Congratulations to the year 7 pupils who took part in the school round of the spelling bee competition. The girls competed to an extremely high standard and two girls took part in a nail-biting tie-breaker to determine the third finalist. Lavanya, Rose and Connie have all qualified to represent the school in the regional stage of competition in March. Buene suerte! Viel Gluck!
On Monday 8th February, 27 Year 10 computing students went on a trip to Liverpool University.
They had a session on programming an Angry Birds game, then there was a session on encryption and decoding and finishing with programming Lego Robots using Python programming language.
The girls have thoroughly enjoyed the day, especially being able to apply their Python knowledge on the Lego robots, as you can see from the following video:
The day was a great success, and the university representative said:
‘The girls were very engaged and really got stuck in with the activities. The final session of the day was on programming Lego robots and the leaders of that session told me that this group got further than any other school group we have had in for this activity.’
Ruth Owen, a former student from Altrincham Grammar School for Girls recognised as engineering rising stars and awarded with a Diamond Jubilee Scholarship
The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarships offer long-term financial support to 102 students
Dr. J Welch said:
‘We’re delighted that Ruth’s hard work and achievement has been recognised in being awarded this scholarship. She has a wide range of skills that will make her an excellent ambassador for the IET and their work and an exceptional future engineer.’
On the 3rd February, AGGS hosted the regional finals of the ESU Performing Shakespeare competition. There were students from four schools across the North West competition.
Representing AGGS was:
Jenna (Year 9), performing Cordelia’s speech from King Lear (Act 1, Scene 1)
Lucia and Millie (Year 8), performing Caliban and Prospero from The Tempest (Act 1, Scene 2)
Hania (Year 8), performing Helena’s speech from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act 1, Scene 1)
Sophia and Livi (Year 9), performing Titania and Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act 1, Scene 2)
All of the AGGS girls were fantastic. Before announcing the final result, the judges commenting that this had been the most competitive region. In the end, Jenna (Year 9) won a judges commendation for her performance of Cordelia, King Lear. Lucia and Millie (Year 8) won best duologue for their performance of Prospero and Caliban, The Tempest and so will be competing in the national finals on the 8th March.
A huge well done to all of the girls involved!
On the 2nd February, Tokino and Rebecca in Year 12 and Clarissa and Lydia in Year 13 travelled to London with Mrs Malkin to compete in the Senior Team Maths Challenge National Final. This was following winning the Manchester Regional Final back in November.
After an early train down to London we soon arrived at the Royal Horticultural Halls where the competition was being held.
The first round was the poster competition. This year the theme was Kirkman’s Schoolgirl Problem and Steiner Systems. Having prepared some materials in advance, we were able to produce what we believed to be a very attractive poster incorporating the answers to three questions on the topic posed to us on the day. We even managed to include some origami flowers!
Then the competition really started. We faced three separate rounds of tough questions: a group round, a cross-number and a relay round. We performed well as a team, and were particularly pleased with the group round in which we scored 57 points out of a possible 60.
Overall we finished 17th out of 86 teams competing. We are all incredibly proud of this achievement, especially since the competition was comprised largely of independent schools and was very male-dominated!
The school has now reached the national final of the competition for the past two years, so hopefully we can do the same again next year and be just as successful!