Not long now!

Only 10 weeks to go! Please ensure that passports are renewed if they run out within 6 months of our return to the UK.

All will need an ESTA, should be about $14.  If we get to Heathrow and this is not completed then your child will be waiting at Heathrow for you to pick them up!  Send a photocopy or email confirming this has been done with the application number.

If there are any medical changes please let me know: email

We will be staying at:

Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

And then

Mammoth Mountain Inn, 10400 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA

Most importantly make sure you are riding your bike regularly, it is quite tiring going up the hills in San Francisco.


Upcoming Charity Events 2018

So far this academic year we have managed to raise over £5000 for charity and before the end of the year we hope to raise even more. This term the charity we will be supporting is Teenage Cancer Trust. Teenage Cancer Trust is a cancer care and support charity in the UK that exists to improve the cancer experience of young people aged 13–24.

Events taking place this term include:

  • Valentine’s Day Cake Sale on Thursday, 8th February
  • Pancake Sale on Wednesday, 28th February
  • Pink Day in aid of Breast Cancer
  • Easter Egg Hunt

Mr Carr’s 12-12-12 Charity Challenges 2018 – February

Macmillan Cancer SupportOn Friday 23rd February Mr Carr will be hosting the annual Macmillan quiz here at AGGS, in the Main Hall. The event will run from 6pm to 9pm and costs £12 per team (maximum number of team members is 8 – no minimum). This is an 18+ event and you can bring your own refreshments. Bring some extra cash as between each round there will be extra games to play and hopefully a raffle and/or promise auction. With that in mind, if you, or someone you know, can offer a prize or a “promise” (e.g. gardening, dinner at a restaurant, car service, music lessons, cakes, flowers, etc.) please contact Mr Carr at his dedicated charity email address Please also use this email address to confirm attendance at the quiz if you’d like to come. Keep your eyes on the bulletin for details about March’s exciting event which you can also get involved with.

Macmillan Quiz, Friday 23rd February 2018, 6pm to 9pm. AGGS
Macmillan Quiz, Friday 23rd February 2018, 6pm to 9pm. AGGS

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Mr Carr’s 12-12-12 Charity Challenge 2018 – January

MindR.E.D. January sees participants run every day throughout the month covering as little or as much distance as they like. The event is organised by Mind and is designed to raise awareness about mental health and highlight the power of exercise when it comes to dealing with stress and anxiety. Mr Carr has pledged to run at least 100 miles in the month. Check back at the start of February to see how he got on.

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Mr Carr’s 12-12-12 Charity Challenge 2018

Mr Carr's 12-12-12Between the summers of 2014 and 2015 Mr Carr took on a series of challenges, one per month, for twelve charities. Events included things like the Manchester Marathon, the Great Manchester Cycle, Movember, a 160ft bungee jump and a head shave. He managed to raise over £2400.

Mr Carr has decided that 2018 is the year to do it again, but this time bigger and better (and perhaps harder?!) with the hope of raising even more money. Twelve challenges across twelve months, this time for two charities, Macmillan and Mind. The third twelve in 12-12-12 this time comes from the fact that Mr Carr is only asking people to sponsor him £12 (though feel free to give more or less).
Events this time include R.E.D. January (Run Every Day January), the Manchester Marathon, the Great North Swim, the Windermere triathlon, cycling coast to coast, and more. Keep your eye on the bulletin for updates and information about forthcoming events that we all could get involved with.

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Year 9 – Ryman National Enterprise Challenge 2018

Year 9 - Ryman National Enterprise Challenge

Year 9 – Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, January 2018ASPIRE

On Tuesday 16th January the Year 9’s took part in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge whose ambassador is Theo Paphitis! The challenge this year was set by Ryman and it was to create an item of stationery which could be used by Ryman customers. It couldn’t replicate anything that Ryman have done before, it had to be unique.

By taking part in this Challenge not only did the girls enjoy the experience but also gained skills in creativity, management, entrepreneurship and team work, all attributes which are essential in today’s world.

Year 9 - Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, 1st place - Ready 2 Rule’ from 9-5
Year 9 – Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, 1st place – Ready 2 Rule’ from 9-5

As you would expect all the groups came up with exceptional ideas and it was very hard to judge. Unfortunately, there could only be one winning team and that was ‘Ready 2 Rule’ from 9-5 which was made up of Mboje, Mimi, Rose, Florence, Ella and Milly. Their product was a pencil case within which was a pencil pot aimed at organising Y7 and Y8 students. They presented their idea with a very catchy rap and slogan – ‘restart, repeat, reorganise!’
‘Ready 2 Rule’ will now go onto the National Finals at Telford International Centre in July to compete against over 250 schools.
We wish them the best of luck.

Year 9 - Ryman National Enterprise Challenge Year 9 - Ryman National Enterprise Challenge