Tabi and Ant in Year 12 successfully applied for a place on a youth seminar organised by the UK- German connection. This funded a 3 day stay in Berlin for them from 1-3 June, where they worked with 25 German and 23 other English pupils on a joint project, called ‘Finding our place in history’. They took part in a series of workshops based on the book by Thomas Harding, House by the Lake. These explored the themes of identity, reconciliation, our shared future and diversity. They also had the opportunity to explore Berlin.
It is a tremendous achievement to have been successful in gaining a place on this seminar and they are hoping to share their experiences through assemblies and display work.
Well done to both of them!
AGGS Chamber Choir and AGSB students can be heard and seen singing at the very beginning of episode 4 of the new thriller series ‘Safe’, currently found on Netflix. This is an exciting achievement for the students and the Music Department! More about this joint vocal project here……
See more information about the recordings here:
‘Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.’
‘Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.’
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
100 years ago, women finally received the vote… Here in History we want to celebrate the centenary of this momentous achievement of women’s suffrage with a commemorative competition.
The competition is to create a commemorative piece of work related to women’s suffrage, this is an excellent opportunity to get creative and showcase your talents (whilst also commemorating a hugely significant event).
Some ideas might include: speeches, campaign posters, letters, poetry, presentations…
(See the powerpoint link below for a more detailed outline of the competition and for information on the women’s suffrage movement).
Now for the fine print…
Deadline: 20th June 2018.
Criteria: Your own original work, inclusive of accurate historical detail and your very best effort.
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After a brief rest period due to technical difficulties, the History blog is back on it’s feet once more. We know you have been missing us terribly!
So what have we been doing? Well the whole of year 9 took a trip to the Imperial War Museum North. Here, they had the opportunity to explore the exhibits (including the Syria exhibit), using a question booklet to both guide them through the museum and encourage them to deepen their understanding of the vast impact war can have.
Whilst there, year 9 also participated in a workshop about the Holocaust and how it impacted upon various places and people. They had the chance to use various artefacts from archives to create a presentation about particular individuals and the role that they placed within the Holocaust.
‘It is never too late to be who you might have been.’
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!
Written by Hira, Year 12
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.