Support

Everyone at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls is shocked and saddened by the events at the Manchester Arena and our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved, their families and their friends.

If you want to talk to your child about Monday night’s events, here are some possible suggestions on websites that you can use with your child for emotional resilience and support.

Resources for helping children cope

Advice if you’re upset by the news (Newsround)

Supporting children worried about terrorism (NSPCC)

Responding to children and young people affected by the media coverage of the incident in Manchester (Winston’s Wish – pdf)

Some students have, this week, accessed additional support from one of our school counsellors (from an organisation called Talk, Listen, Change).   Talk, Listen, Change are also offering free counselling to any students who have been particularly affected by the tragic events on Monday evening.  To contact the service please call 0161 872 1100 or visit www.talklistenchange.org.uk.  We have sought advice from the School Nurse Service and can call on them as needed.

Supporting our students is our primary concern, if you have any issues regarding a matter relating to this incident, or if you are concerned and would like to talk to a member of staff, please contact your child’s senior tutor, in the first instance.

We wish all our families a restful half term.

Thought for the Week

You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.

(Lao Tzu, Philosopher)

Help me to acknowledge and accept my own feelings. Amen

Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge 2017

31 year 9 students had an introductory presentation to the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge which we are competing in this year. The challenge has been developed to provide a fun, inspiring, informative and hands on activity for students in years 7,8,& 9 to help develop an understanding of the physics and mechanics required to design, build, test and race their very own miniature Rollercoaster! We have 6 teams who are battling it out to represent AGGS at the finals in July. The students have until 22nd June to design and build the rollercoaster using the kit supplied. We are going to be asking parents and students at the Open Evening on 22nd June to vote for their favourite. Good Luck to all teams.

Siemens Enterprise

Year 8 Enterprise Update – UKFast

Year 8 Enterprise - Visit to UKFast May 2017
Year 8 Enterprise – Visit to UKFast May 2017

The Y8 students from Illuminateonlione, Rose, Amy, Orla and Ibby visited UK Fast again last week. The platform for the anti-bullying website has now been set up and they are now designing the layout of the site. They have their next planning meeting after half term and they are looking forward to meeting Gail Jones, co-owner of UKFast and a former AGGS student. We would like to thank UKFast for all their support especially Aaron Saxton.

Charlotte to Receive the Diana Award

Charlotte B, Year 13, Won the Diana Award
Charlotte B, Year 13, Won the Diana Award

Charlotte B from Year 13 , was recently confirmed to be one of the recipients of this year’s ‘Diana Award‘, recognising her voluntary work which goes above and beyond the norm. The Diana Award is awarded to courageous, caring, compassionate young people, transforming the lives of others in the name of Diana, Princess of Wales. There are only 20 recipients of this award every year, so this is a great achievement.

Charlotte has been active in the establishment and development of activities within the Jewish youth movement, buddies a child in need and also volunteers at St. Ann’s hospice and a care home.

Well done Charlotte

 

We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

We Love MCR Emergency Fund
We Love MCR Emergency Fund

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who were affected by the terrible incident on Monday evening.

As a way of showing our support The Charity Committee would like to make a donation on behalf of AGGS to “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund” set up by Manchester City Council and The British Red Cross to provide funds for the families of victims of the incident.

If you would like donate, collection buckets will be available at Reception and all assemblies throughout the week after half term.

Year 9 First Give Winners

First Give Final, 42 Street, 2017

We are so pleased to announce that this year’s 9 charity project was won by students in 9-3 and the charity was 42nd Street. Karina from 42nd was in the audience as the winners were announced and she was so pleased and proud of the students and their hard work.

This year AGGS has been the first school outside of London and Wales to participate in the First Give programme. We have run a similar programme every year for 5 years which as seen a huge amount of money go to some amazing worthwhile causes across Manchester.

The whole of year 9 work on a creative presentation and we do a form time semi final round in which one group per form is chosen by their peers to present at the grand final. This year’s grand final was judged by the director of First Give, Ms Gill and a member of the school PTA. Everyone was astounded at the high standard of all of the presentations. The 9-3 group stood out for it’s incredible video tackling issues of mental health.

42nd is a Manchester based charity working tirelessly to help young people deal with the complexities of modern life ranging from drug abuse to mental health. We and First Give are very pleased to award a total of £700 to this incredible charity. We hope all the students in year 9 continue their efforts to raising awareness and money for so many worthy causes.

Welcome to the Design and Technology blog!

Welcome to the new D&T blog where I will be showcasing work, sharing interesting exhibitions and articles and keeping you updated on any events going on in D&T.

In the meantime, follow the new D&T Instagram account to see what we are up to in D&T @designandtechnology_aggs

NHS Young People’s Event

Young People’s Event

Each year (around June) the Membership Team hosts a Young People’s Open Day.  Over the years, around 2,550 young people with their teachers, friends and parents have attended and not only gained an insight into our organisation, but also discovered more about career opportunities in the NHS, volunteering and work experience in our hospitals in addition to receiving health and well-being advice from our health experts. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office.

Young People’s Event 2017 – Tuesday 27th June

Our eighth annual interactive Open Day will be held on:

  • Tuesday 27th June 2017 from 10.00am to 3.00pm in the Nowgen Centre, Grafton Street, M13 9WU (near Manchester Royal Infirmary). Click here for directions.

As well as stands covering NHS careers ranging from Nursing and Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Cancer Care, Medical Photography, Medical Engineering, IT and many more, there will also be brand new stands for 2017.  These include Children & Young People’s Nursing Education, Radiology, Cardiac Physiology, Vascular and Urgent Care Medicine.

Popular interactive sessions this year include learning how to do CPR (basic resuscitation), accident prevention, beating the bugs that can cause serious infections, using microscopes to identify cells, checking blood pressure and finding out more about diseases of the circulation, including veins and arteries.

Delegates can also get plenty of information and advice about looking after their mental and emotional health, dental and eye care and healthy eating, as well as finding out about how to become a volunteer in our hospitals or join our Youth Forum.

Popular interactive sessions this year include learning how to do CPR (basic resuscitation), accident prevention, beating the bugs that can cause serious infections, using microscopes to identify cells, checking blood pressure and finding out more about diseases of the circulation, including veins and arteries. Attendees can also participate in the popular interactive activities provided by our plastering team!

We are also keen to hear views about health services for young people, and encourage young people to get more involved by becoming members of our Foundation Trust. Our Membership Team and Governors (membership representatives) will be available to talk to attendees about the benefits of being a young member.

Year 13 Leaving Breakfast & Assembly 2017

On Friday 19th May we said goodbye to our Year 13 leavers as they went on study leave to prepare for their A level examinations. We had a lovely morning of celebration, beginning with a special breakfast where students signed yearbooks and spent time with friends and teachers. The morning ended with students final ever assembly at AGGS, which included some superb performances from members of their year. Many tears were shed as students sang their favourite hymns and said goodbye. We hope that they cherish their memories of AGGS as they embark on the next stage of their lives and wish them luck with their A level examinations and for the future. We hope that they will keep in touch by registering with our alumnae organisation here: https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/student/AGGS