Model UN at Withington High

Model UN, Withington-High, June2015The school took a team to Withington Annual MUN conference on Sunday 28th June. This was a great opportunity for our younger delegates to experience a conference. Despite this, we had a number of students who   really excelled. There were three prizes awarded to our two delegations; all received ommended delegate awards.  These went to, Lucy (Year 9), Sophie (Year 9) and Florence (Year 10). Well done to all the girls who took part, they all took the opportunity to speak which is an impressive achievement since the standard of debate was so high.

Well done, girls!

Double drama win

Double Drama WinnersCongratulations to Claudia Gallagher and Olivia Harris, two of the talented cast members in Altrincham Creative Theatre School’s production of ‘Panto Inc.’ by John Banks.  The production has been touring the regional drama festivals. They have recently won Best Junior Play at Chelford Drama Festival and the Adjudicator’s Award at The Wilmslow Festival of One Act Plays. They will also be performing at Glossop Drama Festival this week, alongside their partner group Act II, which includes Emily, Emma and Lauren.  They will perform ‘Melons at the Parsonage’ by Nick Warburton. Good luck!

Cricket Tournament

Cricket Success June 2015Absolutely Fantastic !

Extremely well done to all the girls who were able to take part in the tournament on Sunday 28th June.

They  started well by winning the toss. Then they demonstrated good quality consistent bowling with few errors.  All of them !  Everybody got a decent bowl and showed they were worthy, with most (if not all ?) taking wickets.  Their fielding was superb.  Catches were taken when offered, and brave attempts made at some other difficult chances.  What followed was batting straight from the training ground.  Cricket Success June 2015Great running between the wickets, with some memorable drop and run combinations, batters at either end being alive to what is possible. This together with hitting the bad ball when given, and some glorious half volley drives to cover which gave some parents reason to offer positive statements of disbelief !

With a score of 110 v 103 after taking account of wickets, my reflection is that they were more consistent overall in batting and bowling.  The greater number of wickets taken was the difference …… or was it the shots for 4s and 6s…. or was it the run a ball approach…..  Who knows? They WON !

They have a medal each.  And there is a trophy which they will share around.  We await to hear whether that win gets them to the northern finals.

The girls are: Ojas, Emily, Amber, Elle, Hannah and Hollie

Welcome to the new Charity Committee 2015-2016

Charity Committee 2015-16The girls took over from last year’s committee at the end of last term. Last year’s committee raised an amazing £ 5 641.

So far this term, the girls have helped to raise £1 240 for the victims of the Nepal Disaster. This term’s charity is Shelter Box. Shelter Box provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. The girls have plans for a cake sale, a netball match and other events to raise more money for their chosen charity.

The Battle of Waterloo Commemoration Ceremony

Battle of Waterloo Virtual MuseumThe 18th June 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. As part of the bicentennial commemorative events the History Department at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls was invited to participate in the Waterloo 200 Project (one of only 200 schools to be involved). This has involved a small number of Year 9 students researching the life and experiences of a soldier who fought and died at the Battle of Waterloo.

Battle of Waterloo eBookOur allocated soldier was Major Edward Currie. As part of this research project, we were asked to contribute to the publication of an e-book and virtual museum.

To see our page on the Waterloo 200 e-book page click here:
www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/SchoolsWaterloo/Celebrations/WaterlooSoldiers/224

AGGS was represented at the official commemoration ceremony  at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday 18th June by Mrs Bowyer and Grace from Year 12, who wrote:

On the 18th of June 2015, 200 years after the Battle of Waterloo in which over 180,000 people lost their lives, I along with other students from around the country was lucky enough to attend a ceremony in commemoration at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The event was reported on the national news and was attended by a variety of people, including the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prime Minister, David Cameron. They all proceeded in to the Cathedral prior to the service together with the colours and Guidions of the Battle of Waterloo. Following this, accounts of the day that shaped European history were read aloud by English, French and German descendants of those involved in the Battle. There were also sermons, hymns and an address by the 9th Duke of Wellington, Charles Wellesley. Furthermore, British soldiers in full regalia stood to attention with old military weaponry as dignitaries entered the service. The day was one of remembrance for the unfathomable loss of life but also of celebration, marking the battle that prevented European domination by Napoleon Bonaparte and affirmed Britain as a powerful member of Europe. It was an honour to attend the prestigious event which occurred alongside other forms of commemoration which took place across Europe, including a re-enactment of the day itself in Belgium.” Grace, Year 12

Learning Disability Week

Learning Disability WeekThis week is Learning Disabilities Awareness week and to promote this year 7 & 8 had an assembly from MENCAP. The group talked about the importance of understanding what learning disabilities are and they showed a fantastic video they have created to raise awareness of learning disabilities.

All three of the young people pictured bravely spoke in front of two full year groups and were very well received. They were: Jonathan Shaw (Mencap Volunteer and previous Young Ambassador), David Parker-Conway (Mencap Young Ambassador), Tom Haskins (Young Ambassador- his sister is at the school he tells me)

The link to the charity MENCAP was made by one of our year 9 pupils, after she completed a charity presentation project this year. This project is about helping our pupils to reach out into the community and explore the diverse and exciting community we live in, giving back and helping where they can.

Former AGGS Student Secures Prestigious German Scholarship

Ellie Drainey is one of three Swansea University languages students, who have secured scholarships from the German government to allow them to follow summer courses at German universities, with the aim of improving their language skills and their knowledge of the country.

Read more on the Messenger

Read more about the scholarship on the Swansea University website

Students giving up their time to help charity

Year 10 girls sorting out items for Charity Crossroads DerbyshireYear 10 students kindly gave up a lunchtime to help victims of domestic abuse. Miss Devlin asked staff and students to do a Spring clean and bring in any good quality clothes that could be donated to Crossroads, a refuge in the North West. Established in 1979, Crossroads Derbyshire (previously Glossop Women’s Aid) has been supporting women and children suffering from domestic violence for more than 35 years.  They have recently started to support men in an Outreach capacity. Many survivors of abuse have to flee, often with children, with simply the clothes on their back and arrive with nothing. The refuge provides clothes to help get them started in their new life.

Thanks to Year 10 for their help and staff and students for their generosity in donations!

STEM Day – Tomorrow’s Engineers

Building cars on STEM Day - Tomorrow’s Engineers

On Thursday, 4th June, 60 year 8s spent 3 hours participating in a workshop with Tomorrow’s Engineers. The pupils started by looking at how our population is growing and the types of energy we will need to use in the future, participating in a market-place exercise to find out about different forms of energy. The workshop culminated in students making solar powered cars which required a lot of problem solving to ensure their motor was actually connected to their wheels! By the end of the workshop every group had a car that worked at least some of the time and their cars were raced against each other.

Find a more detailed report on the school News blog:
wp.aggs.trafford.sch.uk/aggsnews/

Salters Trip Success

Salters festivalsThe following girls came Second in the Salters Chemistry Challenge at the University of Manchester on Monday 08 June. This was a regional competition for the North West.

Maria, Maddie, Sneha and Ruby from Year 8.