We have had a great first day in Greece! Everybody is in high spirts as we begin to get ready for bed.
Setting off from Athens for a 3 hour coach ride this morning, on arrival we had the opportunity to explore what was once considered the centre of the Earth, at the Archaeological ruins – we saw evidence of the temple, stadium and altar. We then saw some artefacts first hand at the museum.
After lots of food at lunch it was time for some free time to explore the local area and a well earned rest/shower.
After more food, it is clear the Greeks like to eat a lot. Teams were challenged to take the best selfie – each team was a awarded a winner.
Lights out at 11 ready for another day jam packed day tomorrow.
After a good night’s sleep we are up!
We have had breakfast, lots of chocolate spread was consumed!
We are about to depart for Delphi.
We have landed safely at Athens airport.
Onto the coach and to the hotel.
We will be having an evening meal and then lights out in preparation for a jam-packed day tomorrow, in Delphi.
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The annual Art A level exhibition opened on Tuesday 19th June and this year included some excellent examples of work from the new GCSE course. It was a beautiful summers evening, very well attended with many proud parents and friends of the Year 13 students. Again there was a variety of themes and styles on show ranging from portraiture, to chickens to cars and the students skills clearly shone through.
I received an invitation from Mustard Tree in Manchester to afternoon tea on Wednesday 13th June and to see their newly refurbished building because we donated £1 000 from Charity day 2017. Bella H, Year 11 came with me as she had suggested we raise money for Mustard Tree and she regularly donates money to the charity and is in fact their youngest donor.
Mustard Tree Manchester is an amazing place; we were greeted by Albert who has been helped by the charity. Over the past four years Mustard Tree has helped him to turn his life around by helping to find a home, providing medical help and courses to help improve the chances of him finding work. We had afternoon tea with him which was served by volunteers.
We then had talk from the people who run the charity; they spoke passionately about the work at Mustard Tree about the newly refurbished area and activities going on and the people they help. Albert showed us around Mustard Tree, visiting an art room, computer suite, and drama studio and we ended up in the retail area. The lady that ran the department had previously had a very high powered job to work for Mustard Tree. She took a drop in salary when she joined Mustard Tree but said she’s never been happier; she is now helping the homeless people of Manchester and making a real difference to their lives. Bella and I came away from there aware of how lucky we are and glad that AGGS was able to help.
You can find out more about The Mustard Tree @ www.mustardtree.org.uk
Mrs Greenhow (Charity Committee Coordinator)
On Thursday 14th June, 27 Year 10 pupils travelled with Mrs Ryan and Mrs Stokes to the University of Manchester to explore careers in languages. The day began with a talk about the possible career paths pen to language students before moving on to a creative subtitling task, where pupils wrote subtitles for short films. They then enjoyed a tour of the campus and a taster session in either Japanese or Arabic. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day.
See their work below (for staff and students only)
Isabel W Project
Ellie F project:
Aleena C Project: