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.


Year 10 Trafford Schools’ Tournament – Tuesday 2nd June @ Stretford Grammar School

Year 9+10 Trafford Schools’ League Matches – Thursday 4th June @ AGGS

Teams and information are on the rounders noticeboard – please let Mrs O’Neal know if you cannot play.

AGGS String Orchestra have again won through to the National Finals of Music For Youth

String orchestra success
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.

Good luck girls!

Tennis v Cheadle Hulme Scool

The tennis teams had some very good games against strong teams from Cheadle Hulme on Saturday.

U15 team won 46 games to 44

U14 team won 55 games to 28

U13 team won 47 games to 30

U12 team lost 29 games to 58

Some excellent tennis was played – well done girls 

U15 team
U12 team


U13 team


English Schools’ Athletics Round 1

Congratulations to the Junior and Intermediate teams who both won Round 1 of the English Schools’ Track and Field Cup.  They now proceed to the North West Regional Finals in June.

Well done to the following girls – Victoria, Amy, Olivia, Leyla, and Lizzy who came first in their events,.


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. 


Challenging Questions: ‘Stretch It’

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.

Team tennis

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.