Athletics Success

On Wednesday 13th May, the Years 8, 9 and 10 athletics teams were involved in Trafford Schools’ competition.  The year 9s finished as runners up and year 8 and 10 came third.

More importantly, from this competition Victoria, Leyla, Lizzy, Amy, Olivia, Sophie and Francesca have reached the qualifying standard for selection to the Trafford team which competes in the Greater Manchester Competition in June.

On Thursday 14th May, the Junior and Intermediate Athletics teams competed in Round 1 of the English Schools’ Track and Field Cup.  Both teams won their respective competitions – the Juniors by a massive 28 points ahead of second place.  They now progress to the North West Regional Finals of the competition, which will be held sometime between 11th and 17th June.

Ms O’neal

Rowing Achievement

Imogen - rowingImogen (Year 10) was chosen to represent the North West at the National Junior Rowing Inter Regional Event in Nottingham on the 25th April 2015.

The event has representation from 12 regions in the country and each region make up a full team of the best athletes from their region from ages of 14 to 16 years both boys and girls.

Imogen competed in WJ15 coxed four and came 4th in the A final contributing 9 points. They competed in very difficult and windy conditions and hope this inspires them to continue competing at this high level.

Imogen only started rowing in September. She is now a very dedicated member of Northwich RC and trains at least four times a week.  She and her fellow coxed-four crew members will be participating in the National Schools’ Regatta at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham this Saturday.

Good luck, Imogen!

Junior Manchester Run

Francesca 1st Place Junior Manchester Run Congratulations to Francesca (Year 10) for winning the Junior Manchester Run on Saturday 9th May, and to Lizzie, Year 8, for achieving the third place in her age group.

Well done!

Francesca and Lizzie, Junior Manchester Run

Revision Guide for Computing published by Jazib

Revision Guide for Computing - JazibJazib (Year 12) has successfully published a Revision Guide for Computing for the OCR Specification, which is available on Amazon and Lulu.com.

This is a great achievement for her and an honour for her school and her teachers.

Well done, Jazib!

AGGS String Orchestra have again won through to the National Finals of Music For Youth

String Orchestra SuccessAGGS String Orchestra have again won through to the National Finals of Music For Youth with their exciting programme which included Britten and Bartok. This ensemble is led brilliantly by Mrs Janet Janes, also violin and viola teacher at AGGS and includes advanced and committed string players from Y8 to Y13.

The girls will play their national final programme in the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham on Fri 10 July, competing against the top string orchestras and ensembles in the country.

If you would like to hear the orchestra perform, they will be playing their 15 minute programme in the AGGS Summer Serenade during the evening Monday 6th July. Tickets available from Reception.
Good luck girls!

Mr Emms was awarded the Ordnance Survey award by the Royal Geographical Society for excellence in Geography education

Mr Andrew EmmsA huge ‘Congratulations’ to Mr Emms for being awarded the prestigious Ordnance Survey award by the Royal Geographical Society for excellence in Geography education at secondary level.

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The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s prestigious medals and awards recognise excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement. They are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding achievements. Recipients join a prestigious list that includes Sir Alexander Burnes, David Livingstone, Alfred Russel Wallace, Captain R. Scott and more recently Professor Peter Haggett, Sir Crispin Tickell and Sir David Attenborough.

This year, the Society’s medals and awards recognise eighteen different people for their outstanding contributions to Geography. The awards will be presented on 1 June 2015 at the Society’s Annual General Meeting in London.’

Amelia, Year 9 – Ice Skating update

Amelia, Ice skatingAmelia (Year 9) has an Ice Dance skating partner, Oliver (AGSB Year 9).  Recently they achieved 2nd place overall at a competition at Lee Valley.  Even better, last week they took individual and overall gold in the Bracknell IJS Qualifier.  This has resulted in their current GB ranking at Basic Novice level improving to 3rd in the UK.  See below the press release from Silver Blades Widnes following the  Lee Valley competition.  Their Bracknell performance has resulted in them being invited to join the Great Britain Development Squad. This is basically the group of skaters who receive additional input and training from NISA (National Ice Skating association) so they can progress and represent GB at international level.Amelia-Ice-skating-y9-press

The British Nationals competition in Sheffield takes place this November and on current levels of progress we are very hopeful!

Emotional Health Pledge

Emotional Health PledgeSt. Antony’s Catholic College Associate Headteacher Fiona Wright has become the latest Head to sign the Trafford Youth Cabinet’s ‘Emotional Health Pledge.’

Inspired by a speech by 15-year-old Youth Cabinet member Hannah at a special meeting of all 18 Trafford secondary school headteachers, Mrs Wright is now keen to introduce the sort of measures proposed by the teenage activists.

Hannah explained: “We want more awareness from our teachers of the range of problems today’s teenagers face and greater consistency in how our teachers deal with these emotional problems.”

Hannah continued: “There is a growing incidence in all our schools of problems such as eating disorders and self harm. Teenagers don’t know how each individual case will be dealt with. Many don’t want to get involved with the Trafford Schools’ Counselling Service, but just want to talk to someone in school, but they don’t know if they will lose control of their own case; whether their parents will become involved and what ramifications there will be for seeking help.”

Fellow Trafford Youth Cabinet member Lauren, 17, also a pupil at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, added: “We have asked local headteachers to sign this pledge so they can access more resources for training and adopt right across the borough a much more consistent approach.”

Lauren added: “The Trafford Youth Cabinet conducted a research of both pupils and teachers and it showed more and more youngster had problems but most teachers were unaware of exactly how they should handle these matters.”

Mrs Wright, who has driven forward a dramatic increase in standards at St. Antony’s since her  appointment over 12 months ago, said: “I could not agree more. All the headteachers were simply blown away by Hannah’s presentation. We do need a more consistent approach and all staff need to be more aware of such problems. It’s a very important issue in our schools today not just in Trafford but nationwide.”
Mrs Wright added: “There will be some instances where the context of the situation demands more flexibility but in principle I am fully behind this proposal and only too delighted to sign the pledge and look forward to instituting the type of teacher training this programme requires.”

Lauren added: “This isn’t just for this generation of young people but for generations to come and that is why we want to institute a programme of ambassadors in each school so youngsters on the spot can communicate their wider concerns to Youth Cabinet members.”

Mrs Wright is the fifth of Trafford’s 18 secondary school heads to sign up.

AGGS Mock Elections

Mock Elections 2015Thursday 30th April saw the AGGS Mock Elections. The girls did a fantastic job at organising the voting yesterday and then counting. For those who saw the Q & A, the competition was tough and the students really knew their policies. The results are in and were announced by our Acting Returning Officer Ellie Foxford at 3.30 yesterday.

The winning party was Labour (Phoebe J) with 177, Conservatives were second with 162, Monster Raving Looney Party were 3rd with 98, Green Party 4th with 92 votes and 5th was the Liberal Democrats with 82.

We had over 600 votes cast which was impressive.
There was an interesting correlation in the voting with certain parties popularity showing in different places around the school; sixth form was Conservative, Main school Labour and our ballot box over the road in Fairlie was Lib Dems.

Well done to everyone who was involved.