On 22nd November Year 11 took part in a Top Trader day trading in stocks and shares on the AGGS Stock Market. The day was delivered and run by employees of BNY Mellon. Trading was tough and highly competitive as the girls worked in teams to make as much money as they possibly could before trading ended. There was plenty of deliberation and important decision making to be made especially when the share prices of Gold and Greggs went up! They learnt how an investment bank differs from the High Street bank and experienced how the stock market actually works. Year 11 enjoyed speaking to the BNY employees about their particular job roles within BNY Mellon.
The winning team from our Y10 Willmott Dixon Enterprise day which took place in July, went on a construction site visit to Manchester University as part of their winning prize. They visited the Brunswick Park site and Schuster Building, which Willmott Dixon have been working at since last April.
It was interesting to see how all the planning and design had all come together to provide an impressive new £7.8 million state of the art physics department, complete with a modern lecture room for Professor Brian Cox to hold his physics lectures. The students got to meet the Construction Manager of the University, Simon and were shown round the site by Darrell, the Senior Build Manager and Apprentice, Bethany O’Neill, who was an excellent and enthusiastic role model for women in the construction industry. Bethany explained about the many different roles for women in construction and in particular her apprenticeship route as a Quantity Surveyor with Willmott Dixon. The students also got to see the Brunswick Park site which is going to be a lovely park area for the university students to walk through and saw the intricate laying of the Portugese style paving. The students asked lots of interesting questions and got to complete an online quiz about which sector in construction they would be most suited to. We would like to thank Willmott Dixon for putting together such an excellent site visit programme and for providing lunch.
The students all from 11-5 were: Oliva, Poppy, Diana, Imogen, Caitlin and Natasha.
Year 11 heard from a range of speakers who explained about the differences between 6th forms and colleges, college life and choices, the benefits of higher education, higher/degree apprenticeships and A-Level choices. We would like to thank Manchester College, Trafford Connexions, The Skills Company and Leeds University for coming into school to deliver the presentations. Year 11 also heard from 3 of our Y12/Y13 students about their particular experiences of choosing A-Level options. We hope that Year 11 feel they have been more informed about their post 16/18 options, which will enable them to make better decisions about their future.
On Wednesday 5th July, some of the Year 11 students who competed so successfully in the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition, run by the University of Manchester, returned to school to run a cryptography competition of their own. All of year 7 got to hear some of the tips and tricks Helen, Fiona, Miranda, Antonia, Hannah, Katie, Amy and Ellie had learned through the competition and then took part in a competition planned and executed to perfection. Four codes, designed to test the skills of the year 7s revealed the code to a safe, containing prizes for the winning team. One year 7 student said: “We had a great time breaking the codes- I didn’t realise it could be so much fun!”
On Friday 12 May, Year 11 celebrated the last official day of their five years at AGGS prior to study leave. We held a breakfast in the dining room, with leavers’ books being signed by staff and students followed by a wonderful assembly, which included some superb performances from our very talented students and ended with a montage of memories and a cascade of balloons. We wish all our Year 11 students every success in their GCSE examinations.
A team of talented year 11 mathematicians have won the Alan Turing Cryptography Competition run by the University of Manchester. Helen, Miranda, Amy and Hannah defeated teams from schools around the country, breaking a variety of codes posted online faster than anybody else, so fast in fact that one of the maths lecturers setting the codes sought out the team to ask how they managed to solve them so quickly! They received their prize at the cryptography day hosted by the University, where they underlined their dominance of the competition by winning the live cryptography competition, becoming the first team to win both the online and live competitions in the same year. Well done girls!
On Thursday 17th November lunchtime, 23 students from Years 9-13 took part in the BEBRAS Computational Thinking challenge, solving problems such as the one below.
Everyone acquitted themselves well, and six students have qualified to go through to the next round in March:
Ellie F (Y9), Beth G, Isabelle H, Miranda W, Martha W (Y11) and Stephanie L (Y13). Tabitha H achieved the best mark in Y10 who compete in the same category as Y11.
On Friday 4th November, Frantic Assembly came into school to work with GCSE and A-Level Drama students. The girls worked with an experienced practitioner who explored ways to approach devising drama using physical theatre as a style. Students explored contact work such as lifts and learnt a number of techniques which can be used as a starting point for a performance. Frantic Assembly reinforced the notion of collaborative theatre making in which all performers are part of the theatre making process whether they are in the scene of observing, keenly watching for new ideas and points for development. Based on feedback from the students, the girls got a great deal out of this workshop and are now inspired to use what they have learnt in their own pieces of theatre.
The first computing trip to San Francisco has been a huge success and they all arrived safely back into Manchester airport on Saturday the 29th October. It has been an extremely busy week visiting all the local sights; Alcatraz, bike ride over the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito, Fisherman’s Wharf, NASA, Stanford University, Computer History Museum, Tech Museum of Innovation, cable car ride, Lombard Street and Coit tower. We also managed to fit in a trip to Westfield Shopping centre, Stanford Shopping centre and Macy’s; you can’t visit America without a visit to the shops.
The girls enjoyed visiting Google and Microsoft and were inspired by the talks given by four women who work at Microsoft; they were also treated to a free lunch at both!
The behaviour of the girls was fabulous throughout the week.
A massive thank-you to Mr. Osborne, Mrs. Barrow and Mrs. Carradus for their hard work and good humour. A special mention to Mr. Osborne for his excellent map reading.