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Year 12 Careers Fortnight 2017

Y12 Careers Fortnight Careers talk by Hilti Engineering

Between 6-17th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.

Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop, ‘The Hidden Job Market,’ where they were able to network with employers from the grocery industry and hear about their different interesting jobs and their journeys to reach them. The aim of the workshop was to encourage students to reflect on the opportunities available to them in the future, and what they can be doing now to get there. We were also delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. We invited various careers speakers and ex-students to give talks in assemblies, lessons and at lunchtime.

Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this such a success.

“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”

Year 12 Careers Fortnight - Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight – Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight - Practice interviews
Year 12 Careers Fortnight – Practice interviews
Y12 Creers Fortnight - Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Creers Fortnight – Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Creers Fortnight - Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Y12 Creers Fortnight – Careers talk by Hilti Engineering
Year 12 Careers Fortnight- The Hidden Job Market workshop
Year 12 Careers Fortnight- The Hidden Job Market workshop
Careers Fortnight - Olivia Birchenough, Alumnae & TV presenter for the children’s tv show ‘Milkshake’.
Careers Fortnight – Olivia Birchenough, Alumnae & TV presenter for the children’s tv show ‘Milkshake’.

Visit from Manchester University

MFL Manchester University Visit

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.

Y11 Careers Morning

Y11 Careers Morning

Year 11 heard from a range of speakers who explained about the differences between 6th forms and colleges, college life and choices, the benefits of higher education, higher/degree apprenticeships and A-Level choices. We would like to thank Manchester College, Trafford Connexions, The Skills Company and Leeds University for coming into school to deliver the presentations. Year 11 also heard from 3 of our Y12/Y13 students about their particular experiences of choosing A-Level options. We hope that Year 11 feel they have been more informed about their post 16/18 options, which will enable them to make better decisions about their future.

Y11 Careers Morning Y11 Careers Morning Y11 Careers Morning

Biology Week 2017

Biology Week 2017

7th – 15th October

How Can You Get Involved?

 

TALK: Photographing Nature with Dr Pickering

Ex-AGGS teacher and amazing wildlife photographer Dr Pickering will discuss the skills, techniques and patience required to get some perfect photos.
Dr Pickering has had his work published and will be sharing his secrets plus launching our 2017 Photography competition.

Wednesday 4th October

All welcome
12.30 in L6

COMPETITION: The Great Biology Bake Off

Bring in a cake that represents a cell, organ, a process or even a whole organism! Prizes for the best entries.
Cakes will then be sliced and sold to the teachers in the staffroom on Tuesday and all money raised will be donated to the Macmillan coffee morning charity.

Monday 9th October

All welcome
12.30 in L5

TALKS: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo’s Safari Rangers are visiting all Y9 classes to deliver workshops about the varied roles and careers in the zoo.

L3 L4
Period 2 9G 9C
Period 3 9F 9B
Period 4 9E 9D
Period 5 9A

Monday 9th October

Y9 classes
In lessons

Q&A SESSION: Careers at the Zoo

Interested in a career at the zoo? There is a much broader range of jobs than you might expect.  If you want to know more about working at the zoo, please come with your questions to quiz our two Safari Rangers.

Monday 9th October

All welcome
12.40 in L4

QUIZ: Biology Brains!

If you love Biology and know your aardvark from your armadillo, come along to this Quiz at lunchtime. Questions set by members of Science Society!

Tuesday 10th October

All welcome
12.30 in L6

TALK: Old Drugs, New Bugs! With Professor Roberts from Manchester University

What will we do if bacteria become resistant to all the antibiotics we have to fight them? Why are more bacteria becoming antibiotic-resistant? In this fascinating talk you will find out much more about the constant efforts being made to find new drugs to control the rise of MRSA and other potentially life-threatening diseases.  A must of all future medics, dentists and vets, plus everyone else!

Wednesday 11th October

All welcome
12.30 in L6

TALK: Enhancing Photosynthesis for a Changing World with Dr Hartwell from Liverpool University

The world’s population continues to rise. The climate continues to change. Less of the land will be suitable for farming but there are more mouths to feed! How can we genetically engineer plants to survive and photosynthesise efficiently?
Dr Hartwell will discuss cutting-edge genetic research and how solving the food crisis might be the most important area of research in the future.  His talk is essential viewing for A level biologists.

Thursday 12th October

Most relevant for Y13 biologists, although all are welcome
12.30 in L6

COMPETITION: Design a Biology Board Game

Create a game to teach or revise any aspect of Biology.
It must be:

  • Engaging and good fun to play
  • Innovative and effective
  • Well designed, with a name, a box, instructions and everything required to play

Bring your entry to L6 on Friday lunchtime.  It will then be played by our expert panel of testers and winners will be announced before half term.

Friday 13th October

All welcome to enter – in teams or solo entries
Deadline for entries: Friday 13th  October

COMPETITION: Photography Deadline

Picture It: Your Environment
Your photo should show the beauty of the environment and environmental science and its impact on you.
All entries must be accompanied by a 1-2 sentence summary describing how the photo captures the effect of the environment or environmental science on you.
Email entries to crussell@aggs.bfet.uk
First Prize: Dr Pickering has kindly donated his a Canon 1DS – a professional, full frame camera he used to take many of his own nature photographs.
Your picture can also be entered for a national competition by going to the website http://unearthed.nerc.ac.uk/
The first prize of this competition is a VIP invitation to the opening of the RRS Sir David Attenborough in autumn 2018.

Friday 13th October

All welcome to enter
Deadline for entries: Friday 13th October

SPECIAL EVENT: Post Mortem Day

Ever wanted to see what happens during a post mortem? Keen to learn more about the human body and see how organs work together to keep us alive?
This unique experience will allow you to watch a post mortem on a semi-synthetic body.  Real (animal) organs will be used to demonstrate human physiology and over the course of the workshop you will learn more about human anatomy and the diseases of these organs.
Places are limited and each ticket costs £20.  See your biology teacher for more information.
Note: some of the content is aimed at A level Biology students.

Saturday 14th October

Y11-13
Dining room
10am-3pm

Click here to download the Biology Week 2017 timetable

Wilmott Dixon Enterprise day – What would be your ideal school!

Y10 Enterprise - Willmott Dixon

We have been very fortunate that Willmott Dixon agreed to deliver a second Enterprise day to the whole of Year 10 on Friday 14th July.
“The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry”.

During the morning the groups completed 3 team building tasks and were awarded points not only for the result but also how well they communicated together and worked as a team. The points were then totalled and this was then used to work out their budget for the build of a new school.

Each group had to calculate how many classrooms they needed; receptions, staff rooms, sports facilities; swimming pool etc. They then used the costing sheets to calculate how much their school would cost. It was a very fraught day especially when disaster struck at lunchtime and they had to spend £5,000,000 in order to fix the problem.

Each of the groups had to present their ideas to the judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were Caitlin Dennehy, Natasha Devbhandari, Diana Gibbons, Imogen Gordon, Poppy Hall and Olivia Davey-Bashir from 10-5. Next term they will have the opportunity to visit a building in Manchester which is currently being constructed by Willmott Dixon. This will be a fantastic opportunity to see the range of career opportunities and progression paths available in the construction industry.

We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again next year as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it but more importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible career paths.

Year 10 Careers Day & Practice Interviews

Y10 Careers Day
Y10 Careers Day
Y10 Careers Day, An Inspirational Talk by Alex Thorpe, an AGGS Alumnae
Y10 Careers Day, An Inspirational Talk by Alex Thorpe, an AGGS Alumnae

On Friday, 7th July we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 pupils as part of their Careers Day.

The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our Alumnae, Alex Thorpe who works in marketing for VIMTO drinks. This was followed by a CV writing skills session, a session with the RAF and Army and a workshop delivered by our Connexions Adviser on labour market information.

Y10 Careers Day, Interviews
Y10 Careers Day, Interviews

Throughout the day, year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from Barclays Bank, Tesco, Unilever, St.Mary’s Hospital to name a few and many of

whom were parents. We are extremely grateful to them for kindly giving up their busy working day to interview our pupils. The interviews were an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews which gave the girls an insight into the world of work.

Y10 Careers Day, Interviews
Y10 Careers Day, Interviews

To attach a sense of reality and importance to the day, the girls were asked to come into school wearing smart business attire. There were some very smart young ladies indeed, who would have been readily employed by our interviewers! We received many comments from the interviewers complimenting the pupils on their high standard and quality of responses to questions.

Y10 Careers Day, RAF and Army Session
Y10 Careers Day, RAF and Army Session

Careers Convention 2017

Careers Convention 2017

Careers Convention 2017Wednesday, 8th March saw the return of our biennial Careers Convention. The evening had a real buzz to it with 60 representatives hosting stands from companies such as Aldi, Barclays, KPMG, Pozzoni, Myerson Solicitors and many more. Representatives from Russell Group universities, colleges and apprenticeship schemes were on hand to offer advice on their courses and application processes.  The event provided an excellent opportunity for pupils to explore different career options and to attend talks from marine science, law, sports psychology and radiotherapy.

The event celebrated National Careers Week and International Women’s Day with all female contingents attending from engineering and construction companies: Clancy Consulting, Mott MacDonald and Willmott Dixon. The Y9 and Y13 stewards were a credit to the school showing representatives to their stands and being on hand to help with queries. We look forward to the next event in Spring 2019!

WILLMOTT DIXON School Enterprise Day – What would be your ideal school

WILLMOTT DIXON School Enterprise Day

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

Willmott Dixon ran an Enterprise day at AGGS on 22nd November to the whole of Year 8 (205 students). “The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry” this day definitely delivered that! The long term goal of the enterprise day is to help raise awareness of careers in construction for female students, ahead of their college course/education selection; again it delivered on this as a lot of the students commented that they have a better understanding of careers available within the construction industry.

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

During the morning the groups completed 3 team building tasks and were awarded points not only for the result but also how well they communicated together and worked as a team. The points were then totalled and this was then used to work out their budget for the build of a new school.

WILLMOTT DIXON - School Enterprise Day
WILLMOTT DIXON – School Enterprise Day

Each group had to calculate how many classrooms they needed; receptions, staff rooms, sports facilities; swimming pool etc. They then used the costing sheets to calculate how much their school would cost. It was a very fraught day especially when disaster struck at lunchtime and they had to spend £4,000,000 in order to fix the problem.

Each of the groups had to present their ideas to the judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were from 8-1 and consisted of Julie, Francesca, Alicia, Aleeza, Rebecca, and Abeer. Lydia from 8-7 was commended for her leadership and motivation of the group during the task. In January they will all have the opportunity go to a site which Willmott Dixon are currently building.

We look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it but more importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible careers.

Year 11 Fundopoly Enterprise Day

Year 11 Fundopoly day, September 2016On 28th September Year 11 took part in a Fundopoly day trading in stocks and shares on the AGGS Stock Market. The day was delivered and run by employees of BNY Mellon. Trading was tough and highly competitive as the girls worked in teams to make as much money as they possibly could before trading ended. There was plenty of deliberation and important decision making to be made especially when the share prices of Gold and Greggs went up! They learnt how an investment bank differs from the High Street bank and experienced how the stock market actually works. Year 11 enjoyed speaking to the BNY employees about their particular job roles within BNY Mellon.