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One of the great opportunities we have as educators is to help in expanding the horizons of our students. This is certainly true for our Year 12s who are travelling back from the Round Square International Conference in Cape Town. 180 schools from all over the world came together to meet, debate, explore and try to make a difference. These students now have friends from so many countries, more importantly they have listened to each other and gained greater understanding of different ideas and perspectives. They heard passionate South African speakers in the conference hall, debated major local and global

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On the Beach

One of my favourite books, also made into a film, is Neville Shute’s ‘On the Beach’ (1957).  A post-apocalyptic story of how the actions of mankind could destroy the planet. Now 60 years old, it still has a powerful message. An understanding of our impact on the environment has never been more important. As a school we are delighted to have more and more opportunities to work with local groups who have a passion for the care of the natural world around us. Two of these are the Park View Rangers and the Lytham St Annes Wildlife Trust, who are

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On the crest of a wave

By attending Classics Association lectures at AKS, I have been learning more about the Ancient Greeks and Romans. It is reported that they widely used individual insignia on their shields, which developed into coats of arms. These came into general use by feudal lords and knights in the 12th century, used for identification, particularly on the battlefield when armour hid the face. Later these symbols were adopted by families, proud of their lineage. Heraldic traditions moved on as a coat of arms was transmitted through generations of a family, descendants frequently adding differences to symbolise changes in character. Educational organisations

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Going Away

This week I was pleased to be able to see off the Year 3 and Year 4 residential trips (Year 4 pictured on arrival at Glaramara). Sunny mornings, bags packed, teachers checking and re-checking. For many, particularly in Year 3, this was their first time staying away from family. Standing with mums and dads by the side of the road, we watched the coaches depart, taking sons and daughters off for adventures far away. Much waving through the windows. There were a few anxious faces, perhaps a well concealed tear or two. The children, on the other hand, were all

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Giving and Getting

In our Easter assembly this morning, after considering concepts of sacrifice and hope, I invited the students to reflect on their current give/take ratio. Any of us feeling that we take more than we give might feel this is an appropriate time of year to seek to redress the balance. A similar thought came to me earlier in the month when I had the pleasure of accompanying one of our Tycoon in Schools groups to Buckingham Palace (pictured), where they were amongst 8 finalists in this national competition. For the second year running an AKS team was runner-up and was

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To Live Vicariously

Over half term I found myself talking to a niece who is thinking of going into teaching. She asked me if I’d still recommend the profession and what I personally enjoyed most. It was a good question that caused me to stop and think. We know that nationally there is a shortage of teachers, challenges abound. Negative news around budgets and bureaucracy. But I would absolutely recommend teaching if you like being with children/young people and if you are also passionate about your subject. I recall my first job, at Queen Katherine School in Kendal. I was amazed that someone

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