On Friday 7th September, Year 12 and 13 students studying English travelled to the Globe theatre in London to watch Shakespeare’s Othello. The play, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, tells the story of the Venetian general, Othello, and his relationship with his new wife, Desdemona. Corrupted by the evil Iago, Othello believes that Desdemona has been unfaithful to his, culminating in a violent murder at the end of the play which shocked those who weren’t prepared for it.
The play featured an all-star cast, including André Holland (Moonlight) as the eponymous tragic hero, and Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, The BFG) as Iago.
It truly was an excellent performance, in the theatre where it would have first been performed more than 400 years ago, and the day was enjoyed by pupils and staff alike.
Now that summer is over, it is time to get back into the rhythm of things here at school. Here are some top tips to help make this year your best!
There are so many clubs and activities this year for you to join. There is the annual dance show, this year’s theme is ‘Lights, Camera, Action’; a production of ‘The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe’; the AGGS music festival, and so many more. So, be sure to get involved with these events at school!
Make new friends
We know it may sound a bit old, but making new friends is a great way of meeting more people with the same interests as you. Whether this be at clubs or in lessons, it’s great to make some new friends for the year ahead.
Be proactive with revision
Revision. The word we dread but starting your revision earlier can be really beneficial. Even something as simple as taking extra notes can really boost your performance in exams.
We hope these tips are useful and to new staff and students, welcome to AGGS!
The ‘Oliver!’ musical, starring Zara D in the lead role, was performed on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th July. Drama, dance and music came together to put on a fantastic production of ‘Oliver!’, the Lionel Bart musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the orphaned workhouse boy’s incredible journey.
The production featured lively songs such as ‘Food Glorious Food’ and some all-time favourites like `Consider yourself` and `I’d do anything` together with close, if not identical, choreography to that of the famous film and fabulous performances including characters, Nancy and Dodger.
The second night clashed with the football, so another song joined the backstage tapping feet and voices practising like broken records. All in all, with the brilliant set complete with hidden compartments, smoke and fire, `Oliver!` took everyone through the streets of London, making them smile and cry in equal measure!
“The musical was a lot of fun to take part in, and the fantastic cast, whether acting, dancing, or playing in the band, did a wonderful job. ”
“I had so much fun doing the production, everyone was so good and I’m really sad it’s over now.”
Well done to everyone who took part; the Oliver production was a success!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 🙂