Noughts and Crosses!

“Noughts and Crosses” is a popular book by Malorie Blackman and it was adapted by students from AGGS and AGSB into a drama production which was performed on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th February.

The story describes an alternative history and it shows segregation between African people (Crosses) and Europeans (Noughts) where African people have an advantage over the Europeans.

The play was a collaboration between the two schools and it was performed by students from Year 12 and 11. Well done to Emma and Alzahra from Year 12 for organising the play, with the help of the drama department!

BrightLine come to AGGS!

Throughout this week, the Christian band BrightLine have been coming into assemblies performing their songs and inspiring people with their stories.

The band consisted of four members:

  • Daniel– beat-boxer and plays keys and helps out with whatever needs to be done
  • Joe– Plays the drums
  • Jacob– Plays the guitar, acoustic and electric and do backing vocals
  • Katrina– Lead singer (unfortunately, she was absent for the assemblies)

We interviewed them to find out more about their band…

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Poetry Live

For year 11’s every year, an event takes place in Manchester where a selection of poets from the GCSE anthology read and discuss some of their best work. Yesterday the trams were packed as AGGS students embarked on their voyage to the Bridgewater Hall to witness this ground-breaking event.

The poets included:
-Gilian Clarke
-Carol Ann Duffy
-Simon Armitage
-Imitiaz Dharkar
-Grace Nichols
-John Agard
As well as a very useful session with the AQA examiner for the poetry exam.

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Last Day Fun!

AGGS has many unique traditions that take place yearly; one of these being the iconic last day of the Christmas term. This year it consisted of the year 13 panto, a talent show hosted by Bazarr and the infamous Christmas stalls!

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Mr & Mrs Event!

Ecuador Team A led by Mr Davenport and Miss O’Hara organised a teacher charity event based on the popular TV show, Mr & Mrs. The game involved eight couples from different departments who went head to head answering questions about each other.

Mr & Mrs Event!
The staff seemed to be enjoying themselves!

The questions ranged from: “What is your partner’s eye colour?” to “Who is the best teacher?” and the departments included:
English (Miss Devlin and Miss O’Hara)
Maths  (Miss Williams and Mr Thompson)
Maths II (Mr Carr and Mr Barry)
R.S. (Miss Turnbull and Mr Davenport)
Citizenship (Miss Bowyer and Miss Stokwisz)
Drama (Miss Willmott and Miss Ryan)
Geography (Mr Emms and Mr Lovelady)
and Psychology (Mrs Hughes and Miss Stanley)

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Interview: Mr England

Mr England is a new trainee teacher for the English department. We caught up one lunch time to see how things were going…

How are you finding AGGS?
“I’m finding it wonderful. I think the first thing to make clear is that the amount of support that trainee teachers get in this school is phenomenal. Within the English department, my mentor Miss O’Hara has been incredibly supportive- as have the rest of the department in terms of improving my teaching and showing the high expectations the school has. The other thing which is wonderful about the school is the pupils in it. The girls are extremely motivated, extremely creative and just a lot of fun to work with!”

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Interview: Miss Maunder

This year, Miss Maunder became the newest member of the IT/Computing department. We caught up with her to see how she is finding her first term at AGGS!

How are you finding AGGS (compared to other schools)?
“I am really enjoying working at AGGS! The students are really friendly and hardworking.”

What’s the best thing about AGGS?
“The students and the surroundings – it’s nice to look out of the window and see so many trees!”

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Mr Carr’s 12 12 12!

As some of you may know Mr Carr is doing 12 challenges this year, one every month! He is doing this to raise money for 12 well known charities and help those in need. The charities include: Age UK, MS Society, NSPCC, Cancer Research UK and The British Heart Foundation. We caught up with him one lunch time to discover more…

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Christmas Markets

Once again the Christmas markets have begun- for three Fridays only. The stalls created by Year 7, 8 and 9 students, ranged from homemade fudge and chocolates to knitted scarves and origami penguins!

One Friday is down, two more to go. Make sure to check it out and join in with the festivities!