We have been very fortunate that Willmott Dixon agreed to deliver a second Enterprise day to the whole of Year 10 on Friday 14th July.
“The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to 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 at lunchtime and they had to spend £5,000,000 in order to fix the problem.
Each of the groups had to present their ideas to the judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were Caitlin Dennehy, Natasha Devbhandari, Diana Gibbons, Imogen Gordon, Poppy Hall and Olivia Davey-Bashir from 10-5. Next term they will have the opportunity to visit a building in Manchester which is currently being constructed by Willmott Dixon. This will be a fantastic opportunity to see the range of career opportunities and progression paths available in the construction industry.
We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again next year as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it but more importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible career paths.
GCSE Computing students visited UKFast this term to experience working life in a multi-award winning digital business. It’s a business renowned for its innovation and fun culture as well as being one of the UK’s leading cloud hosting and colocation firms. UKFast was launched and founded in a back bedroom in 1999 by Lawrence and Gail Jones (Gail is a former AGGS student).
The visit involved a tour of their state of the art office and gave career tips and ideas from experts to help our students prepare a career for the future. UKFast are always looking for talent and they want to encourage more females into their business. They offer work experience placements and a number of Year 10’s are hoping to get the chance to experience working there.
And of course they had the chance to go down the infamous UKFast slide!
On Friday, 7th July we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 pupils as part of their Careers Day.
The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our Alumnae, Alex Thorpe who works in marketing for VIMTO drinks. This was followed by a CV writing skills session, a session with the RAF and Army and a workshop delivered by our Connexions Adviser on labour market information.
Throughout the day, year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from Barclays Bank, Tesco, Unilever, St.Mary’s Hospital to name a few and many of
whom were parents. We are extremely grateful to them for kindly giving up their busy working day to interview our pupils. The interviews were an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews which gave the girls an insight into the world of work.
To attach a sense of reality and importance to the day, the girls were asked to come into school wearing smart business attire. There were some very smart young ladies indeed, who would have been readily employed by our interviewers! We received many comments from the interviewers complimenting the pupils on their high standard and quality of responses to questions.
On Thursday 6th July, the year 10 GCSE drama students performed pieces from 6 different plays as part of their GCSE course. All of the extracts were taken from plays that had adapted pre- twentieth century novels and gave the students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of creative adaptation as a style and use some of the techniques they had seen expertly used by Kneehigh theatre company on our recent trip to London. Costumed in a range of top hats, tail coats and Victorian skirts, the students provided a very entertaining evening with outstanding performances. The extracts included Great Expectations, Emma, Jane Eyre, The Hounds of the Baskerville, Little Women and Oliver Twist. Excellent marks were achieved by all. Well done year 10!
The English department were very happy to welcome Rachel McIntyre to AGGS on July 6th. Rachel, who has had three books for teenagers published in the last two years, came to deliver creative writing workshops to year 9 and year 10 and to talk to students in the library. The workshops were fast-paced and engaging. Students learned how to create an original character and how to plot a story. Who knew year 9 had such dark imaginations? Rachel talked to aspiring writers in the library, suggesting ways in which they could develop their writing.
Huge thanks to Rachel to taking time out to visit us.
8 x year 10 girls took part in the competition sponsored by Kelloggs They had to design a cereal bar. They had to build a model in the factory they would make it in, set out costings and marketing ideas and then present their pitch to the dragons. They were amazing and we all had a great day developing our understanding of the process of manufacturing, improving our team work and presentation skills. Well done to all of them.
On Tuesday 6th June, Olivier Trolallen from La Boheme returned to AGGS with his pastry chef, Jennie. This time it was the turn of the students to impress the two chefs with their skills. Each student had been asked to make a sweet or savoury tart with pastry. The end products were amazing. They were marked out of 30 for their appearance, flavour and quality of the pastry.
The four lucky winners, Natasha, isabelle, Georgia and Imela all won vouchers to spend at La Boheme in the restaurant, The two overall winners, Isabelle and Natasha, have been invited to spend a day in the kitchen with Jennie learning some tricks of the trade and making desserts to serve in the restaurant. What an amazing opportunity. As always, big thanks goes to Olivier and Jennie for giving up their precious time and to all the students who took part and made such fantastic efforts to create some wonderful dishes.
This week year 10 Food and Nutrition students were lucky enough to have a cookery demonstration by Olivier Troallen, chef and owner of La Boheme, a French restaurant in Lymm. He showed them how to make a delicious chocolate tart which they all got to taste.
The students will be making their own chocolate tarts this week and then creating their own original version of a tart for Monsieur Troallen when he returns on the 6th June.
The year 10’s recently completed a Design and make project for Retail. Producing a range of wonderful interior products inspired by iconic furniture stores such as Habitat and Heals. Pupils made a range of outcomes including multi-functional laser cut bedside tables, hand carved hardwood stools and copper lights and were all really pleased with the results.