Over the last two weeks, pupils have been celebrating the language history and culture of India. This has focussed on our KS3 pupils, with a variety of activities taking place, such as samosa making; jewellery making; sitar playing in assembly; learning new Indian languages; talks about Indian politics, Indian history and Indian religions; Indian dancing; Hinglish; playing Kabaddi and cricket. We are very grateful to departments for coordinating such interesting activities and to the pupils themselves, who have led many of them.
Last week GCSE Citizenship students took part in a Digital Surgery with Andy Burnham. Students were able to question him about his target to end rough sleeping by 2020. They explored the topics of sustainability and how to make Manchester more environmentally friendly. Our students joined force with students from across Manchester to explore issues that affect young people. This was a fantastic opportunity to have a conversation with a high profile politician. Andy explored his journey into politics and gave our students exciting ways to get involved in politics.
Dave has been the badminton coach at AGGS for over 20 years since his daughter was a student at the school. In order to help her with her badminton he decided to get his coaching qualifications and worked hard to help AGGS shape the amazing badminton teams we have today.
He leaves us after helping secure the U16s in qualifying for the National Badminton Finals in Milton Keynes and we are all hoping for a win to end his legacy on a high.
He is retiring at the end of this season and will be missed massively by all. .
Here is a message from Dave:
thank you all so much for the cards and “treats”. I really, really appreciate them. Over the many years of coaching I have thoroughly enjoyed it, especially, of course, the successes. However it has not been all about the successes, it has been primarily been about working with very nice girls who’s enthusiasm, attitude to learning and wanting to improve has been outstanding. This has not been “at all cost” because one of the most satisfying aspects of the coaching has been the bonding between the team members and the high standards of integrity and behaviour that you have maintained. You have always been a credit to the school.
Thank you all, once again.
I will miss you all
Written by Sara K, 8-3
The Magic Flute
Two real opera singers from Impromptu Opera came into our school, accompanied by a professional pianist; the man, Al, was a baritone singer meaning he had a male, mid-vocal range and the lady, Habba, was a soprano singer meaning she had a high vocal range.
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We will be running a variety of activities during the fortnight from 26/2 until 9/3 to celebrate the languages, culture, politics and religions of India.
The activities are as following:
- MFL- KS3- starter activity- learn a new language- to be led by pupils in each class
- Music- Kumar sisters to play in assembly
- Citizenship- exploration of Indian politics
- PE- cricket on both Tuesdays.
- Sports leaders (Year 10) to teach Kabaddi to KS3 pupils during Wednesday lunchtimes
- Dance- Year 8 as scheme of work, taster through year group clubs to be led by older pupils.
- RS- exploration of Indian religion
- Science society to deliver to Year 7/8 classes- biology- vegetarian diet/ ivory trade, chemistry- chemicals in curry, physics- light and its effect on flag colours
- Maths- study of Indian mathematicians.
- D&T lunchtime Samosa making session; Indian inspired jewellery
- Art- paper cuts club to produce shadow puppets
- English- Hinglish with KS5
Welcome back after half term, we hope you are feeling rested and ready to start dancing again!
In the week commencing 26th February, there is an exciting opportunity to take part in some Indian dance workshops. The sessions will take place in the gym in the first half of lunch time (12.30-1.00) and will include a taster of belly dancing, Bharatanatyam and Bollywood dance!
The sessions will be led by Sneha (year 11) Deetha (year 12) and Anushka (year 10) so they are guarenteed to be fabulous! If you are interested in taking part, then all you need to do is turn up on your year group’s allocated day.
Year 8 – Monday 26th February
Year 9 – Tuesday 27th February
Year 10 – Wednesday 28th February
Year 7 – Thursday 1st March
Year 11 and sixth form – Friday 2nd March
We hope to see you there!
We arrived back late yesterday from the trip to Normandy. As always, the students were a credit to the school, and it was a great pleasure to be with them – their enthusiasm (even in some pretty awful weather) was wonderful to see, and their eagerness to speak French was most encouraging. We went on some very interesting visits and everyone threw themselves into activities at the chateau ranging from bread-making to circus skills and a treasure hunt.
The long journey back begins, some of us are ferry tired (mostly the teachers)