40 excited students were off to France early this morning to stay at Chateau de la Baudonniere. While they are there, they will take part in a variety of activities at the Chateau itself and go on visits to the local market, the world-famous Mont St Michel, the equally famous Bayeux Tapestry and the World War 2 Normandy landing beaches. They will be using and improving their French while they are away -we expect it to be chilly, but we are all really looking forward to our visit to la belle France!
On Thursday 1st February 23 of our year 12 students spent the day at Whitworth Hall listening to talks from some of the UK’s top scientists. Speakers such as Professor Robert Winston and Steve Jones led us though some fascinating topics, from the science of laughter and why we laugh, to the problems we do and will face due antibiotic resistance, trying to fathom huge numbers in relation to the different species on our planet and the ethics and issues surrounding cutting edge technologies.
Here are some thoughts from some of our students who went:
“All the lectures were awesome and showed us how biology can be used in research…. They also motivated me to read more into biology, further from what we are taught in the curriculum.” (Urwaa K)
“I really enjoyed the biology live and found many of the lectures fascinating. I particularly liked the science of laughter as it was very interesting considering a normal everyday action yet there’s so much more to it that you never think about. I was also surprised at how many species there are and how few we focus on. The lecture about microbes was also interesting, as it is such an important topic that can impact the future, yet there is not that much work being done on it.” (Abigail H)
“Each lecture was highly interesting. I particularly enjoyed the lecture about the vast diversity and distribution of species on Earth. The lecture on the science of laughter was very informative and it made me more aware of how human behaviour can be studied in biology.” (Iman G)
Congratulations to the 12 pupils in Year 7 who competed to such a high standard on Wednesday 7th February. It was very close, but the three winners are Jessica in 7-2 for Spanish and Roxy and Nirja, both in 7-3, for French. They have now qualified to take part in the regional final on 26 April.
We arrived back safely last night at midnight from the Augsburg exchange. Students stayed with host families and took part in 4 days’ work experience in a variety of placements, including schools, a fair trade shop, the tourist information office, a lawyer and an architect. They really enjoyed experiencing German culture at first hand and benefited hugely from the opportunity to practise their German, both in the workplace and with their partners.
R.E.D. January is over, with Mr Carr running a total distance of 103 miles. As revealed in the previous newsletter, February will see Mr Carr host a charity quiz here at AGGS on Friday 23rd at 6pm. The cost is £12 per team with each team having a maximum of 8 members. It’s an adult only event so leave the kids at home and come along for the fun. Bring your own refreshments and some spare money to get involved in the “between round” activities.
As an added challenge Mr Carr will be doing some swimming over the next 6 months. Back in 2014 he swam the equivalent of the channel at its narrowest point – 21 miles – in the pool. This time he is aiming to swim the equivalent of its widest point – 150 miles – over 6 months in the pool and outdoors.
Please donate at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnCarr121212.
More info on Mr Carr’s blog at johnscharity121212.wordpress.com.
Contact Mr Carr on his charity email for details relating to any of his events, or if you can offer raffle/auction prizes for the quiz, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern will be coming to school on Thursday 30th March between 2.30 and 3.30pm to talk to our students. This an amazing opportunity for our students to meet such a successful female author and hear about her writing first hand, specially because she rarely does book promotion events.
She is launching her second book for Young Adults, Perfect, on April 4th so this visit ties in with that. Waterstones will be on hand to sell copies of her books, and she will be signing the books too.
Lunchtimes on Day 1.
Monday 27th March (12.45 – 1.15pm):
Batman: Court of Owls
by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
The programme for TED Talk Tuesdays continues to be popular. Last week’s talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity? was very useful according to the students.
Tuesday 28th March, 12.40pm – How to speak up for Yourself by Adam Galinsky
Islam Awareness Week is from Monday 27th of March to Sunday 2nd of April.
It will be celebrated across the country with its main aim being to promote social cohesion and discover similarities rather than dwell upon differences. To participate, AGGS’ Islamic Society is hosting a week of activities on the last week of term to encourage both staff and pupils to ask and learn about Islam as well as clear up any misconceptions.
The timetable of activities is:
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Our aim is to create a comfortable environment where each person is welcome to ask questions, take part and enjoy themselves!
Please encourage everyone to get involved, spread the message and join in whenever you can!
GCHQ has introduced a new competition to encourage more females into cyber-security; presently there is only 20% of females in the profession.
The competition was open to 13-15 year old females and they had a week to answer as many questions as they could across four categories, cryptography, cyber-security, logic and coding and networking. Thirteen teams of 4 people volunteered to take part from Year 9 and Year 10.
The results of the competition were released on Monday 13th March, and unfortunately we were not shortlisted. The team which has completed the most challenges within school is “Bits please” consisting of Rebecca, Lucy, Jemma and Nadia.