Charity day 2016

Charity day was an enormous success!
Beginning with the year 13 pantomime we saw students being put to the test at AGGS -with the prize of an “Alty boy” if they survived! Challenges ranged from cakes in food tech to getting past the one way system and Donald Trump. Teachers and students enjoyed it and the song was the perfect end. Continue reading Charity day 2016

A Level Presentation 2016

A-Levels Leavers Breakfast 2016

It was a pleasure to welcome last year’s Year 13 students back to school on Wednesday evening, for their A level certificate presentation. This year group achieve a superb set of results in their A levels in the summer, with 100% pass rate and 90% of all exams taken graded A*-B. Staff were delighted to see so many students and hear of their adventures since leaving the school. We wish them all well in their future endeavours and hope they will keep in touch with the school.

UKMT Senior Mathematical Challenge 2016

UKMT

UKMT Senior KangarooCongratulations to the following Year 12 and Year 13 pupils who were awarded certificates in this year’s UKMT Senior Maths Challenge.

Year 13

Robyn W (Best in School, Best in Year, Gold)

Georgina B (Silver)

Bethany D (Sliver)

Alice P (Silver)

Hannah D (Silver)

Year 12

Charlotte C (Best in Year, Gold)

Tayyaba M (Silver)

Jyotsna A (Silver)

Florence H (Silver)

Eleanor C (Silver)

Milly K (Silver)

Erin P (Bronze)

 

Qiaochu W (Bronze)

Daria M (Bronze)

Tara M (Bronze)

In addition, both Robyn and Charlotte qualified for the Senior Kangaroo 2016 follow on round.  Robyn achieved a Merit in this competition.  Well done to all the competitors!

Science Live: a level Physics lectures – 30th November 2016

at Whitworth hall

Upon my arrival to Whitworth Hall, I felt nothing but awe whilst looking around and taking in the historic architecture. It was such a pleasure to be given the opportunity to visit and explore the University responsible for the discovery of the nucleus by Rutherford and the discovery the neutron by Chadwick, who both went onto to win the noble prize. Without these fundamental discoveries, the world of physics would be very different.

Science LiveOnce inside the main hall, I found myself engaged in the works of Dr Tom Whyntie, who studied particle physics at CERN. Although he confirmed we had completed our search for particles that are part of the Standard Model, he left me with the question “What’s next?” I then heard from Prof. Lucie Green who has dedicated her career to studying the star which we rely on to survive, the Sun. She talked through the cutting-edge technology we use to study the Sun including ultra-violet telescopes and the 2020 Solar Orbiter mission to launch a spacecraft 3/4 of the distance between the Earth and Sun, which will be subject to conditions in excess of 600°C.

Jim Al-KhaliliAfter a short tea break, we heard from Prof. Jim Al-Khalili who gave a fascinating lecture on fate and whether we as humans have free will or are we playing out a series of events that have already been determined by the Universe. Through many models, including Einstein’s block Universe, he suggested that we in fact do live in a predetermined Universe but we will never be able to know what our future is. Following a lunch break, I then listened to the words of Dr Michael Brooks who spoke about gravity and the recent observation of gravitational waves.

Aimee and Helen CTo complete the day, a former student of AGGS, Dr Helen Czerski who is not only a physicist but also an oceanographer gave us an in-depth view into the vast mysterious expanse of water which occupies the majority of our planet. Her lecture varied from the effects of ocean waves to the suffering ecosystems subject to changes in water pH due to increased uptake of CO2.

As a whole, the lectures allowed me to not only look at our world but also the Universe we live in completely differently, by putting into context just how immensely massive our Universe is. Through studying Physics and attending the Science Live lectures I can see see how complicated and interwoven everything in the Universe is.

Sophia Powell year 12

CERN Trip 2016 – An Overview

CERN Visit

From the 20th to the 24th October, twenty sixth formers accompanied by Mr Nisar, Miss Lloyd and Mrs Lord went to Geneva, Switzerland to visit CERN. The trip was exciting from the start. The plane flight went normally, save for the plane missing it’s allocated landing time in the Geneva Airport and suddenly swerving up, surprising most people.

After arriving to Geneva and everyone admiring the quietness, smoothness and efficiency of Swiss public transport, we have finally made it to Geneva Youth Hostel. The Youth Hostel was surprisingly nice and we were served good quality food for breakfast.

CERN visit - in-a-lectureThe next day, we went to CERN, where we got a lecture on the use of particle physics in medicine, and a tour of the facility. During our trip we also visited the ATLAS detector and saw the scientists working at the detector. We were, however, not allowed to go underground to where the actual detector is located, as the accelerator was in action.

We also visited many museums related and unrelated to accelerator physics. We saw an engaging and informative presentation about the history of CERN and it’s accelerators as well as seeing a surreal and almost futuristic presentation on how the CERNs first accelerator, the synchrocyclotron worked. Light was projected on to the (real) synchrocyclotron to show various parts of it and what happened inside. It was incredible!

We also visited an interactive display in CERN which told us about the LHC and the discovery of Higgs boson. The most memorable parts of that were the cloud chamber, showing the movement of various particles through space and the life-scale model of the ATLAS detector. We also visited the Globe, in which we had a presentation about the LHC.

CERN Visit - dinner-with-physicistDuring the CERN trip we were given the opportunity to spend time in Geneva. We were given a tour of Geneva by a local guide, in which we found about the history of the city. In our free time we were also allowed to spend time in Geneva walking around museums, admiring the architecture and practicing French. The hardest part was trying to find food, as most shops were closed over the weekend. Some of us took a boat taxi back to the hostel. This allowed us to appreciate the views from the Lake Geneva: the infamous Geneva fountain and also the Alps and Jura mountain ranges, which encircle the city and lake.

CERN visit - dinner-with-physicist

On the final evening we had dinner with physicists working in or in collaboration with CERN. This allowed us to understand more about what the life of a scientist involved. Many of us asked specific questions relating to physics and accelerators which gave us fascinating insights into the day to day life of a physicist at CERN

In the evenings we relaxed by visiting a spaghetti restaurant as well as pizzeria with bowling. On our final day we visited the UN and the botanical gardens, which was a very relaxing way to finish the otherwise intense trip.

This trip was fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone. I would love to go again.

Daria Malysheva (year 12)

CHRISTMAS BADMINTON PRACTICE 

The badminton club had it’s last practice before Christmas on Monday. Fun and games were had by all, some of the girls dressing with a Christmassy theme.

The next practice is on Monday 9th January : 4pm – 5pm : team players, 6th formers and year 11.

Spot the Christmas hat???

From 5pm – 6pm : team players, year 9 and year 7.

Spot Rudolf? There is someone with a red nose in the photo.

Christmas Eve Carol Singing in Wythenshawe Hospital 6-8pm

 

Wythenshawe Hospital Carol singingWythenshawe Hospital would love to invite any of the AGGS pupils together with their families to come and join a group who sing carols on the wards on Christmas Eve in Wythenshawe Hospital. They have been very grateful for the support for them over the past few years. It is very much appreciated by patients, their families and the staff. Words and refreshments will be provided.

They meet at 6pm in the hospital chapel and will be finished by 8pm. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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