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‘Oliver!’ Production

The ‘Oliver!’ musical, starring Zara D in the lead role, was performed on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th July. Drama, dance and music came together to put on a fantastic production of ‘Oliver!’, the Lionel Bart musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the orphaned workhouse boy’s incredible journey.

The production featured lively songs such as ‘Food Glorious Food’ and some all-time favourites like `Consider yourself` and `I’d do anything` together with close, if not identical, choreography to that of the famous film and fabulous performances including characters, Nancy and Dodger.

The second night clashed with the football, so another song joined the backstage tapping feet and voices practising like broken records. All in all, with the brilliant set complete with hidden compartments, smoke and fire, `Oliver!` took everyone through the streets of London, making them smile and cry in equal measure!

“The musical was a lot of fun to take part in, and the fantastic cast, whether acting, dancing, or playing in the band, did a wonderful job. ”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I had so much fun doing the production, everyone was so good and I’m really sad it’s over now.”

Well done to everyone who took part; the Oliver production was a success!

-Written by Amy H (Year 12) and Lucy W (Year 10)

University Challenge

To help raise money for new books in the library, the librarians and Mrs Hodgson organised an event in the main hall based on the popular TV quiz show, University Challenge.

Two teams participated in the event: University of Life and Universally Challenged. Mrs Crowson was the captain of the University of Life team which consisted of Dr Roberts, Mr Lovelady and Mr Adshead. Team captain for Universally Challenged was Miss Devlin and her teammates were Mr Flanagan, Mr Davenport and Ms Russell.

If you were wondering why Mr Adshead had a toy wizard on his desk or what the monkey next to Mr Lovelady was for, teachers, in spirit of the show, even brought along mascots for their desk.

Not only were they competing in several rounds for the chance to win 10 points for every correct answer, the teams could also lose points if they interrupted the quiz master or gave an incorrect answer.

After battling it out in quizzes about Harry Potter, pop music and religion, the scores were calculated and verified.

And the winner was (drum roll please)…

University of Life! Well done to Mrs Crowson, Dr Roberts, Mr Lovelady and Mr Adshead!

The event raised an amazing £110 for new books in the library and the books bought will be those that have been suggested by students.

“The Librarians helped to organise the event and were really pleased with the turnout of staff and pupils to watch.”- Mrs Hodgson

 

 

The quiz also featured Year 12 musicians: Ellen Waters, Ant Harrison, Ellie Conway and Katie Abrahams. They played the celebrated theme tune at the start of the contest.

India Fortnight Science Presentation

India Fortnight: The Highlights

A summary of the second week:

During  lunchtime on Wednesday, Year 7s learnt how to make Indian inspired jewellery. Indian jewellery is bright, colourful and intricate and Year 7s replicated the beautiful designs excellently! Here are the pictures featuring Riya:

Last week, 7-5 learnt Malayalam in their Spanish lesson and how to write their names in the language. Malayalam is the main language spoken in the South Indian state of Kerala and Malayalis (speakers of Malayalam), form around 4% of the Indian population. In terms of the number of speakers, Malayalam ranks 8 among the 15 major languages spoken in India. 7-5 really enjoyed the lesson, take a look at their amazing work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, Year 12s prepared a presentation for history club on significant figures in Indian history, including Indira Gandhi-the first and only female prime minister of India. Srishti, Laura and Amy researched the topic, exploring inspirational figures throughout Indian history. Srishti was unable to attend but Laura and Amy did a fantastic job presenting!

How did Year 13s take part in India fortnight? During their A-Level English lesson,  Anu, Haajirah and Lybah created and presented a presentation on the topic ‘Hinglish’. They looked at the history behind the blend of Hindi and English, how it differs from English (regarding phonology, grammar and lexis), how many speak the language and the reasons why people speak it. A wonderful presentation and here are the photos to showcase their efforts:

So, India fortnight has allowed us to experience traditional dancing, the languages spoken and many more fascinating presentations, workshops and activities! We hope all students enjoyed the two weeks packed with events and continue to explore other cultures.

India Fortnight So Far…

The first week showcasing the Indian culture within school has been full of spectacular activities! Unfortunately, the Devisdale was covered with snow and cricket and Kabbadi couldn’t go ahead but here are some of the highlights from the other events!

The Kumar sisters performed in assemblies from Monday to Friday, blowing us away with their musical talent whilst playing the sitar; a stringed instrument use most commonly in classical music but was introduced to western audiences through the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.  Here are some pictures from the assembly:

On Monday, Year 8s were taught how to make samosas by Mrs Clutton. Samosas can be stuffed with a variety of fillings, ranging from minced meat to vegetables such as cauliflower and potatoes, all enclosed in a thin pastry and usually shaped as a triangle. The final samosas look delicious, well done Year 8s!

   

As well as this, during Mrs Herbert’s lesson, Holly and Urvi (Year 7) performed a dance routine for their class. Urvi dances weekly and is currently teaching Holly, who loves dancing. They wore traditional Indian clothing as well and here are some photos of the wonderful performance!

 

 

Christmas Is On Its Way!

We are coming close to the end of half term and many Christmas festivities have begun!

AGGS’ Christmas Concert this year was a success; showcasing a range of talented students (over 260 in total). Performances included:  Howard Blake’s ‘The Snowman’, sung by the Junior Choir and  ‘Feeling Good’ performed by the String Orchestra. The halls were packed this year and the exciting atmosphere of Christmas was captured during the concert. Well done to all students who participated in this year’s amazing concert and to the staff who made the night memorable and festive!

Also, this year’s Christmas Enterprise Markets were held at lunchtimes and the main hall was buzzing with staff and students purchasing Christmas gifts and goodies. The stalls were run by Year 7, 8 and 9 students and their creativeness was on display at the market. Congratulations to the students who gave it their all and sold their socks off!

This Friday, AGGS will be hosting another amazing talent show and the Year 13s will be showcasing their pantomime which they have been working extremely hard on. Charity day will also feature stalls in the dining room so come along and visit the many activities, games and food on offer!

We hope you  have a fabulous Christmas/ holidays! Everyone deserves a break to relax 🙂

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Interview: Miss Hamilton

This week we interviewed Miss Hamilton, a new English teacher who has been welcomed by AGGS. It was a pleasure to interview Miss Hamilton and we hope you enjoy!

How are you finding life here at AGGS? 

There’s a lot to keep up with but it’s an amazing place to work! I am really enjoying it.

Have you made any new friends? 

Yes, the English department have been so welcoming and I feel like I’ve developed some great relationships with both staff and all of my classes.

What was your least favourite subject in school?

I enjoyed most subjects in school but if I had to pick, I would probably say PE! I enjoyed a few things like dance and rounders but there were some things – cross country for example – that I would really dread!

What were your A-Level subjects?

I did English, Biology, Psychology, Maths and General Studies. In hindsight, I wish I’d done more humanities subjects as I couldn’t decide and tried to do a little bit of everything – would not recommend! Go with what you enjoy doing the most.

Why did you want to become an English teacher? 

I really like that when you teach, every day is different and time flies by so quickly because there’s so much to do. It’s never boring, that’s for sure! Also, ultimately, I just love reading literature and talking about it and teaching English means I get to do that every day!

Can you tell us one interesting fact about yourself? 

Outside of school I bake model cakes and gingerbread models for celebrations and events!    

Do you have any advice for AGGS students? If I could go back and talk to myself in Secondary school I would tell myself not to worry about the little things so much. Enjoy learning and treasure time spent getting to know your friends and yourself. Explore everything on offer to you and once you find your passions, don’t be afraid to follow them!

Thank you for giving up your time for this interview Miss Hamilton!

Week Two Menu

The menus run in a three week cycle. The Week Two menu starts on the week starting 27th November.

Week One Menu

The menus run in a three week cycle. The Week One menu starts on the week starting 20th November.

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