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.
The KS3 Horrible Histories club has been up to lots of fun and interesting things so far this year! Some of the highlights are below…
Creation of our own ‘Horrible Histories’ episode. In groups, the horrible histories members have scripted, costumed and directed their own little skits based on an area/individual within History that they find particularly interesting. Our wonderful year 10 helpers have then taken charge of editing and putting the skits together… final product to be announced, stay tuned!
We hosted our own gameshow, following the same format as ITV’s ‘The Chase’. This activity saw teams of 4 take on our resident chaser- Mr Flanagan in a series of quick fire question rounds, with question categories ranging from historical knowledge, to geography, Disney and even the Kardashians! Our chaser put up an impressive performance, managing to catch most of our teams. However, the chaser suffered 2 crushing defeats by both a year 9 and year 8 team.
Other activities taking place in Horrible Histories club include; watching episodes of the show, playing various games such as stop the bus or pictionary, creating our own “horrible historical recipes” and most recently creating our own Roman style mosaics.
This term, the charity we have supported is the Teenage Cancer Trust, who aim to help young people suffering from cancer with specialised nurses and support. We have raised an amazing £1000 for this charity, which was collected through many fundraising events that the Charity Committee organised.
We have run popular cake sales, including a pancake sale and an Easter Egg Hunt, all of which were very successful in raising money to support Teenage Cancer Trust.
Thank you to everyone who donated and supported the fundraising for this important cause.