University Challenge

To help raise money for new books in the library, the librarians and Mrs Hodgson organised an event in the main hall based on the popular TV quiz show, University Challenge.

Two teams participated in the event: University of Life and Universally Challenged. Mrs Crowson was the captain of the University of Life team which consisted of Dr Roberts, Mr Lovelady and Mr Adshead. Team captain for Universally Challenged was Miss Devlin and her teammates were Mr Flanagan, Mr Davenport and Ms Russell.

If you were wondering why Mr Adshead had a toy wizard on his desk or what the monkey next to Mr Lovelady was for, teachers, in spirit of the show, even brought along mascots for their desk.

Not only were they competing in several rounds for the chance to win 10 points for every correct answer, the teams could also lose points if they interrupted the quiz master or gave an incorrect answer.

After battling it out in quizzes about Harry Potter, pop music and religion, the scores were calculated and verified.

And the winner was (drum roll please)…

University of Life! Well done to Mrs Crowson, Dr Roberts, Mr Lovelady and Mr Adshead!

The event raised an amazing £110 for new books in the library and the books bought will be those that have been suggested by students.

“The Librarians helped to organise the event and were really pleased with the turnout of staff and pupils to watch.”- Mrs Hodgson

 

 

The quiz also featured Year 12 musicians: Ellen Waters, Ant Harrison, Ellie Conway and Katie Abrahams. They played the celebrated theme tune at the start of the contest.

Revision Tips…

With the exam period fast approaching, here are some handy revision tips:

  • Know if you are a visual or auditory learner– for example, do you like to draw pictures or listen to lectures? It’s best to figure this out as soon as possible so your revision methods are effective!
  • Plan out when you will revise– make a timetable and pin it up so you know if you are on target or not.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask a teacher if you are unsure on a topic; we aren’t perfect and there will be certain topics we don’t understand.
  • Use colours and get creative- Revising can be boring sometimes, but you can make it fun!
  • Set up study dates with friends that motivate you to study. Meeting at the library or a quiet place can help you to focus; a change in environment can be helpful too.
  • Treat yourself every so often– you need to relax as well so watch your favourite TV series or go out with friends.
  • Take breaks often and rest your mind (and maybe your hands if you make notes)!

Try to think positively about any mistakes you make and learn from them; it is not the end of the world if you don’t get the grade you want!

Good luck to everyone taking exams 🙂

India Fortnight: The Highlights

A summary of the second week:

During  lunchtime on Wednesday, Year 7s learnt how to make Indian inspired jewellery. Indian jewellery is bright, colourful and intricate and Year 7s replicated the beautiful designs excellently! Here are the pictures featuring Riya:

Last week, 7-5 learnt Malayalam in their Spanish lesson and how to write their names in the language. Malayalam is the main language spoken in the South Indian state of Kerala and Malayalis (speakers of Malayalam), form around 4% of the Indian population. In terms of the number of speakers, Malayalam ranks 8 among the 15 major languages spoken in India. 7-5 really enjoyed the lesson, take a look at their amazing work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, Year 12s prepared a presentation for history club on significant figures in Indian history, including Indira Gandhi-the first and only female prime minister of India. Srishti, Laura and Amy researched the topic, exploring inspirational figures throughout Indian history. Srishti was unable to attend but Laura and Amy did a fantastic job presenting!

How did Year 13s take part in India fortnight? During their A-Level English lesson,  Anu, Haajirah and Lybah created and presented a presentation on the topic ‘Hinglish’. They looked at the history behind the blend of Hindi and English, how it differs from English (regarding phonology, grammar and lexis), how many speak the language and the reasons why people speak it. A wonderful presentation and here are the photos to showcase their efforts:

So, India fortnight has allowed us to experience traditional dancing, the languages spoken and many more fascinating presentations, workshops and activities! We hope all students enjoyed the two weeks packed with events and continue to explore other cultures.

India Fortnight So Far…

The first week showcasing the Indian culture within school has been full of spectacular activities! Unfortunately, the Devisdale was covered with snow and cricket and Kabbadi couldn’t go ahead but here are some of the highlights from the other events!

The Kumar sisters performed in assemblies from Monday to Friday, blowing us away with their musical talent whilst playing the sitar; a stringed instrument use most commonly in classical music but was introduced to western audiences through the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.  Here are some pictures from the assembly:

On Monday, Year 8s were taught how to make samosas by Mrs Clutton. Samosas can be stuffed with a variety of fillings, ranging from minced meat to vegetables such as cauliflower and potatoes, all enclosed in a thin pastry and usually shaped as a triangle. The final samosas look delicious, well done Year 8s!

   

As well as this, during Mrs Herbert’s lesson, Holly and Urvi (Year 7) performed a dance routine for their class. Urvi dances weekly and is currently teaching Holly, who loves dancing. They wore traditional Indian clothing as well and here are some photos of the wonderful performance!

 

 

India Fortnight 2018

This year, AGGS will be hosting an exciting variety of activities and events during the India Fortnight! The fortnight will begin on Monday 26th February and here is the schedule for the events taking place around school:

  • Making samosas- 26/2 (Year 8)- lunchtime in F7
  • Indian dancing- 26/2- 1/3- 12.30-1pm in the Gym (Mon Y8, Tues Y9, Wed Y10, Thurs Y7, Fri Y11/12/13)
  • Cricket- 27/2 and 6/3- lunchtime at the Devisdale
  • Kabaddi- 28/2 and 7/3- lunchtimes at the Devisdale
  • Making Indian inspired jewellery- 28/2 and 7/3 (Year 7)-lunchtime in F6/F8

There will also be assembly performances throughout the week by the Kumar sisters playing the sitar. Subjects such as RS, English Language, MFL and Citizenship have incorporated the theme into lesson starters and activities to explore the culture.

We hope you can attend some of the activities above and experience the fascinating Indian culture!

Christmas Is On Its Way!

We are coming close to the end of half term and many Christmas festivities have begun!

AGGS’ Christmas Concert this year was a success; showcasing a range of talented students (over 260 in total). Performances included:  Howard Blake’s ‘The Snowman’, sung by the Junior Choir and  ‘Feeling Good’ performed by the String Orchestra. The halls were packed this year and the exciting atmosphere of Christmas was captured during the concert. Well done to all students who participated in this year’s amazing concert and to the staff who made the night memorable and festive!

Also, this year’s Christmas Enterprise Markets were held at lunchtimes and the main hall was buzzing with staff and students purchasing Christmas gifts and goodies. The stalls were run by Year 7, 8 and 9 students and their creativeness was on display at the market. Congratulations to the students who gave it their all and sold their socks off!

This Friday, AGGS will be hosting another amazing talent show and the Year 13s will be showcasing their pantomime which they have been working extremely hard on. Charity day will also feature stalls in the dining room so come along and visit the many activities, games and food on offer!

We hope you  have a fabulous Christmas/ holidays! Everyone deserves a break to relax 🙂

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Interview: Miss Hamilton

This week we interviewed Miss Hamilton, a new English teacher who has been welcomed by AGGS. It was a pleasure to interview Miss Hamilton and we hope you enjoy!

How are you finding life here at AGGS? 

There’s a lot to keep up with but it’s an amazing place to work! I am really enjoying it.

Have you made any new friends? 

Yes, the English department have been so welcoming and I feel like I’ve developed some great relationships with both staff and all of my classes.

What was your least favourite subject in school?

I enjoyed most subjects in school but if I had to pick, I would probably say PE! I enjoyed a few things like dance and rounders but there were some things – cross country for example – that I would really dread!

What were your A-Level subjects?

I did English, Biology, Psychology, Maths and General Studies. In hindsight, I wish I’d done more humanities subjects as I couldn’t decide and tried to do a little bit of everything – would not recommend! Go with what you enjoy doing the most.

Why did you want to become an English teacher? 

I really like that when you teach, every day is different and time flies by so quickly because there’s so much to do. It’s never boring, that’s for sure! Also, ultimately, I just love reading literature and talking about it and teaching English means I get to do that every day!

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself? 

Outside of school I bake model cakes and gingerbread models for celebrations and events!    

Do you have any advice for AGGS students? If I could go back and talk to myself in Secondary school I would tell myself not to worry about the little things so much. Enjoy learning and treasure time spent getting to know your friends and yourself. Explore everything on offer to you and once you find your passions, don’t be afraid to follow them!

Thank you for giving up your time for this interview Miss Hamilton!