UK-German Connection

MFL German ConnectionTabi and Ant in Year 12 successfully applied for a place on a youth seminar organised by the UK- German connection. This funded a 3 day stay in Berlin for them from 1-3 June, where they worked with 25 German and 23 other English pupils on a joint project, called ‘Finding our place in history’. They took part in a series of workshops based on the book by Thomas Harding, House by the Lake. These explored the themes of identity, reconciliation, our shared future and diversity. They also had the opportunity to explore Berlin.

It is a tremendous achievement to have been successful in gaining a place on this seminar and they are hoping to share their experiences through assemblies and display work.

Well done to both of them!

University Challenge

To help raise money for new books in the library, the librarians and Mrs Hodgson organised an event in the main hall based on the popular TV quiz show, University Challenge.

Two teams participated in the event: University of Life and Universally Challenged. Mrs Crowson was the captain of the University of Life team which consisted of Dr Roberts, Mr Lovelady and Mr Adshead. Team captain for Universally Challenged was Miss Devlin and her teammates were Mr Flanagan, Mr Davenport and Ms Russell.

If you were wondering why Mr Adshead had a toy wizard on his desk or what the monkey next to Mr Lovelady was for, teachers, in spirit of the show, even brought along mascots for their desk.

Not only were they competing in several rounds for the chance to win 10 points for every correct answer, the teams could also lose points if they interrupted the quiz master or gave an incorrect answer.

After battling it out in quizzes about Harry Potter, pop music and religion, the scores were calculated and verified.

And the winner was (drum roll please)…

University of Life! Well done to Mrs Crowson, Dr Roberts, Mr Lovelady and Mr Adshead!

The event raised an amazing £110 for new books in the library and the books bought will be those that have been suggested by students.

“The Librarians helped to organise the event and were really pleased with the turnout of staff and pupils to watch.”- Mrs Hodgson

 

 

The quiz also featured Year 12 musicians: Ellen Waters, Ant Harrison, Ellie Conway and Katie Abrahams. They played the celebrated theme tune at the start of the contest.

Joint Netflix choir project on air now on ‘Safe’ Netflix series

 Joint Netflix choir project on air now on ‘Safe’ Netflix series

AGGS Chamber Choir and AGSB students can be heard and seen singing at the very beginning of episode 4 of the new thriller series ‘Safe’, currently found on Netflix. This is an exciting achievement for the students and the Music Department! More about this joint vocal project here……

See more information about the recordings here:

http://wp.aggs.trafford.sch.uk/music/joint-netflix-choir-project-for-upcoming-safe-netflix-series/

 

STAND UP TO BULLYING Day Success!

This year, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors created a banner for Stand Up to Bullying Day and to raise awareness about reporting bullying rather than being a bystander.

But no, this wasn’t an ordinary banner. After spending a week in the art room (with help from the amazing Miss Taylor) the ambassadors planned and painted the huge banner with the slogan: ‘I STAND UP TO BULLYING’ and below it, ‘Do You?’

The banner was hung in the main hall on June 13th (Stand Up to Bullying Day) and left till Friday and welcomed kind comments, inspirational quotes and messages.

Our ‘Stand Up to Bullying Day’ project aimed to strengthen our school community and collectively take a stand against bullying.

When we visited the banner on Friday, we were amazed by how busy the banner was. There were smiley faces and quotes and as teachers walked past, they commented on how brilliant this idea was. Thank you to everyone who left a message and helped us achieve our goal!

The banner will be in the main hall next week for the school open day and will later be placed in the library.

Here are some pictures of the banner:

 

 

One again, a huge thank you from the Anti-Bullying Team! 🙂

Thought for the Week

Empowerment

‘Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.’

(Maya Angelou)

Art / Alumnae Exhibition 2018

A-Level Summer Art Exhibition 2018

An exhibition of A-Level work

Private View: Tuesday 19th June 2018, 5.30pm-8.00pm

Main School Hall

The exhibition will be displayed during the week of Monday 18th June – Friday 22nd June 2018

NB: For schools and departments wishing to visit the exhibition please contact Sarah Taylor on 0161 912 5912

Recent English Successes

English Successes, June 2018There have been a number of successes in the English Department recently: Ellen W. came runner up in the National English and Media Centre Close Reading Competition, with her analysis of an extract from ‘The Impressionist’ by Hari Kunzru. To be commended, the judges commented that students wrote fresh personal responses to the passage, balancing an overview with more detailed analysis and developing a line of argument. Her entry is available to read on the EMC website. https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/assets/uploads/documents/Ellen_Waters.pdf

Further to this, Ant H. was one of the winners of the prestigious Peterhouse College, Cambridge’s Thomas Campion English Prize. Students are tasked with exploring a theme within literature, this year’s being ‘discomfort’. The standard of entries was high but the judges felt that her essay stood out for its clarity of argument, stylish prose, level of research and originality of thought – viewing discomfort in light of Second Wave Feminism. This is a fantastic accolade and Ant is to be commended on her high level of academic writing.

Congratulations to both Ellen and Ant!

Creative Collage

Collage can mean lots of different paper techniques and can be done in so many creative, unusual and personal ways. My year 9 class have produced some lovely, sleek, crisp pattern designs which would look great put into repeat and used for homewares….

Urgent:this weekend Bronze Expedition

The weather forecast for this Saturday’s expedition has just gotten worse – looks like 70% probability of rain and gusts all day.  At Bronze it is common for students to forget to put their sleeping bags and clothes in rubble sacks (can be bought at Tesco, Wickes B&Q) or dry bags.  We really need that not to happen on the assessment this weekend.

You must ensure all sleeping bags and clothes are packed in rubble sacks or dry bags when they arrive and your child will need to arrive already wearing their waterproof coat and over-trousers as Assessors will need to check this before allowing them to set off in the rain.

PTA Summer Fair 2018

AGGS Summer Fair, 23rd June 2018

Saturday, 23rd June, 12-3pm

A wonderful event for all the family with lots of activities, refreshments and entertainment.