Christmas came early to AGGS this week with a festive visit from the best-selling author Matt Haig. Matt is the author of several novels for adults and children, and his new book, Father Christmas and Me, is the third title in his bestselling Christmas series, following A Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Canongate).
200 pupils and staff from the 3 BFET primary schools, Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Rushbrook Primary Academy, Marton Primary Academy and a local school, Bowdon Preparatory School, beat the weather and traffic to meet the author and hear all about his new book. Matt entertained everyone with tales of Father Christmas, Mother Christmas, their adopted human daughter Amelia and cat, Captain Soot. Elfhelm, where they all live, is a magical place, where the houses are made of gingerbread and the local currency is chocolate gold coins.
The spirit of Christmas soon filled the Hall as pupils took to the stage, changed into elf outfits, told Christmas jokes and lead a Christmas sing-song. Father Christmas’s Barometer of Hope (a key device in the story) soon zoomed to its maximum reading – So. Much. Hope. Nothing is Impossible. Magic is Real. Christmas Will Happen!
It was a delight to welcome so many inquisitive and enthusiastic primary school pupils into our school.
Thanks to Waterstones Deansgate Manchester for the opportunity.
The next TED Talk will be shown on Tuesday 3rd October at 12.40pm. You are welcome to bring your lunch to eat.
Award Winning Teenage Science in Action – Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah (16:03)
In 2011 three young women swept the top prizes of the first Google Science Fair. Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah describe their extraordinary projects — and their route to a passion for science.
The English department were very happy to welcome Rachel McIntyre to AGGS on July 6th. Rachel, who has had three books for teenagers published in the last two years, came to deliver creative writing workshops to year 9 and year 10 and to talk to students in the library. The workshops were fast-paced and engaging. Students learned how to create an original character and how to plot a story. Who knew year 9 had such dark imaginations? Rachel talked to aspiring writers in the library, suggesting ways in which they could develop their writing.
Huge thanks to Rachel to taking time out to visit us.
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.
The award winning and worldwide bestselling author Cecelia Ahern came to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls yesterday, to launch her new novel for Young Adults, Perfect. The visit was arranged by our Librarian, Mrs Hodgson who also conducted the interview.
The novel, the sequel to the hugely popular Flawed, concludes the story of Celestine North, a 17 year old, in hiding and on the run from the Guild, a court set up to rid the world of Flaws. Her perfect life is ruined by the Guild when she herself is found Flawed and through the process she is forced to question everything about her life and the society she lives in.
It was fascinating to hear Cecelia’s inspiration for the story and her conviction that everyone should be allowed to make mistakes so that they can learn and grow. She said “None of us are perfect. Let us not pretend that we are, or be afraid that we’re not”.
Cecelia revealed that the secret to her success lies in the fact that she always burns a Jo Malone candle when she writes. She keeps office hours and handwrites everything in Bic biro! A born story teller, Cecelia’s first (unpublished) novel was written at exactly the age of her audience, 14 years old, and was called Beans on Toast and a Bottle of Beer! She advised the pupils to find something that they really loved to do and make that their work so that, like her, they could lead a life that they loved.
The pupils themselves were delighted to be able to meet such a successful author. “It was really inspiring” said one girl, “I can’t wait get home and start reading”.
Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern will be coming to school on Thursday 30th March between 2.30 and 3.30pm to talk to our students. This an amazing opportunity for our students to meet such a successful female author and hear about her writing first hand, specially because she rarely does book promotion events.
She is launching her second book for Young Adults, Perfect, on April 4th so this visit ties in with that. Waterstones will be on hand to sell copies of her books, and she will be signing the books too.
We are extremely grateful to have received from the PTA, a set of Fatboy Point Beanbags for the library. This has provided some much needed extra flexible seating for pupils. Pupil Librarians chose the colours to fit in with the school colours and they chose well; the beanbags have added a touch of extra cheer to the space.