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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Madrid Magic

This week’s blog from the students comes from two boys who participated in the recent Madrid Football Tour. The Madrid Football Tour was a great experience overall. Having not been abroad in a very long time it was strange for me, but I enjoyed every second of it. The fact I was with all of my friends made it even better. We did things such as visiting the Atletico Madrid stadium (Wanda Metropolitano) and the Real Madrid stadium (Santiago Bernabeu) twice. Once for a tour and once to watch a La Liga fixture between Real Madrid and Levante, final score

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Vent

This week’s student blog comes from Sixth Former, Emily, who is very excited to describe and explain a brand new student-led initiative in the school. For many months, Niamh, Hafsa and I, a motivated group of Year 12 girls, have been planning, creating and developing a peer support group named ‘Vent’ which we have been so excited to launch this week. The idea of the system is for younger students to feel as if they have an older student to talk to, one who has been through the ups and downs of teenage life, and although the younger students have

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It’s a Team Game

We are breaking with tradition this week.  Instead of posting a student’s perspective of life and thoughts at AKS, we have opted for this inspirational set of post match notes found on the sports noticeboard this week for the U14 rugby team. Under 14s XV vs St Mary’s College, Crosby Venue: Crosby Result: Lost 59 – 29 Date: Saturday 17th November Weather: Windy, Sunny Ground: Firm, Grassy  Perfect rugby weather apart from a stiff offshore breeze saw us visit St Mary’s Crosby with a good squad bolstered by the presence of a couple of the U13’s top players. The opposition

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Severus Marches On!

The youngest founder member at the age of 8 of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association, Jonah Crouch, and Year 7 AKS student writes about his final classics lecture before moving to Madrid in January. Dr Simon Elliott blew the audience away on Thursday with his speech on Septimius Severus. He was very knowledgeable about this subject and left us much more informed. My favourite part was when Caracalla killed Geta (both of whom were Severus’s children) because it just shows that the older sibling will always prevail – apologies to all those younger siblings out there but as an

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Remembrance

This week we are all wearing poppies because it is Remembrance Day on 11th November.  We want to explain why this happens and how it has possibly affected every family in our school. Next Sunday we will remember that it is exactly 100 years since the end of the First World War. At the time it was called The Great War, because there had never, in the history of the world, been a war which had involved so many people and so many countries. It lasted for over 4 years and it changed the lives of everyone for ever. The

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A Safe Place

This week’s blog comes from three students in the Junior School… It is a very important to know that there are people living on the streets in Blackpool, in fact not just in Blackpool but on the streets all over the world.  Blackpool is right next to our school and where we live though and that is why the Reverend Beverley came into school to speak to us in assembly.  She told us that there are people who are not as lucky as us because they don’t have a home to live in, or don’t have any food or money. 

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Bringing Learning To Life

This week’s student blog comes from the Head and Deputy Head Students of the school, sharing with us some of their experiences and advice to make the most of the learning opportunities at AKS. Jeremy: School is a fantastic time to try out new clubs and activities – be they sports, music, theatre, dance, or even science and technology; so, whichever clubs you decide to get involved with, you are bound to make new long-lasting friendships across the whole school.  I’ve definitely found that out myself in leading Bring Me Sunshine, a group in school dedicated to fostering inter-generational solidarity.

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Pi Camp

Our first blog of the academic year from the students is by three of our current Year 13 Sixth Form students, who planned and delivered a coding camp for younger students during the summer break. Harry: Over the summer holidays, I organized and held a programming camp called Pi Camp  using the Raspberry Pi for children in the local area aged 6-12. We held two courses both lasting two days. This involved a lot of planning and preparation! Such as organizing sponsorship, funding, daily activities and getting local support. The biggest challenge I faced was getting hold of the Raspberry

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