Tears were shed this morning as we said goodbye to our Year 13 students, who now begin their study leave for their A level exams. We had a lovely morning of celebrations with a leavers’ breakfast and a wonderful assembly, which included some superb performances from our very talented girls, as well as a very entertaining contribution from the tutor team! We would like to wish our students the very best of luck for their forthcoming exams, and health and happiness for the future. We will miss you!
Alicia G from Year 9 has been nominated for an award through the Police Cadets. The award is for Community safety and policing. She found a missing child during the Manchester Marathon and her section has put her forward as a nominee.
Alicia will attend the Ceremony at the Hilton at Mcr Airport next Sunday. Good luck and well done for being nominated.
On Wednesday 26th May, 60 Year 5 pupils from Bowdon Church Primary School came to AGGS to take part in a design and technology morning. The pupils were able to experience design and technology in a secondary school in all three areas; Food, Product Design and Textiles. Everyone had a very exciting morning completing three different end results to take home with them including a pizza toast, a felt photo frame and a laser cut personalised ruler. Each result was designed and manufactured by the Year 5 pupils with help from the design and technology teachers at AGGS!
On Friday 13th May, Year 11 celebrated the last official day of their five years at AGGS prior to study leave. We held a breakfast in the dining room, where bacon rolls and croissants were eaten, leavers’ books signed and the atmosphere a heady combination of excitement and nostalgia. This was followed by the Leavers’ Assembly, including speeches, drama and music performances from both staff and girls and ending with a montage of memories and a cascade of balloons.
On the 17th May we were very pleased to welcome Professor Tiffany Stern from Oxford University, to AGGS to deliver a lecture to our year 13 literature students on Sheridan’s 18th century play The Rivals. We were also pleased to welcome 12 sixth form students from Chetham’s School of Music, who are also studying the same play.
Tiffany Stern is Professor of Early Modern Drama (English Faculty) at Oxford University and a Beaverbrook and Bouverie Fellow in English (University College). She is also the editor for the Mermaid edition of The Rivals that girls have been studying for their A2 examination.
Using a selection of very informative slides, Tiffany took us through the exciting (and at time infamous) life of Sheridan and how his life events influenced both the themes and characterisations present in the play; she also looked at the Bath setting in detail, explaining why it was unusual in the 18thc to set a play outside London and why Bath was so significant for the themes Sheridan wanted to explore.
This was a wonderful opportunity for the students both to add to their knowledge of AO2 and 4 assessment criteria for the examination and to experience a high level lecture in preparation for their university life in September. We are very grateful for Tiffany having made the journey up from Oxford for us!
Here are some of the comments from the girls:
‘I found the comment Tiffany made on all the characters containing elements of Sheridan and his wife Elizabeth really interesting’ Niamh
‘I liked her point about Jack Absolute being both whimsical and devious’ Thasmia
‘The point Tiffany made about there being untenable conflict within the text, made me think about how the themes worked in more depth’ Holly
‘The point that stuck with me was the comment that Jack is his own biggest rival’ Victoria
‘I enjoyed: Lydia Languish likes trashy novels and wishes she were in one and in fact in The Rivals she is nearly the star of one with Jack’ Katherine
‘This was a really useful lecture and will help me a lot in the examination’ Afiya
We are pleased to announce that we have been reaccredited the Inspiring IAG Gold award for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance. The good quality CEIAG provision we provide will enable our pupils and students to make well informed decisions about their futures.
Congratulations to Genevieve, Meredith, Hannah, Robyn, Alice and Christy, our new Head Girls for 2016.
On Wednesday 27th April, 7 year 10 pupils attended the Alan Turing Cryptography Day hosted by the University of Manchester Mathematics Department. The day was the culmination of months of work for the girls who had taken part in the competition since January, breaking a series of complex codes in teams of 4.
A great time was had by all and everyone is looking forward to next year already!
Last week staff and students from AGGS took part in the 2016 Cookathon set up by the British Nutrition Foundation. All students and staff were encouraged to make this years recipe which was a delicious Shepherd’s Pie.
Thank you to all those who entered. As you can see their efforts were well rewarded.