The 2016 Ryman National Enterprise Challenge final was held at Doncaster Racecourse, supported by Kingswood, on Wednesday 29th June. The event saw the winning teams from over 120 schools come together to compete against each other. High street retailer and stationery giant, Ryman set students the task of coming up with the best school based business, as their owner and former dragon’s den star Theo Paphitis got his first taste of business at school, whilst running the school tuck shop. ‘Whoops’ from 9-2 who consisted of Isabella, Sarah, Tabitha, Grace, Tiffany and Laura represented the school and did a stirling job, but unfortunately weren’t crowned winners.
The students had a good day though as the event was hosted by children’s TV legends Dick & Dom. There was a guest speech from Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards aka Eddie the Eagle, ‘Eddie’ who came to the finals to tell his story first hand and to show the students that if you want something enough – then anything really is possible! Theo Paphitis headed up the judging panel and hosted a Q&A with the students.
Well done to: Isabella, Sarah, Tabitha, Grace, Tiffany and Laura.
Raaj, Hannah, Alice, Rajiyah, Ann, Laura, Sumayya and Olivia had a great day, put on a great performance and came second, meaning they are through to the regional final. They had to design a new cereal, market it and set up the factory to make it in.
The girls are raising money for Syria this term. All weekly form charity money and money raised from last Friday’s non uniform day is going to SKT Welfare, a charity providing aid to Syrians affected by the war. All form groups are also doing a range of activities during form time to raise money for White Helmets, the charity fund set up in memory of Jo Cox, the MP who was tragically killed. The White Helmets are an organisation of volunteer search-and-rescue workers in Syria, who have saved more than 51,000 lives in the region. 8-3 organised a raffle and raised an amazing £180 for this cause. Well done 8-3!
Our ChemQuiz team, Yusur and Ellie in Y8, Anabel in Y9 and Isla in Y10, competed against twenty nine others schools in the ChemQuiz 2016 at Manchester Metropolitan University. On the day they completed a range of challenges, including practical work and quizzes on general knowledge in science and chemistry. We are very pleased that the team came 4th in the overall result. The pupils all enjoyed the day and should be proud of their achievements.
Our year 9 girls performed incredibly well at the Transbee competition in Cambridge on Wednesday. Isobella, Sophie and Megan performed really well in French, Sneha in 9-5 won second prize for French, Ella in 9-7 won second prize for Spanish and Alcina in 9-7 won first prize for Spanish. This was a national translating competition, so they have done tremendously well.
BBC Director of Children’s, Mrs Alice Webb, launched a BBC micro:bit Hour of Code event at AGGS on Tuesday, 7th June 2016.
Over 150 students and parents learnt how to program the credit-card sized, but powerful, computer provided free by the BBC to all Year 7s in the UK.
Supported by Year 10 computer scientists and student digital leaders, Students turned their micro:bits into wearable name badges, digital dice, compasses, light meters and music players as well as programming them to play simple games.
The students will be able to continue their microbit projects in STEM Club and Code Club.
Alicia G from Year 9 has been awarded the Volunteer Police Cadet Award 2016 at the Citizens in Policing Recognition Awards, which were held at the Hilton, Manchester Airport, on Sunday June 5. She found a missing child during the Manchester Marathon on April 10th.