Congratulations to all the girls who received colours and special awards in sports assembly in recognition of their dedication to and success in school sport. Special mention to Holly in year 9 who was presented with Sports Personality of the Year Open Category for her success in swimming and Amy in Year 10 who was awarded the Jenny Stansby Award for Commitment to School Sport.
The designs for the garden were drawn up in Ms. Horan’s year 7 Maths classes, the origami birds were created by Ms. Cole’s year 7 form. The lovely red bridge was designed and built by Mrs. Lovelady.. The planting and final design of the garden was done by the Japanese Club girls, with help from Mrs. Iveson (Japanese Teacher) and Mrs. Mustapha, and Mr. Gane (caretaker).
Additional Japanese activities and displays could be seen throughout the school, including mobiles with Japanese numbers, art designs using Japanese Textiles, and Japanese Carp banners.
We even got the community involved with donations of rocks, plants, and gravel. It was a wonderful way to create a new garden with all the girls playing a part in the designing, planning and making of their special garden.
Congratulations to Laura in Year 8 who has been playing for the Greater Manchester County Netball Academy this year and has recently been selected to attend the first trial for regional selection. The region consists of Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside.
Laura played in a tournament as part of the trial which was a fabulous atmosphere; she says she was excited yet nervous to be competing! The day was a success and she thoroughly enjoyed playing with, and against some of the best players across the county. She has been selected to attend the summer training camps where she will work alongside top coaches and other talented players to earn a place at the final trial which will determine whether or not she gets into the regional programme next season. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish Laura luck over the summer and hope that she is successful in her trials; we are very proud!
Again we have seen our talented A level artists showcase their wonderful artwork at the annual Summer Exhibition. All of the girls worked hard throughout the the year, creating skilled and diverse work. These ranged from delicate hand cut paper dress designs, stunning painted portraits and textile explorations to some of the most exquisite drawings and sculptural pieces. We had a lovely preview evening where the girls brought their families and friends to celebrate their achievements. The exhibition also delighted the Year 5s and their parents when visiting the school for the Open evening, many of whom were full of compliments and were very impressed with the high standard.
In Ice Dance she has passed 9 National Level tests in the last 12 months. She has 7 medals from club competitions as a solo skater in 2015. She is a Member of the Altrincham and Widnes Ice dance team who are competing in the Northern league of the RIDL. She has skated with two different partners at junior and senior level dances. They are currently top of the league and hope to be in the National finals in September. She was awarded the Bronze award in the Lambco national poll in December in the category of best ice dancer to watch.
Gabriella also excels as a synchronised ice skater. She has been training with WWSSC. They have several teams in their squad, including the current GB team.
She has competed with the junior team, Destiny. They won a silver medal in France last November at the International Masters Tournament, and also won silver at the British National Championships (January 15). She also skated with their younger team in the mixed age category and with them won a Bronze medal at the British National championships in January and a bronze medal at the Trophy DEcosse ISU International in February.
In total therefore to date she has won four medals at the British Nationals in four different categories and is a five times International medallist.
The members AGGS String Orchestra did themselves and the school proud last Friday. They played absolutely brilliantly; the best we have ever heard.
Though they weren’t nominated for a special award, out of the 6 other string or chamber orchestras performing, our girls comprised the only string orchestra nationally from just one single school. All the other orchestras were either from music service hubs, or combined schools, therefore with a much larger catchment of players, and where more rehearsal time is available.
We had a lovely day and the standard of every orchestra was exceptionally high; the adjudicators were also excellent and gave everyone really useful feedback and suggestions. So we have come home with more ideas, including additional repertoire.
Thanks must go not only to the dedication and hard work of all the girls, but mainly to Janet Janes, the string orchestra director, who also teaches most of the violinists who played in the orchestra.