Welcome To The New Blog…

Welcome back to the new joint blog run by both SDLs and School Council!

 The Pupil Voice blog encourages students to have their say through 2 main areas:

  • Media Review of the Week- Email us a review about your favourite film, book or TV show and we will create a blog post featuring your review
  • External News- We will post articles and stories regarding news outside of school. If you have found an interesting article or are passionate about a certain topic, Email a short summary which we can expand on and publish!

Our Email: schoolcouncil@aggs.bfet.uk

We will also be posting regularly about events in school so remember to check the Pupil Voice Blog to see articles on new and exciting events!

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The AGGS Blog run by SDLs will still regularly be posting articles and events in school and interviews with teachers so make sure to check back!

 

Inspiring Women: International Women’s Day

On the 8th of March we celebrated International women’s day. During the careers convention in the evening, some stalls such as engineering and RVC, Willmott Dixon, Mott McDonald, Horticulture and Ecology had all female representatives, showing how female empowerment has increased greatly in the work place.

IWD was first observed on the 28th February 1909 in the US and has been a celebrated day ever since across the world. The day is focused on celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally which is something we greatly encourage every day in our own school.

Who is your female role model?

Emma Watson: Emma Watson begun a campaign called ”heforshe” promoting feminism.

Another famous inspirational woman is Michelle Obama.

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” – Michelle Obama (1964)

UKMT Senior Maths Challenge

Senior Maths Challenge North West Regionals took place on November 14th. Four of our students, Rebecca & Tokino from Year 13 and Zoe & Jorja from Year 12, went to Manchester and beat the 28 other schools! We spoke to Zoe and Jorja who told us about their first Maths Challenge competition.

How was the experience?
The experience as a whole was interesting and quite scary. It’s daunting seeing all of the other schools but so exciting. Yeah, I agree. It was a really enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

What did you do?
We went to Manchester University into a big hall with about 25 other schools and we had to compete in three rounds.
The first was 10 questions which we had 40 minutes to complete as a group which we found quite challenging. I think we only managed to complete around 8 for that one.
The second was a cross number (basically a crossword but with numbers) where we split into pairs and each pair has a set of clues for either the down or across numbers. We couldn’t communicate with the other pair so it was quite hard! We could only show them what our answers were on a “master grid” which we can both see and relay short messages through our teacher (Each team got a teacher from a different school).
And finally it was the shuttle relay.  One pair gets a question and the answer they get is needed for the other pair to work out their answer, so it was quite intense.

What is the next step?
Nationals is in London in February and I’m slightly terrified but still excited! To prepare we have to make a poster for the poster competition. We also have to do the same three rounds as mentioned before so we have a lot of practice questions to do.

Would u recommend others to try it?
Yeah, definitely. Yes, I would recommend it to those who are really dedicated to maths and enjoy doing it 🙂

Are there any hard questions/ problems that stood out?
I only remember two. A spider one which was like “imagine a room as a cuboid with sides 30, 12 and 12. There is a spider positioned 1m from the floor on one of the square walls equidistant from the two side walls and a fly on the opposite square wall 1m from the ceiling also equidistant from the two side walls. The spider must walk to eat the fly and he has found a way to do this which is less than 42m how did he do it” and then a UKMT one which was like “if 0<U<K<M<T<10 and U^M=K x T what is U+K+M+T”

Nationals are on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at London. Let’s wish them luck!

WELCOME TO THE AGGS NEWS BLOG!

Hi, we are the AGGS News Team!

We are  here to inform everyone about the various events going on in school, which are sometimes overlooked. Keep checking for our regular posts (2-3 per week) to make sure you never miss out on these crucial updates!

Make sure you look out for the range of things we have covered, from quirky interviews to galleries with many familiar faces*

Send us any events that you would like us to write about, with sufficient details, to: AGGSNews@aggs.trafford.sch.uk

*may contain traces of teachers.

Goodbye Mr Capon!

School technician, photographer and most importantly, co-founder of the AGGS News Blog, Mr Capon, is sadly leaving us at the end of this academic year. After four years at this school, here’s what he had to say…

Why are you leaving?
I’m leaving AGGS to pursue a career in teaching, so I’m going to do my teacher training next year. I’ll start in September, and it lasts a year so I’ll probably finish around this time next year and should get a nice long summer.

Why do you want to go into teaching?
Obviously I’ve enjoyed my job here, it’s been good fun- but I want to challenge myself a bit more and I think teaching is the way forward. I’ve learnt a lot during my time at AGGS, one of which is interacting with pupils and I think I can apply that to my teaching and subject knowledge.

Where are you going?
I’m going to Cheadle Hulme High, and I’ll spend two terms at Cheadle Hulme and then another term in a different school. I applied for a couple of different schools, but Cheadle Hulme was my first option so I got the place there, and I took it!

Why computer science?
Well to start off it’s definitely the best subject anyone can take, without question! Obviously I’ve worked in I.T. since I’ve been here and I’ve always been interested in computers and how they work and computer science is a relatively new concept in school and has taken over ICT. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about computers. I personally didn’t take ICT but now that people have the opportunity to take computer science, I’d love to teach that and give something back

What will you miss most about AGGS?
Honestly just the staff and the pupils. I’ve made a load of really good friends here and the pupils are fantastic, most of the time as well! The best thing about AGGS I think is the opportunities the staff get and pupils, not only in the classroom and around school, as I have been fortunate enough to go on a lot of trips which has given me a different insight into what can be learnt outside the classroom and I’ve seen some girls really flourish on these trips.

What have you taken from this school?
I’ve not stolen anything, I promise! But when I joined- almost four years ago- I was almost quite shy, I think everyone agrees with that! As part of my role I’ve taken on as much as I can. I’ve started and helped clubs, done as many trips as I can…the blog! I’ve gotten involved as much as I can around school and that’s given me the confidence to go on and teach. I feel like if I hadn’t been at this school it would’ve have panned out the way it has which I am very fortunate for.

Any final words of advice?
Just carry on as you’re doing, the things I’ve seen here have been fantastic, the hard work, the dedication, the friendships! It’s been great and hopefully the SDL will carry on too!

We would like to thank Mr Capon for all his help throughout the years, and we wish him the best of luck in the future!

 

INTERVIEW- MRS HODGSON

This year, AGGS has welcomed many new staff members! The Year 11s interviewed the new librarian, Mrs Hodgson (thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule). Here is the result!

How are you finding life here at AGGS? 

It is very hectic here but I love it already. This is my dream job!

Why did you want to become a librarian?

I wanted to work in libraries because I love books and reading. I started out in university libraries but there is much more fun to be had in schools!

Have you made any new friends?

The staff here are very welcoming so yes. Also my team of librarians have been a great help.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I lived in China for a year as part of my degree course.

What A-Levels did you take?

English literature, French, German and General Studies. I found my A-Levels the hardest stretch if my academic life. It’s tough but worth the effort.

Do you have any advice for AGGS students?

Be kind to yourself and be kind to others. Know that you will always get a second chance and that you can change the world!

Thank you to Mrs Hodgson!

Yr 7 School Council Booksale

Students are keen to develop the resources in the library. To help do this year 7 School Council organised a book sale in the hall last week. Well done to year 7 and thank you to all those who came.. We are hoping to hold another sale before the end of term as we have lots of books 🙂 Look out for a bargain box in the Citizenship room at Open Evening on Thursday.

Check out our tweets here. 

Mock AGGS EU Referendum Results

AGGS students took part in a mock EU referendum. We had ballot boxes positioned around school and over 50% of the school voted. The results showed a resounding support for staying in the EU with 83% of students voting to stay and 17% voting to leave. Thank you to all those who took part. Watch out for the real result on the 23rd of June.

Revision Tips

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With the exam period fast approaching, here are some revision tips we have gathered over the years!

  • Know if you are a visual or auditory learner- whether you like to draw pictures or listen to lectures
  • Plan out when you will revise- make a timetable and pin it up
  • Don’t be scared to ask a teacher if you are unsure on a topic
  • When revising, use colours to make studying more fun! :p
  • Set up study dates with friends that motivate you to study
  • Treat yourself ever so often- maybe watching TV or going out with friends
  • Drink lots of water and eat healthy
  • Rest and take breaks

Don’t be stressed! A bad grade isn’t the end of the world and there is always room for improvement.

Good luck!

 

2016 GCSE Berlin Trip

This year GCSE history students visited Berlin on the 13th February. Year 10 and 11 students visited many historical sites, the highlights were: the Berlin Wall, Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial and the former Berlin Olympic Stadium.

We interviewed a year 10 student on her experiences in Berlin:

“What did you most enjoy about the Berlin trip?”

A~ I enjoyed learning new things that I wouldn’t have necessarily found out from a teacher or a textbook.

“What was the hardest part of the trip?”

A~ The hardest part of the trip was going to the concentration camp memorial because everything you learn about the Holocaust becomes real. You can picture everything.

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IMG_1281A hole in the Berlin Wall

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Olympic Stadium

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Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial