Category Archives: Issue 5 2014-15

Issue 5 2014-15

The Battle of Waterloo Commemoration Ceremony

Battle of Waterloo Virtual MuseumThe 18th June 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. As part of the bicentennial commemorative events the History Department at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls was invited to participate in the Waterloo 200 Project (one of only 200 schools to be involved). This has involved a small number of Year 9 students researching the life and experiences of a soldier who fought and died at the Battle of Waterloo.

Battle of Waterloo eBookOur allocated soldier was Major Edward Currie. As part of this research project, we were asked to contribute to the publication of an e-book and virtual museum.

To see our page on the Waterloo 200 e-book page click here:
www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/SchoolsWaterloo/Celebrations/WaterlooSoldiers/224

AGGS was represented at the official commemoration ceremony  at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday 18th June by Mrs Bowyer and Grace from Year 12, who wrote:

On the 18th of June 2015, 200 years after the Battle of Waterloo in which over 180,000 people lost their lives, I along with other students from around the country was lucky enough to attend a ceremony in commemoration at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The event was reported on the national news and was attended by a variety of people, including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prime Minister, David Cameron. They all proceeded in to the Cathedral prior to the service together with the colours and Guidions of the Battle of Waterloo. Following this, accounts of the day that shaped European history were read aloud by English, French and German descendants of those involved in the Battle. There were also sermons, hymns and an address by the 9th Duke of Wellington, Charles Wellesley. Furthermore, British soldiers in full regalia stood to attention with old military weaponry as dignitaries entered the service. The day was one of remembrance for the unfathomable loss of life but also of celebration, marking the battle that prevented European domination by Napoleon Bonaparte and affirmed Britain as a powerful member of Europe. It was an honour to attend the prestigious event which occurred alongside other forms of commemoration which took place across Europe, including a re-enactment of the day itself in Belgium.” Grace, Year 12

Learning Disability Week

Learning Disability WeekThis week is Learning Disabilities Awareness week and to promote this year 7 & 8 had an assembly from MENCAP. The group talked about the importance of understanding what learning disabilities are and they showed a fantastic video they have created to raise awareness of learning disabilities.

All three of the young people pictured bravely spoke in front of two full year groups and were very well received. They were: Jonathan Shaw (Mencap Volunteer and previous Young Ambassador), David Parker-Conway (Mencap Young Ambassador), Tom Haskins (Young Ambassador- his sister is at the school he tells me)

The link to the charity MENCAP was made by one of our year 9 pupils, after she completed a charity presentation project this year. This project is about helping our pupils to reach out into the community and explore the diverse and exciting community we live in, giving back and helping where they can.

Former AGGS Student Secures Prestigious German Scholarship

Ellie Drainey is one of three Swansea University languages students, who have secured scholarships from the German government to allow them to follow summer courses at German universities, with the aim of improving their language skills and their knowledge of the country.

Read more on the Messenger

Read more about the scholarship on the Swansea University website

STEM Day – Tomorrow’s Engineers

Building cars on STEM Day - Tomorrow’s Engineers

On Thursday, 4th June, 60 year 8s spent 3 hours participating in a workshop with Tomorrow’s Engineers. The pupils started by looking at how our population is growing and the types of energy we will need to use in the future, participating in a market-place exercise to find out about different forms of energy. The workshop culminated in students making solar powered cars which required a lot of problem solving to ensure their motor was actually connected to their wheels! By the end of the workshop every group had a car that worked at least some of the time and their cars were raced against each other.

Find a more detailed report on the school News blog:
wp.aggs.trafford.sch.uk/aggsnews/

Salters Trip Success

Salters festivalsThe following girls came Second in the Salters Chemistry Challenge at the University of Manchester on Monday 08 June. This was a regional competition for the North West.

Maria, Maddie, Sneha and Ruby from Year 8.

Ellie’s rowing success

Ellie's rowing successEllie (and her partner) won a silver medal at the National Schools Regatta over half term.

The National Schools Regatta is the biggest junior event in the UK, usually dominated by all the big boarding schools and London public schools. It is about 15 years since anyone from Ellie’s club has won a medal at the National Schools Regatta.