All posts by Hira, Year 12

“All Different, All Equal”

It’s Anti-bullying Week and the Anti-bullying Ambassadors are working hard delivering presentations and coming up with exciting activities for the week ahead!

To help spread the message, here are the teams’ video recommendations:

Broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham is autistic – he has Asperger’s Syndrome, meaning he struggles in social situations and has difficulty with human relationships. In this documentary, Chris confronts this subject with honesty and allows viewers to experience what it is like living with autism. Although he considers himself “a little bit weird”, Asperger’s has helped make him who he is today and Chris celebrates his differences in this one hour special.

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Michael Segovia, Senior Consultant at CPP, Inc., reflects on his past experiences and the ability to explore and appreciate others’ differences, as well as his own. He presents an interesting argument and question to ask yourself:  what are you doing to encourage others to be all they can be? The TED Talk is one of many that encourages being respectful of each others’ differences.

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We hope these give an insight into the message the team are trying to spread!

AGGS Star In Netflix Series: Safe!

The AGGS and AGSB joint choirs had the amazing opportunity to take part in the upcoming Netflix series, Safe, a crime drama set to air in 2018.

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Filmed by Red Production Company, it features such stars as Amanda Abbington (or Mary from Sherlock) and Michael C. Hall (or Dexter Morgan from Dexter).

We had spent the past few weeks practicing John Bennett’s beautiful madrigal ‘Weep O Mine Eyes’, and the whole process was incredibly exciting from start to end.

“I loved the experience, especially since we got to film with celebrities we had seen on TV. It was so exciting!” -Sowmya, Year 12

It was definitely a memory we will never forget!

The day of filming was hectic, starting early in the morning, but the process was finished without a problem.

It was great socialising with people from other schools and we all undoubtedly had a lot of fun getting to know each other.

“I was privileged to have coached the 7 actors who formed part of the choir, to mime convincingly as they sang with the choir – who also did brilliantly and very much looked the part.”- Ms Mayall

Stay tuned for the series release on Netflix in 2018!

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Written by Sowmya Srinivasan

Our Twitter Page!

The Anti-bullying Ambassadors Twitter is back in action!

Follow us for updates on events in school, what the team’s plan of action is for the upcoming month and inspirational quotes.

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Come and join us in our fight to tackle bullying!

 

The Diana Award Re-brands

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Princess of Wales’ death, the charity has created a new identity with the re-branding of the logo.

“We wanted to ensure that we created something truly progressive rather than memorial, an inspirational symbol that captured Princess Diana’s enduring legacy and ensures her spirit lives on,” says the companies creative director, Sean Thomas.

 

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After

The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of the Princess and its aims were originally to congratulate young people for their kindness and compassion.

The charity also runs the Anti-bullying Ambassadors programme.

The new identity of the charity relates to the concept that young people have the power to help change the world and make a difference.

The logo definitely looks fantastic and the new identity consists of values we aim to achieve here in school.

In a recent study, celebrities wished they had an Anti-bullying team within their schools to help tackle important issues.

The study also revealed the urge from students and teachers to create an Anti-bullying team in schools where they don’t exist.

We are proud of the Anti-bullying team here at AGGS and its achievements and hope they continue for years to come!

 

Meet the SDL Team…

It’s that time again,  where groups unite and present themselves to the entire school community. So, welcome the one and only Student Digital Leadership Team! Here comes the new group photo… 🙂

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Look at all those friendly faces!

We will be going into assemblies soon for you to get to know us better, but feel free to talk to us if you have any technical difficulties in school or come visit us at lunchtime in 12A &B. The SDLs also have a new badge on the way; here’s what to look out for!

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The New SDL Badge

We hope we can solve any issues teachers and students have involving technology!

Yours sincerely, the SDL team.

Anti-Bullying Week 2017

Anti-bullying Week runs from 13-17 November each year and the theme this year is: ‘All Different, All Equal’. The idea is to promote differences and help young people celebrate what makes them, and others, unique . Our main aim as Anti-bullying Ambassadors is to help people understand why it’s important that every child feels included in the school community and allow them to express themselves without fear of bullying.

In AGGS, the Anti-Bullying team will be presenting assemblies to all year groups and will be promoting equality throughout the week through a range of activities. So keep your eyes open during November!

Remember,

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From the Anti-bullying team 🙂

Goodbye Year 11s!

On the 12th May, year 11 school councillors will be going on study leave and passing the blog over to year 10 members. Good luck to everyone taking their exams and goodbye!

How to combat your sugar cravings in exams:

During exams, we all know how we crave unhealthy snacks when revising. Here are some great alternatives that you could try! But, don’t forget to treat yourself once in a while!

  1. Smoothies – they contain a lot of natural sugar but do not have processed ingredients within them. They also contain vitamins and minerals which will help aid your immune system. Recipe: frozen raspberries, mango, coconut milk, water, yoghurt, chia seeds and strawberries!
  2. Bread sticks- try with hummus or guacamole
  3. Fruit- as it is easily snackable and good for you
  4. Frozen grapes- Put some grapes in the freezer overnight and in the morning snack on. They taste like ice-lollies but are a healthy option.
  5. Homemade flapjacks with honey. Look on BBC good food for a great recipe.

Good luck in all your exams! 🙂

Media of the Week

From all year 11 school council members, we strongly recommend CGP revision guides in the lead up to GCSE exams. These great books contain useful revision material for a variety of subjects, and hilarious jokes. They are guaranteed to keep you reading for hours!

An anonymous year 11 says: ‘CGP books have made my revision so much easier! All the notes I need in one handy book! Thank you CGP!’

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Government cuts to minority sport funding for Tokyo 2020

The Government has significantly cut many minority sport’s funding, resulting in lack of facilities and equipment which may reduce medal chances and participation. For Tokyo 2020 the total sports budget is £345,279,427 many of this coming from the national lottery. Currently the Olympic funding is £265,145,887 but the Paralympic funding is only £70,883,540 even though more specialist equipment is needed. The sports that have been affected by the cut, are badminton (a popular sport for many here), rowing, modern pentathlon, archery, fencing, table tennis, weight lifting, goal ball, wheelchair rugby. Even cycling which is not deemed to be a minority sport has had its budget cut by over £4 million even after great success at Rio.

Badminton had its funding cut from £7.4m to £5.9m after London 2012, after no players managed the minimum fourth-to-eighth-placed finish that had been targeted. Yet despite the surprise success of Ellis and Langridge, the sport will not get a slice of the £345m of national lottery and government funding which UK Sport has announced will be invested over the next four years.