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:

Ledge-before

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.”

Y10 Enterprise Airline Masterclass with Young Enterprise

Y10 Enterprise_Airline MasterclassLast Thursday all of Year 10 were off-timetable for an Enterprise
Airline Masterclass Day delivered by Young Enterprise. Girls worked in teams to design, finance, market and deliver their own airline company. Girls worked to plan their route to exotic destinations across the world. They came up with menus and in-flight entertainment whilst working out the cost of their flights in order toY10 Enterprise_Airline Masterclass sell their tickets to the Travel Agents. The 5 overall best teams got to present their airline to the rest of the year group. There were prizes for the best designed tail fin, winning group – ‘Infinity’ and the best Airline company, ‘Sunny Travel’

Y10 Careers Day and Practice Interviews

Y10 Careers InterviewsOn Friday 8th July all of Y10 took part in a careers day. It was a great learning experience to help prepare students for the ‘real’ world of employment. During the day classes were going to the Hall for practice interviews delivered by local employers, parents and alumnae. Throughout the rest of the day students were involved in CV writing, Labour market information sessions and a motivational & team building session with the RAF. We were very grateful to the interviewers who gave up their own time to come into school. They were very impressed with the students’ conduct and would have readily employed some of them there and then!

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!!

MFL Eurovision Song Contest

MFL Eurovision Song Contest 2016
MFL Eurovision Song Contest 2016

The annual MFL Eurovision Song Contest took place on Monday 18th July. All classes in year 8 took part and this year’s standard was very high. In a strong field, 8-5 triumphed with their Spanish song, Sofia. They were almost eclipsed by the MFL teachers’ rendition of the classic ‘Aux Champs-Elysées’. Congratulations in particular to 8-5 but also to all the students who took part, the teachers who helped with choreography and staging. We would also like to thank the senior staff team, the year 12 jury and the year 10 language ambassadors panel for their judging.

Mr Capon did a very efficient job as usual in providing lighting and sound.

Augsburg work experience

Augsburg Work Experience
Augsburg Work Experience

Year 12 students have arrived back safely from Augsburg on Saturday. The students enjoyed fantastic hospitality in their host families and completed a variety of work experience placements, including working with a vet, a dentist, in a museum, in a pharmacy, in the tourist information office and in primary schools. The employers were very impressed with our students.

Energy Challenge

Enery challenge

Last week 41 Year 8 students attended the Energy Challenge event in the hall.

Energy-challenge-1After looking at questions such as ‘What is engineering?’ and ‘Why is an increasing human population a problem’; they began the practical task of working in teams to make and test solar powered cars. At the end of the day two races were held; the accuracy race where their cars had to stop as close to the line as possible and the speed race to see whose car could make it across the hall first. All teams worked hard together, testing their cars and making adjustments to try to claim the prizes.

The winning teams were ‘No Name‘ consisting of Ellie, Dani, Shereen, Hedye and Hrishika from 8-7 and ‘Bob the Builder‘ consisting of Arya, Sara, Imaan and Eisha from 8-1, with their car ‘Winner’.

8-3 MERIT TRIP

8-3

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!!!!!