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Food Tech End Of Year Summary

I would like to end this academic year by saying well done to all of you who have made some of the amazing dishes that leave F7 every day. Thank you for all your hard work. Well done and good luck to Year 11.

Over the last 2 weeks we have run the AGGS Bake Off competition. More than 30 students entered the competition and made Swiss rolls in the elimination round. We are looking forward to the final in September when the chosen finalists will be asked to make a show stopper cake that reflects their personality!

We were lucky enough to receive some money from the PTA which we have spent on new equipment that will benefit all students. Thank you PTA.

Mrs. Clutton and Mrs. Hulme have planned a new trip for Year 11 which will allow the students to investigate food provenance and the topics of primary and secondary processing, organic farming and environmental issues linked to food at Stockley Farm.

Year 9 have worked hard on their street food projects and have made some amazing dishes that reflect the progress they have made in food since they started in year 7.

Thank you to everyone who helps in the food department. Happy holidays. We look forward to working with you again in September.

Biology Week 2017

Biology Week 2017

7th – 15th October

How Can You Get Involved?


TALK: Photographing Nature with Dr Pickering

Ex-AGGS teacher and amazing wildlife photographer Dr Pickering will discuss the skills, techniques and patience required to get some perfect photos.
Dr Pickering has had his work published and will be sharing his secrets plus launching our 2017 Photography competition.

Wednesday 4th October

All welcome
12.30 in L6

COMPETITION: The Great Biology Bake Off

Bring in a cake that represents a cell, organ, a process or even a whole organism! Prizes for the best entries.
Cakes will then be sliced and sold to the teachers in the staffroom on Tuesday and all money raised will be donated to the Macmillan coffee morning charity.

Monday 9th October

All welcome
12.30 in L5

TALKS: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo’s Safari Rangers are visiting all Y9 classes to deliver workshops about the varied roles and careers in the zoo.

L3 L4
Period 2 9G 9C
Period 3 9F 9B
Period 4 9E 9D
Period 5 9A

Monday 9th October

Y9 classes
In lessons

Q&A SESSION: Careers at the Zoo

Interested in a career at the zoo? There is a much broader range of jobs than you might expect.  If you want to know more about working at the zoo, please come with your questions to quiz our two Safari Rangers.

Monday 9th October

All welcome
12.40 in L4

QUIZ: Biology Brains!

If you love Biology and know your aardvark from your armadillo, come along to this Quiz at lunchtime. Questions set by members of Science Society!

Tuesday 10th October

All welcome
12.30 in L6

TALK: Old Drugs, New Bugs! With Professor Roberts from Manchester University

What will we do if bacteria become resistant to all the antibiotics we have to fight them? Why are more bacteria becoming antibiotic-resistant? In this fascinating talk you will find out much more about the constant efforts being made to find new drugs to control the rise of MRSA and other potentially life-threatening diseases.  A must of all future medics, dentists and vets, plus everyone else!

Wednesday 11th October

All welcome
12.30 in L6

TALK: Enhancing Photosynthesis for a Changing World with Dr Hartwell from Liverpool University

The world’s population continues to rise. The climate continues to change. Less of the land will be suitable for farming but there are more mouths to feed! How can we genetically engineer plants to survive and photosynthesise efficiently?
Dr Hartwell will discuss cutting-edge genetic research and how solving the food crisis might be the most important area of research in the future.  His talk is essential viewing for A level biologists.

Thursday 12th October

Most relevant for Y13 biologists, although all are welcome
12.30 in L6

COMPETITION: Design a Biology Board Game

Create a game to teach or revise any aspect of Biology.
It must be:

  • Engaging and good fun to play
  • Innovative and effective
  • Well designed, with a name, a box, instructions and everything required to play

Bring your entry to L6 on Friday lunchtime.  It will then be played by our expert panel of testers and winners will be announced before half term.

Friday 13th October

All welcome to enter – in teams or solo entries
Deadline for entries: Friday 13th  October

COMPETITION: Photography Deadline

Picture It: Your Environment
Your photo should show the beauty of the environment and environmental science and its impact on you.
All entries must be accompanied by a 1-2 sentence summary describing how the photo captures the effect of the environment or environmental science on you.
Email entries to crussell@aggs.bfet.uk
First Prize: Dr Pickering has kindly donated his a Canon 1DS – a professional, full frame camera he used to take many of his own nature photographs.
Your picture can also be entered for a national competition by going to the website http://unearthed.nerc.ac.uk/
The first prize of this competition is a VIP invitation to the opening of the RRS Sir David Attenborough in autumn 2018.

Friday 13th October

All welcome to enter
Deadline for entries: Friday 13th October

SPECIAL EVENT: Post Mortem Day

Ever wanted to see what happens during a post mortem? Keen to learn more about the human body and see how organs work together to keep us alive?
This unique experience will allow you to watch a post mortem on a semi-synthetic body.  Real (animal) organs will be used to demonstrate human physiology and over the course of the workshop you will learn more about human anatomy and the diseases of these organs.
Places are limited and each ticket costs £20.  See your biology teacher for more information.
Note: some of the content is aimed at A level Biology students.

Saturday 14th October

Dining room

Click here to download the Biology Week 2017 timetable

Biology Week, October 2016

10th to 14th October.

What happened and were you there?

Great Biology Bake Off

Biology Week - Bake-offOn Monday 11 cakes were entered in this year’s competition – ranging from whole animals (a pig, an octopus), organs (eyes,

hearts, fingers and brains), cells and even a bubbling conical flask. The judges had a tough job to pick between them…even after tasting!!

Congratulations to:

1st place: The Eye – Faye and Isabelle from 7-7

2nd place: Brian The Brain – Areesha Qureshi from 7-7

3rd place: Dissect the Cupcake – Sarah Jilani, Zara Hussain and Aaliyah Mahmood from 8-7

Thank you to everyone who entered – they were all fantastic!

Faye and Isabelle will receive their prize after half term.

Biology Quiz

On Tuesday the Sixth Form Science Society ran a tricky biology quiz for some of our younger pupils, testing them on everything from why fish float to how much DNA we share with bananas!

Fly Lab

Biology Week Fly Lab

After school on Tuesday 37 girls stayed behind to participate in three workshops run by Manchester University’s Fly Lab. They learnt how different mutations in fruit flies contributed to our understanding of genetic inheritance, how the age of a fruit fly affects its ability to climb and how mutant flies can be temporarily paralysed by temperature and shaking, providing useful models for epilepsy studies.

You Are What You Eat
Biology Week - Professor Ian Roberts

On Wednesday Professor Roberts gave a fascinating lunchtime lecture on gut bacteria and the human diet. He explained how the variety of gut flora changes very quickly if our diet changes and how certain bacteria may even contribute to obesity.

Skype a Zoologist

Biology Week - Skype a Zooologist

On Thursday we linked up with London Zoo for a lunchtime Q&A session with Dr Monika Bohm. She discussed her own research and the conservation work of the zoo, trying to preserve endangered species from around the world.

Dissection Masterclass

After school on Thursday we ran the ever-popular dissection masterclass. Students learnt dissection skills and were able to see the internal organs of a rat and how intricately they fit together.

STEM Treasure Hunt

Biology Week - treasure hunt

On Friday 14 teams of intrepid treasure hunters ran around school trying to spot the hidden goat pictures. Each picture had an amazing animal fact on it and the girls had to match this to the animal on their quiz sheet. Congratulations to Amalie, Rabiah, Amira and Alekhya from 7-3, Libby from 7-5 and Nrishi and Aveesha from 7-7 who spotted the most goats around school!

Photography Competition

Gabrielle H, 10-5 - WinnerThe theme of our photography competition this year was Nature Up Close and the standard was really high. After a lot of debate the winning entry was awarded to Gabrielle H from 10-5.

Close runners-up included Mariam S from 10-5, Tabitha H from 10-2 and Sudiksha D from 12-5.

Look out for prints of all the pictures appearing in biology labs over the next few weeks!