Year 10’s Make It! Competition

Make it! Challenge, June 2017
Make it! Challenge, June 2017

8 x year 10 girls took part in the competition sponsored by Kelloggs They had to design a cereal bar. They had to build a model in the factory they would make it in, set out costings and marketing ideas and then present their pitch to the dragons. They were amazing and we all had a great day developing our understanding of the process of manufacturing, improving our team work and presentation skills. Well done to all of them.

Maths/MFL Roadshow

Math/MFL Roadshow, June 2017
Math/MFL Roadshow, June 2017

On Thursday close to seventy Year 8 and Year 9 pupils from seven different schools across the area (including AGGS, Cedar Mount and MCA) got together in the AGGS main hall for the Maths/MFL Roadshow. The hall was alive with activity and conversation as the pupils set to solving maths problems in pairs. The extra challenge was that all the problems were written in French, Spanish or German! Pupils worked really well together, some even managed to work out problems in languages they weren’t studying. There were some very helpful Year 10 students from AGGS present to help out when the going got tough and to check answers when success had been achieved.

Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way to make the event run so smoothly, we will hope to be running a similar Roadshow next year.’

AGGS Summer Fair

Summer Fair
Summer Fair

The AGGS Summer fair took place on Saturday. It was a lovely event, which was well attended and thankfully the rain held off! The initial figure is over £3000 from Saturday’s count and we will confirm the final total next week. The raffle will be drawn on Tuesday in Year 8 assembly and there will also be cake sales this week and the chocolate tombola will be in the hall every lunchtime.

Many thanks to everyone who attended hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Year 12 – School Physicist of the Year award

Jorja, Y12, School Physicist of the year awardCongratulation to Jorja K from Year 12 who won the School Physicist of the Year award. This is an annual, UK-wide award scheme sponsored by the Ogden Trust and are presented at the University of Manchester.

Each year teachers are invited to nominate their “best” Year 12 physics student. The student put forward by each school receives a School Physicist of the Year award from the Ogden Trust, consisting of a £25 book token and certificate presented at an evening event at the University of Manchester (Thursday 6th July). Receiving a SPOTY award will also qualify the student for the Ogden alumni association, which will give them chances for internships and other schemes if they go on to study physics at university http://ogdentrust.com/alumni-association

Engineering Day

Engineering Day, June 2017
Engineering Day, June 2017

On Thursday 70 year 8 students spent the day as engineers. They first learnt about how our growing human population means non-renewable resources will run out and we need to think of creative ways to generate enough energy without impacting any more on the environment. They used the knowledge they had gained to recommend a source of energy for a particular country. Then in teams they spent time building and charging a solar powered car with which to race against the other teams. This took much alteration of the components and design for it to work effectively and they showed great teamwork skills. At the end of the day the winning teams’ car went so far it had to be turned round at the end of the racetrack! The students involved had a great time and we hope they may be inspired to think about engineering as a future career.

Former member of staff given a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to German

Former German teacher, Mrs J Turner Receiving the German Teacher Award
Former German teacher, Mrs J Turner Receiving the German Teacher Award
Former German teacher, Mrs J Turner Receiving the German Teacher Award alongside 16 other teachers, at the German ambassador residence in London
Former German teacher, Mrs J Turner Receiving the German Teacher Award alongside 16 other teachers, at the German ambassador residence in London

On Monday 12th June, a former AGGS German teacher, Mrs. Jannine Turner, was invited  to the German Ambassador’s house in London and was awarded the German Teacher Awards to outstanding teachers of German in the UK.

Click here for more information about the award:

www.uk.diplo.de/Vertretung/unitedkingdom/en/__pr/Embassy__Events/06/German-Teacher-Award-2017.html

MMU A Level Translation Competition Success

Francesca and Tania - A Level Spanish Translation Competition Success, MMU
Francesca and Tania – A Level Spanish Translation Competition Success, MMU

Y12 Spanish took part in the Manchester Metropolitan University A-Level translation competition this year, and we are delighted that out of a number of entries from many different schools, both of our shortlisted entries won. Francesca B won the first prize and Tania T received the Second Prize.

The translation task was to produce an English version of a well-known song by top Spanish hip-hop singer El Chojín, who has a very high profile not just in his home country but throughout Latin America. The competition aimed to promote language learning through song lyrics, introducing A-Level students to the challenges of the translation of songs, and encourage them to engage with topical social issues and popular culture in Spanish.

Both Francesca and Tania were praised for their hard work and effort, which is testimony to their ability and to their passion for Spanish.