On Thursday 16th November, Ms Gill, Miss Benson, Mrs Ryan and Mrs McIntosh accompanied three teams of Year 13 language students (French, German and Spanish) at the Northern Schools’ Modern Languages Debating Competition at Cheadle Hulme School. It was only the second time that AGGS entered, having won the Spanish finals at last year’s competition. The students debated topics such as “Success is the source of happiness” and “Wars are unavoidable” in their foreign languages against teams from schools including, MGS, Withington, Bolton, Connell and QEGS Blackburn.
All three teams did well, with the German team (Lybah H and Alisha M) winning one of their two debates, but losing narrowly to the overall winners of the heats, Stockport Grammar. Our Spanish team (Alycia A and Anya S) fought well, but lost out in the semi-finals. Our French team (Celine B and Emily L) battled fiercely, ultimately coming runners up to Bolton Girls in the final, but taking home books for second place.
On Monday 6th November we were delighted to welcome Sonja Bernhard, School Liaison Officer, from the University of Manchester. She delivered a couple of talks to our Year 9 students about the value of language learning and they were very interested to hear of Sonja’s experiences as a native German speaker living and working in Manchester. She also spoke to Year 12 as part of careers week and shared lots of advice about combining language study with other subjects at university. The students were able to appreciate that language learning not only involves acquiring vocabulary but also gives us an understanding of the culture of other countries.
On Monday 17 July, all year 8 students took part in the annual MFL Eurovision competition. This involves learning a song in French, German and Spanish and performing it from memory. The standard of the competition was very high, with wonderful costumes, great singing and some very impressive choreography. The acts were interspersed by some performances from our year 10 language leaders and our year 12 language students. 8-2, representing Spain, were crowned winners for their performance of Alvaros Soler’s El Mismo Sol. Congratulations to all our participants! ¡Felicidades! Gut gemacht! Félicitations!
On Thursday close to seventy Year 8 and Year 9 pupils from seven different schools across the area (including AGGS, Cedar Mount and MCA) got together in the AGGS main hall for the Maths/MFL Roadshow. The hall was alive with activity and conversation as the pupils set to solving maths problems in pairs. The extra challenge was that all the problems were written in French, Spanish or German! Pupils worked really well together, some even managed to work out problems in languages they weren’t studying. There were some very helpful Year 10 students from AGGS present to help out when the going got tough and to check answers when success had been achieved.
Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way to make the event run so smoothly, we will hope to be running a similar Roadshow next year.’
Y12 Spanish took part in the Manchester Metropolitan University A-Level translation competition this year, and we are delighted that out of a number of entries from many different schools, both of our shortlisted entries won. Francesca B won the first prize and Tania T received the Second Prize.
The translation task was to produce an English version of a well-known song by top Spanish hip-hop singer El Chojín, who has a very high profile not just in his home country but throughout Latin America. The competition aimed to promote language learning through song lyrics, introducing A-Level students to the challenges of the translation of songs, and encourage them to engage with topical social issues and popular culture in Spanish.
Both Francesca and Tania were praised for their hard work and effort, which is testimony to their ability and to their passion for Spanish.
We were delighted to accompany three girls in year 7 to the regional final of the spelling bee competition in Manchester on Thursday 30 March. Aahi competed in Spanish, Alekhya competed in French and Parnika competed in German. All three girls did extremely well, with Parnika winning third prize for German and Alekhya winning first prize for French. We were extremely proud of them! They have now qualified to take part in the national final of the competition in June in Cambridge.
Huge congratulations to all our year 7 pupils who took part in the school final of the spelling bee competition. The standard of the competition was extremely high and the pupils amazed their teachers with their speed and precision. The three winners were Alekhya for French, Parnika for German and Aahi for Spanish. They have now qualified to represent the school in the regional competition in March. Well done!
On Thursday 17th November, Miss Benson, Mrs Garcia and Mrs Crowson took three teams of Year 13 language students (French, German and Spanish) to the Northern Schools Debating Competition at Cheadle Hulme School. It was the first time that AGGS has entered, and the girls had to debate topics such as “Give me knowledge, not money” and “Numbers are better than letters” in their foreign language against teams from schools including MGS, Manchester High, Withington and QEGS Blackburn. All three teams did well, the German team (Sophie-Jo G and Emma R) reaching the semi-final, where they lost narrowly to Manchester High on “Brexit is the answer.” Our French team (Rowena O and Arisha H) acquitted themselves well, too.
Our Spanish team (Sophie H and Hannah D) won their Brexit semi-final, and faced Cheadle Hulme in a debate for which they had 15 minutes’ preparation on “We should all learn a universal language.” The standard of the Spanish was ver high, and after long deliberations Sophie and Hannah were announced the winners. As well as books and a shield, they each won the fabulous prize of a week’s work experience in Spain!
The annual MFL Eurovision Song Contest took place on Monday 18th July. All classes in year 8 took part and this year’s standard was very high. In a strong field, 8-5 triumphed with their Spanish song, Sofia. They were almost eclipsed by the MFL teachers’ rendition of the classic ‘Aux Champs-Elysées’. Congratulations in particular to 8-5 but also to all the students who took part, the teachers who helped with choreography and staging. We would also like to thank the senior staff team, the year 12 jury and the year 10 language ambassadors panel for their judging.
Mr Capon did a very efficient job as usual in providing lighting and sound.
On Friday, three year 7 students, Connie, Lavanya and Rose took part in the national finals of the Routes into Languages spelling bee competition in Cambridge. All three girls had worked incredibly hard to prepare for the event. To illustrate their achievement, 100 students were invited to take part in the final from an original field of over 75 000 students. All three acquitted themselves very well in an exceptionally strong field. Connie narrowly missed out on a place in the Spanish last four after a tie-break but we are delighted to report that Lavanya went through to the final round and was crowned national champion for German. Many congratulations to the girls, the teachers who worked with them and their parents for their dedication, commitment and support.