A Level Presentation 2016

A-Levels Leavers Breakfast 2016

It was a pleasure to welcome last year’s Year 13 students back to school on Wednesday evening, for their A level certificate presentation. This year group achieve a superb set of results in their A levels in the summer, with 100% pass rate and 90% of all exams taken graded A*-B. Staff were delighted to see so many students and hear of their adventures since leaving the school. We wish them all well in their future endeavours and hope they will keep in touch with the school.

UKMT Senior Mathematical Challenge 2016

UKMT

UKMT Senior KangarooCongratulations to the following Year 12 and Year 13 pupils who were awarded certificates in this year’s UKMT Senior Maths Challenge.

Year 13

Robyn W (Best in School, Best in Year, Gold)

Georgina B (Silver)

Bethany D (Sliver)

Alice P (Silver)

Hannah D (Silver)

Year 12

Charlotte C (Best in Year, Gold)

Tayyaba M (Silver)

Jyotsna A (Silver)

Florence H (Silver)

Eleanor C (Silver)

Milly K (Silver)

Erin P (Bronze)

 

Qiaochu W (Bronze)

Daria M (Bronze)

Tara M (Bronze)

In addition, both Robyn and Charlotte qualified for the Senior Kangaroo 2016 follow on round.  Robyn achieved a Merit in this competition.  Well done to all the competitors!

Science Live: a level Physics lectures – 30th November 2016

at Whitworth hall

Upon my arrival to Whitworth Hall, I felt nothing but awe whilst looking around and taking in the historic architecture. It was such a pleasure to be given the opportunity to visit and explore the University responsible for the discovery of the nucleus by Rutherford and the discovery the neutron by Chadwick, who both went onto to win the noble prize. Without these fundamental discoveries, the world of physics would be very different.

Science LiveOnce inside the main hall, I found myself engaged in the works of Dr Tom Whyntie, who studied particle physics at CERN. Although he confirmed we had completed our search for particles that are part of the Standard Model, he left me with the question “What’s next?” I then heard from Prof. Lucie Green who has dedicated her career to studying the star which we rely on to survive, the Sun. She talked through the cutting-edge technology we use to study the Sun including ultra-violet telescopes and the 2020 Solar Orbiter mission to launch a spacecraft 3/4 of the distance between the Earth and Sun, which will be subject to conditions in excess of 600°C.

Jim Al-KhaliliAfter a short tea break, we heard from Prof. Jim Al-Khalili who gave a fascinating lecture on fate and whether we as humans have free will or are we playing out a series of events that have already been determined by the Universe. Through many models, including Einstein’s block Universe, he suggested that we in fact do live in a predetermined Universe but we will never be able to know what our future is. Following a lunch break, I then listened to the words of Dr Michael Brooks who spoke about gravity and the recent observation of gravitational waves.

Aimee and Helen CTo complete the day, a former student of AGGS, Dr Helen Czerski who is not only a physicist but also an oceanographer gave us an in-depth view into the vast mysterious expanse of water which occupies the majority of our planet. Her lecture varied from the effects of ocean waves to the suffering ecosystems subject to changes in water pH due to increased uptake of CO2.

As a whole, the lectures allowed me to not only look at our world but also the Universe we live in completely differently, by putting into context just how immensely massive our Universe is. Through studying Physics and attending the Science Live lectures I can see see how complicated and interwoven everything in the Universe is.

Sophia Powell year 12

CERN Trip 2016 – An Overview

CERN Visit

From the 20th to the 24th October, twenty sixth formers accompanied by Mr Nisar, Miss Lloyd and Mrs Lord went to Geneva, Switzerland to visit CERN. The trip was exciting from the start. The plane flight went normally, save for the plane missing it’s allocated landing time in the Geneva Airport and suddenly swerving up, surprising most people.

After arriving to Geneva and everyone admiring the quietness, smoothness and efficiency of Swiss public transport, we have finally made it to Geneva Youth Hostel. The Youth Hostel was surprisingly nice and we were served good quality food for breakfast.

CERN visit - in-a-lectureThe next day, we went to CERN, where we got a lecture on the use of particle physics in medicine, and a tour of the facility. During our trip we also visited the ATLAS detector and saw the scientists working at the detector. We were, however, not allowed to go underground to where the actual detector is located, as the accelerator was in action.

We also visited many museums related and unrelated to accelerator physics. We saw an engaging and informative presentation about the history of CERN and it’s accelerators as well as seeing a surreal and almost futuristic presentation on how the CERNs first accelerator, the synchrocyclotron worked. Light was projected on to the (real) synchrocyclotron to show various parts of it and what happened inside. It was incredible!

We also visited an interactive display in CERN which told us about the LHC and the discovery of Higgs boson. The most memorable parts of that were the cloud chamber, showing the movement of various particles through space and the life-scale model of the ATLAS detector. We also visited the Globe, in which we had a presentation about the LHC.

CERN Visit - dinner-with-physicistDuring the CERN trip we were given the opportunity to spend time in Geneva. We were given a tour of Geneva by a local guide, in which we found about the history of the city. In our free time we were also allowed to spend time in Geneva walking around museums, admiring the architecture and practicing French. The hardest part was trying to find food, as most shops were closed over the weekend. Some of us took a boat taxi back to the hostel. This allowed us to appreciate the views from the Lake Geneva: the infamous Geneva fountain and also the Alps and Jura mountain ranges, which encircle the city and lake.

CERN visit - dinner-with-physicist

On the final evening we had dinner with physicists working in or in collaboration with CERN. This allowed us to understand more about what the life of a scientist involved. Many of us asked specific questions relating to physics and accelerators which gave us fascinating insights into the day to day life of a physicist at CERN

In the evenings we relaxed by visiting a spaghetti restaurant as well as pizzeria with bowling. On our final day we visited the UN and the botanical gardens, which was a very relaxing way to finish the otherwise intense trip.

This trip was fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone. I would love to go again.

Daria Malysheva (year 12)

Christmas Eve Carol Singing in Wythenshawe Hospital 6-8pm

 

Wythenshawe Hospital Carol singingWythenshawe Hospital would love to invite any of the AGGS pupils together with their families to come and join a group who sing carols on the wards on Christmas Eve in Wythenshawe Hospital. They have been very grateful for the support for them over the past few years. It is very much appreciated by patients, their families and the staff. Words and refreshments will be provided.

They meet at 6pm in the hospital chapel and will be finished by 8pm. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Peter Pan Drama Production

Drama Production - Peter-Pan, December 2016
Drama Production – Peter-Pan, December 2016

On the 7th and 8th  December, 50 girls from years 7 to 9 performed in school production of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. The girls’ successfully created the magical world of Neverland through their characterisation of Barrie’s larger-than-life characters. The cast worked carefully to convey the Darling children, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell enchantingly flying through the air to Neverland, using lifts and movement creatively. The girls worked incredibly hard on this production and showed real commitment and this is to be congratulated!

Many thanks to all helped with this production including Mrs Brennan and the caretakers.

Christmas Enterprise Markets

Christmas Enterprise Markets 2016
Christmas Enterprise Markets 2016

The Y7, Y8 and Y9 Christmas Enterprise markets were as successful and as busy as ever this year. We had a variety of creative stalls ranging from emoji fridge magnets, to doggy treats to homemade Christmas candles and gifts. Congratulations to all the girls who took part, you all worked very hard to produce some amazing, original and good quality products. The winners for the best presented stall, most innovative product and best customer service and an overall winning stall for displaying the most entrepreneurial skills will be announced after Christmas.

WILLMOTT DIXON School Enterprise Day – What would be your ideal school

WILLMOTT DIXON School Enterprise Day

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

Willmott Dixon ran an Enterprise day at AGGS on 22nd November to the whole of Year 8 (205 students). “The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry” this day definitely delivered that! The long term goal of the enterprise day is to help raise awareness of careers in construction for female students, ahead of their college course/education selection; again it delivered on this as a lot of the students commented that they have a better understanding of careers available within the construction industry.

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

During the morning the groups completed 3 team building tasks and were awarded points not only for the result but also how well they communicated together and worked as a team. The points were then totalled and this was then used to work out their budget for the build of a new school.

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

Each group had to calculate how many classrooms they needed; receptions, staff rooms, sports facilities; swimming pool etc. They then used the costing sheets to calculate how much their school would cost. It was a very fraught day especially when disaster struck at lunchtime and they had to spend £4,000,000 in order to fix the problem.

Each of the groups had to present their ideas to the judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were from 8-1 and consisted of Julie, Francesca, Alicia, Aleeza, Rebecca, and Abeer. Lydia from 8-7 was commended for her leadership and motivation of the group during the task. In January they will all have the opportunity go to a site which Willmott Dixon are currently building.

We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it but more importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible careers.