Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th. Seven girls from Year 10 are representing the school at an Erasmus+ project meeting in Riga, Latvia. They will be working on topics such as why people migrate and issues this can cause along with fellow-students from our partner schools in Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and, of course, Latvia. You can see what they are doing on the AGGS Erasmus twitter… the programme is very varied and includes activities such as making national costumes out of recycled materials, visiting the Open Air museum, exploring the old centre of Riga and buying goods at the central market in Latvian.
46 blurry eyed children and 5 staff left Manchester airport early on Sunday bound for Milan, then onto a coach up a very windy road to start a week of skiing in Madesimo. With a metre of snow having fallen just before we arrived and the sun now blazing we could not have been luckier with the weather or conditions.
The first lessons commenced; some skiing for the first time, others a little rusty since their last outing on the piste. In no time at all, all were speeding down the slopes with more confidence. By the end of the week all the students had improved and to see the beginner group getting down red runs was fantastic.
A superb trip and thanks to the students and staff alike for making it an unforgettable adventure.
A group of 39 girls from Years 8, 9, 12 and 13 spent five days in Normandy during February half-term. We stayed in a study-centre where the girls participated in activities such as bread-making, archery, circus-skills and photogramme (making photos without a camera). All the instructors spoke only in French, so the girls were pleased to be able to follow their instructions and to learn new vocabulary. There were also excursions to the local market (where the girls had to buy the most unusual thing they could find, won by a foot-long black radish), to a caramel-producing farm, to the famous Mont St Michel and to a World War 2 the way they really made an effort to use their French.
The 22 students on the NASA Houston trip arrived safely back in Manchester at 10am on Sunday morning. They had been travelling for about 20hrs with flights from Houston to Amsterdam and then on to Manchester. Exhausted but elated having had such a terrific experience.
The students were excellent in the way they conducted themselves and our hosts at NASA were most complimentary.
Perhaps the highlight of the week was meeting Don Thomas, an astronaut who has flown on 4 missions into space. His talk was most inspiring.
Have a look at the range of activities they did on the trip at their blog:
The History department has returned home from another successful and very enjoyable First World War battlefields trip. Everyone had a great time and valued the opportunity to visit sites such as the Thiepval Memorial, Vimy Ridge, Langemark German cemetery and the Flanders Field museum in Ypres.
The students who took part had a fabulous week and thoroughly enjoyed experiencing German life with a host family. The work experience placements included working in primary schools, with solicitors, tourist information centre, a dentist and a book shop. We managed to join this up with the MUN conference taking place in our partner school
On Tuesday, 22nd November our year 10 Product Design girls visited the Fab Lab in Altrincham to look at the possibilities open to them using Laser cutters, CNC machines and 3D printers. It was a fantastic, interesting and informative trip, hopefully the first of many!
The first computing trip to San Francisco has been a huge success and they all arrived safely back into Manchester airport on Saturday the 29th October. It has been an extremely busy week visiting all the local sights; Alcatraz, bike ride over the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito, Fisherman’s Wharf, NASA, Stanford University, Computer History Museum, Tech Museum of Innovation, cable car ride, Lombard Street and Coit tower. We also managed to fit in a trip to Westfield Shopping centre, Stanford Shopping centre and Macy’s; you can’t visit America without a visit to the shops.
The girls enjoyed visiting Google and Microsoft and were inspired by the talks given by four women who work at Microsoft; they were also treated to a free lunch at both!
The behaviour of the girls was fabulous throughout the week.
A massive thank-you to Mr. Osborne, Mrs. Barrow and Mrs. Carradus for their hard work and good humour. A special mention to Mr. Osborne for his excellent map reading.
The Vienna trip group have returned safely from their joint history and German study visit to Vienna. The girls explored the sights, including the iconic ferris wheel, the Austrian military history museum, the Klimt exhibition at Belvedere, Schoenbrunn palace and climbing 343 steps to the top of the Stephansdom south tower (still recovering from that!) They also enjoyed a talk given by Mr. Roberts’ son, Mark, about working for the UN in Vienna and were inspired to learn that a languages degree does not have to take you in to teaching!
Our pupils were fabulous throughout the trip and their excellent behaviour was commented upon by the hotel staff. Special thanks to Mrs. Ogunmyiwa, Mr. Dickson and Mrs. Crowson for their hard work and constant good humour.
On July the 7th, Years 11 and 12 computer science students spent the day at Lancaster University learning about the design of ‘smart cities’. Working in teams with university researchers, they built their own model smart city with computerised street lights that responded to darkness and automatic traffic lights. They also built driver-less ‘robot’ cars that could be steered remotely from a hand-held computer but which also responded to their traffic lights automatically, refusing to move when the lights were red. The girls learned how design teams for large systems have to work together to define standards and agree methods of communication