On Wednesday 25th April we were extremely lucky to have Professor Lord Robert Winston visit AGGS to speak to the whole of Y10 plus Y12 biology and psychology students. He gave a fascinating lecture that covered a wide range of topics, including the importance of failure and perseverance in scientific research, the collaboration required between the different sciences in order to drive progress, the evolution of humans and their future plus genetic technologies and the ethics of their practice in modern medicine. He also joined a smaller discussion group after school to discuss these issues and more with some keen Year 11, 12 and 13 students. We are extremely grateful for his time and energy and hope he has inspired the students to consider a broad range of scientific careers in their future.
This term the physics department at AGGS publicised the Talent 2030’s National Engineering Competition for Girls, targeting students from years 9, 10 and 12. The competition invites students to solve the major challenges of the 21st century, to get creative, get thinking and most of all – have fun!
The objective of this competition was to identify and provide possible solutions for some of the challenges of the 21st century
We were really pleased with the phenomenal interest in this competition with 97 girls from AGGS submitting an entry about a diverse range of topics which included:
Dealing with climate change
Public transport safety
The declining bee population
On 17th March 2018 a shortlisted group were invited to showcase their entries at the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham as their entry was of particular interest to the judges. Students were given the opportunity to showcase their competition projects to the visitors of the fair.
Twenty Two of the shortlisted finalists were students from AGGS and are listed below. These students should be congratulated for their efforts for the phenomenal quality of the work they produced.
Year 9: Isabel A, Rose C, Amy C, Ella R, Christabel A, Orla B, Charlotte L, Karis M, Alison F, Connie A, Alkicia M
Year 10: Emily C, Shraddha A
Year 12: Fiona S, Kerensa S-B, Alice G, Mingya G, Hannah M, Beth G, Zoe G, Isla H, Amelia G
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!
On Thursday 1st February 23 of our year 12 students spent the day at Whitworth Hall listening to talks from some of the UK’s top scientists. Speakers such as Professor Robert Winston and Steve Jones led us though some fascinating topics, from the science of laughter and why we laugh, to the problems we do and will face due antibiotic resistance, trying to fathom huge numbers in relation to the different species on our planet and the ethics and issues surrounding cutting edge technologies.
Here are some thoughts from some of our students who went:
“All the lectures were awesome and showed us how biology can be used in research…. They also motivated me to read more into biology, further from what we are taught in the curriculum.” (Urwaa K)
“I really enjoyed the biology live and found many of the lectures fascinating. I particularly liked the science of laughter as it was very interesting considering a normal everyday action yet there’s so much more to it that you never think about. I was also surprised at how many species there are and how few we focus on. The lecture about microbes was also interesting, as it is such an important topic that can impact the future, yet there is not that much work being done on it.” (Abigail H)
“Each lecture was highly interesting. I particularly enjoyed the lecture about the vast diversity and distribution of species on Earth. The lecture on the science of laughter was very informative and it made me more aware of how human behaviour can be studied in biology.” (Iman G)