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!
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
Year 10 GCSE Dance students have been creating their own versions of ‘Within Her Eyes’ by James Cousins. This is a professional dance from the GCSE Dance anthology. It is a site-sensitive dance for camera, using lots of contact work.
Our students have created their own versions and have been filming their dances in our local Devisdale park. They have had to consider locations, camera angles and choreographic devices to portray their own chosen choreographic intentions.
We have had lovely weather, beautiful locations and stunning choreography and performances. We are really looking forward to seeing the finished dance films.
On Thursday 14th June, 27 Year 10 pupils travelled with Mrs Ryan and Mrs Stokes to the University of Manchester to explore careers in languages. The day began with a talk about the possible career paths pen to language students before moving on to a creative subtitling task, where pupils wrote subtitles for short films. They then enjoyed a tour of the campus and a taster session in either Japanese or Arabic. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day.
See their work below (for staff and students only)
Our biology students have been enjoying a lot of success this term. Freya P (Y12) won the Corpus Christi (Cambridge) essay writing competition for her essay “Phantom pain: A ghost in the machine, or a biological basis?” She is attending a prize-giving ceremony at Corpus Christi on Saturday 5th May where she will have a tour of the College, meet undergraduates and will be presented with £250.
In addition to Freya’s success, Rumaisa J’s essay “Viruses in the oceans: could we live without them?” was highly commended in the same competition. Congratulations to both our students for their fantastic achievements!
Not to be outdone, our Y10 GCSE students have also been winning prizes! In the annual MiSAC Competition (Microbiology in Schools) Jenny Z won first prize (£100 and £250 for the department) and Chimno I achieved a commendation. Their work, designing website pages on the topic of “Commercial uses of fungi – what do fungi do for us” will be displayed on the MiSAC website later this term.
There were fantastic entries from younger students too, who will be getting certificates in the next month, and we will be displaying all entries in the biology department.
Rachel G in Year 8 won third prize in the 2018 MEM Challenge Competition (Mathematical Education on Merseyside). Rachel has been invited to attend a prize-giving cermony at the University of Liverpool on the 9th of May.
Congratulations to our new team of student leaders, who have recently been appointed following a rigorous application process. The new Student Leadership Team will continue to lead the main student groups that work throughout the school. This year sees the addition of a new post of student leader for sport, a role we are delighted to add. We were extremely impressed with the calibre of the candidates, in every step of the application process. Applicants were a credit to themselves and the school and it was a difficult decision to select only eight students. We are very much looking forward to working with our new Student Leadership Team and developing their roles further.
Student leader responsible for wellbeing: Amy B
Student leader responsible for Anti bullying: Jaya B
Student leader responsible for charity: Anum C
Student leaders responsible for school council: Isabelle I and Emily S
Student leader responsible for peer mentoring: Flora W
Student leader responsible for digital leaders: Miranda W
Student leader responsible for sport: Elysia Z
On Wednesday 25th April we were extremely lucky to have Professor Lord Robert Winston visit AGGS to speak to the whole of Y10 plus Y12 biology and psychology students. He gave a fascinating lecture that covered a wide range of topics, including the importance of failure and perseverance in scientific research, the collaboration required between the different sciences in order to drive progress, the evolution of humans and their future plus genetic technologies and the ethics of their practice in modern medicine. He also joined a smaller discussion group after school to discuss these issues and more with some keen Year 11, 12 and 13 students. We are extremely grateful for his time and energy and hope he has inspired the students to consider a broad range of scientific careers in their future.
Year 7 students Nirja, Roxy and Jessica went to the regional final of the competition on Thursday 26th April. All three pupils competed to a very high standard and Nirja made it through to the semi-final for French, but unfortunately did not make it through to the final. They have done tremendously well to get this far and were a pleasure to be with this competition.
We have arrived safe and sound back in Altrincham after 30 hours of travelling. The group were all fantastic and had a great time cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge, visiting Alcatraz and skiing in the beautiful Mammoth Mountains.
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