U12 Jean Torrance Hockey Tournament 2020

STUDENT BLOG – By Layla, A team Captain Last Saturday our under 12A team came first in the Jean Torrance tournament. We knew it would be challenging and nothing could prepare us for the level of hockey that was played. In our group we won all of our matches so we got through to the semi finals. Before the semis we all knew it would be tough because we have played them before and only won 2-0. Our team worked well to gain a position in the Finals. Before the last game we had a break and we all knew we had to play

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Duke of Edinburgh Practice Day

Duke of Edinburgh Practice Day We arrived at the hall all excited and raring to go. Although, we were not excited by the fact that storm Ciara was occurring outside. We sat in rows in our groups while, Mr Riches gave us a briefing on what to expect during the day and what type of skills we will need. The groups then got given their group leaders and split into separate classrooms. Our group started with the route cards. Dougie (our group leader) explained that for our practice expedition we would be going to and from Waddecar. We decided to

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“Wow I just did that” – in thick fog, horizontal rain and 50 mph winds!

Starting in dry weather was encouraging. Finishing in dry weather was pleasant. It was every second in between that was a problem. We knew what we were getting into with a day out in the Howgills, as we had all done our Bronze and Silver awards prior to this. However, what nobody had told us – and what was about to become incredibly clear – was the sudden step-up in difficulty. What we had assumed would be a day of walking became a day of equal parts navigation, rock-climbing and trying not to fall off a mountainside. The minibuses set

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Year 12 students visit Blackpool Magistrates Court

On Tuesday 14th January, myself and a group of year 12 students went on a visit to Blackpool Magistrate’s Court. We were sat down – and asked to stay quiet – in a box at the side of the court, with a clear view of everything that was going on. Slowly things fell into place, people got to where they needed to be, and the first of seven cases began. As we expected – and had been warned – the morning progressed slowly; nobody was keen to do anything quickly. This meant there was time spent sitting between cases, time

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Helping others less fortunate

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the wider AKS community gave very generously to our Cash for Kids Mission appeal for toys . We had over 100 toys donated which then got delivered to the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas warehouse. On Monday  16th December ten AKS Action students visited the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas warehouse. They spent their day sorting items into present bundles. Local families in need then received a present bundle for children on Christmas Eve Edward of 8R describes his experience: “I got involved with AKS Action because I wanted to help people who are not

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My first term at AKS

Sam and Lily are coming to the end of their first term at AKS after joining us from Ansdell Primary School and St Andrews CE Primary School. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences. We’re thrilled 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 in the new year. Sam’s Story My first term of school has been amazing. I came from Ansdell Primary School with some of my classmates, but since

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Financial preparation for university

by Harrison, Year 13 Economist As University offers start to arrive, my thoughts are turning to my preparation for life after AKS. As an Economics student, money and student bank accounts are at the front of my mind.  You are allowed to open a student bank account as soon as you receive an offer letter from UCAS, either conditional or unconditional. The main difference between a student bank account and a standard current account is the student bank account comes with an interest free overdraft. Banks offer up to a £3000 overdraft facility, so you should shop around for the

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Perfecting ‘The Journey Technique’ for Revision

by Paddy, Year 13 Economist In order to get my revision started and to try new revision techniques. I have perfected the Journey technique. This involves creating an imaginary but easy to remember journey such as the journey to school or a journey around memorable places. In my case I needed to revise a list of government intervention aims and a list of the forms of government intervention. My journey starts at the entrance to school where I imagined myself thinking about the first aim of government intervention that of stabilising prices. By linking a familiar place to facts and

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Auschwitz Trip, 2019

Student Blog by Samuel, Year 12. The trip to Auschwitz was something. It was powerful; it was memorable; it was horrifying, and it was pensive. To sum up the trip in a single word would be difficult – impossible, even – because nobody who sat down on that coach at two in the morning on the 4th July truly had the same experience. The trip to Auschwitz was not simply a trip to Auschwitz. It was an experience of Krakow; of the impacts the events of the Holocaust had on the minds of the people, the lives of the people,

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My School Portal makes ‘The dog ate my homework’ a thing of the past

By Ben, Year 13, Head Boy and A level Economics Student With the introduction of My School Portal, blaming the dog for not handing in homework is impossible. However, the new portal for homework does have advantages, it is a clear record of when it was issued and a good reminder of when it is due in. The most useful feature is the attachment button. In Economics we use this to access PowerPoint attachments that give help with the question. For example, in our most recent homework there is advice about the type of diagram that needs to be used

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