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UK-German Connection

MFL German ConnectionTabi and Ant in Year 12 successfully applied for a place on a youth seminar organised by the UK- German connection. This funded a 3 day stay in Berlin for them from 1-3 June, where they worked with 25 German and 23 other English pupils on a joint project, called ‘Finding our place in history’. They took part in a series of workshops based on the book by Thomas Harding, House by the Lake. These explored the themes of identity, reconciliation, our shared future and diversity. They also had the opportunity to explore Berlin.

It is a tremendous achievement to have been successful in gaining a place on this seminar and they are hoping to share their experiences through assemblies and display work.

Well done to both of them!

Joint Netflix choir project on air now on ‘Safe’ Netflix series

 Joint Netflix choir project on air now on ‘Safe’ Netflix series

AGGS Chamber Choir and AGSB students can be heard and seen singing at the very beginning of episode 4 of the new thriller series ‘Safe’, currently found on Netflix. This is an exciting achievement for the students and the Music Department! More about this joint vocal project here……

See more information about the recordings here:

http://wp.aggs.trafford.sch.uk/music/joint-netflix-choir-project-for-upcoming-safe-netflix-series/

 

Thought for the Week

Empowerment

‘Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.’

(Maya Angelou)

Art / Alumnae Exhibition 2018

A-Level Summer Art Exhibition 2018

An exhibition of A-Level work

Private View: Tuesday 19th June 2018, 5.30pm-8.00pm

Main School Hall

The exhibition will be displayed during the week of Monday 18th June – Friday 22nd June 2018

NB: For schools and departments wishing to visit the exhibition please contact Sarah Taylor on 0161 912 5912

Recent English Successes

English Successes, June 2018There have been a number of successes in the English Department recently: Ellen W. came runner up in the National English and Media Centre Close Reading Competition, with her analysis of an extract from ‘The Impressionist’ by Hari Kunzru. To be commended, the judges commented that students wrote fresh personal responses to the passage, balancing an overview with more detailed analysis and developing a line of argument. Her entry is available to read on the EMC website. https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/assets/uploads/documents/Ellen_Waters.pdf

Further to this, Ant H. was one of the winners of the prestigious Peterhouse College, Cambridge’s Thomas Campion English Prize. Students are tasked with exploring a theme within literature, this year’s being ‘discomfort’. The standard of entries was high but the judges felt that her essay stood out for its clarity of argument, stylish prose, level of research and originality of thought – viewing discomfort in light of Second Wave Feminism. This is a fantastic accolade and Ant is to be commended on her high level of academic writing.

Congratulations to both Ellen and Ant!

PTA Summer Fair 2018

AGGS Summer Fair, 23rd June 2018

Saturday, 23rd June, 12-3pm

A wonderful event for all the family with lots of activities, refreshments and entertainment.

 

Thought for the Week

Empowerment

‘Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.’

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Thought for the Week

Empowerment

‘It is never too late to be who you might have been.’

(George Eliot)

Year 10 Moth in a China Shop Business Competition

A team of 5 Year 10 students have completed The Mr Hugh’s Charity Business Competition with a glowing report from the competition judge.

The challenge was to generate as much profit as possible whilst using the company’s products which are a range of Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oils.

Our students spotted a gap in the market for tasty hot snacks at lunchtime to cater for our increasingly busy students. With the co-operation of and infinite patience from Mrs Clutton and the Food Technology department, our students set up camp in F7 where they dished out a variety of home-made cakes and the highly popular…..Pot Noodles!

Over the course of the competition they generated a profit of £270.67 which gets distributed to The Moth in a China Shop Charity which was formed in memory of Arthur Mason; a keen rugby player and an advocate of the family business, Mr Hugh’s. Because of this the charity’s focus is on sport and health, offering support and education to all age groups in these areas.

The team scored an impressive 35/40 from the competition judge across 4 categories including 10/10 for their Business Plan.
Comments in the report included:

The team of five girls that created Food Eva had a very clear business objective from the beginning and clearly identified a gap in the market that they knew they could profit from
The presentation reflected their attention to detail, being bright and engaging, they also shared pictures of their progress during the challenge
At the beginning of the process the girls were educated in their use of a questionnaire to identify what products their target market would like to buy, then quickly set to the task of acquiring permission from relevant teachers as well as sourcing their products efficiently

The results will be announced in the coming weeks but regardless of the outcome the 5 students have already demonstrated great entrepreneurial skills. Well done to the team and all their helpers.
Team members are Rebecca J, Aaditi A, Yiyang Z, Katie D, Hope E

Buckingham Palace News

DofE Gold-Award 2018

This is Alice, Robyn, Charu, and Roz, who are the first of our students who have completed their DofE gold award with school. There were also a number of our students who had completed their gold award with other centres.

They were given their certificates by Squash Falconer, the mountaineer and adventurer who was the first female to climb Mont Blanc and then paraglide down from the summit. She has also climbed mount Everest. She gave a really interesting talk about her adventures and her own DofE experiences. As a group we met Princess Eugenie and we also saw Prince William the Duke of Cambridge.

Well done!