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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

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