Translation of a poem by Kitty D 9-2

First, a few words from the translator herself

“the piece with the text in bold is a poem written between  1814 and 1820. It was written by a man who used to travel the country and write songs/poems about the places he visited. This poem is written about a place called Tinker’s or Vaxhaul Gardens. It was a pleasure garden located in Collyhurst in Manchester. This is one of the very few eye-witness accounts of the Gardens. The Gardens no longer remain as other popular pleasure gardens opened (such as Belle Vue) and put Tinker’s Gardens out of business. The poem was written in Lancashire dialect and at a first glance it seems to be undecipherable and I fancied the challenge of translating it. Through research, context, input from someone who is familiar with the dialect and some skills of deduction, I have managed to write a translation. (…) I hope that you consider it for the Greenlight and if it is unsuccessful, I hope you enjoy reading it.”

Kitty, we enjoyed it so much and we hope that everyone else will too!

 

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India Fortnight 2018

This year, AGGS will be hosting an exciting variety of activities and events during the India Fortnight! The fortnight will begin on Monday 26th February and here is the schedule for the events taking place around school:

  • Making samosas- 26/2 (Year 8)- lunchtime in F7
  • Indian dancing- 26/2- 1/3- 12.30-1pm in the Gym (Mon Y8, Tues Y9, Wed Y10, Thurs Y7, Fri Y11/12/13)
  • Cricket- 27/2 and 6/3- lunchtime at the Devisdale
  • Kabaddi- 28/2 and 7/3- lunchtimes at the Devisdale
  • Making Indian inspired jewellery- 28/2 and 7/3 (Year 7)-lunchtime in F6/F8

There will also be assembly performances throughout the week by the Kumar sisters playing the sitar. Subjects such as RS, English Language, MFL and Citizenship have incorporated the theme into lesson starters and activities to explore the culture.

We hope you can attend some of the activities above and experience the fascinating Indian culture!

Dance Trophies

If you were lucky enough to receive one of our dance trophies last academic year, then once again a big ‘well done’! Unfortunately the time has now come to return these trophies so that they can be passed on to the next deserving winner. If you have a trophy, please can you make sure you return it to the PE office by Friday 9th March.

Thank you

I Believe in Book Fairies

Get ready for #WorldBookDay.  We’re hiding copies of these books around school on Thursday.  Find it, read it, pass it on.  #AGGSBookFairies #ibelieveinbookfairies

Thought for the Week

In union there is strength.

(Aesop)

Mr Carr Charity Quiz tonight

The quiz is looming. Tonight 7pm.

New items have been added to the auction list (see below). Bidding is already open, get your offers in now!!!

Bring loose change for Play your cards right (50p a go), Champagne Pitch and Toss (winner is the person who gets their coin closest to the champagne – any coinage welcome on that one) and the raffle (50p a ticket or a strip for £2, numerous bottles of wine, beer, sweets, cakes and flowers available as prizes).

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Mr. Carr

Auction items confirmed:

£20 Nail voucher from a local mobile Nail technician. Highest bid so far: £12

Pamper day with Serene Skin and Beauty – chocs, prosecco, massage and luxury facial (usually  would be £120).

Two chiropractor sessions (introductory and follow up) with local chiro Carrie Phillips (usually  would be £110).

Two personal trainer sessions with Chris Bone – PT at Pure Gym Altrincham. (£40/sessions.)

Two personal trainer sessions with Rachel Gravel – PT at Pure Gym Altrincham and TBT Sale. (£40/session.)

One personal trainer session with Chris Jones – PT at Pure Gym Altrincham (also has access to own studio). (£45/session.)

(Pure Gym Altrincham have agreed to provide 1 month free membership to go alongside the PT sessions so that people who aren’t members of the gym can still bid on them.)

60 minute massage at Marix Therapy – Timperley (usually would be £60).

3 months karate lessons at Altrincham Football Club – approx. cost £100. Highest bid so far: £25

8 yoga sessions with Amanda Riley at Inhale yoga (in Hale) – (usually would be £60).

Signed Shay Given autobiography – priceless (if you’re a ROI, Manchester City, Newcastle United or Aston Villa fan?!)

Half hour foot care treatment vouchers for Instep Footcare, Altrincham (opposite the markets) (usually would be £36).

Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold single malt Scotch whisky – retails at approx. (usually would be £40). Highest bid so far: £35

A half hour clay pigeon shooting lesson in Cloudside

Bidding will close tonight at 8pm. You can email a bid to johnscharity121212@outlook.com.

What is Time? – Safiyyah S 9-4

What is time?

Time is change. The only way we, as human beings, know that time exists is because we see things change. And we know ourselves that we are changing. Things are always moving or changing positions or are altering in some way. If nothing ever changed, if all things stood still and remained exactly as they are, there would be no time or anyone to care about anything. Things do change. We change the position of our own body constantly. Every time we breath, parts of our body move. All movement is change. The world around us is in constant motion. Air moves. Even objects that seem like they’re not changing at all are always changing. All things in the physical universe change. Everything on earth is changing, and it’s because of time.

What is time? A progress of our mortal existence. We like to measure time as it passes. We started measuring time by watching the sun, moon and stars. As these bright objects moved through the sky in the same synchronisation each day and night, we were able to figure out time passing. We saw that each day and night, together, were about the same length of time each day. There were times of the year when days grew longer and nights grew shorter.  We recognised these perfect patterns and learned to live by them and rely on them- far more reliant than any of us had ever been.

What is time? A second. A minute. An hour. A second isn’t much longer than the time it takes to snap our fingers. A minute is sixty of those precious seconds. Sixty minutes make a swift hour. And the measurements start to get longer as twenty-four hours make our whole day. Seven days make a week. Fifty-two weeks make a year. Until our whole life is zooming past us till the end.

That is time and time is endless.

Postcard Love Songs – Ellen W 12-2

She met him in the Summer, among the cocktails and the noise and the crowds and the sunlight. He caught her as she tumbled from bar to dazzling bar, and she had the uneasy sense of being swept off her feet. His laughter was a sweet scent, his smile ice-cream on her tongue. She traced his ebony heart and thought, just for a second, with the foolishness of a romantic movie, that she could grasp it between her fingertips and tuck it away with her own. It was a rushed love of late nights and long beaches and headaches, and they danced it away in a flurry of sand and sunsets. And then he left her there, sun-kissed and alone, in the fading light.

Autumn came, tossing its colours across the shifting canvas of the sky. It painted the earth in its molten colours and she found another, somewhere on the edge of the world. This one was lonely, a drifter, and they sat together in their emptiness as the jewels fell, scattering the ground. Their minds drew their hearts into a common beat as words crumbled. Defying the world, they watched as endless lives flitted to and fro across their silent gaze. There was solace in his clenched hands and slow, steady breaths. Long walks bled into the night and days bled into months. But she knew it was but brief. He was too distant, and his life was only ever lived… in moments. He found nothing but comfort in her and she knew it. Autumn was gone too fast, and so was he.

Soon, the orange sky was dragged into a pool at her feet and she stepped out into a new world of white and Winter. Smile painted and eyes glassy, her heart was suddenly tired. The next came as a gust of hot air and the promise of strength. She found herself loving the way his arms looped around her waist and continued on, engulfing her entirely with warmth and shelter, and hope flooded through her veins once again as she breathed, as if for the first time, in his gentle shadow. He was an artist, a musician, and he made music which swelled the drumbeat in her throat and filled her mind with noise and beauty. She curled up between the notes and closed her eyes, just for a moment. It was a sleepy Winter of long talks and love songs, and her heart, hidden from the sun for so long, turned to sugar glass in her chest. They lay under the stars and she marvelled at her insignificance. Then he confirmed it.

Spring was a flash of bright, crystal cold. She was shocked from her trance and as the petals burst from their sun-strung graves, she fell in love with life and uncertainty all over again. As if drawn on the wings of some unknown longing, she stumbled towards a singing smile and found it reflected, unwittingly, on her own weary mouth. He was a child in his very nature and she was suddenly cast back to her home and her heart and her happiness. She never wanted to feel anything but young again. He breathed life into her tired limbs and she flew. The world dizzy in their wake, they ran through childhood games and forgotten years and she wondered, for the first time, why she had ever given them up. They were fools, but she was stolen nonetheless. He lead her to a cool circus of fantasies and she drank them in with awe – but, suddenly wary of a familiar emptiness in his smile, she closed her eyes and turned quickly away.

And now it was summer and she was alone in the bitter sunlight: a vintage beauty tossed, once again, into the folds of her own restless heart.

Celebrating India Fortnight 26/2- 9/3

A Celebration of India Fortnight - 16th Feb - 9th March 2018

We will be running a variety of activities during the fortnight from 26/2 until 9/3 to celebrate the languages, culture, politics and religions of India.

The activities are as following:

  • MFL- KS3- starter activity- learn a new language- to be led by pupils in each class
  • Music- Kumar sisters to play in assembly
  • Citizenship- exploration of Indian politics
  • PE- cricket on both Tuesdays.
  • Sports leaders (Year 10) to teach Kabaddi to KS3 pupils during Wednesday lunchtimes
  • Dance- Year 8 as scheme of work, taster through year group clubs to be led by older pupils.
  • RS- exploration of Indian religion
  • Science society to deliver to Year 7/8 classes- biology- vegetarian diet/ ivory trade, chemistry-   chemicals in curry, physics- light and its effect on flag colours
  • Maths- study of Indian mathematicians.
  • D&T lunchtime Samosa making session; Indian inspired jewellery
  • Art- paper cuts club to produce shadow puppets
  • English- Hinglish with KS5

’Ourtribe’ – Empowering Teenage Girls In Altrincham.

OurTribe Altrincham Next Meeting – Thursday 1st March

OurTribe is a female youth group for those aged between 14-19 years.  The group offers a friendly, informal space for girls to meet locally and regularly for fun, advice, support, inspiration, information and fashion.

OurTribe community has been set up to inspire and empower teenage girls to develop greater confidence, belief, resilience and positive self image – creating personal connection, increased happiness, improved decision making and broadening life choices.

Come down and meet local, inspirational speakers and mentors covering a range of different topics of interest and fun workshops: –

Next Event – Thursday 1st March 7.00-9.00pm

‘OTpop.com – Spring Clothes and Gifts Swap and Share!

What to do with those unwanted but good quality clothes, shoes and Xmas gifts?  Don’t throw them – bring them along to recycle, upcycle, exchange and swap at the next meeting! ‘

Plus inspirational speaker TBC

Venue – CAFÉ IN THE PARK, Stamford Park Altrincham, access via Counselling and Family Centre, 40 Mayors Road, WA15 9RW.

Connect with us:

https://www.facebook.com/OurTribe

https://twitter.com/ourTribealt

www.instagram.com/ourtribe100/