Brother-and-Sisterhood

It is now two weeks since our school musical Bugsy Malone, which played to 5 full houses at Lowther Pavilion in Lytham. It followed straight after the news that Sweeney Todd, our 2015 production, had received 4 awards from NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) including best Youth Production of that year for our region of the North-West. Bugsy had a hard act to follow, but it did not disappoint. It has already been acclaimed in all aspects of the production, see the NODA review here. The acting, singing, dancing and music took our breath away, but what made it

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0% and Aiming High

  Our Year 11 students will return from half-term this month to sit their mock GCSE exams. In a school of academic ambition, they will be hoping to achieve the best results possible. On the face of it, they will not have to work very hard to beat the 0% we scored in the recent Department for Education league tables for the percentage of students achieving 5 A* to C grades, including English and Maths. Was our last Year 11 cohort as bad as that? 0% is a strange statistic since our actual results showed we had a 100% pass

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Revenge

Revenge Feature photo (Large)

They say revenge is sweet, a dish best served cold.  I was out for revenge against Taran in Year 8.  Anyone who read my blog from 1st December will know that he had the temerity to beat me at chess, yes, in public, an upstart 12 year old embarrassing the Headmaster.  As I had unwittingly taken on a future chess champion, a re-match would be risky.  Any further throwing down of the gauntlet needed to be in a sport where his tactical board skills would not count.  I hatched on the idea of table tennis.  I imagined launching one of

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New Year Resolutions

One of the things I find alarming as I get older is that time seems to rush by, faster and faster. I have heard it said that your internal clock measures time as a proportion of how long you have lived, so for a 10 year old a year feels like a tenth of their life; sadly for me a year has long passed being a fiftieth. Clearly a fiftieth feels less than a tenth, hence the acceleration of time. As I returned to school last week I was thinking about new year’s resolutions, but now in mid-January it feels

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Feeling Confident

Before Christmas I had the pleasure of watching many performances in the nursery and junior school. One thing they all had in common was that the large casts of children looked so confident as they stood up to perform in front of hundreds of parents. At their age I might have frozen, run to hide or just burst into tears. It is a feature of AKS Junior School that children are encouraged to support each other, get involved and not worry too much about getting things wrong. Education must give opportunity to take risks. Measured, supported, challenged. This is one

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Who’s giving to whom?

Across the country, teachers will be reminding their students that Christmas is a time of giving as well as receiving. As excitement grows one cannot blame children for dwelling on what they may receive in their stocking or under the tree. In our consumer society many of us may have a tendency to focus on presents, sometimes forgetting that the greatest gift might be time. Time that reflects how much we care rather than how much we spend. AKS students have been generous in fund-raising and bringing in presents so that we can contribute to a happier Christmas for children

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