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!

Superstar Cooking Competition

This year, our school was invited to enter the Active Kids Superstar Cooks competition. Mrs Clutton organised the event where pupils from Years 7 to 9 cooked up a variety of dishes.

Dania in 9-6 made sweet and sour curry noodles – or as she called it; “vegan curry without the curry”.









Ellie and Lauren in 7-7 decided to be festive and create an apple risotto in a pumpkin, otherwise known as “Halloween Risotto”.






Aaishah in 8-4 experimented with Zai’atr salmon with quinoa tabouleh. She claims to be “obsessed with food”.








Mariam, 8-5 cooked rice, spinach, potatoes, kebabs with yogurt and vegetables.







All the dishes looked amazing and have now been entered into the Active Kids Superstar Cooks competition.

All the entries

The prizes include £10,000 worth of new kitchen kit for the along with an exclusive dance lesson with Ashley Banjo (lead dancer in Diversity!)

To find out more about the competition, click here!

AGGS Does…The Weakest Link

For the first time ever AGGS hosted The Weakest Link! In a bid to raise money, Ecuador Team C organised a charity event involving multiple teachers (some of whom did not turn up…). Before the event started, we interviewed some of the contestants…

Interviewer: How are you feeling?

Miss Devlin: “Apprehensive, disorientated, discombobulated!” She also contemplated voting off herself!

Mrs Hulme: “I’m incredibly nervous, I can’t remember the rules! I’m gonna say bank every time,”

Mrs Clark: “I am dreading it!”

After this enthusiastic start from the teachers, Ros from Year 12 (i.e. Anne Robinson) started Round One by a small introduction of each teacher. They all said their specialist subjects were the subjects they teach except for Mrs Clark, who stated: “My name is Mrs Clark and my specialist subject is Game of Thrones”

The round continued with various general knowledge questions, which the teachers (kind of) coped well with. After 90 seconds the time to vote came about and it was revealed that Miss Dev was the strongest link (much to her surprise!). The voting was heated as there was a draw between Miss Dodd and Mr Wilkinson. In the end, Mrs Clark made the crucial decision to vote off Mr Wilko with the words “because we live in a patriarchy”. Therefore Mr Wilkinson was the first weakest link…

And the first Weakest Link is…
Miss Dodd feels guilty for voting Mr Wilkinson









Round two began, ironically, with Mrs Devlin getting an English question incorrect! The next weakest link was Mrs Hulme who was, in her words, “robbed” as the English and Drama department wanted to abolish the other departments.

Mrs Hulme leaves in style!
Mrs Hulme is the second teacher to take the walk of shame..









In round three, we said goodbye to Miss Dodd, who came to the realisation that she had no chance against ‘Team English’ and thus, voted herself off.

Miss Dodd takes her eyes off the prize as she votes herself off!

In round four, the finale, Mrs Clark and Miss Dev went head to head as they battled for victory. After five gruelling questions, the score was a draw leading to the SUDDEN DEATH round. Tensions were high and Miss Devlin started to feel the pressure. This led to her narrow defeat making Mrs Clark the strongest link.

Miss Devlin is reluctant to leave…
And the final teacher to take the walk of shame is…









Mrs Clark received the prize of a pot of (chocolate) gold, which she kindly shared with the weakest links.

Overall, the event was hugely successful, and the audience as well as the contestants enjoyed themselves immensely!

Miss Devlin (clearly) enjoying herself

Thanks to Ecuador Team C for organising the event, and to the audience and contestants for participating!

We would like to give an extra thanks to Miss Dodd and Mr Wilkinson for stepping in at short notice and to Ros Pearson for hosting the event.