We are delighted to announce that two of our Year 12 students have been successful in an Enterprise Competition which has gained them each an individual prize of an iPad as well as a cheque for £2,500 for the school.
Zara A and Shufei C were the winning team members in the Together Enterprise Challenge which was open to students aged 15-18 from schools across the North West.
They had to prepare a Business Plan to win the backing of the judges who were the CEO and three senior directors of Together Financial Services in Cheadle.
The challenge was to create a business which utilised the facilities of a large country house in Cheshire, which had fallen into disrepair, using the financial loans provided by Together. Zara and Shufei came up with the idea of a Social Enterprise leisure centre specifically targeting people with mental health issues who wanted fun and exercise in a caring environment.
The competition was launched in September by the Enterprise Department of Mrs Gillibrand and Mrs Gerrard and since then the students have been working on their plan alongside the four other teams from our school who entered the competition.
Three teams completed the challenge and made their pitches in late November and the two successful teams were selected to go through to the finals by a panel which included Mrs Gillibrand, Mrs Gerrard and Mr Murray.
At the finals on Monday 4th December our other team of Kayleigh C, Hira K and Martha W gave a wonderful presentation on their Escape Room idea and were highly commended for their originality by the judges.
In choosing their winning team the judges were highly impressed with not only the extremely passionate and professional quality of Zara and Shufei’s presentation but also by the extensive research which went into their business plan.
Both students who joined AGGS sixth form from other schools were delighted with their success and have received a massive boost to their confidence.…as well as their Apple collections.
This week, the school production of Arabian Nights took place. On Tuesday afternoon, 62 students from Stanley Grove Primary in Manchester and Marton Primary Academy in Blackpool came to watch the performance from our Year 11 – 13 students. They were an amazing audience throughout and from their reviews at the end, all really enjoyed themselves! On Tuesday and Wednesday evening, more performances took place and the cast were fantastic, excelling themselves with their comedic and physical theatre skills.
During this November, a number of staff and pupils embarked on the daunting challenge of writing a novel in four weeks. This ambitious project is part of a global movement called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). We met a number of times a week to discuss our work, share problems and support each other’s writing. Our approach was always very positive: it wasn’t writing 50,000 words that was the mark of success but writing anything new at all. The group settled down to around ten to twelve participants, one of whom (Lizzy G) who did complete her novel. This was a joint venture between her and Isobel M and between them they wrote 85,000 words! As a whole, the group wrote 200,000 words together – a massive success by anyone’s standards. Most said that they had written more than they ever had.
As we ate a Colin the Caterpillar cake to celebrate the end of the month, the students asked if the club could continue. The Colin/Caterpillar club was born at that moment. We now meet once at week, on a Tuesday in F15 to discuss our novels. We will set ourselves some new goals, share books that have inspired us, learn how to edit, how to plot and perhaps critique each other’s work.
Well done to all the participants!
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Form 7-5 are going to be completing the ‘Reverse Advent Challenge’: Each day, during Advent, they will be asked to bring in donations for the local Food Bank.
If your child would like to donate any items, please leave them in the RS office, RM9. Mr Humphrys will collect them and send them to the Foodbank on their behalf.
Here are a list of things currently needed by the Foodbank:
After winning the PTA auction, 7-6 were treated to a wonderful afternoon tea on the 11th of October. The hall was beautifully decorated, confectionary and cakes adorned the stunning table and delicious sandwiches too. The fizzy lemonade was served by the staff and the food was delicious. The best thing about the afternoon tea was knowing the fact that the staff and parents had organised this just for 7-6. That, and of course being called madam! Overall, the afternoon tea was just exceptional and everyone in 7-6 had bucket loads of fun.
Khushi and Anusha
On 22nd November Year 11 took part in a Top Trader day trading in stocks and shares on the AGGS Stock Market. The day was delivered and run by employees of BNY Mellon. Trading was tough and highly competitive as the girls worked in teams to make as much money as they possibly could before trading ended. There was plenty of deliberation and important decision making to be made especially when the share prices of Gold and Greggs went up! They learnt how an investment bank differs from the High Street bank and experienced how the stock market actually works. Year 11 enjoyed speaking to the BNY employees about their particular job roles within BNY Mellon.
Between 6-17th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.
Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop, ‘The Hidden Job Market,’ where they were able to network with employers from the grocery industry and hear about their different interesting jobs and their journeys to reach them. The aim of the workshop was to encourage students to reflect on the opportunities available to them in the future, and what they can be doing now to get there. We were also delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. We invited various careers speakers and ex-students to give talks in assemblies, lessons and at lunchtime.
Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this such a success.
“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”
It was a pleasure to welcome last year’s Year 13 students back to school on Wednesday evening, for their A level certificate presentation. This year group achieve a superb set of results in their A levels in the summer, with 100% pass rate and 90% of all exams taken graded A*-B. Staff were delighted to see so many students and hear of their adventures since leaving the school. We wish them all well in their future endeavours and hope they will keep in touch with the school.