Category Archives: Issue 7

Issue 7

Cecelia Ahern Visit

Cecelia Ahern, PerfectBestselling 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.

The Graphic Novel Book Club

Lunchtimes on Day 1.

Batman, Court of OwlsMonday 27th March (12.45 – 1.15pm):
Batman: Court of Owls
by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

TED Talk Tuesdays

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.

Next talk:TED Talk Tuesdays, How to speak up for yourself by Adam Galinsky

Tuesday 28th March, 12.40pm – How to speak up for Yourself by Adam Galinsky

Islam Awareness Week 27th of March to 2nd of April 2017

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:

Day Activity Location
Monday 27th Calligraphy Room 9
Tuesday 28th Try On A Hijab Room 9
Wednesday 29th Muslim Food Main Hall
Thursday 30th Islamic Quiz Room 9
Friday 31st Mehndi Main Hall

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!


CyberFirst Girls Competition

GCHQ CyberFirst CompetitionGCHQ 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.

Year 7 Young Enterprise Challenge

Year 7 Young Enterprise Challenge
Year 7 Young Enterprise Challenge

Last term we welcomed Young Enterprise who came to introduce the Tenner Challenge which Year 7 have the opportunity to take part in during March – in teams they have to generate as much profit starting with £10 initial investment within a month.  We have 17 teams taking part and they will be selling their products in school on Tuesday 21st March and Monday 27th March.

During the session they were introduced to basic business skills by playing a bead game; they had to buy raw materials (beads) and then produced jewellery and then sell the bracelets. Enterprise skills used during the day included leadership, negotiation, teamwork, creativity, time-management, communication….

The feedback that we have received from the year group has been very positive. We wish all the year 7’s participating good luck with their forthcoming challenge.

Year 8 Enterprise – Mosaic Enterprise Challenge

Mosaic Enterprise Challenge

The Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is an inter-school competition which encourages a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst young people. In addition to encouraging an understanding of business and enterprise, participants also develop a number of transferable skills such as: confidence; team work; meeting deadlines; clarity of expression; lateral and creative thinking; and flexibility and adaptability. This year we asked year 8’s to volunteer for the programme and we have 24 teams take part.

Students learnt about businesses, business principles and then applied them by playing an online business simulation game during which they produced, marketed and sold one of five products. Each team had the opportunity to play the game as many times as they wish until the closing date of 3rd March. The team’s highest profit over all the games is then taken and the top five scoring schools are then invited to the Regional Finals.

Massive congratulations to team 18 (8-1 Orla, Rose, Amy and Isabel) who will represent the school at the Regional finals at KPMG on 29th March. We wish them all the best.

Careers Convention 2017

Careers Convention 2017

Careers Convention 2017Wednesday, 8th March saw the return of our biennial Careers Convention. The evening had a real buzz to it with 60 representatives hosting stands from companies such as Aldi, Barclays, KPMG, Pozzoni, Myerson Solicitors and many more. Representatives from Russell Group universities, colleges and apprenticeship schemes were on hand to offer advice on their courses and application processes.  The event provided an excellent opportunity for pupils to explore different career options and to attend talks from marine science, law, sports psychology and radiotherapy.

The event celebrated National Careers Week and International Women’s Day with all female contingents attending from engineering and construction companies: Clancy Consulting, Mott MacDonald and Willmott Dixon. The Y9 and Y13 stewards were a credit to the school showing representatives to their stands and being on hand to help with queries. We look forward to the next event in Spring 2019!

Erasmus+ project Trip

Erasmus+Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th. Seven girls from Year 10 are representing the school at an Erasmus+ project meeting in Riga, Latvia.  They will be working on topics such as why people migrate and issues this can cause along with fellow-students from our partner schools in Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and, of course, Latvia.  You can see what they are doing on the AGGS Erasmus twitter… the programme is very varied and includes activities such as making national costumes out of recycled materials, visiting the Open Air museum, exploring the old centre of Riga and buying goods at the central market in Latvian.

Fandom Day

Fandom Day, 3rd March 2017
Fandom Day, 3rd March 2017

Today Year 8 school council reps have organised Fandom Day to help raise funds for the library. Students were asked to choose their favourite book character, film character, celebrity, anything they are a fan of and then dress up depicting this fandom. The costumes were fabulous, from Willy Wonker to Harry Potter to Manchester United, the costumes were so varied and some have made an amazing effort.

Well done to Year 8 School Council for organising 🙂