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Emma S – National Athletics Success

Having qualified last month at the Greater Manchester Schools Championships, Emma S in Year 10 competed at the English Schools Track & Field Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on the 13-14th of July, representing Greater Manchester. She competed against the most talented athletes from around the country in triple jump. In calm, warm conditions she jumped an impressive distance of 10m74 to come 10th in England even though she is only in the younger year of the U17 age group !

She travelled down by coach with the Greater Manchester team on the Thursday and stayed away in a hotel with the team for two nights. She had an amazing time and I’m sure it’s an experience she won’t forget and is hoping to qualify again next year! We are very proud of Emma’s achievement in this national competition and look forward to hearing of her continued success in the future!

Local Amateur Theatre Group’s Youth Production of Grease the Musical


Sale and Altrincham Musical Theatre Group (SAMT) are running a youth production of Grease that are going to be producing for performances in early December. Music Students may be interested in getting involved in the production. See details below:

Performance Dates
The Show dates are 5th – 8th December 7:30pm for eve performances and also include a Matinee performance on the Saturday date (start time 2:15pm).  Performances will be held at the Altrincham Little Theatre in Altrincham.  Tech and dress Rehearsals will be 3rd and 4th December respectively.  Enclosed is our flyer for information.

Getting Involved
We are looking for 30 children (this number includes the principals) between the ages of 12 – 18 years of age

Any children interested will be able to find out more about the production, meet the production team and get the audition details at a session being held Sunday 9th September 1 – 4pm at Worthington Primary School, Sale, M33 2JJ

Auditions will be Sunday 23rd September at Worthington Primary School between midday – 4pm

Rehearsal Information
Rehearsals will start 26th September and will be  held on Sunday Afternoons 1pm – 4pm at Worthington Primary School and Wednesday Evenings in the function room at The Moorfield in Sale time 7pm – 9pm.

Contacts
If you have any questions please reach out to  SAMT Committee or James Goodwin and Eleanor Cardoza (Grease Production Team) on the email: lindsay.king@barclays.com

Francesca finished 10th in the world!

Francesca in Year 12 represented the GB team in Tampere Finland for the U20 World Athletics Championships last weekend.

We are very proud to share that she finished in 10th position!  It was an amazing race and Francesca did extremely well. Her performance really does bode well for further success at an international level. We look forward to hearing of her achievements in the future!  Her race can be viewed by following this link and forwarding to 1:09:45

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09ZkrTjc_i4

 

 

Food Tech End Of Year Summary

I would like to end this academic year by saying well done to all of you who have made some of the amazing dishes that leave F7 every day. Thank you for all your hard work. Well done and good luck to Year 11.

Over the last 2 weeks we have run the AGGS Bake Off competition. More than 30 students entered the competition and made Swiss rolls in the elimination round. We are looking forward to the final in September when the chosen finalists will be asked to make a show stopper cake that reflects their personality!

We were lucky enough to receive some money from the PTA which we have spent on new equipment that will benefit all students. Thank you PTA.

Mrs. Clutton and Mrs. Hulme have planned a new trip for Year 11 which will allow the students to investigate food provenance and the topics of primary and secondary processing, organic farming and environmental issues linked to food at Stockley Farm.

Year 9 have worked hard on their street food projects and have made some amazing dishes that reflect the progress they have made in food since they started in year 7.

Thank you to everyone who helps in the food department. Happy holidays. We look forward to working with you again in September.

Mr. Carr’s Charity Update, July 2018

Mr. Carr’s charity challenges so far:

In June I swam a minimum of half a mile EVERY DAY, including open water swimming. This month (July) I’m doing a “trio of triathlons” – Windermere, Ambleside (both already completed) and Holmes Chapel (22/7). I’ve nearly raised £2000 but still pushing that £3000 target. Sponsorship can still be donated at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnCarr121212 and my blog can be read at johnscharity121212.wordpress.com

Mr. Carr

Model UN Withington

 

On the first of July this term, a Sunday of extreme heat and a stubborn sun, a selection of students got to say `pinch, punch, first of the month` to several other schools in this year’s annual Withington MUN (Model United Nations) beginners’’ conference or WIMUNX.

AGGS was given two delegations: Turkey and Jordan; they took part in committees such as security council, Human rights 2, Disec, Political and several others out of the 12 others. The day ended very successfully when, during the awards ceremony, 2 special mentions were given to Hedye and Teja, 2 commendments to Hania and Safa, a highly commended to Marnie and a Outstanding was given to Amelia.

Outside the school gates, with the building awaking to the clatter and chatter of well-dressed youth, clad in blazers, they gathered in preparation to enter through the door, desperate to prepare last-minute amendments as the first-timers tried to calm their mildly panicked thoughts. The day began with a ceremony: chairs, secretaries and others were introduced. One speech, given by an ex student, described her journey of failures, successes, regrets and experiences from her co-founding of WIMUN to her modelling career, university days at Cambridge and journalist jobs. She depicted how she persevered and made an idol of herself despite rejections and struggles. From the perspective of diversity, the theme of this year’s conference, she gave a brilliant, inspiring speech, making everyone want to love MUN as much as she did. All in all, it was an excellent preface to the gavel opening of WIMUNX.
First debate of committees, for instance, Chinese regional influence for DISEC, lasted an hour until a short break before following into the second chance for debate where people either started the second or continued the first, lunch and finally the last debate hour for single committees (also a chance for joke awards such as best dressed) where DISEC, for example, debated the issue of biological warfare.

Lastly, all delegates formed three groups for three different joint committees debating issues which effect all of them like the murder of journalists. This was where most showcase all their skills in front of an even bigger audience and delegates determined to act out the morals of their country to the letter.

The awards ceremony mentioned above followed after which everyone returned home, energetic, brains stimulated and grinning from the muses found in the magazine of their time that day. It was, all together, a fantastic day and a great experience for all. An excellent way to start a MUN career.

Lucy W, Year 9

National Youth Assembly Trip to Westminster

On Monday 2nd July, I went to Westminster along with 2 other representatives from the north west: Edward and Meghan. It was part of democracy week and organised by the National Youth Assembly. We had our first meeting in Portcullis House, part of the parliamentary estate. This was an opportunity to question MPs on almost anything, with a theme of what it’s like to be a young person today, during which I posed a question about Islamaphobia post-brexit. Afterwards we had a quick introduction on how parliament works before Andrea Leadsom rushed in to be questioned. I asked her about flaws in the parliamentary process and the new childhood obesity strategy, however the best question was from a young boy who asked about period poverty.

We were put in groups for visits to party headquarters, so after grabbing a packed lunch my group went to the Liberal Democrat’s headquarters to hear about their values and again question members of their leadership team. Next we headed to the Cabinet Office where we met with the Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith to find out about her role, democracy week and ask questions. We also attended the launch of the Hear by Right participation scheme and had the chance to talk to some of the MPs individually.

To finish off a fantastic day, we had a tour inside 10 Downing Street which was amazing! In one of the conference rooms we met with the Minister for Sport & Civil Society as well as the Chief of all Staff who works with Theresa May and were able to ask them about their roles and responsibilities. Not only did the day improve my critical questioning skills, it has given me an invaluable insight into the world of politics.

Hania S, Year 10

Y12 Work Experience

Year 12 have just completed their week’s work experience in industry. Work experience placements serve multiple purposes, including experience of the world of work, employability skill development and experience to help guide future career decision-making.

Some of the companies who hosted Y12 were HSBC Bank, 5Plus Architects, NHS, Unilever and Key 103. We have received some excellent employer feedback commenting on their punctuality, reliability and keenness to learn more about the company. The students faced new challenges and learnt things about themselves that they didn’t know before.

See a tweet from 5Plus Architects: