40 excited students were off to France early this morning to stay at Chateau de la Baudonniere. While they are there, they will take part in a variety of activities at the Chateau itself and go on visits to the local market, the world-famous Mont St Michel, the equally famous Bayeux Tapestry and the World War 2 Normandy landing beaches. They will be using and improving their French while they are away -we expect it to be chilly, but we are all really looking forward to our visit to la belle France!
Congratulations to the 12 pupils in Year 7 who competed to such a high standard on Wednesday 7th February. It was very close, but the three winners are Jessica in 7-2 for Spanish and Roxy and Nirja, both in 7-3, for French. They have now qualified to take part in the regional final on 26 April.
We arrived back safely last night at midnight from the Augsburg exchange. Students stayed with host families and took part in 4 days’ work experience in a variety of placements, including schools, a fair trade shop, the tourist information office, a lawyer and an architect. They really enjoyed experiencing German culture at first hand and benefited hugely from the opportunity to practise their German, both in the workplace and with their partners.
On Thursday 16th November, Ms Gill, Miss Benson, Mrs Ryan and Mrs McIntosh accompanied three teams of Year 13 language students (French, German and Spanish) at the Northern Schools’ Modern Languages Debating Competition at Cheadle Hulme School. It was only the second time that AGGS entered, having won the Spanish finals at last year’s competition. The students debated topics such as “Success is the source of happiness” and “Wars are unavoidable” in their foreign languages against teams from schools including, MGS, Withington, Bolton, Connell and QEGS Blackburn.
All three teams did well, with the German team (Lybah H and Alisha M) winning one of their two debates, but losing narrowly to the overall winners of the heats, Stockport Grammar. Our Spanish team (Alycia A and Anya S) fought well, but lost out in the semi-finals. Our French team (Celine B and Emily L) battled fiercely, ultimately coming runners up to Bolton Girls in the final, but taking home books for second place.
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.
Over half term, 40 pupils from year 9 visited Germany. The aim was to give pupils a taste of German culture and for them to practise their German in authentic settings. They had a fantastic time exploring Koblenz, Trier and Rüdesheim and particularly enjoyed the trip to Phantasialand, a theme park. We also managed to fit in three cable car rides in four days! The pupils’ behaviour was superb and was commented on by our coach driver and the hotel staff. Gut gemacht!
On Monday 17 July, all year 8 students took part in the annual MFL Eurovision competition. This involves learning a song in French, German and Spanish and performing it from memory. The standard of the competition was very high, with wonderful costumes, great singing and some very impressive choreography. The acts were interspersed by some performances from our year 10 language leaders and our year 12 language students. 8-2, representing Spain, were crowned winners for their performance of Alvaros Soler’s El Mismo Sol. Congratulations to all our participants! ¡Felicidades! Gut gemacht! Félicitations!
We are delighted to announce that Sophie H and Trisha S won the KS4 category of the Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition at a National Celebration of the MFL poetry event at MMU.
Trisha and Sophie have been invited to read out French poems which they wrote and entered for the competition at MMU. We were only allowed to enter four poems, so to have two being read out and winning awards is a great achievement. The students wrote their poems unaided.
They were interviewed by That’s Manchester TV, and were very impressive by the natural way they talked to the interviewer. As is to be expected, Sophie and Trisha were a credit to the school in their behaviour and in what they said to people during the proceedings.
See below the interview on That’s Manchester TV news (There is a bit about book benches first – the poetry starts at about 1 min 5 sec):
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.’
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.