Year 13 held their annual Easter Egg decorating competition this week and the entries were extremely impressive, ranging from topical and classic, to literally ‘out of this world’! The judges found it an extremely difficult task to pick winners as a result. Well done to everyone who took part and specifically the winners, as follows:-
Linguistics and English Language enthusiast Dan Clayton, took time out of his busy schedule to come to AGGS on Wednesday 7th October 2015 to deliver a two hour programme to our year 12 and 13 students of English Language. It consisted of a thought provoking lecture on English language change followed by a workshop, focussing on analysis and examination skills.
Dan is an AQA A level senior examiner, contributor to emag (a magazine aimed at A level English students, produced by the English and Media Centre), co-author of the Nelson Thornes’ AQA A English Language AS textbook. His A level English Language blogs are viewed by thousands and he recently delivered one of the key note speeches at the British Library English Grammar Conference in London, July 2015. He is also a highly successful and experienced teacher at St. Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in south London.
In his lecture, he examined British attitudes to language change, examining whether ‘poor’ language skills (spoken and written) reflected or determined attitudes in young people today. After examining sources throughout history it became apparent that the so called ‘decline’ in English language skills has been a concern of older generations almost since records began. Caxton was casting aspersions on young people’s use of English in the 15thc, Dryden and Jonathan Swift in the 17thc. David Starkey’s fear that the summer of riots in 2011 were caused by the use of ‘Jafaican’, are clearly unfounded. Evidence points to literacy improving not declining among young people today.
In the workshop, the girls were given extracts to analyse in preparation for their AS and A2 examinations. Comments at the end of the session from Lauren, Becky, Robyn, Ellia Chloe, Harina, included: ‘Dan used lots of relevant examples and spoke to us on our level’; ‘he gave us lots of really relevant examples to help us, which we can use in our examination’; ‘the terminology he used and the informal way he presented has really inspired us and made his lecture and workshop highly accessible’; ‘the breakdown of the different models has been really helpful and the use of up to date research will really help us in our examinations’; ‘I have really enjoyed seeing the links between the lecture and what we are doing in class.’
Many thanks to Ms O’Hara and Mrs Cleary for organising this event.
Jazib, Year 13, wrote an excellent post on the Software Sustainability Institute website about how she came to write and publish a Revision Guide for Computing for the OCR Specification, which is available on Amazon and Lulu.com.
On the night, you can enjoy a fashion show, a Bollywood Dance Performance, find out what a souk and a dabkeh are, bid for amazing items in an auction and enjoy a live performance by Jay Kadn (formerly known as Junai Kaden) who has reached #1 multiple times on the iTunes World Chart and the UK Official Asian Downloads Chart.
So join us for a night celebrating Bollywood and Arabian Culture and help us to raise money for Human Appeal’s ‘Our Haven’ Project, supporting women who have suffered from domestic abuse.
Tickets are on sale from Enas H, Hannah K and Navjot K in the Sixth Form common room, the main hall and in F10 Mondays and Wednesdays at lunch. They won’t be available on the door & are limited so get them fast!
Child (under 12) – £6
Students (12+, or 18+ and in education) – £8
Adults (18+) – £10
Meet & Greet with Jay Kadn – £25
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