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2019 Classics Competition, 9th February
Alex Brown / 30 January 2019 / Categories: News

2019 Classics Competition, 9th February

AKS Student Makes the Final!

Anna from Year 8 (pictured here with Prof. Michael Scott, President of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association and her sister, Penelope, from Year 4) has been shortlisted as one of four finalists for this National competition for students aged 11-19 years old. The competition is run by the Lytham St Annes Classical Association and open to pupils from all schools. For their submissions, students were invited to research, produce and deliver a 15 minute presentation on What are your three favourite artefacts from the Ancient World?’ (Including the Roman Empire, Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt).

Judging was rigorous, with the panel reviewing the video entries independently to assess: evidence of research; accuracy and knowledge; concept and themes; style of presentation; structure; passion; engagement with the audience; clarity and adherence to the question set and the information imparted. The full committee then met and watched and discussed each video together again before the final selection was made.

The committee noted that they “very much enjoyed watching [Anna’s] presentation and was very impressed by her research and passion for her subject… the standard of entries was again very high…” which reinforces how well Anna has done to have been awarded a place in the Grand Final.

The Committee stated, “Professor Scott joins us in sending Anna his warmest congratulations on winning not only her school's heats but also a place in the Final, and thanks you and your school for encouraging and supporting her”

We very much hope Anna's fellow students and friends will come to the Final to support her, as well as wider members of our school community. We are incredibly lucky to host the Classical Association at our school and to welcome prestigious speakers through our doors. Similarly, we’re also very lucky to have students like Anna who have the passion and confidence to bring their learning to life in front of such an esteemed audience - it's #AcademicAmbition in action! 

This event is open to all who wish to see the finalists in action and if Anna's entry is anything to go by, it promises to be both entertaining and inspiring for anyone wishing to follow in Anna's footsteps in subsequent years. Although the event is free to attend, those wishing to come are requested to pick up a ticket so that the organisers can ensure they cater appropriately (available from AKS senior school reception, or via the @lsaclassics Facebook page). 

The usual refreshments (including the infamous Classics cakes!), raffle and bookstall will be available from 12.30 onwards and the actual presentations start at 2pm.



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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