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Competitions

Year 10 Moth in a China Shop Business Competition

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

Competition Successes in Biology

Our biology students have been enjoying a lot of success this term. Freya P (Y12) won the Corpus Christi (Cambridge) essay writing competition for her essay “Phantom pain: A ghost in the machine, or a biological basis?” She is attending a prize-giving ceremony at Corpus Christi on Saturday 5th May where she will have a tour of the College, meet undergraduates and will be presented with £250.

In addition to Freya’s success, Rumaisa J’s essay “Viruses in the oceans: could we live without them?” was highly commended in the same competition. Congratulations to both our students for their fantastic achievements!

Not to be outdone, our Y10 GCSE students have also been winning prizes! In the annual MiSAC Competition (Microbiology in Schools) Jenny Z won first prize (£100 and £250 for the department) and Chimno I achieved a commendation. Their work, designing website pages on the topic of “Commercial uses of fungi – what do fungi do for us” will be displayed on the MiSAC website later this term.

There were fantastic entries from younger students too, who will be getting certificates in the next month, and we will be displaying all entries in the biology department.

What fungi do for us essayWhat fungi do for us essay

Big Bang Fair

Big bang fair 2018, NEC, Birmingham

Physics talent 2030Big bang fair 2018, NEC, BirminghamThis term the physics department at AGGS publicised the Talent 2030’s National Engineering Competition for Girls, targeting students from years 9, 10 and 12. The competition invites students to solve the major challenges of the 21st century, to get creative, get thinking and most of all – have fun!

The objective of this competition was to identify and provide possible solutions for some of the challenges of the 21st century

We were really pleased with the phenomenal interest in this competition with 97 girls from AGGS submitting an entry about a diverse range of topics which included:

Dealing with climate change
Public transport safety
The declining bee population
Deforestation
Overpopulation
Food wastage

On 17th March 2018 a shortlisted group were invited to showcase their entries at the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham as their entry was of particular interest to the judges. Students were given the opportunity to showcase their competition projects to the visitors of the fair.

Twenty Two of the shortlisted finalists were students from AGGS and are listed below. These students should be congratulated for their efforts for the phenomenal quality of the work they produced.

Students involved:

Year 9: Isabel A, Rose C, Amy C, Ella R, Christabel A, Orla B, Charlotte L, Karis M, Alison F, Connie A, Alkicia M

Year 10: Emily C, Shraddha A

Year 12: Fiona S, Kerensa S-B, Alice G, Mingya G, Hannah M, Beth G, Zoe G, Isla H, Amelia G

Mr Nisar

Big bang fair 2018, NEC, BirminghamBig bang fair 2018, NEC, Birmingham

UKMT Success

UKMT KS3 Success, March 2018

4 pupils from years 8 and 9 represented AGGS yesterday at the UKMT team challenge. The pupils achieved 5th out of 27 teams! The pupils involved were Evie, Rachel, Nishi (Year 8 ) and Rose (Year 9).

ESU performing Shakespeare competition

On Monday February 26th we hosted the regional final of the ESU performing Shakespeare competition in which 20 students from schools across the region performed monologues and dualogues from Shakespeare to win a place in the National Finals in London. We had four participants and Caitlin H in year 9 successfully won one of two places and will now be performing her monologue from King Lear again at the final in a West End theatre on 20th March.

Congratulations to her if you see her – she was outstanding!

Grace is the TDCI English Junior Modern Champion

Grace - the TDCI English Junior Modern Champion

Grace - the TDCI English Junior Modern ChampionOn Sunday 19th November Grace, Y8, competed in the TDCI English Junior Modern Championships and was awarded 1st Place out of 119 competitors becoming the English Junior Modern Champion 2017. The TDCI English Championships took place at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale and Grace was presented with the Trophy by the Mayor of Trafford Jonathan Coupe.

Year 13s at the Modern Languages Debating Competition

Year 13 Modern Languages Debating TeamOn Thursday 16th November, Ms Gill, Miss Benson, Mrs Ryan and Mrs McIntosh accompanied three teams of Year 13 language students (French, German and Spanish) at the Northern Schools’ Modern Languages Debating Competition at Cheadle Hulme School. It was only the second time that AGGS entered, having won the Spanish finals at last year’s competition. The students debated topics such as “Success is the source of happiness” and “Wars are unavoidable” in their foreign languages against teams from schools including, MGS, Withington, Bolton, Connell and QEGS Blackburn.

All three teams did well, with the German team (Lybah H and Alisha M) winning one of their two debates, but losing narrowly to the overall winners of the heats, Stockport Grammar. Our Spanish team (Alycia A and Anya S) fought well, but lost out in the semi-finals. Our French team (Celine B and Emily L) battled fiercely, ultimately coming runners up to Bolton Girls in the final, but taking home books for second place.

Biology Photography Competition Winners

Connie A - Deer 1
First Prize: Connie A – Deer 1

First prize in the Biology Photography competition was won by Connie A, whose photo of a deer lit by a shaft of sunlight at Dunham Massey was superb. Our guest judge Dr Pickering praised its composition and the detail she captured. Connie received her prize, a digital camera, kindly donated by Dr Pickering.

Karis M - Butterfly 3
Third Prize: Karis M – Butterflies mating
Martha W - Little Robin Redbreast
Second prize: Martha W – Little Robin Redbreast

Second and third prize winners were Martha W (Little Robin Redbreast) and Karis M (Butterflies mating)They both received signed copies of Dr Pickering’s book ‘Photosafari’. Also commended were Martha’s pictures of Fighting Grebes and Guillemots and Sudiksha D-K’s Lovers on a Leaf.

Thank you to all those who entered – we had the most fantastic selection of photographs and it was incredibly hard to pick the winners. Next year’s photography competition will be slightly different – we are going for microscopic biology. More information to follow next year!

Female STEM Pioneer Poster Competition

 

How much do you know about female STEM pioneers?
Have you been inspired by a female scientist?
Could you help inspire others?

Produce a poster about a female STEM pioneer – No bigger that A3 size.
Research what they did, how they did it and how it’s impacted on peoples lives.
Entries to Mrs Hulme, Deadline – End of term

STEM Club Logo Design

STEM Club logo, Designed by Aniya G, Year 8The winner of the logo design competition is Aniya G from Year 8. The science department really like they way that Aniya had included the shape and style of the school logo into her design. It made it very specific to STEM here at AGGS. Well done.