The Round Square IDEALS Challenge

The Pre-A Level course has given students the opportunity to have their thinking challenged by taking part in the Round Square IDEALS challenge with Leadership being the focus over the past 4 weeks. The big question being, what makes an effective leader in times of adversity? Students then had to complete a number of activities and reflective exercises independently.  This gave students a flavour of what is to come as part of their 6th Form studies; each one of the IDEALS will go ‘live’ each half term. Completion of all 6 of the IDEALS; International, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service will result in an official certificate

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Celebrating Acts of Kindness

It has been a challenging and unusual few months for us all, but one where the AKS community spirit of support and togetherness is stronger than it has ever been. There have been so many of you who have gone above and beyond to make a difference to the lives of others. We want to celebrate and thank our wonderful, strong and caring community for all that is happening to support one another through these challenging times by producing a video with messages of thanks.  We would like to record as many ‘acts of kindness’ as possible and we would like as many

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Self-Awareness, our Half-Term Focus

After looking at Compassion towards others last term, the Round Square focus for this half term is Self-Awareness. Miss De Miranda presented an assembly to launch it for students and staff and encourage them to think about what it means to them. She opened by explaining, “You need to take the time to be kind to yourself, often we pay more attention to negative events rather than positive ones that occur in our lives. It’s the bad things that grab our attention, stick in our memories, and influences our decisions. This can affect our behaviour, decisions, and even our relationships”. Miss De

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Round Square Conference, India 2019 – our students’ reflections

As the term drew to a close, the Sixth Formers who attended the recent Round Square International Conference at Emerald Heights in India led an assembly to share their experiences and life lessons they gained with the school. J Jay (Year 12) opened the assembly by explaining, “You often hear the phrase ‘life changing’ in the same sentence as ‘round square conference’, and you might think this is an exaggeration, and so did we, until we went to India. We can now wholeheartedly tell you it is true”. Olivia continued, “I think now, only after having this time to reflect

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Compassion – our half-term focus

Miss De Miranda opened her Round Square senior school assembly earlier this month to introduce this half-term’s focus on ‘Compassion’ by showing a video of Beyonce singing “I was Here” at the United Nations Congress, on Humanitarian Day back in 2012, noting that it “links perfectly into this half term’s RS Discovery – Compassion” Her assembly was based on two words COMPASSION and the act that shows compassion which is KINDNESS. This is an act that can be small or large but has the same impact on the person who receives it – an overwhelming sense that someone cares about

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Lasting impact of the Round Square Conference 2018

To coincide with the 2019 Round Square Conference in India, Emily from Year 13 reflects on the lasting impact that last year’s conference in Canada had on her. It’s hard to believe that it’s almost been one year since myself and six other girls in the current Year 13 attended the incredible Round Square International Conference in Canada, and reflecting upon our experience, we realised that after being inspired by the thought provoking speakers, interesting people that we met and being pushed out of our comfort zone, we all returned from the trip filled with ideas on how we could

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Peace Pole Planted at AKS

“We are far more united and we have far more in common with each other than that which divide us.” (Jo Cox) On Monday 13th May 2019 we celebrated the official installation of our Peace Pole in the grounds of AKS, which has been kindly donated by Councillor Karen Henshaw JP, Mayor of St Anne’s and also sponsored by Lytham and St Anne’s Rotary Clubs.  Councillor Henshaw, came up with the wonderful idea and she sourced the piece of Scottish Larch used to create the Peace pole. The pole was constructed and installed by Andy Wall and the school groundsmen and is

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International Day

After weeks of planning AKS had its first International Day lunch on 16th January. Thank you to Isla, our Year 11 student, who first proposed the idea for this event and to our team of students, parents and catering staff for creating such a successful celebration of international cultures through the medium of food. This event brought the spirit of internationalism to the school in a way that instantly connected with many of the pupils. We are grateful to the parents who supported the initiative by preparing the food, providing recipes and serving the dishes on the day. Isla (Year

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