Our new Year 9 ambassadors were trained recently and AGGS hosted the Anti-Bullying training day for schools in Manchester. The Year 9s were joined by other passionate students from secondary schools and took part in a jam-packed day!
The students learnt how to recognise bullying, the different types of bullying and how their role as an Anti-Bullying ambassador is crucial at school. Along with a fun parachute game which allowed the ambassadors to think how everyone if different yet equal, they were able to develop leadership and communication skills and elected a team leader. Susi will be updating the Diana Award regularly about the progress the AGGS team make and will be able to ask for resources on behalf of the team. The team voted for a creative and enthusiastic leader; well done Susi!
After the other schools left, the AGGS team were able to sit with the staff from the Diana Award and discuss the individual roles they will have in the team. We had a range of roles, from very confident speakers to assembly presentation makers. Jaya and I look forward to working with the Year 9s in the next year and can’t wait to see how they continue to make AGGS a friendly, bully-free school.
So, the training day was a success! We all received goodies such as a new badge and wristbands and learnt valuable skills which will help us create a stronger and more efficient team at school.
Thank you to the Diana Award staff who visited us and we hope to see you soon!
A team of 5 Year 10 students have completed The Mr Hugh’s Charity Business Competition with a glowing report from the competition judge.
The challenge was to generate as much profit as possible whilst using the company’s products which are a range of Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oils.
Our students spotted a gap in the market for tasty hot snacks at lunchtime to cater for our increasingly busy students. With the co-operation of and infinite patience from Mrs Clutton and the Food Technology department, our students set up camp in F7 where they dished out a variety of home-made cakes and the highly popular…..Pot Noodles!
Over the course of the competition they generated a profit of £270.67 which gets distributed to The Moth in a China Shop Charity which was formed in memory of Arthur Mason; a keen rugby player and an advocate of the family business, Mr Hugh’s. Because of this the charity’s focus is on sport and health, offering support and education to all age groups in these areas.
The team scored an impressive 35/40 from the competition judge across 4 categories including 10/10 for their Business Plan.
Comments in the report included:
“The team of five girls that created Food Eva had a very clear business objective from the beginning and clearly identified a gap in the market that they knew they could profit from”
“The presentation reflected their attention to detail, being bright and engaging, they also shared pictures of their progress during the challenge”
“At the beginning of the process the girls were educated in their use of a questionnaire to identify what products their target market would like to buy, then quickly set to the task of acquiring permission from relevant teachers as well as sourcing their products efficiently”
The results will be announced in the coming weeks but regardless of the outcome the 5 students have already demonstrated great entrepreneurial skills. Well done to the team and all their helpers.
Team members are Rebecca J, Aaditi A, Yiyang Z, Katie D, Hope E
This is Alice, Robyn, Charu, and Roz, who are the first of our students who have completed their DofE gold award with school. There were also a number of our students who had completed their gold award with other centres.
They were given their certificates by Squash Falconer, the mountaineer and adventurer who was the first female to climb Mont Blanc and then paraglide down from the summit. She has also climbed mount Everest. She gave a really interesting talk about her adventures and her own DofE experiences. As a group we met Princess Eugenie and we also saw Prince William the Duke of Cambridge.
Last week saw the culmination of three months hard work on behalf of year 9 and their First Give project. The project has engaged year 9 with local social issues and charities that work to alleviate these issues. Each class had selected one group to represent them in the final. The presentations were fantastic and very creative exploring social issues such as mental health, domestic abuse and loneliness among old people.
The winning team were Manchester Mind gaining £500 for their charity.
All of year 9 should be very proud of their awareness raising and fundraising efforts, they have truly embodied what it means to be active citizens via this year’s project.
Students from AGGS recently performed an impressive music recital for the residents and staff at Ashlands Manor Care Centre in Ashton-upon-Mersey in Sale.
The hour long performance was undertaken by 15 students from Y8 to Y13 at the school and featured songs including ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’.
There was a variety of music from soloists to group singing and some ensemble songs from the choir. In some instances, songs were accompanied by the ukulele.
Residents and staff at the care facility located on Ashlands were delighted to be visited by the students from Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School and really enjoyed the performance.
Home manager at Ashlands Manor, Suzi Sumegi, commented: “The visit was wonderful. Regardless of their age, our residents love music and we aim to entertain and delight them as frequently as possible with special performances and one-off shows. The pupils from Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School were incredibly professional and performed a fabulous recital that has had toes tapping ever since.”
Head of Music at Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School, Julia Mayall, added: “The students relish every opportunity to perform and we were thrilled to be invited to Ashlands Manor. It was lovely to see the residents enjoying the music and joining in with the songs that they knew.”
This year we had a number of enthusiastic Year 12 and 13 students taking part in the competition, which involved them completing a two-hour written exam paper. The questions posed often stimulate much debate, and enthusiasm for, chemistry – raising awareness of what the subject is all about. It provides a good opportunity to develop some of the skills required for study at university and beyond.
We are extremely pleased with the results that the students have achieved: Clara S, and Nimisha S both achieved a Silver Award; Amy L, Phoebe M, Shriya P, Eleanor C, Anum C, and Fiona S all achieved a Bronze Award. Well done and congratulations to them!
Congratulations to our new team of student leaders, who have recently been appointed following a rigorous application process. The new Student Leadership Team will continue to lead the main student groups that work throughout the school. This year sees the addition of a new post of student leader for sport, a role we are delighted to add. We were extremely impressed with the calibre of the candidates, in every step of the application process. Applicants were a credit to themselves and the school and it was a difficult decision to select only eight students. We are very much looking forward to working with our new Student Leadership Team and developing their roles further.
Student leader responsible for wellbeing: Amy B
Student leader responsible for Anti bullying: Jaya B
Student leader responsible for charity: Anum C
Student leaders responsible for school council: Isabelle I and Emily S
Student leader responsible for peer mentoring: Flora W
Student leader responsible for digital leaders: Miranda W
Student leader responsible for sport: Elysia Z
Year 7 took part in an enterprise challenge masterclass, where in teams of businesses, they had to buy beads in order to make bracelets and necklaces to sell at a profit. They learnt about what makes a successful business, and how each individual brings a set of personal values and skills which are equally relevant and useful. Using their skills on financial capability, decision making & evaluating decisions and budgeting – all qualities of an entrepreneur; the winning team in the morning from 7-1, Emilia, Rhianon, Sanya, Natasha and Tamara made a profit of £650 and the afternoon team from 7-4 who were Ruby, Sophie, Keshni, Mia, Bette and Anna made over £1200 profit! Well done to all who took part.
Last week Willmott Dixon ran an Enterprise day for the whole of Year 8. “The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry” this day definitely delivered that! The long term goal of the enterprise day is to help raise awareness of careers in construction for female students, ahead of their college course/education selection; again it delivered on this as a lot of the students commented that they have a better understanding of careers available within the construction industry.
During the morning the groups completed 3 team building tasks and were awarded points not only for the result but also how well they communicated together and worked as a team. The points were then totalled and this was then used to work out their budget for the build of a new school.
Each group had to calculate how many classrooms they needed; receptions, staff rooms, sports facilities; swimming pool etc. They then used the costing sheets to calculate how much their school would cost. It was a very fraught day especially when disaster struck mid- morning and due to budget cuts they had to reduce costs by 30%!
Each of the groups had to present their ideas to a panel of judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were from 8-3 and consisted of Amalie, Grace, Shreya, Isobel and Niya. Their prize was an Amazon voucher each and they will have the opportunity to visit a site which Willmott Dixon are currently building.
We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it. More importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible careers for women in construction.