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Biology Photography Competition

Thank you to all the entries in our nature photography competition.

We have had over 80 pictures submitted and our guest judge, Dr Pickering, is currently abroad, but has agreed to judge the pictures and provide a digital camera as a prize. We will announce the winners on course due, but the biology department were extremely impressed by the quality of the submissions.

Please have a look at the gallery below:

Aaishah A - Mushroom
Aaishah A – Mushroom
Tabitha H - Journey
Tabitha H – Journey
Tabitha H - Entropy
Tabitha H – Entropy
Tabitha H - Abundance
Tabitha H – Abundance
Sudiksha D-K - Pollination Rounds
Sudiksha D-K – Pollination Rounds
Sudiksha D-K - Lovers on a Leaf
Sudiksha D-K – Lovers on a Leaf
Sudiksha D-K - Jasmine in Bloom
Sudiksha D-K – Jasmine in Bloom
Sudiksha D-K - Inquisitive Honey Bee
Sudiksha D-K – Inquisitive Honey Bee
Sudiksha D-K - Hide and Seek
Sudiksha D-K – Hide and Seek
Shreya D - Wasp
Shreya D – Wasp
Roxy R - Sunset 2
Roxy R – Sunset 2
Roxy R - Sunset 1
Roxy R – Sunset 1
Rishika D - Flower
Rishika D – Flower
Rhea B - Sky on Car Roof
Rhea B – Sky on Car Roof
Rafa A - Sunset
Rafa A – Sunset
Polina P - Droplets
Polina P – Droplets
Parnika L - Leaf
Parnika L – Leaf
Nishi U - Fungi
Nishi U – Fungi
Mr T Copestake, teacher - Pig
Mr T Copestake, teacher – Pig
Mr T Copestake, teacher - Cox
Mr T Copestake, teacher – Cox
Mrs A Hamilton, teacher - Wordsworths grave
Mrs A Hamilton, teacher – Wordsworths grave
Moyosoreoluwa A - Lake
Moyosoreoluwa A – Lake
Martha W - Scotland
Martha W – Scotland
Martha W - Little Robin Redbreast
Martha W – Little Robin Redbreast
Martha W - Guillemot Rock
Martha W – Guillemot Rock
Martha W - Flowers by the Sea
Martha W – Flowers by the Sea
Martha W - Fighting Grebes
Martha W – Fighting Grebes
Martha W - Blue on Blue
Martha W – Blue on Blue
Lucy W - Goat 3
Lucy W – Goat 3
Lucy W - Goat 2
Lucy W – Goat 2
Lucy W - Goat 1
Lucy W – Goat 1
Lucy W - Distance
Lucy W – Distance
Lucy B - Croc
Lucy B – Croc
Lawiza K - Leaf
Lawiza K – Leaf
Karis M - Komodo
Karis M – Komodo
Karis M - Cat
Karis M – Cat
Karis M - Butterfly 3
Karis M – Butterfly 3
Karis M - Butterfly 2
Karis M – Butterfly 2
Karis M - Butterfly 1
Karis M – Butterfly 1
Jemma G - Sunset
Jemma G – Sunset
Jemma G - Statue
Jemma G – Statue
Jemma G - Flower 3
Jemma G – Flower 3
Jemma G - Flower 2
Jemma G – Flower 2
Jemma G - Flower 1
Jemma G – Flower 1
Jemma G - Dog
Jemma G – Dog
Hollie F - Bird
Hollie F – Bird
Gabrielle H - Cow
Gabrielle H – Cow
Freya P - Butterfly
Freya P – Butterfly
Eve G - plant
Eve G – plant
Eve G - Mushroom 2
Eve G – Mushroom 2
Eve G - Mushroom 1
Eve G – Mushroom 1
Eve G - Cone
Eve G – Cone
Eve G - Cat 2
Eve G – Cat 2
Eve G - Cat 1
Eve G – Cat 1
Erin E - Small is Beautiful
Erin E – Small is Beautiful
Emaan A - Sunset
Emaan A – Sunset
Elizabeth P - Swan and Cygnets
Elizabeth P – Swan and Cygnets
Eileen Y - Reflection
Eileen Y – Reflection
Eileen Y - Lake
Eileen Y – Lake
Eileen Y - Bird
Eileen Y – Bird
Connie A - White Flower 2
Connie A – White Flower 2
Connie A - White Flower 2
Connie A – White Flower 2
Connie A - Pink Flower 3
Connie A – Pink Flower 3
Connie A - Pink Flower 2
Connie A – Pink Flower 2
Connie A - Pink Flower 1
Connie A – Pink Flower 1
Connie A - Leaf 2
Connie A – Leaf 2
Connie A - Leaf 1
Connie A – Leaf 1
Connie A - Eye
Connie A – Eye
Connie A - Deer 3
Connie A – Deer 3
Connie A - Deer 2
Connie A – Deer 2
Connie A - Deer 1
Connie A – Deer 1
Alex K - Bear
Alex K – Bear
Abby K - Bee
Abby K – Bee
Aaliyah M - White flower
Aaliyah M – White flower
Aaliyah M - Tree
Aaliyah M – Tree
Aaliyah M - Purple flower
Aaliyah M – Purple flower
Aaliyah M - Pink sunset
Aaliyah M – Pink sunset
Aaliyah M - Pink flower 2
Aaliyah M – Pink flower 2
Aaliyah M - Pink flower 1
Aaliyah M – Pink flower 1
Aaliyah M - Pink blossom
Aaliyah M – Pink blossom
Aaliyah M - Leaf silhouette
Aaliyah M – Leaf silhouette
Aaliyah M - Dead pink flower
Aaliyah M – Dead pink flower
Aaliyah M - Cherry tree
Aaliyah M – Cherry tree
Aaliyah M - Blossom tree
Aaliyah M – Blossom tree

Biology Bake Off, Biology Week 2017

Thank you to everyone who entered the amazing Biology Bake Off competition! The standard this year was incredibly high and made it almost impossible to pick winners. Mrs Hulme and Mrs Clutton had a real challenge and after tasting all the entries decided on winners in different categories:

Most Inventive – Grace, Polina, Eva Hannah – brain on books

The brain - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Most Inventive – Grace, Polina, Eva Hannah – The brain – Biology Week Bake Off 2017

Scientific realism – Mimi, Connie, Alicia – red blood cell

Red blood cell - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Scientific realism – Mimi, Connie, Alicia – Red blood cell – Biology Week Bake Off 2017

Highest technical detail – Aaliyah, Sarah, Zara – plant cell, interior and exterior

Plant cell - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Highest technical detail – Aaliyah, Sarah, Zara – Plant cell – Biology Week Bake Off 2017

Best tasting vanilla – Riya, Maryam, Alisha, Sairish – giant eye ball

Eye ball - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Best tasting vanilla – Riya, Maryam, Alisha, Sairish – Eye ball – Biology Week Bake Off 2017

Best tasting Chocolate – Ellie, leaf laugh, love

Leaf Laugh Love - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Best tasting Chocolate – Ellie – Leaf Laugh Love – Biology Week Bake Off 2017

The cakes are being sliced and sold to teachers to raise money for Macmillan. Well done to everyone who entered – as you can see from the pictures the entries are amazing and tasted great too!

Brainstorm of biology - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Brainstorm of biology – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
The brain - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
The brain – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
The brain - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
The brain – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Phagocytosis and agglutination of pathogens - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Phagocytosis and agglutination of pathogens – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Eye ball - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Eye ball – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Eye ball - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Eye ball – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
DNA cake pops - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
DNA cake pops – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Animal cell - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Animal cell – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Eye balls - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Eye balls – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Brains- Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Brains- Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Eye diagram- Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Eye diagram- Biology Week Bake Off 2017
The heart- Biology Week Bake Off 2017
The heart- Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Kidneys - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Kidneys – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
The heart- Biology Week Bake Off 2017
The heart- Biology Week Bake Off 2017
The kidney - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
The kidney – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Plant cell - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Plant cell – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Plant cell - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Plant cell – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Garden of biology - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Garden of biology – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Red blood cell - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Red blood cell – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Red blood cell - with oxygen - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Red blood cell – with oxygen – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Leaf Laugh Love - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Leaf Laugh Love – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Deconstructed Face - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Deconstructed Face – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Parts of the body - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Parts of the body – Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Skin - Biology Week Bake Off 2017
Skin – Biology Week Bake Off 2017

AGGS Summer Fair

Summer Fair
Summer Fair

The AGGS Summer fair took place on Saturday. It was a lovely event, which was well attended and thankfully the rain held off! The initial figure is over £3000 from Saturday’s count and we will confirm the final total next week. The raffle will be drawn on Tuesday in Year 8 assembly and there will also be cake sales this week and the chocolate tombola will be in the hall every lunchtime.

Many thanks to everyone who attended hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Year 12 – School Physicist of the Year award

Jorja, Y12, School Physicist of the year awardCongratulation to Jorja K from Year 12 who won the School Physicist of the Year award. This is an annual, UK-wide award scheme sponsored by the Ogden Trust and are presented at the University of Manchester.

Each year teachers are invited to nominate their “best” Year 12 physics student. The student put forward by each school receives a School Physicist of the Year award from the Ogden Trust, consisting of a £25 book token and certificate presented at an evening event at the University of Manchester (Thursday 6th July). Receiving a SPOTY award will also qualify the student for the Ogden alumni association, which will give them chances for internships and other schemes if they go on to study physics at university http://ogdentrust.com/alumni-association

Year 11 Leaving Breakfast and Assembly

Year 11 Leavers 2017
Year 11 Leavers 2017

On Friday 12 May, Year 11 celebrated the last official day of their five years at AGGS prior to study leave. We held a breakfast in the dining room, with leavers’ books being signed by staff and students followed by a wonderful assembly, which included some superb performances from our very talented students and ended with a montage of memories and a cascade of balloons. We wish all our Year 11 students every success in their GCSE examinations.

2017 Chemistry Olympiad Success!

Gold Award to Rebecca on the Chemistry Olympiad Success 2017
Gold Award to Rebecca on the Chemistry Olympiad Success 2017

Royal Society of ChemistryThis year we had six enthusiastic Year 13 students taking part in the competition, which involved them completing a two-hour written exam paper. The questions often posed much stimulate debate, and enthusiasm for chemistry – raising awareness of what the subject is all about. It provides a good opportunity to develop some of the skills required for study at university and beyond.
We are extremely pleased with the results that the students have achieved: Rebecca L achieved a Gold Award, and Charlotte O-P, Mahika D, Tokino T and Ellie E-W all achieved a Silver Award.

Well done and congratulations to them!