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Issue 9

Big Bang Fair

Big bang fair 2018, NEC, Birmingham

Physics talent 2030Big bang fair 2018, NEC, BirminghamThis term the physics department at AGGS publicised the Talent 2030’s National Engineering Competition for Girls, targeting students from years 9, 10 and 12. The competition invites students to solve the major challenges of the 21st century, to get creative, get thinking and most of all – have fun!

The objective of this competition was to identify and provide possible solutions for some of the challenges of the 21st century

We were really pleased with the phenomenal interest in this competition with 97 girls from AGGS submitting an entry about a diverse range of topics which included:

Dealing with climate change
Public transport safety
The declining bee population
Deforestation
Overpopulation
Food wastage

On 17th March 2018 a shortlisted group were invited to showcase their entries at the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham as their entry was of particular interest to the judges. Students were given the opportunity to showcase their competition projects to the visitors of the fair.

Twenty Two of the shortlisted finalists were students from AGGS and are listed below. These students should be congratulated for their efforts for the phenomenal quality of the work they produced.

Students involved:

Year 9: Isabel A, Rose C, Amy C, Ella R, Christabel A, Orla B, Charlotte L, Karis M, Alison F, Connie A, Alkicia M

Year 10: Emily C, Shraddha A

Year 12: Fiona S, Kerensa S-B, Alice G, Mingya G, Hannah M, Beth G, Zoe G, Isla H, Amelia G

Mr Nisar

Big bang fair 2018, NEC, BirminghamBig bang fair 2018, NEC, Birmingham

The Erasmus+ Project

Erasmus+ project, Granada

We got back safely from Granada yesterday afternoon after a very cold and often wet six days… not what you expect in Andalusia! Our programme (organised by our Spanish partner school) was packed with interesting activities; we spent a lot of time working along with representatives from the other schools in the project (Granada, Lille, Augsburg, Riga and Struer in Denmark) on our project theme of technology and the environment, culminating in the making of an artefact from rubbish materials – our students made an aquarium with jellyfish made from plastic bottles and bags. They also took an active role in a group discussion on environmental problems; the work of the project is all being uploaded to a website which we will share with you when it is ready.

We were also able to get a good feel for the culture of Granada and were privileged to visit the Alhambra. Our students stayed with Spanish families, and there were many tears and invitations to visit again when we departed. They were a credit to the school.

Congratulations to Honor

Drama Success, Honor T, Year 8

Honor T from Year 8 won the cast prize for ‘looking and acting most like a cat’ on an external production.

Congratulations, Honor!

Grace’s Dance Success

Grace S, Year 7, was awarded the Senior Class Prize at the Northern Heats of the ISTD Janet Cram Awards 2017 on Sunday. She competed in the Senior Section (11-15 yrs) and will travel to London for the Grand Finals on 18th June.

Library’s new books thanks to Fandom Day

Fandom Day Books

These are the books we have been able to buy for the library from the money raised by the Fandom Day on 3rd February.  Huge thanks to the Year 8 School Council who organised the day.  The books ordered have all been selected from the Suggestions Box in the library.

UKFast helps to brings Illuminate to life!

UKFast helps to brings Illuminate to life!
UKFast helps to brings Illuminate to life!

Last Friday the members of Illuminate; Orla, Ibby, Rose and Amy (8-6) visited UKFast in Manchester to find out if it would be possible to bring Illuminate – their cyberbullying support website to life.

Aaron Saxton (Director of Training and Learning) gave us a tour of the premises and explained how UKFast has become one of the UK’s leading managed hosting and colocation providers to some of Britain’s best-loved brands. We even had the opportunity to meet Lawrence Jones again (Co-owner of UKFast) who showed us around his office and expressed how enthusiastic he is about the project. One of the highlights of the visit was the opportunity to have a go on the slide!

Year 8 World of Work Day

Year 8 World of Work Day (WoW), May 2017
Year 8 World of Work Day (WoW), May 2017

World of Work (WoW)ASPIREOn Thursday, 4th May we held our first ever World of Work (WoW) Day for our Year 8 students. We invited in 10 of our alumnae to deliver a series of talks on what they have done since leaving AGGS.
The aim of the day was to open the students up to an array of different careers and opportunities on offer after they leave school and to think about the different skills needed. Assemblies and form time sessions were delivered over the week to help them to think about what skills they already have, and how they can develop and build upon these skills in and out of school for their future careers.

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

Thank you to all of our alumnae volunteers for giving up their time to help us with this day. It is always lovely to welcome back our former students; current AGGS students thoroughly enjoyed hearing from those who were once in their shoes.

Amy T has also been invited to join Mensa

Mensa memberAmy T, Year 7, member of Mensa

Congratulations to Amy T from Year 7, who has also been invited to join Mensa, The High IQ society.

Amy’s score on the test means that her IQ is within  the top 1%  of the population. This was her first attempt at the test, and she took the exam at the same time as Rajgauri, another AGGS student, who also scored 162 points.

All together, the current Year 7 cohort has three students who have been invited to join Mensa: Nishi, Rajgauri P and Amy T. Well done to them all.

 

2017 Chemistry Olympiad Success!

Gold Award to Rebecca on the Chemistry Olympiad Success 2017
Gold Award to Rebecca on the Chemistry Olympiad Success 2017

Royal Society of ChemistryThis year we had six enthusiastic Year 13 students taking part in the competition, which involved them completing a two-hour written exam paper. The questions often posed much stimulate debate, and enthusiasm for chemistry – raising awareness of what the subject is all about. It provides a good opportunity to develop some of the skills required for study at university and beyond.
We are extremely pleased with the results that the students have achieved: Rebecca L achieved a Gold Award, and Charlotte O-P, Mahika D, Tokino T and Ellie E-W all achieved a Silver Award.

Well done and congratulations to them!

Champions on Ice Gala

Come and see AGGS Student Tilly performing on this Charity Gala:

Champions on Ice

Saturday 13th May
6pm – 8pm

Join us for an evening of thrill, excitement & world class winning performances; all in aid of a charity very close to our hearts – Teenage Cancer Trust

Silver Blades Ice Rink
Oakfield Road, Altrincham, WA15 8EW

Entry via a £1 donation on the night to Teenage Cancer Trust