Thought for the Week

Henry FordComing together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success

(Henry Ford)

Washington & New York – Student Meeting

The final meeting before we leave will be on Tuesday 10th October at 12.40pm in the Drama Studio.

Please make sure you can attend – we will be going through last minute information and updates.

Taekwondo Success

Hannah - A Taekwondo Champion

Last Sunday Hannah H from Year 8 won Gold and silver medals at the Unity World championships. She is now the current Unity World Champion for Point Fighting. She has been asked to represent her Taekwondo club at the Irish Open Martial Arts Championship and she would also like to represent AGGS there. The Irish Open is one of the biggest fight competitions in the World and has 4000 competitors from 37 countries. This will be a fantastic opportunity for Hannah.

Royal Veterinary College

Apply now 

The deadline for veterinary medicine applications and work experience form submissions is 15th October 2017 at 6:00pm.

We are now accepting applications from students for our veterinary medicine courses, starting in September 2018. The deadline for applications and work experience form submissions is 15th October 2017 at 6:00pm.

Making an application

1.  Students can discover which veterinary medicine course is right for them.

2.  Applications must be submitted online via UCAS. Students may list a total of five courses on the UCAS application form, but only four can be for veterinary medicine and science programmes (D100, D101 and D102).

3.  Students must complete a ‘work experience questionnaire’ and return this to us.

Ranked as the top veterinary school in Europe and third in the world. Ranked by our students as providing the best quality courses of all UK universities.

After your students apply

Students can monitor the status of application through UCAS Track. They can also continue exploring student life at RVC by visiting our Virtual RVC page, where they can find more student interviews and tours of our campuses.

Visit us

Students, teachers, parents and guardians, and career advisers can join us at the RVC this autumn at one of our Open House events. Open Houses provide the chance to see one or both of our campuses on the same day. Visitors will be given a tour by a current student and have the opportunity to speak to academic staff. Booking is open for:

Saturday 7th October and Sunday 29th October

We will also be hosting an ‘Animal CSI: What, how, when?’ event at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, where visitors can dive into the world of veterinary pathology for an evening of mystery and intrigue, including a live-streamed dissection from the Royal Veterinary College’s laboratory and hands-on experiments and activities.

Wednesday 11th October: 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Youth Health Ambassador Conference 2017.

Youth Health Ambassador Conference – 26 September 2017

Today 10 girls from AGGS attended the Youth Heath Ambassador (YHA) conference at Lancaster University. The idea of the conference was to champion the importance of leading healthy active lifestyles and inspire them to change not only their own lives, but the lives of others in the school and wider community.

The conference started with an inspirational talk by Rachel MacKenzie; a world champion Thai Boxer. Rachel told her story of the resilience and determination she had to have to overcome the barriers that she faced early on in her career. After working with a coach who did not believe that women should or could be boxers, Rachel dedicated her time to training to become the best she could be as she knew she couldn’t let other people stand in the way of her dreams. Over the next few years Rachel’s determination paid off, winning fight after fight and becoming world champion in Thai boxing multiple times. Her encouraging words set the tone for what continued to be a great day.

Inspired by Rachel’s words the girls then set off to complete 4 workshops. The first taught the girls about healthy active lifestyles and encouraged them to think about how they could make small changes to lead more healthy lives themselves. After this they went to their second workshop to discover what is meant to be a Health and Wellbeing Leader. They shared ideas and started to plan the events, activities and projects they might like to lead in school. Later in the afternoon they worked with Garry from Sports Leaders UK who ran a session on communication, teaching the girls all the different types of communication, how to communicate better and how they may advertise their ideas for their healthy active projects. Finally the girls completed a session about encouraging physical activity and how sessions can be made inclusive by GB badminton player Jenny Wallwork. With many of our AGGS girls being badminton players themselves, this was a real treat.

The day finished with another inspirational talk, this time by Jenny, who shared her story of over coming mental illness whilst representing GB at badminton and the struggles she faced. Jenny spoke about how to push yourself a little bit more each day in order to achieve your dreams and not let barriers hold you back. To use Jenny’s words, when you are “outside your comfort zone, that’s when the magic happens”.

All the girls had a fantastic day and have left inspired about how they can lead more healthy active lifestyles and are already planning the projects they would like to run at AGGS. What this space!

Our Year 10 YHAs are Shreya D, Elizabeth G, Morvyn C, Mary W, Isobel C, Hania S, Teje SB, Kalsoon A, Olivia P and Xiaoxuan Y.

At the beginning of the day 

Group 1 in their work shop.

Leading a session with Jenny

Discussing ideas.

Netball Match Report

Manchester and District Tournament 23rd September 2017

U14 VII

On Saturday 23rd September, the year 9 netball team played in the Manchester and district tournament at Bury Grammar School. We played 5 matches in total winning 4 and unfortunately losing 1.

We started off by playing St Gabriel’s B. All of us agree that we did not play well and we were making silly mistakes resulting in the score only being 2-1. We just couldn’t seem to get the ball down the court and into the net without being intercepted or someone messing up in some way or another.

Secondly we played St Gabriel’s A and we won this 9-3. Our down the court passing was much improved and we gelled together much better. We made very few mistakes and everyone was running on diagonals towards the centre of the court when possible, to move the ball quicker in a straight line.

Our 3rd match was against Bury A and right from the whistle we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. In the first half we put everything we had learnt in training into the match and we scored 7 with Bury very rarely touching the ball. But at the end of that first half we let them score 3 times within the space of about 90 seconds. This meant at half time we were leading by 4. In the second half it was very close with us always leading by one but nevertheless was very stressful. When we had about 10 seconds left we managed to get the ball down to our end and in the goal resulting in the final score being 9-7 to us.

Our fourth match was against Bury B and this was the only match we lost. None of us played particularly well and as soon as the goal difference widened all of our heads dropped. We were easily the better side than them, but during the match we dropped down to their level rather than playing at our normal level, which would have forced them to work harder. The final score was a very disappointing 13-4.

Finally, we played Wright Robinson which was a good match to end on because we knew how they played and many of us played our best in that match. All our passing was in front of the player, all runs were diagonal and all turns were outwards meaning it was very hard for their defenders to get the ball. We won this match 12-2.

When it came to the awards ceremony we were drawn on points with Bury A and B. But overall we came 3rd because of goal difference.

In my opinion we need to work on staying consistent throughout all of our matches and putting what we learnt in training into our games. But we should all be very proud of ourselves.

(written by Neave Bray)

Withington Girls 16th September 2017

U12 VII

On Saturday 16th September the year 7 A netball team played against Withington Girls School. In the first quarter Olivia and Ria played well and executed some strong passes but unfortunately their defence could not stop the opposition from sinking their shots. In the second quarter Jess and Karina came close to making some great shots but they just fell short, however Lucy, Tilly and Charlotte worked well together particularly when bringing the ball through court. In the penultimate quarter Olivia and Tara were strong in defence making some great tips and interceptions. As a whole the team players amazingly considering it was our first game together and Withington had some strong players. The team consisted of

Tilly (Captain), Karina, Ria, Olivia, Tara, Charlotte, Freya ,Lucy (player of the match) and Jess

(written by Tilly Young)

U13 VII 21-30

The match has a shaky start with the team giving away two of our centre passes and we were then down by three goals. In hindsight I think this was due to our lack of focus in our warm up. However, we carried on and began to pull it back and started the second quarter still only three goals down. We were a lot more focused in the second quarter, which we drew, and pulled it back in third quarter which ended 19-19. Jenna made a huge contribution to this with some great interceptions and created some crucial opportunities on centre passes. However, the fourth quarter let us down and in the end we lost 30-21. We performed poorly and the team came away very disappointed, our fitness let us down, we lacked speed and we dropped too many balls. However, we never gave up. Zofia was man of the match and created lots of opportunities for the shooters. The defence as a whole made many interceptions but struggled when it came to rebounds. The shooters at times missed some crucial shots and we need to work harder in training to ensure this doesn’t happen again. As a team we need to work on passing accuracy and maintaining possession, but it was a great start to the season, giving us plenty to work on.

(written by Lucy Buckley)

U14 VII 15-23

Washington & New York – Draft Itinerary

Friday 20th October

  • Meet at Manchester Airport Terminal 1 at 7.30am.
  • Travel to Washington DC via Munich
  • Check in to Hilton Washington Hotel
  • Evening meal in Washington DC

Saturday 21st October

  • Breakfast
  • Guided tour of Capitol Building
  • Guided tour of the United States Library of Congress
  • Lunch
  • Walking tour of Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument
  • Evening meal
  • Free time at the hotel

Sunday 22nd October

  • Breakfast
  • Private coach and tour of Arlington Cemetery
  • Visit to Smithsonian Institute / National Museum of American History
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the Newseum
  • Evening meal
  • Washington by night tour

Monday 23rd October

  • Breakfast
  • Private coach journey to Philadelphia
  • Visit to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
  • Lunch
  • Private coach journey on to New York
  • Check in to Stanford Hotel
  • Travel to Brooklyn
  • Walk across Brooklyn Bridge back into Manhattan
  • Evening meal
  • Broadway performance of Miss Saigon

Tuesday 24th October

  • Breakfast
  • Travel to south Manhattan
  • Boat journey to Ellis Island and Museum of Immigration
  • Visit to Statue of Liberty
  • Lunch
  • Visit to World Trade Centre Memorial
  • Walk the High Line back to central Manhattan
  • Evening Meal
  • Walking tour and free time in Times Square

Wednesday 25th October

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of the United Nations Building
  • Visit to Empire State Building
  • Visit & lunch at Central Park
  • Free time around the 5th Avenue area
  • Visit to Grand Central Station
  • Evening Meal
  • Broadway performance of The Play That Goes Wrong

Thursday 26th October

  • Breakfast
  • Guided tour of Radio City Music Hall
  • Free time
  • Lunch
  • Coach transfer to JFK Airport
  • Travel back to Manchester via Frankfurt

Friday 27th October

  • Arrive back at Manchester airport (8.25am)

Hockey Match Reports September 2017

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Saturday 23rd September 2017.

This weekend AGGS hosted AKS Lytham at the Devisdale pitches. Games were played by the 1stX1, U15s, U14s, and U13s A and B sides. The U12s also had their first ever game which saw the arrival of some new talented players to the AGGS school squad. The weather was much kinder this weekend than it has been the past few weeks which also brought out more parental side line support. There were lots of goals, lots of cheers and smiling faces after a successful morning.  A special thank you goes to all the mums/dads who helped to umpire.

U15s Match report by M.,Wardell.

After an effective warm-up and the unveiling of the new captains(Congratulations to Emma and Rosie!!) we had a solid first half performance with two great goals by Freya and Aude. Continuing the positive vibe during the second half we transferred the ball even more effectively and applied a much harder press. This resulted in two more fantastic goals by Emma and Annie. The match ended AGGS 4 Arnold King School 0.  The other team chose Ruby Burgess as our man of the match. Thank you to Mr Wardell for umpiring.

U13s A match report by A.Platt

The sky was a foreboding grey, but our Year 8 Team shone like the sun.  Winning 2-0 to Arnold Queen Mary School, the whole team ran a marathon up and down the pitch, with some good transfers by the defenders: Immy (C), Georgia, Abbie (VC) and Riya. Both goals were scored in the first half; the first was scored by Daisy and assisted by Hattie, and the second by Liv, who ran from the half way line into the goal circle to secure the goal. Kirsten had some great shots at goal, but the opposition’s defence was strong. A short corner was granted for the opposition, but Daisy swooped in and tackled the ball off them in the goal circle before they could take a shot at goal. Ella demonstrated some good skill as she rolled the ball out away from the opposition, and Rosa did some good running as she drove the ball up into their goal circle several times! The Man of the Match (as voted by the other team) was Liv.

U13s B Match report by L.Brazewell.

This was the first U13s B team  8 a-side match which delivered an excellent performance from the team scoring 5 goals against the opposition, AKS. Maddie scored 4 goals and Elena scored 1. We played as a strong team and everyone in the squad of 12 played their part. Maddie was voted man of the match by the opposition. It was a good result for AGGS.

Saturday 16th September

The second weekend of matches saw another good performance by all AGGS teams as they hosted Kirkham at home on the devisdale. Matches were played by 1stX1, U16s, U15s, U14s, and U13s. Thanks you to Mrs Langridge and Miss Chancellor for your help this weekend.

Saturday 9th September

This Saturday was the first weekend of matches and AGGS hosted Newcastle Under Lyme at the devisdale pitches. The weather was rather wet, but the constant down pour didn’t dampen the girls spirits and all teams came off the pitch as winners. Matches were played by the 1stX1, U15s, U14s and U13s.

U14s Match report by R.Driscoll

Year 9’s Super start to the season…..

Whilst the rain may have been pouring down it did not affect the great performance of our super Year 9 Team. Winning 8-0 against Newcastle under Lyme. The whole team played with great fluidity and all played their part in the win. GK Emily may not had a chance to touch the ball, but her vocal chords had a great work out. The scorers were Alicia  (2), Oliva (2), Laurie  (3) and Charlotte  (1). The Man of the match voted by the opposition was Roisin D.

Meringues

GCSE Food Tech Meringues

Year 10 GCSE students have been completing some investigation work on meringues and have created some excellent results. Pavlova is next on the menu! Photos coming soon…

GCSE Food Tech Meringues GCSE Food Tech Meringues

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