Just got home from hockey practice with the AGGS junior teams. Over 50 students turned up tonight to celebrate the end of the season with a fancy dress training session.
Coaches Mrs “Tigger” Hardicre and Mrs “Dinosaur” Reynolds were joined by the year 7 zebras, year 8 hoodies and balloons and the year 9 swimmers.
Each year group was split into four teams and we had ourselves a mini round robin tournament followed by a penalty shuffle.
Well done to teams “Im Not Sure” , “Shrek” and “The Best” for taking part and to our winners – team “Just Add Water”.
Thank you all for a fantastic hockey season. Enjoy the summer break and we will see you all on the training ground in September.
On Monday year 8 had a session in the hall with the fantastic youth workers from Brook. The session considered and explored Gender Identity allowing students to engage in productive discussion about the issue and learn different terminologies and the importance of respecting others. The session also explored sexuality and the dangers of homophobia and transphobia and how this can make a person feel. The session was fantastic and year 8 seemed to gain a great deal from the activities and discussions.
This week, 75 students in years 7 to 9 undertook their LAMDA examinations at school over two days. Depending on the year group, students did grade 3, 4 or 5. They were expected to perform a piece of prose and poetry to the examiner and had to answer theoretical questions about both texts.
Well done to all involved – we shall find out the results in September!
On Thursday 70 year 8 students spent the day as engineers. They first learnt about how our growing human population means non-renewable resources will run out and we need to think of creative ways to generate enough energy without impacting any more on the environment. They used the knowledge they had gained to recommend a source of energy for a particular country. Then in teams they spent time building and charging a solar powered car with which to race against the other teams. This took much alteration of the components and design for it to work effectively and they showed great teamwork skills. At the end of the day the winning teams’ car went so far it had to be turned round at the end of the racetrack! The students involved had a great time and we hope they may be inspired to think about engineering as a future career.
These are the books we have been able to buy for the library from the money raised by the Fandom Day on 3rd February. Huge thanks to the Year 8 School Council who organised the day. The books ordered have all been selected from the Suggestions Box in the library.
Last Friday the members of Illuminate; Orla, Ibby, Rose and Amy (8-6) visited UKFast in Manchester to find out if it would be possible to bring Illuminate – their cyberbullying support website to life.
Aaron Saxton (Director of Training and Learning) gave us a tour of the premises and explained how UKFast has become one of the UK’s leading managed hosting and colocation providers to some of Britain’s best-loved brands. We even had the opportunity to meet Lawrence Jones again (Co-owner of UKFast) who showed us around his office and expressed how enthusiastic he is about the project. One of the highlights of the visit was the opportunity to have a go on the slide!
On Thursday, 4th May we held our first ever World of Work (WoW) Day for our Year 8 students. We invited in 10 of our alumnae to deliver a series of talks on what they have done since leaving AGGS.
The aim of the day was to open the students up to an array of different careers and opportunities on offer after they leave school and to think about the different skills needed. Assemblies and form time sessions were delivered over the week to help them to think about what skills they already have, and how they can develop and build upon these skills in and out of school for their future careers.
“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”
Thank you to all of our alumnae volunteers for giving up their time to help us with this day. It is always lovely to welcome back our former students; current AGGS students thoroughly enjoyed hearing from those who were once in their shoes.
Orla, Rose, Ibby and Amy (8-6) did themselves and the school proud at the Mosaic Regional Finals. They came in 2nd place with Ladybridge being announced the NW winners.
The best part of the day was that Lawrence Jones OBE and CEO of UKFast wants to work with the team to try and launch their cyber-bullying app – watch this space we may have 4 entrepreneurs in our midst!
The Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is an inter-school competition which encourages a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst young people. In addition to encouraging an understanding of business and enterprise, participants also develop a number of transferable skills such as: confidence; team work; meeting deadlines; clarity of expression; lateral and creative thinking; and flexibility and adaptability. This year we asked year 8’s to volunteer for the programme and we have 24 teams take part.
Students learnt about businesses, business principles and then applied them by playing an online business simulation game during which they produced, marketed and sold one of five products. Each team had the opportunity to play the game as many times as they wish until the closing date of 3rd March. The team’s highest profit over all the games is then taken and the top five scoring schools are then invited to the Regional Finals.
Massive congratulations to team 18 (8-1 Orla, Rose, Amy and Isabel) who will represent the school at the Regional finals at KPMG on 29th March. We wish them all the best.
Today Year 8 school council reps have organised Fandom Day to help raise funds for the library. Students were asked to choose their favourite book character, film character, celebrity, anything they are a fan of and then dress up depicting this fandom. The costumes were fabulous, from Willy Wonker to Harry Potter to Manchester United, the costumes were so varied and some have made an amazing effort.
Well done to Year 8 School Council for organising 🙂