Everyone at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls is shocked and saddened by the events at the Manchester Arena and our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved, their families and their friends.
If you want to talk to your child about Monday night’s events, here are some possible suggestions on websites that you can use with your child for emotional resilience and support.
Some students have, this week, accessed additional support from one of our school counsellors (from an organisation called Talk, Listen, Change). Talk, Listen, Change are also offering free counselling to any students who have been particularly affected by the tragic events on Monday evening. To contact the service please call 0161 872 1100 or visit www.talklistenchange.org.uk. We have sought advice from the School Nurse Service and can call on them as needed.
Supporting our students is our primary concern, if you have any issues regarding a matter relating to this incident, or if you are concerned and would like to talk to a member of staff, please contact your child’s senior tutor, in the first instance.
31 year 9 students had an introductory presentation to the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge which we are competing in this year. The challenge has been developed to provide a fun, inspiring, informative and hands on activity for students in years 7,8,& 9 to help develop an understanding of the physics and mechanics required to design, build, test and race their very own miniature Rollercoaster! We have 6 teams who are battling it out to represent AGGS at the finals in July. The students have until 22nd June to design and build the rollercoaster using the kit supplied. We are going to be asking parents and students at the Open Evening on 22nd June to vote for their favourite. Good Luck to all teams.
The Y8 students from Illuminateonlione, Rose, Amy, Orla and Ibby visited UK Fast again last week. The platform for the anti-bullying website has now been set up and they are now designing the layout of the site. They have their next planning meeting after half term and they are looking forward to meeting Gail Jones, co-owner of UKFast and a former AGGS student. We would like to thank UKFast for all their support especially Aaron Saxton.
Charlotte B from Year 13 , was recently confirmed to be one of the recipients of this year’s ‘Diana Award‘, recognising her voluntary work which goes above and beyond the norm. The Diana Award is awarded to courageous, caring, compassionate young people, transforming the lives of others in the name of Diana, Princess of Wales. There are only 20 recipients of this award every year, so this is a great achievement.
Charlotte has been active in the establishment and development of activities within the Jewish youth movement, buddies a child in need and also volunteers at St. Ann’s hospice and a care home.
On Friday 19th May we said goodbye to our Year 13 leavers as they went on study leave to prepare for their A level examinations. We had a lovely morning of celebration, beginning with a special breakfast where students signed yearbooks and spent time with friends and teachers. The morning ended with students final ever assembly at AGGS, which included some superb performances from members of their year. Many tears were shed as students sang their favourite hymns and said goodbye. We hope that they cherish their memories of AGGS as they embark on the next stage of their lives and wish them luck with their A level examinations and for the future. We hope that they will keep in touch by registering with our alumnae organisation here: https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/student/AGGS
On Friday 12 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, with leavers’ books being signed by staff and students followed by a wonderful assembly, which included some superb performances from our very talented students and ended with a montage of memories and a cascade of balloons. We wish all our Year 11 students every success in their GCSE examinations.
Joanna Williams, former head of history at AGGS, has just sent news that her book ‘Manchester’s Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, the Man who Built the Town Hall’, will be out on 1 Sept and is already on Amazon to pre-order. A fantastic achievement:
Grace S, Year 7, was awarded the Senior Class Prize at the Northern Heats of the ISTD Janet Cram Awards 2017 on Sunday. She competed in the Senior Section (11-15 yrs) and will travel to London for the Grand Finals on 18th June.
These are the books we have been able to buy for the library from the money raised by the Fandom Day on 3rd February. Huge thanks to the Year 8 School Council who organised the day. The books ordered have all been selected from the Suggestions Box in the library.
Last Friday the members of Illuminate; Orla, Ibby, Rose and Amy (8-6) visited UKFast in Manchester to find out if it would be possible to bring Illuminate – their cyberbullying support website to life.
Aaron Saxton (Director of Training and Learning) gave us a tour of the premises and explained how UKFast has become one of the UK’s leading managed hosting and colocation providers to some of Britain’s best-loved brands. We even had the opportunity to meet Lawrence Jones again (Co-owner of UKFast) who showed us around his office and expressed how enthusiastic he is about the project. One of the highlights of the visit was the opportunity to have a go on the slide!