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)
Year 12 Spanish students took part in the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry Competition, a national project, led by Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Director of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with Routes into Languages and the British Council. All Year 12 Spanish students submitted poems they had written in Spanish and a shortlist of four was then sent in to the nationwide competition.
Srishti won the KS5 competition with her poem entitled ‘Tras la tormenta’ (Through the Storm) and Sophie received a highly commended prize for her poem entitled ‘Veo belleza’ (I see beauty). Both are beautifully written original poems and the prizes are very well deserved. Huge congratulations to both Srishti and Sophie!
Year 7 students Nirja, Roxy and Jessica went to the regional final of the competition on Thursday 26th April. All three pupils competed to a very high standard and Nirja made it through to the semi-final for French, but unfortunately did not make it through to the final. They have done tremendously well to get this far and were a pleasure to be with this competition.
We got back safely from Granada yesterday afternoon after a very cold and often wet six days… not what you expect in Andalusia! Our programme (organised by our Spanish partner school) was packed with interesting activities; we spent a lot of time working along with representatives from the other schools in the project (Granada, Lille, Augsburg, Riga and Struer in Denmark) on our project theme of technology and the environment, culminating in the making of an artefact from rubbish materials – our students made an aquarium with jellyfish made from plastic bottles and bags. They also took an active role in a group discussion on environmental problems; the work of the project is all being uploaded to a website which we will share with you when it is ready.
We were also able to get a good feel for the culture of Granada and were privileged to visit the Alhambra. Our students stayed with Spanish families, and there were many tears and invitations to visit again when we departed. They were a credit to the school.
Congratulations to the 12 pupils in Year 7 who competed to such a high standard on Wednesday 7th February. It was very close, but the three winners are Jessica in 7-2 for Spanish and Roxy and Nirja, both in 7-3, for French. They have now qualified to take part in the regional final on 26 April.
On 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.
On Monday 6th November we were delighted to welcome Sonja Bernhard, School Liaison Officer, from the University of Manchester. She delivered a couple of talks to our Year 9 students about the value of language learning and they were very interested to hear of Sonja’s experiences as a native German speaker living and working in Manchester. She also spoke to Year 12 as part of careers week and shared lots of advice about combining language study with other subjects at university. The students were able to appreciate that language learning not only involves acquiring vocabulary but also gives us an understanding of the culture of other countries.
On Monday 17 July, all year 8 students took part in the annual MFL Eurovision competition. This involves learning a song in French, German and Spanish and performing it from memory. The standard of the competition was very high, with wonderful costumes, great singing and some very impressive choreography. The acts were interspersed by some performances from our year 10 language leaders and our year 12 language students. 8-2, representing Spain, were crowned winners for their performance of Alvaros Soler’s El Mismo Sol. Congratulations to all our participants! ¡Felicidades! Gut gemacht! Félicitations!
On Thursday close to seventy Year 8 and Year 9 pupils from seven different schools across the area (including AGGS, Cedar Mount and MCA) got together in the AGGS main hall for the Maths/MFL Roadshow. The hall was alive with activity and conversation as the pupils set to solving maths problems in pairs. The extra challenge was that all the problems were written in French, Spanish or German! Pupils worked really well together, some even managed to work out problems in languages they weren’t studying. There were some very helpful Year 10 students from AGGS present to help out when the going got tough and to check answers when success had been achieved.
Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way to make the event run so smoothly, we will hope to be running a similar Roadshow next year.’
Y12 Spanish took part in the Manchester Metropolitan University A-Level translation competition this year, and we are delighted that out of a number of entries from many different schools, both of our shortlisted entries won. Francesca B won the first prize and Tania T received the Second Prize.
The translation task was to produce an English version of a well-known song by top Spanish hip-hop singer El Chojín, who has a very high profile not just in his home country but throughout Latin America. The competition aimed to promote language learning through song lyrics, introducing A-Level students to the challenges of the translation of songs, and encourage them to engage with topical social issues and popular culture in Spanish.
Both Francesca and Tania were praised for their hard work and effort, which is testimony to their ability and to their passion for Spanish.