All parents should be receiving some information and a disclaimer that needs to be signed regarding going whale watching and looking for sharks. It says on the information that we will be going in a cage to look for sharks. We are not going to be doing this. We will be looking for sharks from the safety of our boat!!!
Also…….I have put some other information in your daughter’s register. I am trying all ways to try to get information to you. I know that not everyone gets the emails Miss Cutts-Watson sends out.
AGGS String Orchestra have again won through to the National Finals of Music For Youth with their exciting programme which included Britten and Bartok. This ensemble is led brilliantly by Mrs Janet Janes, also violin and viola teacher at AGGS and includes advanced and committed string players from Y8 to Y13.
The girls will play their national final programme in the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham on Fri 10 July, competing against the top string orchestras and ensembles in the country.
If you would like to hear the orchestra perform, they will be playing their 15 minute programme in the AGGS Summer Serenade during the evening Monday 6th July. Tickets available from Reception.
Well done to year 8,9 and 10 girls who competed in the Trafford Schools’ Athletics competitions. The Year 8 and 10 teams each finished in 3rd place and the Year 9 team were Runners up.
Congratulations go to Victoria Barlow, Leyla Nealon, Sophie Potter Lizzy Twite, Olivia Ashworth and Francesca Brint who all reached the qualifying standards for the county competition. They are all eligible for selection to represent Trafford at the Greater Manchester Athletics Competition in June.
This week’s teaching tip is a questioning strategy which is based on when students get the right answer we are not done, instead the learning process continues and we ‘Stretch It.’ The reward for right answers is harder questions! (taken from ‘Teach Like a Champion’, Doug Lemov)
‘Stertch It’ involves doing 3 things:
Making a habit of asking follow-up questions to successful answers
Asking a diversity of types of questions
Building a culture around those interactions that helps studetns embrace, and even welcome, the notion that learning is never done.
Asking follow-up questions in response to right answers enables you to push students further by applying their knowledge to new settings, thinking on their feet and tackling harder questions; this keeps them engaged. It also enables us to learn more about a students’ understanding and to ensure that questions are differentiated by tailoring them to indivdual students.
There are 6 different categories of ‘Stretch It’ questions
Ask how or why; the best test of whether or not studetns’ answers are reliable is whether thay can explain how they arrived at the answer
Ask for another way to answer; when students solve it one way, it’s a great opportunity to make sure they can use all available methods
Ask for a better word or more precise expression; students often use the simplest language, offer them opportunities to use more specific words increasing their levels of literacy
Ask for evidence; by asking for evidence this supports a students’ conclusion, emphasise the process of building and supporting sound arguments
Ask students to integrate a related skill; when students have mastered one skill try and get them to link this to another skill
Ask students to apply the same skill in a new setting; once students have mastered a skill, ask them to apply it in a new or more challenging settings.
Congratulations to the year 8 ‘B’ team in their match against Cheadle Hulme High School in the Team Tennis competition. After the first round of 4 singles matches we were drawing 2-2. We had to win both doubles to win the match and that is what they did. Annabelle Allan and Anna Gerhrad won their match quite easily. Annie Hayton and Rosie Robinson had a tougher match as they had both lost their singles matches quite easily 6-1 and 6-2. However, they pulled off a great doubles win, winning their match 7-5 which was a terrific result.
Well done to all four girls. We won he match by 4 matches to 2.