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Eurovision 2018

If AGGS were to enter Eurovision this year, it would be safe to say any of the Year 8’s performances would have blown the competition away. With seven forms, three classes of Year 12’s and even a surprise show from the MFL department- AGGS Eurovision 2018 was certainly unforgettable.
Here’s a run down of the songs sung by each form and the country they represented-
  • 8-1       Country: France, Song: Je Veux by singer Zaz, Highlights: Colour co-ordination of clothes to represent the French flag, featured saxophones and no backing track!
  • 8-2       Country: Spain, Song: La Cintura by Alvaro Soler, Highlights: Vibrant summer outfits, amazing choreography.
  • 8-3       Country: Canary Islands, Song: Solo Si Es Contigo by Bombai, Highlights: Hawaiian outfits, featured talented guitarists.
  • 8-4       Country: Germany, Song: Wenn sie tanzt, Maz Giesinger, Highlights: another form whose outfits matched the colours of the flag, a brilliant conga line mid-performance through the audience!
  • 8-5       Country: Belgium, Song: Color Gitano by Kendji Girac, Highlights: featured various percussion instruments, bright clothes mirroring the lovely (ish) summer weather we have had recently
  • 8-6       Country: Balearic Islands, Song: Yo Contigo, Tu Conmigo by Morat and Alvaro Soler, Highlights: danced in pairs with matching outfits
  • 8-7       Country: Austria, Song: Das Fliegerlied by DONIKKL, Highlights: animal onesies!
It was a close competition between the whole year as each form brought a distinct feature. 8-7’s cute animal onesies and 8-3’s vibrant hula skirts definitely added to the performances featuring inflatable flamingo rubber dingys, catchy songs and synchronised dance moves. Eurovision this year had it all!
In the midst of all the Year 8 performances, the audience were lucky to experience Year 12 students singing iconic English songs in French, Spanish and German. The French group sang ‘Uptown Funk’, Spanish sang ‘Mamma Mia’ and German sang ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’.  With brilliant singing and cool costumes, the audience were all eager to join in and clapped along!
The MFL department  surprised everybody by combining their linguistic skills to sing (much to everyone’s enjoyment) ’99 Luftballoons’/ ’99 Red Balloons’. Starting with Mrs Crowson’s solo, featuring a single red star shaped balloon. Mrs Stokes, Miss Benson, Mr Butterworth, Mrs Ryan, Mrs McIntosh, Mrs Herbert, Mrs Bond, and Miss Demeur soon all joined in with their oversized red retro glasses, inflatable rock guitars and a mind-blowing amount of enthusiasm. Sixth Formers scattered red balloons from the balcony to signify the end of yet another fun- filled Eurovision.
And the winner of Eurovision 2018 (drum roll please) was….
8-5! The form representing Belgium impressed the judges with their flexible dance routine and singing in not only one language…but two! They combined both French and Spanish and included 2 live musicians with a guitar and ukulele. Congratulations!
-Written by Anisha M (Year 10) and Hira K (Year 12)

John Ryland’s Language Change Workshop

John Ryland’s Language Change Workshop

On Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th November, year 12 and 13 – accompanied by Miss O’Hara and Mrs Willmott – took part in a workshop exploring the evolution of the English language from Old English to the modern period. Pupils were given exclusive access to a range of first and second editions of texts such as The Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s first folio, The King James I Bible and Johnson’s Dictionary. Pupils were fascinated to discover the changes in spelling, punctuation and written styles that had taken place over the years and were given a history of the importance of the printing press in the standardisation of English as we know it today. Pupils were also treated to a tour of the library’s beautiful Victorian gothic architecture and interior and all agreed it was just like being at Hogwarts! Roma and Mrs Willmott particularly enjoyed getting in to the role of Victorian gentlemen in the library reading room.