Year 9 and 10 sports assembly

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. 

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Japanese Peace Garden

Japanese Peace GardenThe Japanese Peace Garden was opened on Wednesday 15 July at Altrincham Girls Grammar. As part of Japanese Week, the girls did lessons throughout the school based on Japanese themed tasks.

Japanese Peace GardenThe Japanese Club decided to make a Japanese Peace Garden, where girls could have Japanese lessons and have a quiet place to reflect.

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).

Japanese-Peace-Garden-2Additional 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.

Year 7 and 8 sports assembly

Congratulations to all girls on their achievements in the summer term sports. Colours and special awards have been awarded to so many of you for your commitment and success.

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The road to regional netball selection for Laura in Year 8!!

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!

Summer A level Art Exhibition June 2015

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.

Gabriella Spratt’s Ice Skating Achievements

Gabriella Spratt Ice SkatingGabriella is involved in 2 different disciplines: Ice Dance and Synchronised Ice Skating.

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.

String Orchestra National finals Friday 10th July

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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.

Fantastic Summer Serenade concert

Summer Serenade July 2015Fantastic Summer Serenade concert on Monday 5th July night at AGGS- Bartok to Beatles – standing ovation for Liz Rowley and our choirs!

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We made it to Uxbridge

we arrived safe at Uxbridge where to our dismay we had to repack our bags! Good job we did however, as we had to fit tents and cooking equipment for our flight tomorrow. Feeling much more prepared for the trip now, especially after our trip to Bella Itallia for our last ‘real meal’…