Year 10 GCSE Dance students have been creating their own versions of ‘Within Her Eyes’ by James Cousins. This is a professional dance from the GCSE Dance anthology. It is a site-sensitive dance for camera, using lots of contact work.
Our students have created their own versions and have been filming their dances in our local Devisdale park. They have had to consider locations, camera angles and choreographic devices to portray their own chosen choreographic intentions.
We have had lovely weather, beautiful locations and stunning choreography and performances. We are really looking forward to seeing the finished dance films.
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.
Some of my year 7 and 8 students have entered an exciting competition being run by the Spire Hospital in Manchester. They wanted a new front cover design for their children’s food menu. Fingers crossed one of our students wins it…..well done for all of your efforts, they were looking really good…these are just a few….
The annual Art A level exhibition opened on Tuesday 19th June and this year included some excellent examples of work from the new GCSE course. It was a beautiful summers evening, very well attended with many proud parents and friends of the Year 13 students. Again there was a variety of themes and styles on show ranging from portraiture, to chickens to cars and the students skills clearly shone through.
On Thursday 14th June, 27 Year 10 pupils travelled with Mrs Ryan and Mrs Stokes to the University of Manchester to explore careers in languages. The day began with a talk about the possible career paths pen to language students before moving on to a creative subtitling task, where pupils wrote subtitles for short films. They then enjoyed a tour of the campus and a taster session in either Japanese or Arabic. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed their day.
See their work below (for staff and students only)
Last weekend Francesca won the National U20 Championship in the 1500m and is officially the best in Britain! We are waiting news this weekend that she has achieved the time required to qualify for the World Championships . What amazing news, we are very proud of you Francesca!
Francesca also raced in the senior Girl`s 800m at The Greater Manchester Schools and finished 1st in 2 minutes 9 seconds and broke the championship record set in 1995. She has also qualified for the English Schools Championships, where she will be entered into 1500m.
Below is a picture of Francesca racing for Great Britain on May 20th at the Loughborough International where she set a PB of 4 minutes 18 seconds.
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……
There have been a number of successes in the English Department recently: Ellen W. came runner up in the National English and Media Centre Close Reading Competition, with her analysis of an extract from ‘The Impressionist’ by Hari Kunzru. To be commended, the judges commented that students wrote fresh personal responses to the passage, balancing an overview with more detailed analysis and developing a line of argument. Her entry is available to read on the EMC website. https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/assets/uploads/documents/Ellen_Waters.pdf
Further to this, Ant H. was one of the winners of the prestigious Peterhouse College, Cambridge’s Thomas Campion English Prize. Students are tasked with exploring a theme within literature, this year’s being ‘discomfort’. The standard of entries was high but the judges felt that her essay stood out for its clarity of argument, stylish prose, level of research and originality of thought – viewing discomfort in light of Second Wave Feminism. This is a fantastic accolade and Ant is to be commended on her high level of academic writing.
Congratulations to both Ellen and Ant!
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