Category Archives: Issue 3 2014-15

Issue 3 2014-15

Mr Emms was awarded the Ordnance Survey award by the Royal Geographical Society for excellence in Geography education

Mr Andrew EmmsA huge ‘Congratulations’ to Mr Emms for being awarded the prestigious Ordnance Survey award by the Royal Geographical Society for excellence in Geography education at secondary level.

Ordnance Survey




The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s prestigious medals and awards recognise excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement. They are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding achievements. Recipients join a prestigious list that includes Sir Alexander Burnes, David Livingstone, Alfred Russel Wallace, Captain R. Scott and more recently Professor Peter Haggett, Sir Crispin Tickell and Sir David Attenborough.

This year, the Society’s medals and awards recognise eighteen different people for their outstanding contributions to Geography. The awards will be presented on 1 June 2015 at the Society’s Annual General Meeting in London.’

Amelia, Year 9 – Ice Skating update

Amelia, Ice skatingAmelia (Year 9) has an Ice Dance skating partner, Oliver (AGSB Year 9).  Recently they achieved 2nd place overall at a competition at Lee Valley.  Even better, last week they took individual and overall gold in the Bracknell IJS Qualifier.  This has resulted in their current GB ranking at Basic Novice level improving to 3rd in the UK.  See below the press release from Silver Blades Widnes following the  Lee Valley competition.  Their Bracknell performance has resulted in them being invited to join the Great Britain Development Squad. This is basically the group of skaters who receive additional input and training from NISA (National Ice Skating association) so they can progress and represent GB at international level.Amelia-Ice-skating-y9-press

The British Nationals competition in Sheffield takes place this November and on current levels of progress we are very hopeful!

Emotional Health Pledge

Emotional Health PledgeSt. Antony’s Catholic College Associate Headteacher Fiona Wright has become the latest Head to sign the Trafford Youth Cabinet’s ‘Emotional Health Pledge.’

Inspired by a speech by 15-year-old Youth Cabinet member Hannah at a special meeting of all 18 Trafford secondary school headteachers, Mrs Wright is now keen to introduce the sort of measures proposed by the teenage activists.

Hannah explained: “We want more awareness from our teachers of the range of problems today’s teenagers face and greater consistency in how our teachers deal with these emotional problems.”

Hannah continued: “There is a growing incidence in all our schools of problems such as eating disorders and self harm. Teenagers don’t know how each individual case will be dealt with. Many don’t want to get involved with the Trafford Schools’ Counselling Service, but just want to talk to someone in school, but they don’t know if they will lose control of their own case; whether their parents will become involved and what ramifications there will be for seeking help.”

Fellow Trafford Youth Cabinet member Lauren, 17, also a pupil at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, added: “We have asked local headteachers to sign this pledge so they can access more resources for training and adopt right across the borough a much more consistent approach.”

Lauren added: “The Trafford Youth Cabinet conducted a research of both pupils and teachers and it showed more and more youngster had problems but most teachers were unaware of exactly how they should handle these matters.”

Mrs Wright, who has driven forward a dramatic increase in standards at St. Antony’s since her  appointment over 12 months ago, said: “I could not agree more. All the headteachers were simply blown away by Hannah’s presentation. We do need a more consistent approach and all staff need to be more aware of such problems. It’s a very important issue in our schools today not just in Trafford but nationwide.”
Mrs Wright added: “There will be some instances where the context of the situation demands more flexibility but in principle I am fully behind this proposal and only too delighted to sign the pledge and look forward to instituting the type of teacher training this programme requires.”

Lauren added: “This isn’t just for this generation of young people but for generations to come and that is why we want to institute a programme of ambassadors in each school so youngsters on the spot can communicate their wider concerns to Youth Cabinet members.”

Mrs Wright is the fifth of Trafford’s 18 secondary school heads to sign up.

AGGS Mock Elections

Mock Elections 2015Thursday 30th April saw the AGGS Mock Elections. The girls did a fantastic job at organising the voting yesterday and then counting. For those who saw the Q & A, the competition was tough and the students really knew their policies. The results are in and were announced by our Acting Returning Officer Ellie Foxford at 3.30 yesterday.

The winning party was Labour (Phoebe J) with 177, Conservatives were second with 162, Monster Raving Looney Party were 3rd with 98, Green Party 4th with 92 votes and 5th was the Liberal Democrats with 82.

We had over 600 votes cast which was impressive.
There was an interesting correlation in the voting with certain parties popularity showing in different places around the school; sixth form was Conservative, Main school Labour and our ballot box over the road in Fairlie was Lib Dems.

Well done to everyone who was involved.

The Little Painting Challenge

Maha, year 9

We were very pleased to know that two of our entries to the BBC competition ‘The Little Painting Challenge’ have been chosen to be in an exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The paintings were chosen from the thousands of entries received.

The exhibition showcases one thousand of the best entries and is being held in the Grand Hall at the Whitworth from Friday 1st May until 22nd May.

Mrs Hurst

Designer of the Month

Designer of The Month - Feb

Congratulations to the following D&T pupils who have won DoTM for excellent effort and outstanding work!

UKMT – Team Challenge – Northwest Finals

UKMT - Team Challenge - Northwest FinalsFour AGGS girls took part on Thursday, 23rd April, in the UKMT Team Challenge. 

They were competing against 29 other schools for the chance to represent the Northwest at the national finals in London.

The competition was fierce and after 5 hours of intense mathematical challenges the girls finished a very respectable fourth.

The girls really enjoyed themselves and were thrilled to also meet Harry (or maybe it was Henry), a student from Wigan who is on Britain’s Got Talent (some sort of TV show I think).

They were a genuine credit to the school and many teachers from other schools came up to us at the end to commend the girls on their commitment and excellent attitude during the day.

Mr Barry

Year 9 charity winners present cheque to David Lewis

Last term year 9 students in 9-3 won the year 9 citizenship charity presentations award, and yesterday they presented the £1,000 cheque to the winning charity David Lewis. David Lewis is a charity which helps children with special educational needs. It is a small, local charity very worthy of the prize money. Nicky Downes attended the cheque giving and commented on how well the students had done and praised them for the fantastic presentation they gave to raise awareness of the charity and the issue.

Ice Skating Silver Medal Winners

Ice Skating Silver Medal WinnersTilly (8-3), Katrina (6th Form) and Emily (6th Form), all represented Great Britain at the Kempen Trophy, Belgium over the Easter weekend.
The event attracted 650 skaters, 45 teams from 8 different countries.The girls all skated on the Junior team and won the silver medal. Tilly competed with the Juvenile team and they also won the silver medal.

Well done girls!

Shakespeare Competition Success

AGGS-Drama-Pupils-GroupOn Thursday, 23rd April, 10 of our year 8s and 2 of our 9s took part in the north west regional final of the ESU performing Shakespeare competition, which we hosted in our school. This was the second stage of the competition to choose the best monologue and best dualogue in the north west. Our girls were up against 4 year 9s from two other schools and all of them performed brilliantly! We were very proud of them.

We were successful in both areas with Sophia T a joint winner for best monologue and Jo M and Jess S winning best dualogue.

They are now through to the grand final in London in June.

Well done to them!