Thought for the Week

‘Courage is knowing what not to fear.’

(Plato, Classical Greek Philosopher)

Make us strong in heart and guide us in all that lies before us. Amen

Champions on Ice Gala

Come and see AGGS Student Tilly performing on this Charity Gala:

Champions on Ice

Saturday 13th May
6pm – 8pm

Join us for an evening of thrill, excitement & world class winning performances; all in aid of a charity very close to our hearts – Teenage Cancer Trust

Silver Blades Ice Rink
Oakfield Road, Altrincham, WA15 8EW

Entry via a £1 donation on the night to Teenage Cancer Trust

Police Cadets

The scheme is aimed at 13- 17 year-olds and provides a programme of weekly Cadet nights filled with activity, information and – hopefully – some fun!

What are the main duties & responsibilities of a GMP Cadet?

The aims of the scheme include:

  • Promoting and encouraging a practical interest in policing among young people,
  • Providing training which will encourage positive leadership within communities which will include volunteering opportunities,
  • Encouraging a spirit of adventure and developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship. Cadets will be given the opportunity to obtain a Duke of Edinburgh Award, First Aid qualification etc.

 

Media of the Week

From all year 11 school council members, we strongly recommend CGP revision guides in the lead up to GCSE exams. These great books contain useful revision material for a variety of subjects, and hilarious jokes. They are guaranteed to keep you reading for hours!

An anonymous year 11 says: ‘CGP books have made my revision so much easier! All the notes I need in one handy book! Thank you CGP!’

Image result for cgp revision books gcse

 

IBM Gap Year

IBM are offering school leavers a gap year like no other, but the deadline is fast approaching!

What does the role actually involve?
At IBM they offer challenging projects, real responsibility, world class opportunities and exceptional training and development. Our Futures roles are no different, but what’s the difference between the Business and Tech roles?
* Spend your placement in a business role and you could be supporting one of our many business areas, such as Project Management, business operations, market research, marketing and sales.
* For the techies out there there?s a huge amount you could get involved in for instance, you could support experts in web design, problem diagnosis, software development, database development and technical project management.

 
What do we need from you?
We don’t expect perfection, a mass of work experience or any prior training but we do need a professional, positive, can-do attitude and a passion of all things IBM as well as:
* 5 GCSEs Grade 5-9
* 2 years in higher education
* Eligibility to work in the UK

Hints & Tips?
Follow IBM on their social media to get an insight as to what they do and get ahead of the competition!

 

Apply Now

IMPORTANT:Bronze Practice Exped Information

For Bronze Participants, please see the letter below from Kevin at Venture Out.

Hi
Your child is due to attend their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Training Expeditions on 6th & 7th May. By now they should have gathered all the equipment and food they need. I’m contacting you to confirm the arrangements.

Venue for weekend:
Linnet Clough Scout Camp
Gibb Ln, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5NB
Sat morning drop off: 9:00am prompt.
Sunday afternoon pick up: 4:30pm

This is a large campsite but the lane to it is narrow and the car park small. We encourage all parents to offer car share to minimize traffic and congestion. Please also remember that Google Maps may not work in the countryside due to poor network connection.

The groups will have a trainer assigned to them who will be with them at all times from breakfast to evening. Training them in camping, cooking, navigation, walking and emergency scenarios, in preparation for their assessed expedition.

Mobile phones
The Duke of Edinburgh Organisation recommend that we do not allow participants to have mobile phones whilst on expedition (day or night). The reasons for this:
The participants are encouraged to ‘un-plug’ from the outside world and focus on becoming part of their team by socialising and supporting each other.
Mobile phones don’t stand up well to rain, mud, being crushed in pockets. They run out of charge and there are no charging facilities on campsites.
There is patchy coverage in the countryside, and batteries die and so if you are waiting on a phone call from your young person and don’t receive it or you are trying to ring them to check on them, and they don’t call back – you get anxious for no reason.
For these reasons, we have always run and supervised expeditions in such a way that mobile reception is not required for supervision or safety:
The group are given an emergency phone with the supervisors’ numbers and have been taught what to do as a group in an emergency. We assume that they won’t be able to use it and so our supervisors trail the groups and meet up with them every hour to check in on them.
Sometimes it is necessary for me to contact home if a young person takes ill or has forgotten equipment. I have all the emergency contact details that you provided the school with and can contact parents if I need to. You can contact me directly on 07980 306869 – please only do this if it is an emergency, and remember, I too will have patchy reception and so may not get straight back to you.

If they need to take photos, then they should come with a camera, or maybe their phone but with the SIM card removed.
Thanks for your understanding and support.

Kevin Beattie
Programme Manager

Conflict Resolution

French Presidential Race

Explore the latest details on the French Presidential elections here. How did the mainstream parties get knocked out? What is happening? We have candidates from the opposite ends of the political spectrum, what will happen?

Thought for the week

‘It is not what we get but who we become, what we contribute…that gives meaning to our lives.’

(Anthony Robbins, Life Coach)

Help me to put off all pretence and to find my true self. Amen

British Mensa IQ test score of Rajgauri

Rajgauri PMensaRajgauri P, Year 7, attempted the British Mensa IQ test in Manchester on the 25th March, 2017, for the first time and has scored 162, i.e. a top 1% score and has received an invitation to join the British Mensa IQ society as a member.

 

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