Mission To Mars Challenge

On Tuesday 19th June AGGS were part of a group of schools that send a kinder egg container 34,372 meters (34 kilometres) into the upper layers of the atmosphere.

Our egg contained yeast on which we will be carrying out food science investigations when it is returned to school.

We were able to track the giant helium balloon that carried all of the schools tests as it ascended then descended (and was tracked down due to it’s GPS tracker).

Tomorrows Engineers

Tomorrows Engineers worked with our STEM club cohort to think about energy and energy uses.
They then built and tested electric buggys using a rechargeable capacitor.
The buggys were then set a challenge to use data they had collected to determine the voltage needed to travel a set given distance.
Year 7 and 8 really enjoyed the activity, and learnt a lot about what engineering is, and the range of careers that require different types of engineers.

Thought for the week

Empowerment

‘The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.’

(Socrates)

English Schools’ Athletics Success at regional level

Congratulations to the Year 9 and 10 students who qualified for the Regional A final of the prestigious English Schools Track and Field Cup.  We were winners at Greater Manchester level and went to Robin Park, Wigan to compete against the best schools across the North West for a place at national finals in Gateshead.

The team were amazing in both the track and the field events with some superb performance and PB’s set.  We finished second place narrowly missing out on a place in the finals.  It is fair to say we were all truly devastated at being so close to that first place spot.

I am extremely proud of the team and the way they handled the whole situation, they are amazing athletes in their physical performance but also their manner and sportsmanship.  Well done my team!

Athletics Success for Francesca!

Last weekend Francesca won the National U20 Championship in the 1500m and is officially the best in Britain!  We are waiting news this weekend that she has achieved the time required to qualify for the World Championships .  What amazing news, we are very proud of you Francesca!

Francesca also raced in the senior Girl`s 800m at The Greater Manchester Schools and finished 1st in 2 minutes 9 seconds and broke the championship record set in 1995.   She has also qualified for the English Schools Championships, where she will be entered into 1500m.

Below is a picture of Francesca racing for Great Britain on May 20th at the Loughborough International where she set a PB of 4 minutes 18 seconds.

Year 8 Geography Trip to Llandudno

Y8 Geography Trip to Llandudno

Year 8 successfully went on the geography department trip to Llandudno this week. They completed fieldwork on the positive and negative effects of tourism in Llandudno and learnt about coastal processes. The students enjoyed Llandudno in the sun on Tuesday and torrential rain on Wednesday, but were excellent in their conduct and enthusiasm despite the weather!

ChemQuiz 2018

ChemQuiz 2018

Yesterday (21st June) a team containing some of our most promising young scientists travelled to MMU to take part in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual ChemQuiz event.  This event is the regional qualifier for the national “Top of the Bench” competition, and the team must consist of two year 8 students and one each from years 9 & 10.  The “quiz”  consists of three rounds; a general chemistry knowledge round; a practical lab-based activity and a demonstration/chemistry comprehension exercise.

Competing against 33 other teams from across the region, our students finished in an impressive 8thplace and received the prize for the outright winners of the chemistry demo/comprehension section, in which students were given unfamiliar information and asked to answer questions based on their ability to apply it.

The AGGS team was Vera P (Year 10), Christabel A (Year 9), Polina K (Year 8) & Nam V (Year 8).  They were an absolute credit to the school.  Well done!

Oliver

AGGS Presents ‘Oliver’ production. Artwork made by Susanna K 9-6
AGGS Presents ‘Oliver’ production. Artwork made by Susanna K 9-6

AGGS Presents – Oliver production

Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th July, 7.30pm

Main Hall

Tickets available from reception

Horrible Histories does the Chase

Horrible Histories club this week re-enacted the popular game show ‘The Chase’.

An intense group quick fire question and answer game against the clock, with the added drama of being chased by a resident expert- the chaser.

A big thank you to our chaser of the week, Mr Palfreyman who managed an impressive victory over 5/7 of our teams.

However, a big well done to our two year 7 and 8 teams who managed to outrun our History chaser.

Intrigued by what we get up to in History club? In years 7-9? Come along on a Wednesday lunchtime and join in.

All welcome!

National Civil War Centre

The whole of Year 8 will be going on a trip to the Civil War Centre next week. This year within History, Year 8 have been studying the English Civil War.

The trip will be an excellent opportunity to bring their learning to life and really deepen their pre-existing knowledge of the topic with numerous workshops.

The first workshop that Year 8 will participate in will revolve around the ‘Trial and Execution of Charles I’.

The second will delve into the debate of ‘Who’s to Blame?’ for the Civil War and Charles’ subsequent loss of his head!

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