Congratulations to our new team of student leaders, who have recently been appointed following a rigorous application process. The new Student Leadership Team will continue to lead the main student groups that work throughout the school. This year sees the addition of a new post of student leader for sport, a role we are delighted to add. We were extremely impressed with the calibre of the candidates, in every step of the application process. Applicants were a credit to themselves and the school and it was a difficult decision to select only eight students. We are very much looking forward to working with our new Student Leadership Team and developing their roles further.
Student leader responsible for wellbeing: Amy B
Student leader responsible for Anti bullying: Jaya B
Student leader responsible for charity: Anum C
Student leaders responsible for school council: Isabelle I and Emily S
Student leader responsible for peer mentoring: Flora W
Student leader responsible for digital leaders: Miranda W
Student leader responsible for sport: Elysia Z
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.
March brings another event with it – 24 hours of karate. On Friday 9th March from 5pm I will be teaching karate in hour long slots until 5pm on the Saturday, in the drama studio at school. Everyone is welcome to come and try it. Bring your family and friends and kids (they must be at least 5 years old) for an hour.
£5 per hour, or three hours for £12, all proceeds to Mind and Macmillan. Email me to book a time slot…if you get enough people together I’ll give you a bulk booking and reserve that hour just for you and your group:
R.E.D. January is over, with Mr Carr running a total distance of 103 miles. As revealed in the previous newsletter, February will see Mr Carr host a charity quiz here at AGGS on Friday 23rd at 6pm. The cost is £12 per team with each team having a maximum of 8 members. It’s an adult only event so leave the kids at home and come along for the fun. Bring your own refreshments and some spare money to get involved in the “between round” activities.
As an added challenge Mr Carr will be doing some swimming over the next 6 months. Back in 2014 he swam the equivalent of the channel at its narrowest point – 21 miles – in the pool. This time he is aiming to swim the equivalent of its widest point – 150 miles – over 6 months in the pool and outdoors.
On Friday 23rd February Mr Carr will be hosting the annual Macmillan quiz here at AGGS, in the Main Hall. The event will run from 6pm to 9pm and costs £12 per team (maximum number of team members is 8 – no minimum). This is an 18+ event and you can bring your own refreshments. Bring some extra cash as between each round there will be extra games to play and hopefully a raffle and/or promise auction. With that in mind, if you, or someone you know, can offer a prize or a “promise” (e.g. gardening, dinner at a restaurant, car service, music lessons, cakes, flowers, etc.) please contact Mr Carr at his dedicated charity email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also use this email address to confirm attendance at the quiz if you’d like to come. Keep your eyes on the bulletin for details about March’s exciting event which you can also get involved with.
R.E.D. January sees participants run every day throughout the month covering as little or as much distance as they like. The event is organised by Mind and is designed to raise awareness about mental health and highlight the power of exercise when it comes to dealing with stress and anxiety. Mr Carr has pledged to run at least 100 miles in the month. Check back at the start of February to see how he got on.
Between the summers of 2014 and 2015 Mr Carr took on a series of challenges, one per month, for twelve charities. Events included things like the Manchester Marathon, the Great Manchester Cycle, Movember, a 160ft bungee jump and a head shave. He managed to raise over £2400.
Mr Carr has decided that 2018 is the year to do it again, but this time bigger and better (and perhaps harder?!) with the hope of raising even more money. Twelve challenges across twelve months, this time for two charities, Macmillan and Mind. The third twelve in 12-12-12 this time comes from the fact that Mr Carr is only asking people to sponsor him £12 (though feel free to give more or less).
Events this time include R.E.D. January (Run Every Day January), the Manchester Marathon, the Great North Swim, the Windermere triathlon, cycling coast to coast, and more. Keep your eye on the bulletin for updates and information about forthcoming events that we all could get involved with.
Today, AGGS was hosting another brilliant charity day, which included the Year 13s pantomime, the talent show and stalls in the dinning room. The day went extremely well, atmosphere was great, and we are proud to announce the winners on this years’ talent shows: