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!

Literacy/Key Words

Each classroom has key words on display but are these used effectively?  The words may become wallpaper to the pupils and of no use, other than making sure they spell the word correctly.  Below are some ideas that could be used to check understanding and develop the pupils’ use of the key words in your subject.


1. Choose the word/ words that you want to develop the use of in the lesson or SoW. Display the words on the classroom wall so that they are easily accessible to the pupils.  Give the pupils synonyms and ask them to stick them on the relevant word.  The synonyms could vary in their difficulty to develop the pupil’s vocabulary.  Check that the correct words are stuck with the right key word and discuss any words that are misplaced.

2.  Give each pupil a key word  and ask them to write a subject specific sentence/paragraph including the key word

3.  Ask pupils in pairs to write a definition of a key word and share with the group.

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.

Biology Week! (11th October – 18th October)

As part of biology week, we have taken part in a series of fun events such as:

>Dissection Masterclass (14th October)
Run by Miss Hulme, this after school session available for Year 10s – Year 13s gave us a cutting edge dissection experience. The first of two sessions involved de-skinning and taking apart a rat (not for the faint hearted!). After half term, there will be another session, this time with a frog…

>The Great Biology Bake-Off (13th October)
The school was in desperate knead for a new competition. The heat was on as pupils competed to bake the best cake which related (obviously) to some aspect of biology.

The winning cakes!!

And many more!

Silent Discussion

This week’s teachng tip I saw delivered by Zoe (biology) and Katie (history) on last week’s OTP.  Thank you to you both for sharing!

Show a picture (they showed a very moving picture).  Pupils are in a pair/group of three.  Each group has a piece of sugar paper and a different coloured marker pen. 

Tell pupils they are not allowed to talk, they are to write on the paper firstly how the picture makes them feel and secondly what else they would like to know about the picture. 

The use of different coloured pens made it clear who had made an input.  Collaboration was evident but in a form other than verbal as instantly the pupils will reflect and write back to each other.

Progress could then be demonstrated by using these at the end of the lesson to add to/annotate and see what new learning has taken place.