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Public Speaking
Deb Aldred / 08 February 2019 / Categories: News

Public Speaking

The hills were snow topped and the sun shining when our AKS Intermediate team came to perform at the District finals held in the beautiful surroundings of Windermere School last Saturday.  Our team of Vaani V (Main Speaker); Edward S (Chairman) and Toby C (Vote of Thanks) admired the view from the terrace – an unspoilt Lakeland landscape – whereupon we were all taken to the Lecture Hall.  Ten teams from Lancashire and Cumbria competed – some teams containing Year 9 students. Our Year 7 public speakers gave an excellent presentation on ‘Should we all go vegan?’, but the standard was very high and we were unsuccessful this year.  Nonetheless, the judges were very complimentary to the members of our team, and it was fascinating to see the variety of topics and speaking styles on offer at the competition.

 My thanks to Vaani, Edward and Toby for all the time they spent learning and rehearsing, and to their parents for taking them up to the Lake District so early on a Saturday.  Pictured our team are shown receiving their participation certificates from Rotary Club 1190 presented by the President of the Windermere branch.


Mr D E Smyth



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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