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.
Everyone at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls is shocked and saddened by the events at the Manchester Arena and our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved, their families and their friends.
If you want to talk to your child about Monday night’s events, here are some possible suggestions on websites that you can use with your child for emotional resilience and support.
Some students have, this week, accessed additional support from one of our school counsellors (from an organisation called Talk, Listen, Change). Talk, Listen, Change are also offering free counselling to any students who have been particularly affected by the tragic events on Monday evening. To contact the service please call 0161 872 1100 or visit www.talklistenchange.org.uk. We have sought advice from the School Nurse Service and can call on them as needed.
Supporting our students is our primary concern, if you have any issues regarding a matter relating to this incident, or if you are concerned and would like to talk to a member of staff, please contact your child’s senior tutor, in the first instance.
31 year 9 students had an introductory presentation to the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge which we are competing in this year. The challenge has been developed to provide a fun, inspiring, informative and hands on activity for students in years 7,8,& 9 to help develop an understanding of the physics and mechanics required to design, build, test and race their very own miniature Rollercoaster! We have 6 teams who are battling it out to represent AGGS at the finals in July. The students have until 22nd June to design and build the rollercoaster using the kit supplied. We are going to be asking parents and students at the Open Evening on 22nd June to vote for their favourite. Good Luck to all teams.
The Y8 students from Illuminateonlione, Rose, Amy, Orla and Ibby visited UK Fast again last week. The platform for the anti-bullying website has now been set up and they are now designing the layout of the site. They have their next planning meeting after half term and they are looking forward to meeting Gail Jones, co-owner of UKFast and a former AGGS student. We would like to thank UKFast for all their support especially Aaron Saxton.
Joanna Williams, former head of history at AGGS, has just sent news that her book ‘Manchester’s Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, the Man who Built the Town Hall’, will be out on 1 Sept and is already on Amazon to pre-order. A fantastic achievement: