SUMMER PRESENTATIONS OF SPORTING AWARDS

Year 9 and 10 winners
Year 7 and 8 winners
We held our summer presentation assemblies for years 7 and 8 and then years 9 and 10 on the morning of the last day of the summer term. Awards were presented for ‘most improved player’ and  player of the year in tennis, rounders and athletics.

We also presented two ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ Awards : one for celebrating sport inside school and one for celebrating sport that the girls take on out of school. There were also trophies for ‘The Greatest Sporting Potential’ and the ‘Most Committed Sportswoman’.

Colours and commendations were also given out in tennis, rounders, athletics and cricket. 
Trophies and certificates were given out for the inter-form tennis, rounders and athletics competitions.

These assemblies were a great celebration of the all the success and enjoyment the girls have had throughout this term.

Well done to everyone who was presented with an award.

Bringing The Ledge to life…

You may have heard some talk about ‘The Ledge’ – the current renovation project that the PTA is raising funds for. We hope you have anyway, since your valuable input has helped shape the project via the school council. But we’re finding that some mums, dads and carers don’t seem to know much about it, so we wanted to share a little update with you all on this exciting project.

So, first things first, what’s it all about? The Ledge is the name that’s been given to the outdoor space we’re going to makeover, that runs from the car park entrance up to school. It may not look like much at the moment, but we really believe that with a little work, this could be a much more attractive part of the school grounds and, crucially, once covered, an additional area for girls to use at break and lunch.

It’s a big space though, at around 17 metres long, so it’s not cheap. We’ve looked at a number of options but we’ve now found the company we’re going to use, and the cost for the initial phase will be £20,000. Sounds a lot, yes, but if you divide it by around 1250 girls it’s just £16 each. That said, it’s taken us about 18 months to raise this, whilst still continuing to support other funding requests such as new food processors for food tech lessons, new flooring for the dance studio, entrance fees for enterprise challenge schemes and much more.

So here’s what it looks like now:

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And here’s what we hope it will look like after:

Ledge-after

The good news is we have the money for phase one and we’ll be getting it underway in August, ready for use in September for the coming academic year.

But we’ll need your help to complete it with the flooring and mosaic which will cost up to £15,000 more.  Help us make that happen by making a donation to The Ledge. To pledge your support email: ptasecretary@aggs.bfet.uk

Richard Sawyer, who has been our chairman for many years and is now retiring, has worked closely with the school council to take the feedback of all students into account and said: “As I come to the end of my tenure as chairman of the PTA, I’m absolutely delighted to see The Ledge come to life. I’ve been really proud to work with the staff, pupils and parents at AGGS to make this a reality and it’s a great legacy to leave behind. I hope that parents will continue to support the PTA next year to complete the project, so that it becomes an even better space for the girls to enjoy during break times.”

England Success

Following on from the National Schools’ Athletics Finals at the beginning of July, Victoria Barlow was seleceted to represent England the Schools’ International Athletics Competition in Kent, competing in the Pole Vault.  At the International competition she came second – you can see her with her silver medal below victoria barlow england

Victoria will be attending a coaching clinic at Millfield School in August where she will be coached by the Director of Athletics who is involved with elite athletes preparing for the Olympics. She is aiming to better her personal best and gain selection for the World Junior Games within the next two years.  She has also been selected for the School Games in September at Loughborough University.

Victoria is currently ranked second in the country at U17 level despite only taking up the Pole Vault two years ago.  We wish her every success and would love  to see her in the 2020 Olympics!!

8-3 MERIT TRIP

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8-3 and 7-7 had been awarded the most merits for the year and their reward was a trip to Altrincham Ice Rink – during school time. We all walked down to the rink after lunch and ice skated for an hour. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we even had 2 members of staff having a go : Mrs Finch and Mr Davenport!!!!

JUMP THE ROPE

Last Monday over 60 girls skipped for an hour in the pouring rain to raise money for The British Heart Foundation. Last time we did this we raised over £800 for this very worthy charity so hopefully we can beat that amount this year.

Below are some photos to show the atmosphere, which was wonderful. Everyone sensed to enjoy themselves even through they got a soaking!!!!!

CRICKET ACTIVATOR COURSE

Toby Mullins, our resident cricket coach, organised a cricket activator course aimed at developing skills needed to introduce beginners to the game of cricket. 13 of our cricketers took the course which was for 6 hours over two afternoons. They now have to deliver cricket for 10 hours to pass the course. They will hopefully be trying to inspire some new year 7 and year 8 and 9 girls to take up the sport so we can continue with the success we have had this year.

Watch this space. 

‘CHANCE TO SHINE’ CRICKET


The U13 cricket team had been invited to the North of England final of this National Competition as they had reached the North final of the indoor competition.

There were 6 teams in the competition : Appleby Grammar School, Cumbria ; North Durham Academy, Durham ; Urmston Grammar School, Lancashire ; Corbridge Middle School, Northumberland ; Driffield School, Yorkshire and AGGS, Cheshire.

The competition was played in 2 sections of 3. We lost our first match against Driffield and then against Corbridge so we then played for 5th/6th place. The girls had a great match and beat Appleby Grammar School quite easily. It was great to see them win a match.

The girls played some excellent cricket against some very strong opposition. In the final Corbridge beat Urmston. ( We actually had a better result against Corbridge!!!!!).

Well done to Laurie Sheridan and her team : Charlotte Lord, Nielja Gerhard, Lois Haworth, Sarah Wide, Emma Simpson, Amber Thoms, Emily Conway, Millie Sewell Nd Lucia Oram. It was a great achievement seeing as, out of a squad of 10 players, only 4 of them were crickets. The rest were very good games players transferring their skills from their major sports.

Two of our senior players also came to act as managers and ended up scoring and learning how to fill in a proper score sheet. Ellie and Hannahhad a great time.

Special thanks must go to Mrs Simpson,who came to support the team and to Mr Sheridan for coaching the team throughout the tournament.

We all had a great day.

Arts Evening – Monday July 4th

Gallery-thumb1Our first ever combined Arts Evening, involving over 100 girls, showcased a production of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ from our talented Y10 GCSE drama students, accompanied by our AS Y12 musicians as the Wizard band, who played alongside an enthusiastic cast of singing and dancing munchkins.

The evening took on an American theme – it was July 4th after all! – and so the ‘Wizard of Oz’ was interspersed with other musical items from Second Orchestra, saxophone ensemble, recorder ensemble, Jazz Band and String Orchestra, who played music with some kind  of US connection. The musical variety was eclectic and wide ranging, including ‘Skyfall’ performed by the Jazz Band with phenomenal singer Effi (Y10) and Copland’s ‘Hoedown’ from the String Orchestra, arranged brilliantly by a parent, Mrs Adrienne Spilsbury.

Arts Evening, 4th July Gallery
Arts Evening, 4th July Gallery

Mrs Anstey, Mrs Collinson and Miss Gough all helped with the munchkin choreography and in addition, showcased a special interpretation of the development of the Americas, performed by the GCSE dance students.

The evening was rounded off with the audience joining in with a final rendition of ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ and despite an earlier downpour, which meant the first section of the show couldn’t be performed as planned in the Centenary Garden, spirits couldn’t be dampened and a wonderful time was had by all – audience and performers alike.

Special thanks go to Mr Chris Capon for his technical expertise, Mrs Val Brennan and also the caretakers, the PTA and Peru Team 1 for wonderful USA themed refreshments, to Mrs Taylor and the Art Department for stylish flyers and to Miss Amanda Wright and Mrs Louise Dickinson and all the instrumental staff for their musical contributions.

Ms Mayall

Click here to see the photos from the evening