PE and School Sport Extra Curricular Timetable

Extracurricular Timetable Winter 2018

The extra curricular timetable will start on Tuesday 4th September.

NOTE : All hockey practices will take place on the astro turf at school until October half term when we will move to Bowdon.

Lunch Time  After School 
Hockey  Netball  Hockey  Netball 
Monday Year 7 Badminton 4-6pm  U13s and U14s squad training
Tuesday Years 8 and 9 U15s, U16s and X1 U12s squad training
Wednesday Years 10 and 11 Years 10 and 11 U12 and U13 squad training U15s, U16s and seniors
Thursday Year 7 Year 8 U14s Squad training
Friday  Year 7 and 8 Year 9

Under 12s Hockey Trials

Calling all New year 7s.

Trials for our U12s hockey team will take place on Saturday 8th September 9:30am – 11:30am 

You do not need to have played hockey before. 

This will be a fun action packed morning with lots of skills and game play.

Please make sure you bring

  1. Your stick
  2. Your shin pads
  3. A refillable water bottle
  4. Suitable footwear such as trainers or even better astro shoes.
  5. Your gum shield (optional but highly recommended)

Please arrive at the Astro via the Sixth Form entrance off Green Courts / Green Walk.

See you there

Mrs Reynolds and Mrs Hardicre

Thought for the week


‘Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.’

(Judy Garland)

AGGS Sports Personality Of the Year 2018

Congratulations to Emma in Year 10 and Grace in Year 8 who were awarded Sports Personality of the Year.

Emma was awarded the school category for her achievements in athletics and Grace the open category for her achievements in dance outside of school.  We are very proud of them both!

Eurovision 2018

If AGGS were to enter Eurovision this year, it would be safe to say any of the Year 8’s performances would have blown the competition away. With seven forms, three classes of Year 12’s and even a surprise show from the MFL department- AGGS Eurovision 2018 was certainly unforgettable.
Here’s a run down of the songs sung by each form and the country they represented-
  • 8-1       Country: France, Song: Je Veux by singer Zaz, Highlights: Colour co-ordination of clothes to represent the French flag, featured saxophones and no backing track!
  • 8-2       Country: Spain, Song: La Cintura by Alvaro Soler, Highlights: Vibrant summer outfits, amazing choreography.
  • 8-3       Country: Canary Islands, Song: Solo Si Es Contigo by Bombai, Highlights: Hawaiian outfits, featured talented guitarists.
  • 8-4       Country: Germany, Song: Wenn sie tanzt, Maz Giesinger, Highlights: another form whose outfits matched the colours of the flag, a brilliant conga line mid-performance through the audience!
  • 8-5       Country: Belgium, Song: Color Gitano by Kendji Girac, Highlights: featured various percussion instruments, bright clothes mirroring the lovely (ish) summer weather we have had recently
  • 8-6       Country: Balearic Islands, Song: Yo Contigo, Tu Conmigo by Morat and Alvaro Soler, Highlights: danced in pairs with matching outfits
  • 8-7       Country: Austria, Song: Das Fliegerlied by DONIKKL, Highlights: animal onesies!
It was a close competition between the whole year as each form brought a distinct feature. 8-7’s cute animal onesies and 8-3’s vibrant hula skirts definitely added to the performances featuring inflatable flamingo rubber dingys, catchy songs and synchronised dance moves. Eurovision this year had it all!
In the midst of all the Year 8 performances, the audience were lucky to experience Year 12 students singing iconic English songs in French, Spanish and German. The French group sang ‘Uptown Funk’, Spanish sang ‘Mamma Mia’ and German sang ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’.  With brilliant singing and cool costumes, the audience were all eager to join in and clapped along!
The MFL department  surprised everybody by combining their linguistic skills to sing (much to everyone’s enjoyment) ’99 Luftballoons’/ ’99 Red Balloons’. Starting with Mrs Crowson’s solo, featuring a single red star shaped balloon. Mrs Stokes, Miss Benson, Mr Butterworth, Mrs Ryan, Mrs McIntosh, Mrs Herbert, Mrs Bond, and Miss Demeur soon all joined in with their oversized red retro glasses, inflatable rock guitars and a mind-blowing amount of enthusiasm. Sixth Formers scattered red balloons from the balcony to signify the end of yet another fun- filled Eurovision.
And the winner of Eurovision 2018 (drum roll please) was….
8-5! The form representing Belgium impressed the judges with their flexible dance routine and singing in not only one language…but two! They combined both French and Spanish and included 2 live musicians with a guitar and ukulele. Congratulations!
-Written by Anisha M (Year 10) and Hira K (Year 12)

Emma S – National Athletics Success

Having qualified last month at the Greater Manchester Schools Championships, Emma S in Year 10 competed at the English Schools Track & Field Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on the 13-14th of July, representing Greater Manchester. She competed against the most talented athletes from around the country in triple jump. In calm, warm conditions she jumped an impressive distance of 10m74 to come 10th in England even though she is only in the younger year of the U17 age group !

She travelled down by coach with the Greater Manchester team on the Thursday and stayed away in a hotel with the team for two nights. She had an amazing time and I’m sure it’s an experience she won’t forget and is hoping to qualify again next year! We are very proud of Emma’s achievement in this national competition and look forward to hearing of her continued success in the future!

Student’s Summer Recommendations!

There is only a few more days to go till we finish school and it’s the Summer holidays!

There are so many different, exciting things to do in the Summer, such as going abroad. However, if you’re not going abroad, here is a list of activities/events that you can do in the holidays:

Bluedot Music Festival,19th-22nd July at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Blackden, Cheshire– Bluedot is a 4-day music festival. As well as music, there are live science experiments, immersive artwork and expert talks. It’s a music festival with a hint of science!

RHS Flower Show, 18th – 22nd July in Knutsford, Chesire– The flower show hopes to get people interested in making the UK a greener, environmentally friendly country. There are galleries of beautiful flowers and plants for you to explore.

Manchester’s Whiteworth Art Gallery– The art gallery consists of sculptures and abstract art. They also have early morning yoga sessions and social evenings, as well as lots of live stage shows; a fun experience for all!

-Or you could search for the Giant Bee Statues that are all over Manchester from 23rd July  to 23rd September- They are positioned inside and outside, in shopping centres and parks. It is to bring communities together and  is essentially a life-size scavenger hunt!

Manchester offers a variety of activities and events over the Summer. If you missed the dates to attend this year, save them in your calendar for next year! We hope you have a great time and relax over the holidays.

-Written by Lakshayaa K and Erin M (Year 7)

Gold qualifying letter from Kevin at Venture Out

Dear Parent / Guardian

Your child is due to attend their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Qualifier Expedition on Thu 30th Aug to Mon 3rd Sept.  I’m contacting you to confirm the arrangements.  If they no can longer attend please let the school know ASAP as this has an impact on the viability of their group.

I will be coordinating the event and will remain in the area all the time to support the group and Assessor.  I should be your ‘First contact’ if you need to get in touch with your child.  I’d remind you that there is often patchy signal in the area that we will be working, and I may not get a message from you for hours.  You can leave a message and I’ll return it when I pick it up.  You should also not be asking your young people to be ringing you to keep them updated.  Assume ‘No news is good news’.

Each day they will be out for at least 8 hours and be walking at least 16km and ascending about 500m.  Please ensure they have understood that this event will be harder than the Gold training event they did in July.  Their fitness, equipment and food need to be good.

Drop off- 30.08.18 – Day Zero / Acclimatisation day

North Lees Campsite

Birley Ln, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1BR


DofE require Gold groups to meet their Assessor the day before their expedition starts – this is to allow the assessor to go through pre-expedition checks with the group.  Then if there are problems with their equipment or their route then they have the rest of the day to sort out the problem without it affecting the start of the expedition the following day.


For that reason, the group only need to be at the meet up point at 1pm on this day.  Their assessor will then do a kit check with them, go through their route plan and then take them out for a short walk to revise navigation with them.   For a meal that night the girls can walk into the local village and buy a take away or they can cook for themselves – if they cook they must remember to bring an extra evening meal and an extra breakfast for the next day.

Campsites along the route:

Night 0

North Lees farm Campsite

Birley Ln, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1BR


Night 1

Lockerbrook Outdoor Centre

Snake Pass Road


Hope Valley

S33 0BJ


Night 2

Greenacres Campsite

Nether Booth

Edale S33 7ZH


Night 3

Hayfield Camping and Caravan site

Kinder Road


SK22 2LE


Pick up point.

Hope Car Park


S33 6RD

Monday 5pm


Getting lost – we have had problems recently with parents getting lost on the way to the drop off / pick up because they were using Google Maps and not a dedicated SatNav or SatNav app.  Google Maps can struggle in the countryside as it relies on you receiving a 4G signal to update the map position.  Please take precautions to download that area.  Please also be aware that postcodes are not an accurate place finder in the countryside, they can take you to a 1km area but not necessarily to the exact point (houses and farms are a lot more spread out in the countryside).  You must check the map before you set off and print it out.


Mobile phones

The Duke of Edinburgh Organisation recommend that we do not allow participants to have mobile phones whilst on expedition (day or night).  There are a number of reasons for this:

The participants are encouraged to ‘un-plug’ from the outside world and focus on becoming part of their team by socialising and supporting each other.

Mobile phones don’t stand up well to rain, mud, being crushed in pockets.  They run out of charge and there are no charging facilities on campsites.

There is patchy coverage in the countryside, and batteries die and so if you are waiting on a phone call from your young person and don’t receive it or you are trying to ring them to check on them, and they don’t call back – you get anxious for no reason.

For these reasons, we have always run and supervised expeditions in such a way that mobile reception is not required for supervision or safety:

Sometimes it is necessary for me to contact home if a young person takes ill or has forgotten equipment.  I have all the emergency contact details that you provided the school with and can contact parents if I need to.  You can contact me directly on  07980 306869  please only do this if it is an emergency, and remember, I too will have patchy reception and so may not get straight back to you.


Any questions or advice needed before the event please email me on directly as it is school holidays and Ms Hickman is on holiday.


Kevin Beattie

Programme Manager

07980 306869



We WON! Spire Manchester Hospital Competition

Exciting news and a huge congratulations to Parnika, Parissa, Evie, Sophia and Yvonne for winning the competition. They could not decide on one winner so awarded all of them with prizes and their work will feature across both the children’s and adolescent menus. They also have the other hospitals within the Spire group interested in using their designs too so a huge well done to these students.

On Monday we visited the hospital and took part in taste testing the current menu and offering feedback and critique about what could possibly be developed or changed in any way.

They were also given their prizes and the school were given £100 worth of book vouchers. We cant wait to see the actual menus once they have been developed for printing by the designers. Watch this space for those…

Again, well done to all our well deserved winners who were brilliant on Monday, making the school and the Art department very proud.

Here are the winning entries and a few photos from the day….


Year 8 ‘What are you like?’ Outcomes

Lovely examples of outcomes for the year 8 exam project….


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