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Hi girls! Welcome again to the new and updated AGGS News Blog. We’ll be posting lots about what’s going on in the news, as well as other articles you may be interested in which could affect you. If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to view, please leave a comment on this post. We aim to keep this blog regularly updated so be sure to check each week 🙂

Thanks!

 

How to combat your sugar cravings in exams:

During exams, we all know how we crave unhealthy snacks when revising. Here are some great alternatives that you could try! But, don’t forget to treat yourself once in a while!

  1. Smoothies – they contain a lot of natural sugar but do not have processed ingredients within them. They also contain vitamins and minerals which will help aid your immune system. Recipe: frozen raspberries, mango, coconut milk, water, yoghurt, chia seeds and strawberries!
  2. Bread sticks- try with hummus or guacamole
  3. Fruit- as it is easily snackable and good for you
  4. Frozen grapes- Put some grapes in the freezer overnight and in the morning snack on. They taste like ice-lollies but are a healthy option.
  5. Homemade flapjacks with honey. Look on BBC good food for a great recipe.

Good luck in all your exams! 🙂

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!’

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Government cuts to minority sport funding for Tokyo 2020

The Government has significantly cut many minority sport’s funding, resulting in lack of facilities and equipment which may reduce medal chances and participation. For Tokyo 2020 the total sports budget is £345,279,427 many of this coming from the national lottery. Currently the Olympic funding is £265,145,887 but the Paralympic funding is only £70,883,540 even though more specialist equipment is needed. The sports that have been affected by the cut, are badminton (a popular sport for many here), rowing, modern pentathlon, archery, fencing, table tennis, weight lifting, goal ball, wheelchair rugby. Even cycling which is not deemed to be a minority sport has had its budget cut by over £4 million even after great success at Rio.

Badminton had its funding cut from £7.4m to £5.9m after London 2012, after no players managed the minimum fourth-to-eighth-placed finish that had been targeted. Yet despite the surprise success of Ellis and Langridge, the sport will not get a slice of the £345m of national lottery and government funding which UK Sport has announced will be invested over the next four years.

 

Successful SDLs Interviews!

This week, SDLs have been interviewing passionate and enthusiastic pupils from Year 7-9 and we have successfully found our new set of SDLs!

The new SDLs will be taking over the current roles of Year 13 and 11 members such as helping out with the blog. Look out for the new members and also ask them for help if needed in the IT rooms at lunch! We hope the meetings will be just as exciting and that the new members will have some fresh ideas to bring to each meeting!

In the meantime, good luck for all those taking exams or getting ready to go on study leave.

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)

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!

 

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!