All posts by Hira, Year 12

Eurovision 2018

If AGGS were to enter Eurovision this year, it would be safe to say any of the Year 8’s performances would have blown the competition away. With seven forms, three classes of Year 12’s and even a surprise show from the MFL department- AGGS Eurovision 2018 was certainly unforgettable.
Here’s a run down of the songs sung by each form and the country they represented-
  • 8-1       Country: France, Song: Je Veux by singer Zaz, Highlights: Colour co-ordination of clothes to represent the French flag, featured saxophones and no backing track!
  • 8-2       Country: Spain, Song: La Cintura by Alvaro Soler, Highlights: Vibrant summer outfits, amazing choreography.
  • 8-3       Country: Canary Islands, Song: Solo Si Es Contigo by Bombai, Highlights: Hawaiian outfits, featured talented guitarists.
  • 8-4       Country: Germany, Song: Wenn sie tanzt, Maz Giesinger, Highlights: another form whose outfits matched the colours of the flag, a brilliant conga line mid-performance through the audience!
  • 8-5       Country: Belgium, Song: Color Gitano by Kendji Girac, Highlights: featured various percussion instruments, bright clothes mirroring the lovely (ish) summer weather we have had recently
  • 8-6       Country: Balearic Islands, Song: Yo Contigo, Tu Conmigo by Morat and Alvaro Soler, Highlights: danced in pairs with matching outfits
  • 8-7       Country: Austria, Song: Das Fliegerlied by DONIKKL, Highlights: animal onesies!
It was a close competition between the whole year as each form brought a distinct feature. 8-7’s cute animal onesies and 8-3’s vibrant hula skirts definitely added to the performances featuring inflatable flamingo rubber dingys, catchy songs and synchronised dance moves. Eurovision this year had it all!
In the midst of all the Year 8 performances, the audience were lucky to experience Year 12 students singing iconic English songs in French, Spanish and German. The French group sang ‘Uptown Funk’, Spanish sang ‘Mamma Mia’ and German sang ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’.  With brilliant singing and cool costumes, the audience were all eager to join in and clapped along!
The MFL department  surprised everybody by combining their linguistic skills to sing (much to everyone’s enjoyment) ’99 Luftballoons’/ ’99 Red Balloons’. Starting with Mrs Crowson’s solo, featuring a single red star shaped balloon. Mrs Stokes, Miss Benson, Mr Butterworth, Mrs Ryan, Mrs McIntosh, Mrs Herbert, Mrs Bond, and Miss Demeur soon all joined in with their oversized red retro glasses, inflatable rock guitars and a mind-blowing amount of enthusiasm. Sixth Formers scattered red balloons from the balcony to signify the end of yet another fun- filled Eurovision.
And the winner of Eurovision 2018 (drum roll please) was….
8-5! The form representing Belgium impressed the judges with their flexible dance routine and singing in not only one language…but two! They combined both French and Spanish and included 2 live musicians with a guitar and ukulele. Congratulations!
-Written by Anisha M (Year 10) and Hira K (Year 12)

Student’s Summer Recommendations!

There is only a few more days to go till we finish school and it’s the Summer holidays!

There are so many different, exciting things to do in the Summer, such as going abroad. However, if you’re not going abroad, here is a list of activities/events that you can do in the holidays:

Bluedot Music Festival,19th-22nd July at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Blackden, Cheshire– Bluedot is a 4-day music festival. As well as music, there are live science experiments, immersive artwork and expert talks. It’s a music festival with a hint of science!

RHS Flower Show, 18th – 22nd July in Knutsford, Chesire– The flower show hopes to get people interested in making the UK a greener, environmentally friendly country. There are galleries of beautiful flowers and plants for you to explore.

Manchester’s Whiteworth Art Gallery– The art gallery consists of sculptures and abstract art. They also have early morning yoga sessions and social evenings, as well as lots of live stage shows; a fun experience for all!

-Or you could search for the Giant Bee Statues that are all over Manchester from 23rd July  to 23rd September- They are positioned inside and outside, in shopping centres and parks. It is to bring communities together and  is essentially a life-size scavenger hunt!

Manchester offers a variety of activities and events over the Summer. If you missed the dates to attend this year, save them in your calendar for next year! We hope you have a great time and relax over the holidays.

-Written by Lakshayaa K and Erin M (Year 7)

‘Oliver!’ Production

The ‘Oliver!’ musical, starring Zara D in the lead role, was performed on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th July. Drama, dance and music came together to put on a fantastic production of ‘Oliver!’, the Lionel Bart musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the orphaned workhouse boy’s incredible journey.

The production featured lively songs such as ‘Food Glorious Food’ and some all-time favourites like `Consider yourself` and `I’d do anything` together with close, if not identical, choreography to that of the famous film and fabulous performances including characters, Nancy and Dodger.

The second night clashed with the football, so another song joined the backstage tapping feet and voices practising like broken records. All in all, with the brilliant set complete with hidden compartments, smoke and fire, `Oliver!` took everyone through the streets of London, making them smile and cry in equal measure!

“The musical was a lot of fun to take part in, and the fantastic cast, whether acting, dancing, or playing in the band, did a wonderful job. ”

“I had so much fun doing the production, everyone was so good and I’m really sad it’s over now.”

Well done to everyone who took part; the Oliver production was a success!

-Written by Amy H (Year 12) and Lucy W (Year 10)

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.

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! 🙂

AGGS Training Day 2018

Our new Year 9 ambassadors were trained recently and AGGS hosted the Anti-Bullying training day for schools in Manchester. The Year 9s were joined by other passionate students from secondary schools and took part in a jam-packed day!

The students learnt how to recognise bullying, the different types of bullying and how their role as an Anti-Bullying ambassador is crucial at school. Along with a fun parachute game which allowed the ambassadors to think how everyone if different yet equal, they were able to develop leadership and communication skills and elected a team leader. Susi will be updating the Diana Award regularly about the progress the AGGS team make and will be able to ask for resources on behalf of the team. The team voted for a creative and enthusiastic leader; well done Susi!

After the other schools left, the AGGS team were able to sit with the staff from the Diana Award and discuss the individual roles they will have in the team. We had a range of roles, from very confident speakers to assembly presentation makers. Jaya and I look forward to working with the Year 9s in the next year and can’t wait to see how they continue to make AGGS a friendly, bully-free school.

So, the training day was a success! We all received goodies such as a new badge and wristbands and learnt valuable skills which will help us create a stronger and more efficient team at school.

Thank you to the Diana Award staff who visited us and we hope to see you soon!

Written by Hira, Year 12

Youth Board Trip 2018

Hello, I’m Hira (Year 12) and I have been an Anti-Bullying Ambassador for nearly 3 years at AGGS. Last year I applied to be a part of the National Youth Board and earlier this year I was shortlisted. After an interview with a member of the Anti-Bullying staff, I was sent an e-mail saying I had been accepted and I was surprised; I didn’t expect to be chosen!

During the Easter half term, all the youth board members from around the UK met in London. The Diana Award had organised a three-day trip including a visit to the new Facebook HQ and the Anti-Bullying HQ. Not only did I have my first Nando’s meal and receive a t-shirt and jumper with the youth board logo, I met an amazing group of people voicing the opinions of the ambassadors from their school and constantly campaigning to end bullying. We all bonded within the first few hours and I enjoyed every part of the trip. I can’t wait to meet the youth board members again in August!

So, why am I sharing this? I think the most important way to implement change nationally is to work with ambassadors from all over the UK; picking out the strengths and weaknesses in our schools and promoting the brilliant work they do. I had a chance to meet Alex Homes, the founder of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and share how passionate our AGGS team is and the work we do to create a friendlier and bully-free zone at school. I am extremely proud of the current team and I know the ambassadors in the future will continue the great work!

What will the youth board try to achieve in the next year? We are currently creating E-Safety presentations and we will visit schools in our area to teach the students how to be safe online. The idea was inspired by our Facebook HQ visit; we discussed safety features with members of the Facebook and Instagram family. I aim to present to students next year in our school and visit local schools as well. I have already begun visiting primary schools to promote Anti-Bullying and I am extremely happy that their teams are working hard to create a friendly school environment. I hope to visit more schools and exchange ideas and help them in their school events/campaigns.

Here are some pictures of the trip and the National Youth Board for the next year! I’m excited to see what we achieve… 🙂

And yes, we met Will Poulter and interviewed him!

The top level of Facebook HQ is dedicated to a pick-and-mix, a doughnut and ice-cream bar and a cafe! (We all filled several cups with sweets…)

Follow our Instagram page and see updates on what the youth board members are doing in their schools: @antibullyingyouthboard18

Follow the AGGS Anti-Bullying Twitter to see what our ambassadors get up to: @AGGantibullying

Revision Tips…

With the exam period fast approaching, here are some handy revision tips:

  • Know if you are a visual or auditory learner– for example, do you like to draw pictures or listen to lectures? It’s best to figure this out as soon as possible so your revision methods are effective!
  • Plan out when you will revise– make a timetable and pin it up so you know if you are on target or not.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask a teacher if you are unsure on a topic; we aren’t perfect and there will be certain topics we don’t understand.
  • Use colours and get creative- Revising can be boring sometimes, but you can make it fun!
  • Set up study dates with friends that motivate you to study. Meeting at the library or a quiet place can help you to focus; a change in environment can be helpful too.
  • Treat yourself every so often– you need to relax as well so watch your favourite TV series or go out with friends.
  • Take breaks often and rest your mind (and maybe your hands if you make notes)!

Try to think positively about any mistakes you make and learn from them; it is not the end of the world if you don’t get the grade you want!

Good luck to everyone taking exams 🙂

AGGS is Now a Host School!

Our school will now host Anti-Bullying training days for new ambassadors in Manchester!

On 9th May, Diana Award staff will be coming to AGGS and training young, excited and passionate students to help run the Anti-Bullying teams in their schools.

A number of Year 9 AGGS students were selected and will be participating in the training day, as well as students from other local schools.

We hope they enjoy the training and become amazing ambassadors for the school!

We also look forward to hosting many more training days for schools in Manchester!

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Keep checking the Anti-Bullying blog for updates on the training day in May and the work the current team are doing in school.

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India Fortnight: The Highlights

A summary of the second week:

During  lunchtime on Wednesday, Year 7s learnt how to make Indian inspired jewellery. Indian jewellery is bright, colourful and intricate and Year 7s replicated the beautiful designs excellently! Here are the pictures featuring Riya:

Last week, 7-5 learnt Malayalam in their Spanish lesson and how to write their names in the language. Malayalam is the main language spoken in the South Indian state of Kerala and Malayalis (speakers of Malayalam), form around 4% of the Indian population. In terms of the number of speakers, Malayalam ranks 8 among the 15 major languages spoken in India. 7-5 really enjoyed the lesson, take a look at their amazing work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, Year 12s prepared a presentation for history club on significant figures in Indian history, including Indira Gandhi-the first and only female prime minister of India. Srishti, Laura and Amy researched the topic, exploring inspirational figures throughout Indian history. Srishti was unable to attend but Laura and Amy did a fantastic job presenting!

How did Year 13s take part in India fortnight? During their A-Level English lesson,  Anu, Haajirah and Lybah created and presented a presentation on the topic ‘Hinglish’. They looked at the history behind the blend of Hindi and English, how it differs from English (regarding phonology, grammar and lexis), how many speak the language and the reasons why people speak it. A wonderful presentation and here are the photos to showcase their efforts:

So, India fortnight has allowed us to experience traditional dancing, the languages spoken and many more fascinating presentations, workshops and activities! We hope all students enjoyed the two weeks packed with events and continue to explore other cultures.