Katie H at the British Cycling National Track Championships

Katie H at the BC National Track Championships
Katie H at the BC National Track Championships

Katie H, Year 12,  competed in The British Cycling National Track Championships at Manchester velodrome over the weekend.

She was racing in the 4km Team Pursuit (16 laps) competing against some of the top senior riders in the country including Dame Sarah Storey and the GB Team squad. on the photos you can find Katie, riding orange bike.

Her team, Racing Chance Foundation finished in 7th position with a time of 5.08 and an average speed of 29.04 mph – which was a really excellent result for a junior team.

Well done Katie!

Katie H at the BC National Track Championships
Katie H at the BC National Track Championships


3 teams had been entered into the U13 Greater Manchester round of the National Schools’ mini hockey competition: 2 year 8 teams and 1 year 7 team for experience for next year. We were the only school to enter an ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ team.

In the section matches the year 8 ‘B’ team won two matches, drew one and lost two. This placed them a very respectable 4th in their section of six. They played some excellent hockey to beat two ‘A’ teams and to draw against Withington Girls’ School who reached the semi final.

The ‘C’ team (managed by Siobhan Driscoll, one of our GCSE students), won two matches, drew three and only lost one (to the eventual winners : our ‘A’ team!!!!! The year 7 players played some amazing hockey to finish joint third in their section.

The ‘A’ team won their section with 5 wins and one draw. In the semi-final they played Withington Girls’ School and the score was 0-0 after full time. The match was then to be decided on penalty flicks ( or penalty pushes, as year 8’s cannot usually flick!!!!!!!). Three girls stepped up to the mark and pushed all 3 balls past the GK. Our GK Emily made 2 very good saves for us to win the shoot out.

The final was to be against Manchester High School who had beaten Cheadle Hulme School, also on penalties. As the light was fading and two schools were to go through to the next round anyway we decided not to play.

So…..the girls will be representing Greater Manchester in the next round of the competition in March.

Well done to everyone who played for such amazing results. Good luck in the next round.

Year 7 Brass Workshop

Y7 Brass Workshop

Y7 Brass WorkshopThis morning all of Year 7 were treated to a fantastic concert given by the Cavendish Brass Quintet, led by Mr Graham South – formerly the AGGS Jazz Band director – linking to the current Y7 music topic of ‘Orchestral instruments‘.

This was a new initiative this year and the girls listened to the trumpet, flugel horn, French horn, trombone and tuba perform a wide variety of music  – from ‘Westside story’ (Bernstein) to an arrangement of ‘The girl with the Flaxen Hair (Debussy). The quintet played to an incredibly high standard and ably demonstrated their instruments individually also, including showcasing many different types of mutes. A beatboxing tuba solo was perhaps one of the highlights!

Many girls showed interest in taking up the opportunity of a free shared brass taster lesson following the workshop – AGGS would love to have more brass players for our Jazz Band, orchestras, wind band and brass ensemble!

Please pick up a letter if you are interested from the Music Noticeboard or print one from Parentmail.

MUN Success

This weekend saw x2 AGGS delegations represented at the annual MUN High conference and Manchester High School for Girls. We had the interesting task of representing the USA and Algeria. Aside from the Trump references a great time was had by all and some very high standard of debating occurred across the board. We had some first time delegates and some very experienced delegates with us this weekend.

A huge well done to all involved, particular congratulations go to

Sanah Kashyap who received an outstanding delegate award in the media committee and Amelia Gilchrist who achieved an commended delegate award in the environment committee.


Congratulations to Kitty D and Beth P, both in year 8 for their success in shooting.

Kitty : 2nd in her age group and 1st Team place in the Greater Manchester West Scout County Shooting Competition.

Beth : 3rd in her age group.

The girls beat over 50 other Scouts in the competition earlier this month. Both girls are now training with the County squad in the hope of being selected to compete in the National Finals in April.

Good luck girls and let us know how you get on.


Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for the Greater Manchester County teams this season.

U17X1  :  Siobhan D (year 11) : Emily F (year 12) : Katherine W (year 12)

U16X1  :  Sophie B ( year 10) : Zoe R ( year 10) : Eliza Z (year 11) : Eliza P (year 11)

U 15X1  :  Anna B (year 9) : Ruby B (year 9) : Lucy P (year 9) : Molly C (year 10) : Anna G ( year 10) : Alicia G (year 10) : Leah H (year 10) : Hannah M (year 10) : Lizzie S (year 10).

Congratulations to you all for such an amazing achievement.

We now have 43 ‘Alti Girls’ playing on the Greater Manchester County teams from U12 right through to U17.

We don’t think we have ever had so many!!!