Science Question Time

MSIIn 2016, Manchester will be European City of Science. What better time than now to think about what the future of science means for Greater Manchester, the UK, and the world? Join a panel of experts at the newly opened University Technical College at Media City to debate the key issues confronting science over the next decade and beyond, from digital to DNA. Produced in partnership with the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters programme, promoting young people’s involvement in science. This event is part of Manchester Science Festival and is suitable for all ages, especially 12+  Arrivals from 530pm for a prompt 6pm start *

Dan Clayton Delivers an English Language Programme

Dan Clayton English Language ProgrammeLinguistics and English Language enthusiast Dan Clayton, took time out of his busy schedule to come to AGGS on Wednesday 7th October 2015 to deliver a two hour programme to our year 12 and 13 students of English Language. It consisted of a thought provoking lecture on English language change followed by a workshop, focussing on analysis and examination skills.

Dan is an AQA A level senior examiner, contributor to emag (a magazine aimed at A level English students, produced by the English and Media Centre), co-author of the Nelson Thornes’ AQA A English Language AS textbook. His A level English Language blogs are viewed by thousands and he recently delivered one of the key note speeches at the British Library English Grammar Conference in London, July 2015. He is also a highly successful and experienced teacher at St. Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in south London.

In his lecture, he examined British attitudes to language change, examining whether ‘poor’ language skills (spoken and written) reflected or determined attitudes in young people today. After examining sources throughout history it became apparent that the so called ‘decline’ in English language skills has been a concern of older generations almost since records began. Caxton was casting aspersions on young people’s use of English in the 15thc, Dryden and Jonathan Swift in the 17thc. David Starkey’s fear that the summer of riots in 2011 were caused by the use of ‘Jafaican’, are clearly unfounded. Evidence points to literacy improving not declining among young people today.

In the workshop, the girls were given extracts to analyse in preparation for their AS and A2 examinations. Comments at the end of the session from Lauren, Becky, Robyn, Ellia Chloe, Harina, included: ‘Dan used lots of relevant examples and spoke to us on our level’; ‘he gave us lots of really relevant examples to help us, which we can use in our examination’; ‘the terminology he used and the informal way he presented has really inspired us and made his lecture and workshop highly accessible’; ‘the breakdown of the different models has been really helpful and the use of up to date research will really help us in our examinations’; ‘I have really enjoyed seeing the links between the lecture and what we are doing in class.


Many thanks to Ms O’Hara and Mrs Cleary for organising this event.


CareerspeakWe began the new Term and new start of the Careerspeak programme with some interesting careers speakers. Dr Lisa Ficklin, from Manchester University, came in to speak about the new International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response course. Dr Ian Roberts was invited to the Science department to talk about the resistance to antibiotics and Network Rail delivered a talk on what IT really means, how to get into it and the career opportunities available to female students. English and Geography had speakers into their departments to talk about the English language and climate change and Drama had a visitor from Salford University’s Performance School of Arts and Media.

Some exciting Careers talks to start off the new term – look out for lunchtime dates next Term, particularly during Careers fortnight between 2-13 November.

Year 11 Fundopoly Enterprise Day


On 30th September Year 11 took part in a Fundopoly day trading in stocks and shares on the AGGS Stock Market. The day was delivered and run by employees of BNY Mellon. Trading was tough and highly competitive as the girls worked in teams to make as much money as they possibly could before trading ended. There was plenty of deliberation and important decision making to be made especially when the share prices of Gold and Greggs went up! They learnt how an investment bank differs from the High Street bank and experienced how the stock market actually works. Year 11 enjoyed speaking to the BNY employees about their particular job roles within BNY Mellon.

Genesis Conference – Charity Committee

Genesis Conference - charity committeeOn the Wednesday 16th September, The Charity Committee went to a conference at Wythenshawe hospital, conducted by the charity ‘Genesis’. Genesis is the only UK charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer.

Whilst there, the six of us were given a tour of the clinic, named ‘The Nightingale Centre’. This is where most research, scans, and aftercare for any sufferers of breast cancer take place. We were shocked by the vast numbers of records of people who had been checked for breast cancer in the clinic; it was huge surprise considering the small space they had to do all of their work.

We also learned a lot about the dangers of breast cancer, and it was clear to see that all of the volunteers and workers, through their talks, were passionate about the work they are doing. We learned, for example, that currently 1 in 10 women in the UK will develop breast cancer- and 1 in 1000 men can get breast cancer too. Genesis made it clear that their aim is to ‘create a breast cancer free future for the next generation’.

We are currently planning and thinking of some ideas to raise some money for the charity, which you will be told about soon. We hope you will get involved, and help us and Genesis by joining the fight to ‘make 1 in 10, none in 10.’

Lena U, Year 11, Charity Committee.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning-1 Macmillan Coffee Morning Every year, Macmillan organises The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise money to support cancer patients and their families, and our school hosts a cake sale in order to donate the money we raise to Macmillan. However, this year’s was by far the biggest cake sale I have ever seen (and I’ve been here for four years!). The rest of the charity committee and I arrived to find hundreds of cupcakes, home bakes and biscuits lined up on four tables either side of the main hall, waiting to be sold. Within minutes of lessons ending, a flood of people rushed to the tables, and in the blink of an eye the delicious cakes were being sold here, there and everywhere.

Macmillan Coffee MorningThe cake sale was a huge success and in the end we raised £505.88 for Macmillan! However, this would not have been possible had it not been a team effort, and we would like to say a big thank you to those who donated cakes, those who helped sell them and of course those who bought them. It would not have been possible without you. We look forward to raising even more money for charity in the future, so we can give all the support we can to those in need.

Emily S (Charity Committee rep)

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival 2015Thanks to all Year 7-11 Charity Form reps over the past few weeks. We have a great display of food for Harvest Festival.

The Harvest goods will be  donated to Cornerstone Centre in Salford . They really are in desperate need of food to feed some of the 200 people who come through their doors every day!

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AGGS was Represented at the 2015 McKinsey Leadership Academy

FF-Mckinsey-programmeOn the 10th and 11th July Eleanor attended the 2015 McKinsey Leadership Academy at Wellington College in Berkshire.

She was selected following a rigorous application process, competing with students from over 250 schools in the UK and Ireland for a place on this prestigious training programme.

The two day residential brought together 100 high-achieving Year 12 students with McKinsey & Company professionals and Future Foundations facilitators for an intensive programme of experiential workshops, presentations, challenges and one-to-one mentoring.

The Academy enables participants from across the UK and Ireland to learn about leadership by working in small teams in a fun informal atmosphere, giving them a toolkit of approaches and an action plan for the coming year.

Over the next 10 months Eleanor will be supported by McKinsey to design and run a personal leadership project which impacts her community. She will be invited to return to Wellington College for a graduate reunion next year and given the chance to win a scholarship and work experience at the firm’s London offices.

The McKinsey Leadership Academy is funded by McKinsey & Company, a world-leading management consultancy firm who work with companies, governments and not-for-profit organisations to help them tackle their biggest challenges.

The programme is run in partnership with Future Foundations, an award winning training provider whose programmes inspire young people to achieve their full potential and become leaders in their own lives and in society.

Future Foundations’ are currently recruiting students aged 15-17 to participate in Global Social Leaders between 8th-19th August 2016. This is a transformational 12 day residential for young people from across the world who are driven to make social change on a global scale. Meet young leaders, exchange ideas, learn different leadership models and plan a project to make a positive impact in your local community. For more information about GSL and to apply for 2016 visit the FF website.