Hot Chocolate with the Head

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Grace who had been referred to me for ‘Hot Chocolate with the Head’ by Miss Hutchinson for completing an excellent piece of History homework on Bristol Docks.

Community Choir sings for Julian Trust & Caring at Christmas

Our Handfuls of Harmony choir, set by up South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust performed their Christmas concert on Sunday 18th November at St Paul’s Church, Southville. The adult community choir was joined by children from our local Primary Schools to entertain the audience with rousing joyous voices. This intergenerational choir always remembers those who are less fortunate than themselves at Christmas and the proceeds from the raffle have been donated to Julian’s Trust & Caring at Christmas Appeal, which is one of the charities that Achilles House supports.

The Community Choir always welcomes new members. We practise on Thursdays at Southville Primary School, Myrtle Street site, BS3 1JG from 7pm to 9pm. The new terms dates are: 7th March to 9th May with a break for Easter. Our concert will be on Saturday 11th May at St Paul’s Church.

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Community Spirit making things run smoothly!

Ashton Park School hosted the County Primary Cross Country event on Saturday 24th November. Organised by our School Sport Partnership, 260 youngsters braved the wind and the rain to run for medals and to do their personal best for their team.
Our fantastic leaders across all year groups gave up their Saturday morning to assist at the event. The early morning start and poor weather didn’t dampen their enthusiasm and willingness to act as race officials, marshals and presenters of medals. It was fantastic to see them encouraging all the children and even running alongside some of the tail-enders!
The Ashton Park Parental Hub joined in the fun and made a great profit of £300 selling hot food and scrummy cakes to hungry athletes and supporters. Their brilliant effort and hard work will contribute towards the stage lighting fund for the school hall. Well done to Sally, Cathy and the team!!
The Bristol and West Athletics Club also made a great contribution with their time, loan of equipment to mark out the course and their expertise in collating the results.
All in all a wonderfully organised event for the best young runners from South Bristol, North Bristol, Central and East Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos. It just shows what the power of community spirit can achieve!
A big Thank you from The School Sport Partnership to all who made the event such a great success!

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Bristol Youth theatre Studio

Bristol Youth theatre Studio present “Lord of All Creatures” at St. Martin’s Church, Knowle, on Saturday, December 15th at  6.oopm.

Hot Chocolate with The Head

Top entries in the SWBCLT ‘What’s Your Story’ Competition last year were nominated for Hot Chocolate with The Head by Mrs Scroggs and the English Faculty.  Well done everyone!

Hot Chocolate with the Head

Students from Year 10 were nominated by Mr Kudiyirickal to acknowledge completing a very technical practical experiment to an incredibly high level of accuracy.

Achilles House Collection for the Julian Trust and Caring at Christmas

We are carrying out our annual collection to support Bristol’s homeless shelter and the Caring at Christmas initiative.  Attached is a list of items that are in short supply and required by the shelter. We would be really grateful if you could buy one of these items next time you go to the supermarket and send it in to school.
Thank you for your support
Achilles House Staff and Students

An amazing day for cross country

What an amazing day for cross country on Wednesday 24th October 2018. The sun was shining, lighting up the view of Ashton Court manor house beautifully and there was the ascent of a few balloons! Perfect.  The 11 visiting secondary schools were very impressed with the setting and organisation for the Bristol State Schools’ Cross Country venue. It is the first time that Ashton Park School has hosted this particular event.
There were 300 runners in the four age categories, Y7-11 and the number of Ashton Park pupils among those was quite significant.
Well done to all of our runners, who crossed the line red-faced, out of breath and smiling. The top placings from Ashton Park are:
Minor boys (Y7): Sam R, Vijay B, Oliver M, Joey T
Minor girls: Almaz F, Aura G, Abbi W, Florence L
Junior boys (Y8&9): Ishmael B, Fred C, Amos K, Joe C
Junior girls: Sophi H-H, Abi S, Nina B, Domi W
Inter boys (Y10&11): James V, Otto K, James C, Joe C
Inter girls: Eve C and Kitty F-E (3rd and 4th place overall! – Excellent!)
APS teams also included these runners:
Y7- Scarlett R, Ruby C, Toni R, Ines F-A, Amelia P, Kiera F, Elsa L, Jed H, Dylan B, Stanton W, Will W, Oliver P
Y8- Grace P, Lulu G, Nell F, Evie B,  Zoe O, Amber W, Flo S, Ruby R, Phoebe C-M, Alvaro R-R, Charlie D, Emmett L, Jenson M, Cameron R,
Y9- Bethan A, Ellie R, Megan L, Audry W, Beth L, Verity L-K, Izzy N, Malachi G, Will B, Ethan D,
Y10- Ted Ryle, Joe K
Thank you very very much to Lulu’s mum who was there to support but helped us immensely with the scoring!
Thanks must also go to the wonderful helpers who gave up their time to ensure everything ‘ran’ smoothly! All of the marshals were Y8, Y9 or Y12 Sports Leaders- well done you guys
The next cross country event is Wednesday 7th November and these runners, with a few more, will be invited to run.  This is the trial for the Bristol Team, who will represent us at the Avon Championships in January
A few beautiful pictures and a write up will appear on the website.
A plea for anyone who can help on 7th November or 19th January. It is at Kingswood School in Bath- stickers at the finish line, setting up or taking down the course, recording the results. Let Debbie Winstanley know (Head of PE).  Thank you in advance.

Hot Chocolate with The Head

Top entries in the SWBCLT ‘What’s Your Story’ Competition last year were nominated for Hot Chocolate with The Head by Mrs Scroggs and the English Faculty.  Well done everyone!

Independent Learning Challenge Winners

The 8 winners of our first Independent Learning Challenge were invited for Hot chocolate with The Head. Tutors and teachers nominated them for the effort and creativity they applied to their work. Well done one and all!