All posts by Hira, Year 12

What Have We Been Up To…

During the last week before the February half term, the Anti-Bullying team cut out hundreds of paper hearts for the Valentine’s Day special event.

These hearts were handed to form tutors who were encouraged to ask everyone in their form to write a compliment on a heart for someone else. Many hearts were also left in baskets around school for people who wanted to write more compliments and hand them out.

This year, the event was a huge success and baskets were empty by the end of the week. Lots of people had been busy writing compliments for their friends but also teachers! The success highlights the friendly, supportive environment the school has created and the passion of the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors worked hard during meetings planning the event and cutting out the hearts. Well done to all those who took time out of a busy school day to share happiness!

Christmas Is On Its Way!

We are coming close to the end of half term and many Christmas festivities have begun!

AGGS’ Christmas Concert this year was a success; showcasing a range of talented students (over 260 in total). Performances included:  Howard Blake’s ‘The Snowman’, sung by the Junior Choir and  ‘Feeling Good’ performed by the String Orchestra. The halls were packed this year and the exciting atmosphere of Christmas was captured during the concert. Well done to all students who participated in this year’s amazing concert and to the staff who made the night memorable and festive!

Also, this year’s Christmas Enterprise Markets were held at lunchtimes and the main hall was buzzing with staff and students purchasing Christmas gifts and goodies. The stalls were run by Year 7, 8 and 9 students and their creativeness was on display at the market. Congratulations to the students who gave it their all and sold their socks off!

This Friday, AGGS will be hosting another amazing talent show and the Year 13s will be showcasing their pantomime which they have been working extremely hard on. Charity day will also feature stalls in the dining room so come along and visit the many activities, games and food on offer!

We hope you  have a fabulous Christmas/ holidays! Everyone deserves a break to relax 🙂

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Interview: Miss Hamilton

This week we interviewed Miss Hamilton, a new English teacher who has been welcomed by AGGS. It was a pleasure to interview Miss Hamilton and we hope you enjoy!

How are you finding life here at AGGS? 

There’s a lot to keep up with but it’s an amazing place to work! I am really enjoying it.

Have you made any new friends? 

Yes, the English department have been so welcoming and I feel like I’ve developed some great relationships with both staff and all of my classes.

What was your least favourite subject in school?

I enjoyed most subjects in school but if I had to pick, I would probably say PE! I enjoyed a few things like dance and rounders but there were some things – cross country for example – that I would really dread!

What were your A-Level subjects?

I did English, Biology, Psychology, Maths and General Studies. In hindsight, I wish I’d done more humanities subjects as I couldn’t decide and tried to do a little bit of everything – would not recommend! Go with what you enjoy doing the most.

Why did you want to become an English teacher? 

I really like that when you teach, every day is different and time flies by so quickly because there’s so much to do. It’s never boring, that’s for sure! Also, ultimately, I just love reading literature and talking about it and teaching English means I get to do that every day!

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself? 

Outside of school I bake model cakes and gingerbread models for celebrations and events!    

Do you have any advice for AGGS students? If I could go back and talk to myself in Secondary school I would tell myself not to worry about the little things so much. Enjoy learning and treasure time spent getting to know your friends and yourself. Explore everything on offer to you and once you find your passions, don’t be afraid to follow them!

Thank you for giving up your time for this interview Miss Hamilton!

“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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Before

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!