Streetlife

Our student blog of the week comes from Grace, who bravely faced the night chill and streets of Blackpool for an important cause. Streetlife’s Sleepout is an annual charity fundraising event. All of the money raised goes to Streetlife, a charity dedicated to helping homeless or vulnerable young people in Blackpool. All you need to do is get sponsored to sleep on the streets of Blackpool for a night. This year it took place on the night of 23rd March. 200 people signed up including myself, my big brother and my Dad. The weather wasn’t ideal, in fact it rained

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Our Carnival Queen

This week’s blog from the students comes from Carys who has been chosen as the St. Annes’ Carnival Queen this summer. Hello! My name is Carys Burnett and I am 11 years old. I am in Year 7 at AKS, having left Heyhouses Primary in July. I was really pleased to be selected to represent St. Annes as the Carnival Queen this year and I am looking forward to all of the events. I have taken part in the carnival procession every year since I was at nursery school, and we always meet up with lots of friends and have

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Academic Ambition

Our student blog this week comes from Year 3B who have been exploring our school ethos; academic ambition. The students looked at the word ambition and decided it meant ‘to be successful and achieve your goals’.  Year 3 certainly like to be successful  and work hard on their individual targets, but what do they want to be when they are older…  Charlie wants to be like Rafael Nadal and be a Wimbledon champion. He already competes in competitions in the Lancashire area for his local tennis club. Zoe also wants to follow a sporting career and win gold for GB in hockey.

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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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