We have arrived safe and sound back in Altrincham after 30 hours of travelling. The group were all fantastic and had a great time cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge, visiting Alcatraz and skiing in the beautiful Mammoth Mountains.
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.
Today, Celine B and Emily L in Y13 took part in the national final of the Institut Français Debating Competition in London, against teams from ten other schools from across the country, having come second in the regional competition. They won their first debate against Stephen Perse School and narrowly lost their second debate against Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys, having to defend the motion ‘Multilingualism is a barrier to the unity of a nation’… in French! Although they did not make it to the grand final, Celine won the judges’ favourite prize for an excellent individual performance. Celine and Emily were both fantastic and a credit to themselves and the school.
Plastics club are a group of year 9 students who are passionate about reducing the amount of plastic we use as a school. In the last few weeks they have performed assemblies to years 7-10 in order to raise awareness of the issues involved. They have also had a meeting with Ms Gill about what can be done around school to meet this target. The first goal is to increase the number of students who bring a reusable water bottle to school instead of buying bottled water. They are also looking into improved water facilities for refilling.
The UKMT Intermediate challenge took place on the 1st February for years 9, 10 and 11. 23 pupils were awarded gold, 33 pupils awarded silver and 27 awarded bronze. 21 pupils were invited to participate in the follow on rounds which take place the 15th of March. Well done to all those who participated.
On Monday February 26th we hosted the regional final of the ESU performing Shakespeare competition in which 20 students from schools across the region performed monologues and dualogues from Shakespeare to win a place in the National Finals in London. We had four participants and Caitlin H in year 9 successfully won one of two places and will now be performing her monologue from King Lear again at the final in a West End theatre on 20th March.
Congratulations to her if you see her – she was outstanding!
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!