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.
Congratulations to our new team of student leaders, who have recently been appointed following a rigorous application process. The new Student Leadership Team will continue to lead the main student groups that work throughout the school. This year sees the addition of a new post of student leader for sport, a role we are delighted to add. We were extremely impressed with the calibre of the candidates, in every step of the application process. Applicants were a credit to themselves and the school and it was a difficult decision to select only eight students. We are very much looking forward to working with our new Student Leadership Team and developing their roles further.
Student leader responsible for wellbeing: Amy B
Student leader responsible for Anti bullying: Jaya B
Student leader responsible for charity: Anum C
Student leaders responsible for school council: Isabelle I and Emily S
Student leader responsible for peer mentoring: Flora W
Student leader responsible for digital leaders: Miranda W
Student leader responsible for sport: Elysia Z
On Wednesday 25th April we were extremely lucky to have Professor Lord Robert Winston visit AGGS to speak to the whole of Y10 plus Y12 biology and psychology students. He gave a fascinating lecture that covered a wide range of topics, including the importance of failure and perseverance in scientific research, the collaboration required between the different sciences in order to drive progress, the evolution of humans and their future plus genetic technologies and the ethics of their practice in modern medicine. He also joined a smaller discussion group after school to discuss these issues and more with some keen Year 11, 12 and 13 students. We are extremely grateful for his time and energy and hope he has inspired the students to consider a broad range of scientific careers in their future.
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.
This 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
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.
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
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.
Today, Celine B and Emily L in Y13 took part in the national final of the Institut Français Debating Competition in London, against teams from ten other schools from across the country, having come second in the regional competition. They won their first debate against Stephen Perse School and narrowly lost their second debate against Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys, having to defend the motion ‘Multilingualism is a barrier to the unity of a nation’… in French! Although they did not make it to the grand final, Celine won the judges’ favourite prize for an excellent individual performance. Celine and Emily were both fantastic and a credit to themselves and the school.