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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.

The General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation is set to be enforced into all EU member states by May 2018. So, what is the GDPR and why are the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors around the country supporting the campaign against it?

The GDPR is said to ‘harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy’ and will be the most important change to laws regarding data privacy in 20 years.

It will restrict the age at which individuals can lawfully give consent as well as regulating the way online services obtain children’s consent. Article 8 in the new regulation states children under the age of 16 will need parental consent when accessing ‘information society services’ such as social media.

However, it allows member states to adjust that limit to anywhere between 13 and 16. The campaign to lower the age restriction is already underway! To join the campaign or give your opinions, share them on https://www.facebook.com/GDPRhaveyoursay/

As teenagers brought up in a society heavily influenced by technology, we will be affected by this because our freedom of speech/ thought and the freedom to access and share information is being restricted. Research has show, by the age of 13, teenagers are adept at reasoning so why are teenagers being asked to become dependant on their parents? It seems politicians think teenagers are untrustworthy and lack responsibility… lets prove them wrong.

By supporting the campaign, you are helping to create a stronger force to combat the restrictions put in place by the GDPR regulations. Teenagers should be allowed control over their own social media accounts and other sites which might help some feel a sense of community.

For more information about the GDPR changes, visit: https://www.eugdpr.org/the-regulation.html

How it affects young people: https://www.itgovernance.eu/blog/en/the-gdpr-and-child-consent/

Keep a look out for new blog posts about the GDPR campaign, as well as on our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/AGGantibullying

India Fortnight So Far…

The first week showcasing the Indian culture within school has been full of spectacular activities! Unfortunately, the Devisdale was covered with snow and cricket and Kabbadi couldn’t go ahead but here are some of the highlights from the other events!

The Kumar sisters performed in assemblies from Monday to Friday, blowing us away with their musical talent whilst playing the sitar; a stringed instrument use most commonly in classical music but was introduced to western audiences through the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.  Here are some pictures from the assembly:

On Monday, Year 8s were taught how to make samosas by Mrs Clutton. Samosas can be stuffed with a variety of fillings, ranging from minced meat to vegetables such as cauliflower and potatoes, all enclosed in a thin pastry and usually shaped as a triangle. The final samosas look delicious, well done Year 8s!

   

As well as this, during Mrs Herbert’s lesson, Holly and Urvi (Year 7) performed a dance routine for their class. Urvi dances weekly and is currently teaching Holly, who loves dancing. They wore traditional Indian clothing as well and here are some photos of the wonderful performance!

 

 

India Fortnight 2018

This year, AGGS will be hosting an exciting variety of activities and events during the India Fortnight! The fortnight will begin on Monday 26th February and here is the schedule for the events taking place around school:

  • Making samosas- 26/2 (Year 8)- lunchtime in F7
  • Indian dancing- 26/2- 1/3- 12.30-1pm in the Gym (Mon Y8, Tues Y9, Wed Y10, Thurs Y7, Fri Y11/12/13)
  • Cricket- 27/2 and 6/3- lunchtime at the Devisdale
  • Kabaddi- 28/2 and 7/3- lunchtimes at the Devisdale
  • Making Indian inspired jewellery- 28/2 and 7/3 (Year 7)-lunchtime in F6/F8

There will also be assembly performances throughout the week by the Kumar sisters playing the sitar. Subjects such as RS, English Language, MFL and Citizenship have incorporated the theme into lesson starters and activities to explore the culture.

We hope you can attend some of the activities above and experience the fascinating Indian culture!

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!