Big Bang Fair

Big bang fair 2018, NEC, Birmingham

Physics talent 2030Big bang fair 2018, NEC, BirminghamThis term the physics department at AGGS publicised the Talent 2030’s National Engineering Competition for Girls, targeting students from years 9, 10 and 12. The competition invites students to solve the major challenges of the 21st century, to get creative, get thinking and most of all – have fun!

The objective of this competition was to identify and provide possible solutions for some of the challenges of the 21st century

We were really pleased with the phenomenal interest in this competition with 97 girls from AGGS submitting an entry about a diverse range of topics which included:

Dealing with climate change
Public transport safety
The declining bee population
Deforestation
Overpopulation
Food wastage

On 17th March 2018 a shortlisted group were invited to showcase their entries at the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham as their entry was of particular interest to the judges. Students were given the opportunity to showcase their competition projects to the visitors of the fair.

Twenty Two of the shortlisted finalists were students from AGGS and are listed below. These students should be congratulated for their efforts for the phenomenal quality of the work they produced.

Students involved:

Year 9: Isabel A, Rose C, Amy C, Ella R, Christabel A, Orla B, Charlotte L, Karis M, Alison F, Connie A, Alkicia M

Year 10: Emily C, Shraddha A

Year 12: Fiona S, Kerensa S-B, Alice G, Mingya G, Hannah M, Beth G, Zoe G, Isla H, Amelia G

Mr Nisar

Big bang fair 2018, NEC, BirminghamBig bang fair 2018, NEC, Birmingham

The Erasmus+ Project

Erasmus+ project, Granada

We got back safely from Granada yesterday afternoon after a very cold and often wet six days… not what you expect in Andalusia! Our programme (organised by our Spanish partner school) was packed with interesting activities; we spent a lot of time working along with representatives from the other schools in the project (Granada, Lille, Augsburg, Riga and Struer in Denmark) on our project theme of technology and the environment, culminating in the making of an artefact from rubbish materials – our students made an aquarium with jellyfish made from plastic bottles and bags. They also took an active role in a group discussion on environmental problems; the work of the project is all being uploaded to a website which we will share with you when it is ready.

We were also able to get a good feel for the culture of Granada and were privileged to visit the Alhambra. Our students stayed with Spanish families, and there were many tears and invitations to visit again when we departed. They were a credit to the school.

French Debating National Final

French Debating National Final 2018Today, Celine B and Emily L in Y13 took part in the national final of the Institut Français Debating Competition in London, against teams from ten other schools from across the country, having come second in the regional competition. They won their first debate against Stephen Perse School and narrowly lost their second debate against Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys, having to defend the motion ‘Multilingualism is a barrier to the unity of a nation’… in French! Although they did not make it to the grand final, Celine won the judges’ favourite prize for an excellent individual performance. Celine and Emily were both fantastic and a credit to themselves and the school.

Celebrating India fortnight

Over the last two weeks, pupils have been celebrating the language history and culture of India. This has focussed on our KS3 pupils, with a variety of activities taking place, such as samosa making; jewellery making; sitar playing in assembly; learning new Indian languages; talks about Indian politics, Indian history and Indian religions; Indian dancing; Hinglish; playing Kabaddi and cricket. We are very grateful to departments for coordinating such interesting activities and to the pupils themselves, who have led many of them.

A Celebration of India Fortnight - 16th Feb - 9th March 2018

Plastics Club

Say No to PlasticsPlastics club are a group of year 9 students who are passionate about reducing the amount of plastic we use as a school. In the last few weeks they have performed assemblies to years 7-10 in order to raise awareness of the issues involved. They have also had a meeting with Ms Gill about what can be done around school to meet this target. The first goal is to increase the number of students who bring a reusable water bottle to school instead of buying bottled water. They are also looking into improved water facilities for refilling.

UKMT Success

UKMT KS3 Success, March 2018

4 pupils from years 8 and 9 represented AGGS yesterday at the UKMT team challenge. The pupils achieved 5th out of 27 teams! The pupils involved were Evie, Rachel, Nishi (Year 8 ) and Rose (Year 9).

24 Charity Karate, taught by Mr. Carr

March brings another event with it – 24 hours of karate. On Friday 9th March from 5pm I will be teaching karate in hour long slots until 5pm on the Saturday, in the drama studio at school. Everyone is welcome to come and try it. Bring your family and friends and kids (they must be at least 5 years old) for an hour.

£5 per hour, or three hours for £12, all proceeds to Mind and Macmillan. Email me to book a time slot…if you get enough people together I’ll give you a bulk booking and reserve that hour just for you and your group:

 

The quiz…and on to the next one.

The quiz on Friday 23rd February was a bigger success than I could have hoped for. Thank you to everyone who either came along, made a bid on the auction, donated a prize. The final counting has been done and the event raised £713.82 which is just brilliant.

March brings another event with it – 24 hours of karate

12 Hour Charity Karate