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Year 12 Careers Fortnight 2017

Y12 Careers Fortnight Careers talk by Hilti Engineering

Between 6-17th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.

Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop, ‘The Hidden Job Market,’ where they were able to network with employers from the grocery industry and hear about their different interesting jobs and their journeys to reach them. The aim of the workshop was to encourage students to reflect on the opportunities available to them in the future, and what they can be doing now to get there. We were also delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. We invited various careers speakers and ex-students to give talks in assemblies, lessons and at lunchtime.

Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this such a success.

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

Year 12 Careers Fortnight - Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight – Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight - Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight – Practice interviews
Y12 Creers Fortnight - Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Creers Fortnight – Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Creers Fortnight - Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Creers Fortnight – Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Year 12 Careers Fortnight- The Hidden Job Market workshop
Year 12 Careers Fortnight- The Hidden Job Market workshop
Careers Fortnight - Olivia Birchenough, Alumnae & TV presenter for the children’s tv show ‘Milkshake’.
Careers Fortnight – Olivia Birchenough, Alumnae & TV presenter for the children’s tv show ‘Milkshake’.

Visit from Manchester University

MFL Manchester University Visit

On Monday 6th November we were delighted to welcome Sonja Bernhard, School Liaison Officer, from the University of Manchester. She delivered a couple of talks to our Year 9 students about the value of language learning and they were very interested to hear of Sonja’s experiences as a native German speaker living and working in Manchester. She also spoke to Year 12 as part of careers week and shared lots of advice about combining language study with other subjects at university. The students were able to appreciate that language learning not only involves acquiring vocabulary but also gives us an understanding of the culture of other countries.

Y11 Willmott Dixon Site Visit

Y11 Willmott Dixon Site Visit

Y11 Willmott Dixon Site VisitThe winning team from our Y10 Willmott Dixon Enterprise day which took place in July, went on a construction site visit to Manchester University as part of their winning prize. They visited the Brunswick Park site and Schuster Building, which Willmott Dixon have been working at since last April.

Y11 Willmott Dixon Site Visit
Professor Brian Cox’s new Physics Lecture room

It was interesting to see how all the planning and design had all come together to provide an impressive new £7.8 million state of the art physics department, complete with a modern lecture room for Professor Brian Cox to hold his physics lectures. The students got to meet the Construction Manager of the University, Simon and were shown round the site by Darrell, the Senior Build Manager and Apprentice, Bethany O’Neill, who was an excellent and enthusiastic role model for women in the construction industry. Y11 Willmott Dixon Site VisitBethany explained about the many different roles for women in construction and in particular her apprenticeship route as a Quantity Surveyor with Willmott Dixon. The students also got to see the Brunswick Park site which is going to be a lovely park area for the university students to walk through and saw the intricate laying of the Portugese style paving. The students asked lots of interesting questions and got to complete an online quiz about which sector in construction they would be most suited to. We would like to thank Willmott Dixon for putting together such an excellent site visit programme and for providing lunch.

The students all from 11-5 were: Oliva, Poppy, Diana, Imogen, Caitlin and Natasha.

Safari Rangers from Chester Zoo, Biology Week 2017

Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk

On Monday 9th October, all Y9 students received a talk from a Chester Zoo Safari Ranger. Marisa and Mike were both inspiring representatives from the zoo who answered questions about different careers in the zoo, animal conservation, illegal trade of animals and animal behaviour. The Y9 students were really well behaved throughout and asked lots of thoughtful, intelligent questions.

Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week - Chester Zoo Talk
Biology Week – Chester Zoo Talk

Y11 Careers Morning

Y11 Careers Morning

Year 11 heard from a range of speakers who explained about the differences between 6th forms and colleges, college life and choices, the benefits of higher education, higher/degree apprenticeships and A-Level choices. We would like to thank Manchester College, Trafford Connexions, The Skills Company and Leeds University for coming into school to deliver the presentations. Year 11 also heard from 3 of our Y12/Y13 students about their particular experiences of choosing A-Level options. We hope that Year 11 feel they have been more informed about their post 16/18 options, which will enable them to make better decisions about their future.

Y11 Careers Morning Y11 Careers Morning Y11 Careers Morning

Wilmott Dixon Enterprise day – What would be your ideal school!

Y10 Enterprise - Willmott Dixon

We have been very fortunate that Willmott Dixon agreed to deliver a second Enterprise day to the whole of Year 10 on Friday 14th July.
“The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry”.

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.

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 £5,000,000 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 Caitlin Dennehy, Natasha Devbhandari, Diana Gibbons, Imogen Gordon, Poppy Hall and Olivia Davey-Bashir from 10-5. Next term they will have the opportunity to visit a building in Manchester which is currently being constructed by Willmott Dixon. This will be a fantastic opportunity to see the range of career opportunities and progression paths available in the construction industry.

We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again next year 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 career paths.

Year 10 Careers Day & Practice Interviews

Y10 Careers Day
Y10 Careers Day
Y10 Careers Day, An Inspirational Talk by Alex Thorpe, an AGGS Alumnae
Y10 Careers Day, An Inspirational Talk by Alex Thorpe, an AGGS Alumnae

On Friday, 7th July we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 pupils as part of their Careers Day.

The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our Alumnae, Alex Thorpe who works in marketing for VIMTO drinks. This was followed by a CV writing skills session, a session with the RAF and Army and a workshop delivered by our Connexions Adviser on labour market information.

Y10 Careers Day, Interviews
Y10 Careers Day, Interviews

Throughout the day, year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from Barclays Bank, Tesco, Unilever, St.Mary’s Hospital to name a few and many of

whom were parents. We are extremely grateful to them for kindly giving up their busy working day to interview our pupils. The interviews were an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews which gave the girls an insight into the world of work.

Y10 Careers Day, Interviews
Y10 Careers Day, Interviews

To attach a sense of reality and importance to the day, the girls were asked to come into school wearing smart business attire. There were some very smart young ladies indeed, who would have been readily employed by our interviewers! We received many comments from the interviewers complimenting the pupils on their high standard and quality of responses to questions.

Y10 Careers Day, RAF and Army Session
Y10 Careers Day, RAF and Army Session

Year 8 World of Work Day

Year 8 World of Work Day (WoW), May 2017
Year 8 World of Work Day (WoW), May 2017

World of Work (WoW)ASPIREOn Thursday, 4th May we held our first ever World of Work (WoW) Day for our Year 8 students. We invited in 10 of our alumnae to deliver a series of talks on what they have done since leaving AGGS.
The aim of the day was to open the students up to an array of different careers and opportunities on offer after they leave school and to think about the different skills needed. Assemblies and form time sessions were delivered over the week to help them to think about what skills they already have, and how they can develop and build upon these skills in and out of school for their future careers.

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

Thank you to all of our alumnae volunteers for giving up their time to help us with this day. It is always lovely to welcome back our former students; current AGGS students thoroughly enjoyed hearing from those who were once in their shoes.

Year 7 Young Enterprise Challenge

Year 7 Young Enterprise Challenge
Year 7 Young Enterprise Challenge

Last term we welcomed Young Enterprise who came to introduce the Tenner Challenge which Year 7 have the opportunity to take part in during March – in teams they have to generate as much profit starting with £10 initial investment within a month.  We have 17 teams taking part and they will be selling their products in school on Tuesday 21st March and Monday 27th March.

During the session they were introduced to basic business skills by playing a bead game; they had to buy raw materials (beads) and then produced jewellery and then sell the bracelets. Enterprise skills used during the day included leadership, negotiation, teamwork, creativity, time-management, communication….

The feedback that we have received from the year group has been very positive. We wish all the year 7’s participating good luck with their forthcoming challenge.

Year 8 Enterprise – Mosaic Enterprise Challenge

Mosaic Enterprise Challenge

The Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge is an inter-school competition which encourages a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst young people. In addition to encouraging an understanding of business and enterprise, participants also develop a number of transferable skills such as: confidence; team work; meeting deadlines; clarity of expression; lateral and creative thinking; and flexibility and adaptability. This year we asked year 8’s to volunteer for the programme and we have 24 teams take part.

Students learnt about businesses, business principles and then applied them by playing an online business simulation game during which they produced, marketed and sold one of five products. Each team had the opportunity to play the game as many times as they wish until the closing date of 3rd March. The team’s highest profit over all the games is then taken and the top five scoring schools are then invited to the Regional Finals.

Massive congratulations to team 18 (8-1 Orla, Rose, Amy and Isabel) who will represent the school at the Regional finals at KPMG on 29th March. We wish them all the best.