On Monday 17 July, all year 8 students took part in the annual MFL Eurovision competition. This involves learning a song in French, German and Spanish and performing it from memory. The standard of the competition was very high, with wonderful costumes, great singing and some very impressive choreography. The acts were interspersed by some performances from our year 10 language leaders and our year 12 language students. 8-2, representing Spain, were crowned winners for their performance of Alvaros Soler’s El Mismo Sol. Congratulations to all our participants! ¡Felicidades! Gut gemacht! Félicitations!
We are delighted to announce that Sophie H and Trisha S won the KS4 category of the Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition at a National Celebration of the MFL poetry event at MMU.
Trisha and Sophie have been invited to read out French poems which they wrote and entered for the competition at MMU. We were only allowed to enter four poems, so to have two being read out and winning awards is a great achievement. The students wrote their poems unaided.
They were interviewed by That’s Manchester TV, and were very impressive by the natural way they talked to the interviewer. As is to be expected, Sophie and Trisha were a credit to the school in their behaviour and in what they said to people during the proceedings.
See below the interview on That’s Manchester TV news (There is a bit about book benches first – the poetry starts at about 1 min 5 sec):
On Thursday 6th July we welcomed 180 eager Year 6 pupils from more than 40 primary schools to our Induction Day. These girls will be our new Year 7 year group from September. The day started in the Main Hall with assembly and an introduction to many of the members of staff at school.
During the day pupils had the opportunity to meet their form tutors, get to know each other better and to sample a range of lessons. They even had the opportunity to navigate around the school site with plenty of them getting lost along the way!
The girls enjoyed themselves and their minds were hopefully put at ease by the experience. Year 7 senior tutor, Mr Lovelady, said “It was wonderful to see so many happy faces. We are all looking forward to welcoming the girls in September and know that they are going to work well together as a year group”.
80 girls performed in this annual Summer concert – a smaller event as many of the older girls are not in school, but nevertheless full of variety and quality of performances.
The programme included some very promising Y7 soloists, 3 Y10 GCSE soloists, Saxophone Ensemble, Jazz Band, Junior Choir and String Orchestra. Also Recorder Ensemble and Junior Strings – both led by students.
Many Y11 and Y13 students returned from their study leave to perform in String Orchestra and Recorder Ensemble. The former’s programme of very high calibre, with Anna T (Y11 and studying singing at the Junior RNCM) performing a Handel aria, accompanied by the String Orchestra, and a piece composed by a former parent, Adrienne Spilsbury (mother of Cerys and Ffion).
Junior Choir performed a 10 min fun cantata : Rooster Rag, describing the entertaining journey of a hen, rooster and cunning fox, using solos/choruses and some entertaining images on the screen. Thanks go to the Art Dpt for excellent masks and also the caretaking team, reprographics, staff helpers and PTA/World Challenge team for all of their support, without whom we could not put these kind of events on.
Maddie H, a Year 10 GCSE musician, performed at the Closing Ceremony of this year’s combined BFET Sports Day. She sang and played the guitar in front of a large crowd, which was a fantastic way of closing the day, and a great experience for her.
Well done, Maddie.
Students from Y7-13 performed informally this year at the Summer Fair both in the hall and outside in the Centenary Garden. They provided us with around 2 hours of music, including the recorder ensemble, and students playing piano/singing. This was a new initiative and it provided a lovely atmosphere at the fair.
For the second year running, this evening event was held in AGGS Main Hall. Approx 160 new Y7 parents/students attended and listened to an introductory talk, given by Ms Mayall, explaining the value of learning to play an instrument, the value of learning an ‘endangered’ instrument in particular, and also the music provision provided at school in terms of curriculum music lessons, extra-curricular music clubs (orchestras/bands/ensembles/choirs), in addition to optional instrumental lessons.
This year, 8 current Y7 students performed a short piece, showcasing the progress they had made on their instrument since September – all of these students demonstrated on ‘endangered’ instruments (brass, oboe, bassoon, drum kit, double bass) and their performances were really appreciated by the audience. New Y7s then had the opportunity to try out some of these instruments and apply for lessons. This new initiative is proving really popular and is also proving successful in building up the numbers of students opting for these more unusual instruments, which then feed our orchestras/ensembles etc and give them a life skill that will be highly sought after!
Feedback from parents was extremely positive. This initiative is part of our PTI Associate Department project, of which we have just completed our first year.
Congratulations to all 170 students from Y7 through to Y13 who performed in our Spring Concert – the standard and variety of performances was really impressive.
Particular thanks are due to our Sixth-Formers who lead so many: Flute ensemble, Wind Band, Recorder ensemble, Junior Strings and Guitar ensemble. First and second orchestras, Junior and Senior Choirs, Saxophone ensemble and very many soloists also performed and we are all very proud of you.
Thanks also to our dedicated music staff, helpers and associate staff who do so much to support the concert, including the PTA/World Challenge team providing refreshments.
A DVD of this evening is available to order – please contact Reception should you wish to do so.
Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern will be coming to school on Thursday 30th March between 2.30 and 3.30pm to talk to our students. This an amazing opportunity for our students to meet such a successful female author and hear about her writing first hand, specially because she rarely does book promotion events.
She is launching her second book for Young Adults, Perfect, on April 4th so this visit ties in with that. Waterstones will be on hand to sell copies of her books, and she will be signing the books too.
All students in Y8 really enjoyed this annual workshop, showcasing Impromptu opera – a fantastic trio of professional opera singers/pianist, who showcase live operatic demonstrations, specifically linked to the Magic Flute opera – a topic Y8s study this term. The workshop is full of humour, audience singing participation and breaks down all potential pre-conceptions about opera not being fun/for all. Many girls enthuse about this topic/workshop as being their favourite topic in Y8 and many are inspired to join one of the choirs/persuade their parents to take them to an opera!