UKMT – Team Challenge – Northwest Finals

UKMT - Team Challenge - Northwest FinalsFour AGGS girls took part on Thursday, 23rd April, in the UKMT Team Challenge. 

They were competing against 29 other schools for the chance to represent the Northwest at the national finals in London.

The competition was fierce and after 5 hours of intense mathematical challenges the girls finished a very respectable fourth.

The girls really enjoyed themselves and were thrilled to also meet Harry (or maybe it was Henry), a student from Wigan who is on Britain’s Got Talent (some sort of TV show I think).

They were a genuine credit to the school and many teachers from other schools came up to us at the end to commend the girls on their commitment and excellent attitude during the day.

Mr Barry

Year 9 charity winners present cheque to David Lewis

Last term year 9 students in 9-3 won the year 9 citizenship charity presentations award, and yesterday they presented the £1,000 cheque to the winning charity David Lewis. David Lewis is a charity which helps children with special educational needs. It is a small, local charity very worthy of the prize money. Nicky Downes attended the cheque giving and commented on how well the students had done and praised them for the fantastic presentation they gave to raise awareness of the charity and the issue.

Ice Skating Silver Medal Winners

Ice Skating Silver Medal WinnersTilly (8-3), Katrina (6th Form) and Emily (6th Form), all represented Great Britain at the Kempen Trophy, Belgium over the Easter weekend.
The event attracted 650 skaters, 45 teams from 8 different countries.The girls all skated on the Junior team and won the silver medal. Tilly competed with the Juvenile team and they also won the silver medal.

Well done girls!

Shakespeare Competition Success

AGGS-Drama-Pupils-GroupOn Thursday, 23rd April, 10 of our year 8s and 2 of our 9s took part in the north west regional final of the ESU performing Shakespeare competition, which we hosted in our school. This was the second stage of the competition to choose the best monologue and best dualogue in the north west. Our girls were up against 4 year 9s from two other schools and all of them performed brilliantly! We were very proud of them.

We were successful in both areas with Sophia T a joint winner for best monologue and Jo M and Jess S winning best dualogue.

They are now through to the grand final in London in June.

Well done to them!

A Review from The Drama Department

It has been a very busy term in Drama and we have experienced some fantastic theatre as well achieving some outstanding results in the practical exams.

A View from the Bridge

A View from the BridgeYear 13 were fortunate enough to go and see a very moving performance of their A2 set text, A View from the Bridge, at Bolton Octagon on 10th February. The production gave the girls a real insight into the play as a 3D product and was followed on Tuesday 24th February by an inspirational workshop with Joe Mellor, assistant director on the production. The girls were given a director’s approach into revealing the themes and feelings within the play and practical guidance on directing the actors. The girls feel confident and motivated in approaching the written examination as a result.

 

Antigone

AntigoneOn Saturday 14th March, we travelled down to London with year 12 to see a performance of their set text, Antigone, at the Barbican Theatre. This very interesting new adaptation, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Ivan Van Hoe, gave the girls lots to think about and deepened their understanding of the play. It was also really fun, if not a little tiring, getting to London and back in a day and we arrived home with some sleepy, but inspired year 12s on the Saturday evening.

 

GCSE

The year 11 girls wowed us and the AQA moderator with their superb performances on Wednesday 18th March. They also thrilled their parents with a showcase of their work on the Monday before. There was a range of work performed; a very moving extract from ‘Be My Baby’, which tells the story of a group of unmarried girls in a home for young mothers in the 1960s. This was followed by an hilarious and energetic performance of the opening of the farcical ‘Daisy Pulls it Off’, a pastiche of 1920s private school girl stories. One group had devised their own work about the death of a prize parrot in a circus; a physical theatre piece that explored jealousy and stardom. And a wonderful extract from ‘The Wardrobe’, a charming play that tells of a wardrobe passed on over time through a series of scenes that show the life of the people at each time. This was performed by just two of the girls, who demonstrated their amazing abilities with accents.

 

AS

The year 12s also amazed their audiences with their fantastic performances of a range of extracts in the style of notable practitioners. A wonderful performance of ‘Kindertransport’ by Diane Samuel, performed in the style of Shared Experience, moved the audience through its thoughtful revelation of secret lives and hidden feelings. ‘Rat’s Tales’, performed in the style of Kneehigh, was creative and very funny in its dramatic storytelling style and the physical ‘Hansel and Gretel’ taken from Tim Supple’s ‘Grimm Tales’, was a truly thrilling piece of theatre to watch.

 

A2

The exam period finished with an outstanding piece of physical theatre entitled’ Tickets Please’, which had been totally created by the year 13 group. The performance told the story of a day in the life of a train station and was a showcase of Britain today told through the people who frequent the station.  The girls had worked so hard, giving up every lunchtime and after school and were rewarded with the best possible marks that credited their imagination, precision and creativity. Both their parents and the AQA moderator were very impressed and we were incredibly proud of them.

It has been a hectic but very creative and fun term for us in Drama. We are delighted with the girls for all of their excellent work.

The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones

The Lives and Loves of Jesobel JonesCongratulations to our own Mrs Clark for her debut YA novel “The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones” writing as Anna Mainwaring. Early reviews describe is as ‘funny and fabulous’!