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AGGS Star In Netflix Series: Safe!

The AGGS and AGSB joint choirs had the amazing opportunity to take part in the upcoming Netflix series, Safe, a crime drama set to air in 2018.

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Filmed by Red Production Company, it features such stars as Amanda Abbington (or Mary from Sherlock) and Michael C. Hall (or Dexter Morgan from Dexter).

We had spent the past few weeks practicing John Bennett’s beautiful madrigal ‘Weep O Mine Eyes’, and the whole process was incredibly exciting from start to end.

“I loved the experience, especially since we got to film with celebrities we had seen on TV. It was so exciting!” -Sowmya, Year 12

It was definitely a memory we will never forget!

The day of filming was hectic, starting early in the morning, but the process was finished without a problem.

It was great socialising with people from other schools and we all undoubtedly had a lot of fun getting to know each other.

“I was privileged to have coached the 7 actors who formed part of the choir, to mime convincingly as they sang with the choir – who also did brilliantly and very much looked the part.”- Ms Mayall

Stay tuned for the series release on Netflix in 2018!

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Written by Sowmya Srinivasan

Meet the SDL Team…

It’s that time again,  where groups unite and present themselves to the entire school community. So, welcome the one and only Student Digital Leadership Team! Here comes the new group photo… 🙂

Student Digital Leaders
Look at all those friendly faces!

We will be going into assemblies soon for you to get to know us better, but feel free to talk to us if you have any technical difficulties in school or come visit us at lunchtime in 12A &B. The SDLs also have a new badge on the way; here’s what to look out for!

The New SDL Badge
The New SDL Badge

We hope we can solve any issues teachers and students have involving technology!

Yours sincerely, the SDL team.

Brexit Catch-up

The Brexit process is still ongoing and with new updates every day. There’s been lots of negotiations between the EU and UK, a second round in July and a third in August, both of which concluded with press conferences which seemed to highlight what was going wrong. Some technical points have been agreed upon, however the chief EU negotiator, Michael Barnier, said that there was very little decisiveness when it came to the main issues. David Davies, the UK’s Brexit Secretary, has said that the EU needs to start thinking about the people as apposed to process.

Follow the link for more information->http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41153482

Konta Win!

Johanna Konta has won her match against Simona Halep and is now Britain’s first women’s Wimbledon semi-finalist since 1978. Sixth seed Konta, 26, fought back to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and match Virginia Wade’s feat of 39 years ago. With Wade watching from the Royal Box, Konta served superbly to win in two hours and 38 minutes and set up a semi-final against American Venus Williams.

Follow the link for more information->http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/40574663

Wage Change?

It’s common knowledge that our world and economy are increasing at a somewhat alarming rate. Thankfully, the government is considering making drastic changes to employment law. There may be an introduction of a “dependent contractor” category which caters for firms like Deliveroo and Uber which should receive more benefits such as sick pay, holiday leave and will be covered by minimum wage requirements. The head of the Royal Society of Arts and former Tony Blair adviser Matthew Taylor has made a push for firms to outline their wage structure more clearly.

Follow the link for more information->http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40550864

Is the Lake District about to be part of Unesco?

The Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu are all Unesco world heritage sites, but could the Lake district be too? The result of the national park’s application will be decided later in Krakow by the Unesco committee, which has had reports recommending the park to be put on the list. If the application is successful, the Lake District would be placed 31st in the list in UK and overseas territories.

Follow the link for more information->http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-40547691

Pride parade reinforcing love and unity

A Pride parade that has been held though central London attracted 10,000s of supporters. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London describes the celebration of Pride as a wonderful and love-filled event to bring happiness to the community amongst the tradegy of recent weeks.

Click here to watch the video->http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-40545010/thousands-attend-pride-parade-in-central-london

Panda Pals!

Chinese President Xi Jinping has lent 2 giant panda bears to Berlin Zoo as a symbol of the unity between the two countries. He and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have opened a garden which will serve as the animals’ new home.

Click here to watch the video->http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-40514053/panda-diplomacy-merkel-welcomes-loan-from-china

Is the NHS about to have a revolution in diagnosis?

Our human bodies have about 20,000 genes (groups of DNA instructions that control our bodies.) Sometimes, there are little errors in the code, either inherited from parents or minor mutations in cells, which can lead to illnesses such as cancer. A process called whole genome screening (WGS) is a way doctors can identify specific errors which, in about two-thirds of cases, can improve diagnosis and care. Over 31,000 NHS patients have already had their entire genetic code sequenced but Dame Sally wants WGS to become as standard as blood tests and biopsies, that is, if the country can afford it.

Follow the link for more information-> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40479533

Is Northern Ireland’s female population about to gain access to free abortion?

The government has announced that the women of Northern Ireland will be able to get free abortions whilst in England instead of having to pay. It’s a labour based policy –co-ordinated by Stella Creasy- that’s been supported by over 50 MPs from multiple major parties. At the moment, abortions are only allowed in Northern Ireland if there is a serious risk to the women’s health, mentally or physically, or to her life; factors regarding the health of the foetus or cases of incest or rape are not currently eligible circumstances for legal abortion there.

Follow the link for more information->http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40438390