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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‘Sarvodaya’, the RS conference and a challenge for our students

Sarvodaya is an Ancient Indian word (still used today) meaning progress for all. The word is a combination of two terms: ‘Sarva’ meaning one-and-all and ‘Uday’ meaning welfare – combined – the word signifies ‘Universal Uplift’ – Sarvodaya is the theme for the Round Square International Conference 2019 which will takes place at Emerald Heights in India at the end of this month. Our delegation of six Year 12 pupils will be accompanied by Miss De Miranda and Mr Hayden.   Mrs Marland used the concept of Sarvodaya as a basis for introducing this half term’s Round Square focus by posing a challenge in last week’s assembly, “If sarvodaya means in its simplest form, ‘The World

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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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Bring Your Difference

On 23rd September, 7 students from Year 12 embarked on the adventure of a lifetime to Canada, where not only did we visit Niagara Falls and Toronto, which were both awe-inspiring experiences, we also attended the Round Square International Conference at Ashbury College in Ottawa.  Here are our experiences… Emily: From the early morning school bus rides with the rising sun over Ottawa, to chatting with new people about their home countries and schools – the Round Square Conference in Canada was a life changing experience for all 7 of the Year 12 students who went and we treasured every

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Donna’s Dream House

A group of 6 of us, recently entered the competition ‘Tycoons in School’ under the name Hydro-Style where we raised nearly £800 for a chosen charity. We did this by hydro-dipping phone cases and Christmas baubles and selling them at different events. The charity we chose to donate to was Donna’s Dream House in Blackpool which specialises in providing free holidays to terminally ill children and their families. After presenting the money to the founder of the charity Len Curtis MBE (whose daughter, Donna, was the inspiration for the charity) invited the six of us for a visit and tour

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Discover More…

Isla, Eve, Amy and I had the honour of travelling to Thailand for a Round Square conference, along with Mrs Knight and Mrs Hobson. This was my first ever major trip away with school, and I Have never felt so excited. We flew from Manchester to Helsinki and then to Bangkok and despite all being very tired from the flights, we stayed extremely enthusiastic throughout the journey, before being collected by a lovely girl from the Regents International School Pattaya. One of the first things that stood out to us as we traveled to the school was the differences between

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Refugee Simulator

On the 19th of June 2018, my form and I were able to experience a refugee simulator installation. The simulation lasted fifteen minutes and we listened to the real-life accounts of three individual refugees and their journey to the UK. As we entered the drama studio, we were each given a headset and were told to go into the entrance area to hear a brief story before we had to move on. Immediately as we went through the entrance, we were in a darkened room and started to listen to a story about one of the refugees. We knew when

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Twinning Toilets for Girl’s Education

This past year we have welcomed a new organisation into the folds of the AKS community, adding a new layer to our values. Soroptomist International champions global gender equality and human rights, and is operational in 122 countries. Our Youth Group is now situated within a far reaching organisation. Our local body, Fylde Soroptomists, are celebrating their 80th anniversary and to commemorate this they are doing “80for80”, an initiative based around twinning toilets. We, as a group, are committed to helping them. Student led, we eagerly meet every week to discuss our agenda and collaborate with our trusty liaison, Hilary

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