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Poetry in Performance
Alex Brown / 05 April 2019 / Categories: News

Poetry in Performance

Our Year 7s take their performances to Lytham Church of England School

During the early March, a small group of Year 7 pupils, accompanied by Mr. Bridges, took their varied and entertaining poetry recitals performed at the ‘Poetry by Heart’ House Competition into the local community, paying a visit to Year 5 at Lytham Church of England primary school.

Working with their poems as a stimulus, the Year 7 pupils led a drama workshop, freeze-framing key moments from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Pig’, whilst the Year 5 audience were also treated to perfectly delivered versions of ‘Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf’ from Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’, ‘The Way Through the Woods’ by Rudyard Kipling and ‘Sea Fever’ by John Masefield.

Every credit must go to the Year 7 leaders of these days away from the AKS classroom – their willingness to take the reins and lead was noted on more than one occasion, as was their confidence, enthusiasm and ability to communicate with the younger pupils.



5 April 2019

Connecting with our heritage: QMS

An interview with Miss Joan Charlton, a well-known former headmistress of Queen Mary School (QMS) by our archive volunteers

The archives comprise five collections of material relating to Arnold, King Edward VII School, Queen Mary School, KEQMS and AKS. Each consists of a diverse collection of school records containing all kinds of items as well as pupil files.  We have architects’ plans, admissions registers, correspondence, speech day addresses, commemorative albums, school magazines, some text books and pupils’ exercise books,  drama and music programmes, photographs, trophies, items of uniform, framed portraits and paintings, pottery, furniture and even a rug.  There is always room for more and we welcome the donation of relevant items.

The archives span over 120 years of history. They contain a wealth of information relating to local history and many accounts of social and historical importance, especially with regard to the wartime years and the impact of education on women’s role in society. 

A small team of volunteers is dedicated to each archive and is wholeheartedly supported by school.  New volunteers to help with cataloguing via the dedicated computer software or with identifying photographs are always welcome. AKS pupils can join the Archive Club to learn about conservation, cataloguing and how to identify items for the new AKS archive.  To get in touch:

5 April 2019

Poetry in Performance

Our Year 7s take their performances to Lytham Church of England School

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