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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Joining a Giant Family

Last week Arnav and Charley shared their thoughts with the children and parents who will be joining us in September in Year 7 at the Induction Evening.  Here are Arnav’s thoughts: My name is Arnav and I am in Year 7.  I have been at AKS since I was in Year 3.  I am sure you must have many questions and worries regarding the senior school, am I right?  How much homework are we going to get?  Are the teachers strict?  And if they are, do they give detentions out very easily?  Are the older children rough and will I

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Still Nothing To Worry About

Our final student blog of the academic year comes from Keira in Year 9, who we first heard from when she had just started Year 7.  Over to you Keira… Back in year 7 I wrote a blog about my experiences in my first year at AKS called “Nothing To Worry About” (July 2016). So here is an update on my journey since then. Last Easter holiday my family and I walked Scafell, the highest peak in England. Last year we reached the summit of Snowdon and so I felt confident I would make it to the top of Scafell

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A Touch of Class

AKS Summer touch rugby has been underway this half term with students from Year 7 to 13 taking part, and proving to be a hotbed of development for the younger years. With the outgoing Year 13 having been the most successful rugby team, the school has seen for some years, the knowledge and experience that they are imparting on the younger players is invaluable in the development of individuals and for AKS rugby in the future.  Charlie, our current 1st XV Vice Captain, shares this account of his rugby experience at AKS with us for the student blog of the week.

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Hockey Heroics

Our student blog this week comes from our Junior School hockey captains who have both overseen a tremendous season of hockey for our junior girls. I started playing hockey in Year 2 and I instantly fell in love with it.  I enjoy learning about the game and learning new skills, I especially like lifting the ball and counting how many times I can hit the ball in the air. I have gained a lot of belief in what I can do and have enjoyed playing in different teams. I have gained lots of knowledge and skills from going to as

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Caldera Connections

This week’s student blog comes from a reflective Myles in Year 4. We have been learning about volcanos in Year 4 this term. My Great Grandparents are always interested in what I am doing at school as my Great Grandpa used to go to Arnold School. When I told them about the model volcano I have been making they showed me this photograph of Mount Vesuvius which was taken by my Great Grandpa in 1946. He and my Great Gran were Officers in the RAF living in Malta at the time. They had been visiting Rome and had arranged to

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Rethink Rebuild

Our student blog this week comes from Kayley in our Lower Sixth Form who is sharing her thoughts on the current Syria crisis, spurred on by a very special visitor and speaker who we are grateful to for presenting to the whole of  our Year 12 during their recent Enrichment session. On Tuesday the 10th of April Dr Haytham Alhamwi visited AKS Sixth Form during our enrichment lesson to tell us about his experiences as a Syrian Refugee.  The presentation astounded our year group as we listened to his hard-hitting stories and first hand experiences of the war in Syria.

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