Year 7 students Nirja, Roxy and Jessica went to the regional final of the competition on Thursday 26th April. All three pupils competed to a very high standard and Nirja made it through to the semi-final for French, but unfortunately did not make it through to the final. They have done tremendously well to get this far and were a pleasure to be with this competition.
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.
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.
We will be running a variety of activities during the fortnight from 26/2 until 9/3 to celebrate the languages, culture, politics and religions of India.
The activities are as following:
- MFL- KS3- starter activity- learn a new language- to be led by pupils in each class
- Music- Kumar sisters to play in assembly
- Citizenship- exploration of Indian politics
- PE- cricket on both Tuesdays.
- Sports leaders (Year 10) to teach Kabaddi to KS3 pupils during Wednesday lunchtimes
- Dance- Year 8 as scheme of work, taster through year group clubs to be led by older pupils.
- RS- exploration of Indian religion
- Science society to deliver to Year 7/8 classes- biology- vegetarian diet/ ivory trade, chemistry- chemicals in curry, physics- light and its effect on flag colours
- Maths- study of Indian mathematicians.
- D&T lunchtime Samosa making session; Indian inspired jewellery
- Art- paper cuts club to produce shadow puppets
- English- Hinglish with KS5
We arrived back late yesterday from the trip to Normandy. As always, the students were a credit to the school, and it was a great pleasure to be with them – their enthusiasm (even in some pretty awful weather) was wonderful to see, and their eagerness to speak French was most encouraging. We went on some very interesting visits and everyone threw themselves into activities at the chateau ranging from bread-making to circus skills and a treasure hunt.
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.