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Eurovision 2018

If AGGS were to enter Eurovision this year, it would be safe to say any of the Year 8’s performances would have blown the competition away. With seven forms, three classes of Year 12’s and even a surprise show from the MFL department- AGGS Eurovision 2018 was certainly unforgettable.
Here’s a run down of the songs sung by each form and the country they represented-
  • 8-1       Country: France, Song: Je Veux by singer Zaz, Highlights: Colour co-ordination of clothes to represent the French flag, featured saxophones and no backing track!
  • 8-2       Country: Spain, Song: La Cintura by Alvaro Soler, Highlights: Vibrant summer outfits, amazing choreography.
  • 8-3       Country: Canary Islands, Song: Solo Si Es Contigo by Bombai, Highlights: Hawaiian outfits, featured talented guitarists.
  • 8-4       Country: Germany, Song: Wenn sie tanzt, Maz Giesinger, Highlights: another form whose outfits matched the colours of the flag, a brilliant conga line mid-performance through the audience!
  • 8-5       Country: Belgium, Song: Color Gitano by Kendji Girac, Highlights: featured various percussion instruments, bright clothes mirroring the lovely (ish) summer weather we have had recently
  • 8-6       Country: Balearic Islands, Song: Yo Contigo, Tu Conmigo by Morat and Alvaro Soler, Highlights: danced in pairs with matching outfits
  • 8-7       Country: Austria, Song: Das Fliegerlied by DONIKKL, Highlights: animal onesies!
It was a close competition between the whole year as each form brought a distinct feature. 8-7’s cute animal onesies and 8-3’s vibrant hula skirts definitely added to the performances featuring inflatable flamingo rubber dingys, catchy songs and synchronised dance moves. Eurovision this year had it all!
In the midst of all the Year 8 performances, the audience were lucky to experience Year 12 students singing iconic English songs in French, Spanish and German. The French group sang ‘Uptown Funk’, Spanish sang ‘Mamma Mia’ and German sang ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’.  With brilliant singing and cool costumes, the audience were all eager to join in and clapped along!
The MFL department  surprised everybody by combining their linguistic skills to sing (much to everyone’s enjoyment) ’99 Luftballoons’/ ’99 Red Balloons’. Starting with Mrs Crowson’s solo, featuring a single red star shaped balloon. Mrs Stokes, Miss Benson, Mr Butterworth, Mrs Ryan, Mrs McIntosh, Mrs Herbert, Mrs Bond, and Miss Demeur soon all joined in with their oversized red retro glasses, inflatable rock guitars and a mind-blowing amount of enthusiasm. Sixth Formers scattered red balloons from the balcony to signify the end of yet another fun- filled Eurovision.
And the winner of Eurovision 2018 (drum roll please) was….
8-5! The form representing Belgium impressed the judges with their flexible dance routine and singing in not only one language…but two! They combined both French and Spanish and included 2 live musicians with a guitar and ukulele. Congratulations!
-Written by Anisha M (Year 10) and Hira K (Year 12)

‘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)

Model UN Withington

 

On the first of July this term, a Sunday of extreme heat and a stubborn sun, a selection of students got to say `pinch, punch, first of the month` to several other schools in this year’s annual Withington MUN (Model United Nations) beginners’’ conference or WIMUNX.

AGGS was given two delegations: Turkey and Jordan; they took part in committees such as security council, Human rights 2, Disec, Political and several others out of the 12 others. The day ended very successfully when, during the awards ceremony, 2 special mentions were given to Hedye and Teja, 2 commendments to Hania and Safa, a highly commended to Marnie and a Outstanding was given to Amelia.

Outside the school gates, with the building awaking to the clatter and chatter of well-dressed youth, clad in blazers, they gathered in preparation to enter through the door, desperate to prepare last-minute amendments as the first-timers tried to calm their mildly panicked thoughts. The day began with a ceremony: chairs, secretaries and others were introduced. One speech, given by an ex student, described her journey of failures, successes, regrets and experiences from her co-founding of WIMUN to her modelling career, university days at Cambridge and journalist jobs. She depicted how she persevered and made an idol of herself despite rejections and struggles. From the perspective of diversity, the theme of this year’s conference, she gave a brilliant, inspiring speech, making everyone want to love MUN as much as she did. All in all, it was an excellent preface to the gavel opening of WIMUNX.
First debate of committees, for instance, Chinese regional influence for DISEC, lasted an hour until a short break before following into the second chance for debate where people either started the second or continued the first, lunch and finally the last debate hour for single committees (also a chance for joke awards such as best dressed) where DISEC, for example, debated the issue of biological warfare.

Lastly, all delegates formed three groups for three different joint committees debating issues which effect all of them like the murder of journalists. This was where most showcase all their skills in front of an even bigger audience and delegates determined to act out the morals of their country to the letter.

The awards ceremony mentioned above followed after which everyone returned home, energetic, brains stimulated and grinning from the muses found in the magazine of their time that day. It was, all together, a fantastic day and a great experience for all. An excellent way to start a MUN career.

Lucy W, Year 9

Year 9 – Rymans National Enterprise Final

NEC

The 2018 Ryman National Enterprise Challenge final was held at The International Centre, Telford on Wednesday 4th July. The event saw the winning teams from over 150 schools come together to compete against each other. High street retailer and stationery giant, Ryman set students the task of creating a new stationary product for the Back to School campaign. The students had to convince the panel that their product would increase revenue and brand awareness. Ready to Rule from 9-5 consisted of Ella, Milly, Mimi, Rose, Mboje, Florrie who represented the school and did themselves and the school proud. The pitch was word perfect and Ella and Mimi performed a fabulous rap as part of their advertising campaign.

The students had a good day as the event was hosted by Diversity dance group – Jordan and Perry. Theo Paphitis headed up the judging panel and hosted a Q&A with the students – “Be inspired by everything around you, use everything as inspiration”.

Well done to Ella, Milly, Mimi, Rose, Mboje, Florrie – we have definitely got some budding entrepreneurs within the school.

Dressing Girls Around the World

The Year 11 textiles students have been going global with their community spirit, with their support for the Dress a Girl Around the World project.  Their garment construction skills were tested in the production of the dresses and their skills extended with the addition of Rouleau loops and patch pockets.

The project was started with the aim of providing a dress for every girl around the world who, for whatever reason, is living in abject poverty. Since 2006, the project has delivered over 1 million dresses to 81 countries.

Many thanks to Mr Hunt from Ivyleague (UK) Ltd, for donating the fabric for both the Year 8 and the Year 11 projects.

Comfort Bags

A casual conversation with the County Co-ordinator of the Greater Manchester West Girlguiding Association, resulted in Miss Williams Year 8 textile group enhancing their textile skills by producing 50 drawstring bags. The comfort bags are a local community project and the bags will be filled with combs, soaps, toothbrushes/toothpaste, pens etc. that have been sourced from local suppliers. The filled bags will then be given to hospital visitors who, for whatever reason, have not been able to collect these items from home for themselves. Well done to Year 8 and the handful of Year 9 students, who also volunteered to support the project.

Many thanks to Mr Hunt from Ivyleague (UK) Ltd, for donating the fabric for both the Year 8 and the Year 11 projects.

Mission To Mars Challenge

On Tuesday 19th June AGGS were part of a group of schools that send a kinder egg container 34,372 meters (34 kilometres) into the upper layers of the atmosphere.

Our egg contained yeast on which we will be carrying out food science investigations when it is returned to school.

We were able to track the giant helium balloon that carried all of the schools tests as it ascended then descended (and was tracked down due to it’s GPS tracker).

Tomorrows Engineers

Tomorrows Engineers worked with our STEM club cohort to think about energy and energy uses.
They then built and tested electric buggys using a rechargeable capacitor.
The buggys were then set a challenge to use data they had collected to determine the voltage needed to travel a set given distance.
Year 7 and 8 really enjoyed the activity, and learnt a lot about what engineering is, and the range of careers that require different types of engineers.

English Schools’ Athletics Success at regional level

Congratulations to the Year 9 and 10 students who qualified for the Regional A final of the prestigious English Schools Track and Field Cup.  We were winners at Greater Manchester level and went to Robin Park, Wigan to compete against the best schools across the North West for a place at national finals in Gateshead.

The team were amazing in both the track and the field events with some superb performance and PB’s set.  We finished second place narrowly missing out on a place in the finals.  It is fair to say we were all truly devastated at being so close to that first place spot.

I am extremely proud of the team and the way they handled the whole situation, they are amazing athletes in their physical performance but also their manner and sportsmanship.  Well done my team!