On Friday 23rd February Mr Carr will be hosting the annual Macmillan quiz here at AGGS, in the Main Hall. The event will run from 6pm to 9pm and costs £12 per team (maximum number of team members is 8 – no minimum). This is an 18+ event and you can bring your own refreshments. Bring some extra cash as between each round there will be extra games to play and hopefully a raffle and/or promise auction. With that in mind, if you, or someone you know, can offer a prize or a “promise” (e.g. gardening, dinner at a restaurant, car service, music lessons, cakes, flowers, etc.) please contact Mr Carr at his dedicated charity email address email@example.com. Please also use this email address to confirm attendance at the quiz if you’d like to come. Keep your eyes on the bulletin for details about March’s exciting event which you can also get involved with.
R.E.D. January sees participants run every day throughout the month covering as little or as much distance as they like. The event is organised by Mind and is designed to raise awareness about mental health and highlight the power of exercise when it comes to dealing with stress and anxiety. Mr Carr has pledged to run at least 100 miles in the month. Check back at the start of February to see how he got on.
Between the summers of 2014 and 2015 Mr Carr took on a series of challenges, one per month, for twelve charities. Events included things like the Manchester Marathon, the Great Manchester Cycle, Movember, a 160ft bungee jump and a head shave. He managed to raise over £2400.
Mr Carr has decided that 2018 is the year to do it again, but this time bigger and better (and perhaps harder?!) with the hope of raising even more money. Twelve challenges across twelve months, this time for two charities, Macmillan and Mind. The third twelve in 12-12-12 this time comes from the fact that Mr Carr is only asking people to sponsor him £12 (though feel free to give more or less).
Events this time include R.E.D. January (Run Every Day January), the Manchester Marathon, the Great North Swim, the Windermere triathlon, cycling coast to coast, and more. Keep your eye on the bulletin for updates and information about forthcoming events that we all could get involved with.
Year 9 – Ryman National Enterprise Challenge, January 2018
On Tuesday 16th January the Year 9’s took part in the Ryman National Enterprise Challenge whose ambassador is Theo Paphitis! The challenge this year was set by Ryman and it was to create an item of stationery which could be used by Ryman customers. It couldn’t replicate anything that Ryman have done before, it had to be unique.
By taking part in this Challenge not only did the girls enjoy the experience but also gained skills in creativity, management, entrepreneurship and team work, all attributes which are essential in today’s world.
As you would expect all the groups came up with exceptional ideas and it was very hard to judge. Unfortunately, there could only be one winning team and that was ‘Ready 2 Rule’ from 9-5 which was made up of Mboje, Mimi, Rose, Florence, Ella and Milly. Their product was a pencil case within which was a pencil pot aimed at organising Y7 and Y8 students. They presented their idea with a very catchy rap and slogan – ‘restart, repeat, reorganise!’
‘Ready 2 Rule’ will now go onto the National Finals at Telford International Centre in July to compete against over 250 schools.
We wish them the best of luck.
Last night was the annual dance production at The Garrick Theatre.
It was a spectacular success and congratulations to every girl performing. The 26 dances inspired by the letters of the alphabet looked incredible with lights, costume and the biggest smiles from the performers. For several months the girls have worked to create and rehearse many dances which looked extremely professional and were an inspiration for the audience.
I am so very proud of every performer and it is a pleasure to work with such committed, dedicated and talented girls.
It is with great sadness that Chaim Ferster sadly passed away on Tuesday morning. It was an honour to have him in school and is a reminder of the need to sustain the diminishing memory of such a pertinent event. We agree with Rabbi Arnold Saunders comment that “had nine lives and was an inspiration”, and I am sure the students would agree.
Our sentiments and well wishes have been passed onto Chaim’s family and friends, and the students have been told of the news. It was an honour and privilege to have him speak to the students on two occasions, and I am sure they will remember this significant event in years to come.
The year 10’s recently completed a Design and make project for Retail. Producing a range of wonderful interior products inspired by iconic furniture stores such as Habitat and Heals. Pupils made a range of outcomes including multi-functional laser cut bedside tables, hand carved hardwood stools and copper lights and were all really pleased with the results.