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Wilmott Dixon Enterprise day – What would be your ideal school!

Y10 Enterprise - Willmott Dixon

We have been very fortunate that Willmott Dixon agreed to deliver a second Enterprise day to the whole of Year 10 on Friday 14th July.
“The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry”.

During the morning the groups completed 3 team building tasks and were awarded points not only for the result but also how well they communicated together and worked as a team. The points were then totalled and this was then used to work out their budget for the build of a new school.

Each group had to calculate how many classrooms they needed; receptions, staff rooms, sports facilities; swimming pool etc. They then used the costing sheets to calculate how much their school would cost. It was a very fraught day especially when disaster struck at lunchtime and they had to spend £5,000,000 in order to fix the problem.

Each of the groups had to present their ideas to the judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were Caitlin Dennehy, Natasha Devbhandari, Diana Gibbons, Imogen Gordon, Poppy Hall and Olivia Davey-Bashir from 10-5. Next term they will have the opportunity to visit a building in Manchester which is currently being constructed by Willmott Dixon. This will be a fantastic opportunity to see the range of career opportunities and progression paths available in the construction industry.

We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again next year as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it but more importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible career paths.

Year 10 Careers Day & Practice Interviews

Y10 Careers Day
Y10 Careers Day
Y10 Careers Day, An Inspirational Talk by Alex Thorpe, an AGGS Alumnae
Y10 Careers Day, An Inspirational Talk by Alex Thorpe, an AGGS Alumnae

On Friday, 7th July we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 pupils as part of their Careers Day.

The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our Alumnae, Alex Thorpe who works in marketing for VIMTO drinks. This was followed by a CV writing skills session, a session with the RAF and Army and a workshop delivered by our Connexions Adviser on labour market information.

Y10 Careers Day, Interviews
Y10 Careers Day, Interviews

Throughout the day, year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from Barclays Bank, Tesco, Unilever, St.Mary’s Hospital to name a few and many of

whom were parents. We are extremely grateful to them for kindly giving up their busy working day to interview our pupils. The interviews were an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews which gave the girls an insight into the world of work.

Y10 Careers Day, Interviews
Y10 Careers Day, Interviews

To attach a sense of reality and importance to the day, the girls were asked to come into school wearing smart business attire. There were some very smart young ladies indeed, who would have been readily employed by our interviewers! We received many comments from the interviewers complimenting the pupils on their high standard and quality of responses to questions.

Y10 Careers Day, RAF and Army Session
Y10 Careers Day, RAF and Army Session

Year 8 World of Work Day

Year 8 World of Work Day (WoW), May 2017
Year 8 World of Work Day (WoW), May 2017

World of Work (WoW)ASPIREOn Thursday, 4th May we held our first ever World of Work (WoW) Day for our Year 8 students. We invited in 10 of our alumnae to deliver a series of talks on what they have done since leaving AGGS.
The aim of the day was to open the students up to an array of different careers and opportunities on offer after they leave school and to think about the different skills needed. Assemblies and form time sessions were delivered over the week to help them to think about what skills they already have, and how they can develop and build upon these skills in and out of school for their future careers.

“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.”

Thank you to all of our alumnae volunteers for giving up their time to help us with this day. It is always lovely to welcome back our former students; current AGGS students thoroughly enjoyed hearing from those who were once in their shoes.

Year 7 Young Enterprise Challenge

Year 7 Young Enterprise Challenge
Year 7 Young Enterprise Challenge

Last term we welcomed Young Enterprise who came to introduce the Tenner Challenge which Year 7 have the opportunity to take part in during March – in teams they have to generate as much profit starting with £10 initial investment within a month.  We have 17 teams taking part and they will be selling their products in school on Tuesday 21st March and Monday 27th March.

During the session they were introduced to basic business skills by playing a bead game; they had to buy raw materials (beads) and then produced jewellery and then sell the bracelets. Enterprise skills used during the day included leadership, negotiation, teamwork, creativity, time-management, communication….

The feedback that we have received from the year group has been very positive. We wish all the year 7’s participating good luck with their forthcoming challenge.

Year 8 Enterprise – Mosaic Enterprise Challenge

Mosaic Enterprise Challenge

The Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is an inter-school competition which encourages a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst young people. In addition to encouraging an understanding of business and enterprise, participants also develop a number of transferable skills such as: confidence; team work; meeting deadlines; clarity of expression; lateral and creative thinking; and flexibility and adaptability. This year we asked year 8’s to volunteer for the programme and we have 24 teams take part.

Students learnt about businesses, business principles and then applied them by playing an online business simulation game during which they produced, marketed and sold one of five products. Each team had the opportunity to play the game as many times as they wish until the closing date of 3rd March. The team’s highest profit over all the games is then taken and the top five scoring schools are then invited to the Regional Finals.

Massive congratulations to team 18 (8-1 Orla, Rose, Amy and Isabel) who will represent the school at the Regional finals at KPMG on 29th March. We wish them all the best.

Careers Convention 2017

Careers Convention 2017

Careers Convention 2017Wednesday, 8th March saw the return of our biennial Careers Convention. The evening had a real buzz to it with 60 representatives hosting stands from companies such as Aldi, Barclays, KPMG, Pozzoni, Myerson Solicitors and many more. Representatives from Russell Group universities, colleges and apprenticeship schemes were on hand to offer advice on their courses and application processes.  The event provided an excellent opportunity for pupils to explore different career options and to attend talks from marine science, law, sports psychology and radiotherapy.

The event celebrated National Careers Week and International Women’s Day with all female contingents attending from engineering and construction companies: Clancy Consulting, Mott MacDonald and Willmott Dixon. The Y9 and Y13 stewards were a credit to the school showing representatives to their stands and being on hand to help with queries. We look forward to the next event in Spring 2019!

WILLMOTT DIXON School Enterprise Day – What would be your ideal school

WILLMOTT DIXON School Enterprise Day

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

Willmott Dixon ran an Enterprise day at AGGS on 22nd November to the whole of Year 8 (205 students). “The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry” this day definitely delivered that! The long term goal of the enterprise day is to help raise awareness of careers in construction for female students, ahead of their college course/education selection; again it delivered on this as a lot of the students commented that they have a better understanding of careers available within the construction industry.

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

During the morning the groups completed 3 team building tasks and were awarded points not only for the result but also how well they communicated together and worked as a team. The points were then totalled and this was then used to work out their budget for the build of a new school.

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

Each group had to calculate how many classrooms they needed; receptions, staff rooms, sports facilities; swimming pool etc. They then used the costing sheets to calculate how much their school would cost. It was a very fraught day especially when disaster struck at lunchtime and they had to spend £4,000,000 in order to fix the problem.

Each of the groups had to present their ideas to the judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were from 8-1 and consisted of Julie, Francesca, Alicia, Aleeza, Rebecca, and Abeer. Lydia from 8-7 was commended for her leadership and motivation of the group during the task. In January they will all have the opportunity go to a site which Willmott Dixon are currently building.

We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it but more importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible careers.

Y12 ‘Careers Fortnight’ 2016

Dr Salman Al-Azami delivering a talk on 'Religion and the Media' and a career in linguistics

Dr Salman Al-Azami delivering a talk on ‘Religion and the Media’ and a career in linguistics

Year 12 visit to Lancaster University, Engineering department, November 2016
Year 12 visit to Lancaster University, Engineering department, November 2016

Between 31 Oct -11 Nov, 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 a better informed choice about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it be university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.

Activities included a trip to Lancaster University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample workshop or lecture. 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.

Year 12 Careers Fortnight Practice interviews , 2016
Year 12 Careers Fortnight Practice interviews , 2016

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.”

Y10 Enterprise Airline Masterclass with Young Enterprise

Y10 Enterprise_Airline MasterclassLast Thursday all of Year 10 were off-timetable for an Enterprise
Airline Masterclass Day delivered by Young Enterprise. Girls worked in teams to design, finance, market and deliver their own airline company. Girls worked to plan their route to exotic destinations across the world. They came up with menus and in-flight entertainment whilst working out the cost of their flights in order toY10 Enterprise_Airline Masterclass sell their tickets to the Travel Agents. The 5 overall best teams got to present their airline to the rest of the year group. There were prizes for the best designed tail fin, winning group – ‘Infinity’ and the best Airline company, ‘Sunny Travel’

Y10 Careers Day and Practice Interviews

Y10 Careers InterviewsOn Friday 8th July all of Y10 took part in a careers day. It was a great learning experience to help prepare students for the ‘real’ world of employment. During the day classes were going to the Hall for practice interviews delivered by local employers, parents and alumnae. Throughout the rest of the day students were involved in CV writing, Labour market information sessions and a motivational & team building session with the RAF. We were very grateful to the interviewers who gave up their own time to come into school. They were very impressed with the students’ conduct and would have readily employed some of them there and then!