time at Borwick Hall and this will tell you all about it … Just before we were setting off, I gave my mum a hug and a kiss and got on the bus. Some of the mums (including mine) took some pictures when we were ready to go. About five minutes later, the bus started moving, I had butterflies. I was sat with Sophia and we were talking pretty much the whole way there!! We played some games and I tried to have a nap, but she wouldn’t let me. My seatbelt

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Year 7 Trip – Leighton Moss

Just before half term our Year 7s embarked on a biology field trip to study the unique ecosystems of Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve. They worked alongside ecologists using sampling techniques, pond dipping and transect surveys to assess the habitat for future development. The sun shone and the students were able to see a huge plethora of wildlife on our doorstep. The students were very enthusiastic in the hide where they were able to observe the local bird of prey, marsh harriers, in their natural feeding grounds.  Here’s what Jessica, a student from Year 7 who attended the trip had to

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Student Obstacle Course

As student Adventure Pillar Leader in the Junior School this year I had to think of different ideas and make a list. From this list I discussed with Mrs Briggs, teacher Adventure Pillar Leader, all my ideas and how I was going to organise these. Firstly, I decided to invite the CCF into Junior assembly so they could tell the children all about their activities in the senior school. Next, I wanted to start a Junior climbing club. Several meetings, emails and letters later we now have a climbing club which takes place every Friday. We are lucky enough to have a

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A Junior School Perspective – Classics

After hearing that Anna had got through to Classical Association final, I wanted to go and hear her speak – and see who would win… Anna went up first and she started talking about the Rosetta Stone. She thought it was a good ancient object talk about because it was very interesting. The first thing she said about it was that it had three different languages on it, French Egyptian and Greek ( her favourite language) Her next artefact was the Lapith + centaur carving it was a carving that showed the centaur attacking the Lapith because they were drunk!

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A ‘Storybook of History’

Two of our students and sisters (Anna, Year 8 and Penelope, Year 4) are regulars at the Classical Association lectures, which placed them in an excellent position to report on the 5th Anniversary Presidential Lecture with Academic, Author and Broadcaster, Professor Michael Scott. They are pictured with Katrina (founding member of the Association and AKS Alumni), Professor Michael Scott and Mr. Walton. Classical Association Presidential Lecture, 10th January, 2019 An overview by Anna, Year 8 and interview with Penelope Year 4. For our fifth year running and the largest branch of the Classical Association in the UK, I’d say that

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A Choir in the Community

The final blog from the students this calendar year comes from two of our Sixth Formers and members of the Senior Choir. On Wednesday the 12th of December the Senior School Choir took part in our annual ‘Christmas Carols in the Community’ event, visiting Trinity Hospice, Highfield Day Centre, Fosbrooke House and the AKS Ladies’ Luncheon Club at The Clifton Arms. After brisk rehearsals in the recital room, the choir (in our compulsory Christmas jumpers!) began the outing singing a wide repertoire of Christmas songs at Trinity Hospice. The programme consisted of classic Christmas carols, multiple Christmas sing-along hits, and

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