National Schools Badminton Championships : Round 1 – Trafford

This afternoon AGGS took on Flixton, Lostock, Stretford, and Sale Grammar in the first round of the National Schools Badminton Championships at Sale High School.
We had two U14s teams which were lavanya, Anusha, Jahnavi, Samyukatha,  and Alicia in the A team and Neave, Dristi, Harshitha, Nam, and Charlotte on the B team.
The two U16s teams were Natasha, Priya, Aisling, and Raavi on the A team and Georgia, Olivia, Maariyah and Sophie on the B team.

All teams played well with some outstanding performances.

Both the U16s teams were unbeaten scoring maximum points in their competitions. The A team beat Sale grammar 55:6, and beat Stretford 55:3. The B team beat Flixton 55:15, Stretford 55:13 and Sale Grammer 55:7. This meant that they had to play each other in the final! AGGS A team won 53:49 but both teams will go through to the next round.
The U16s TeamU16s A team Winners 

In the U14s competition the B team came third place over all after beating Lostock, but just missing the mark against Sale Grammar. The A team beat Flixton and Stretford putting them top of their group. They played Sale Grammar in the final and beat them 55:39. These two teams will also go through to the next round.

The U14s TeamU14s A team winners 

Big thanks to the organisers and to Mr Garrod for all his coaching and helping out tonight.

Auditions for solo / group dances 

Anyone wishing to create a solo or group dance for the Dance Production must attend the audition on

Thursday 23rd November after school. 

For the audition we would like to see: 

  • At least a minute of your dance
  • All dancers who are in the Dance must be there 
  • If you have performed in a dance production recently, try to be in different groups where possible (to give some variety)
  • You should bring your music with you on a phone / iPod / CD

All dancers must relate to the theme of the animal kingdom. We will be looking for creative responses to this stimulus. 

Good luck! 

The sign up sheet for timeslots will be up on the Dance noticeboard in the gym from Thursday 16th November at 12:30pm. 

Parliament Week

Rm 13 has been decorated for Parliament week, this week from 13th-17th. Come along to our Politics society stall in the hall at lunch on Friday to find out more about the main political parties and grill our politics society members.

Bring a question and find out more. For more details see Miss Mitchell in Rm 13 🙂

Come and join the fun 🙂 

How will you react?

Focus on Russia

May accuses Russia of meddling in a very public statement. Find out more here. 

School Council Training

Our annual school council training happened last week with each year group coming together to get to know one another and build key skills that will be used throughout the year in school council. The morning was planned and delivered by our fabulous Head Girls and Sixth Form Exec leads.

We began with team building and ice breaker exercises such an the human knot and if you were stranded on a desert island with said items which would you priorities to use and why would you use them. This section of the morning finished with the famous spaghetti tower building game which is now synonymous with school council training. Lots of fun was had by all and an extra element was added this year, extra points were awarded to the year group who were the tidiest. Year 8 & 9 were fantastic at this 🙂

We then spent time explore the year group focuses which are as follows:

Yr 7: How can we improve transition into secondary school.

Yr 8: Reforming and developing the buddy system

Yr 9: Celebrating Global Learning days

Yr 10: exploring options for a new rewards assembly

Year 11: The AGGS News Blog.

Well done to all involved it was a great morning and I sense this is going to be a great year for school council 🙂

English Schools Swimming Success

The Year 9 and 10 swimming team entered the English Schools national swimming competition before half term and were very successful.

They competed in both the freestyle and medley relay and won a bronze medal in the medley relay with a fantastic time.  This means that they were the third best medley team in the North West.  Congratulations to:

Laura, Emily S, Emily C, Christabel A, Lucy R, Katie H

Cross Country Update 2017

The AGGS Cross Country team are very excited to be through to the National Final of the ESAA Cross Country Cup which will take place in Kent on 25th November.

This is their journey so far.

The local rounds of this competition started in October with 1690 teams taking part across England competing against other local schools in their county. AGGS competed against other local schools and Longford Park and qualified for the regional round as one of the top three teams. The regional round took place this weekend in Sedburgh. It was a very cold morning and the rain the night before made the already difficult course very very muddy. Through grit and determination AGGS qualified in 3rd place and are through to the National Final in Kent in 2 weeks time. Here they will face the best 3 teams from the North, South, East and West and will compete to become Champions of England.
The Team was Laura H, Alice D, Millie P, Charlotte L, Emma S and Aimee R.
Special mention needs to go to Aimee who actually completed most of the course with ONE SHOE after it getting stuck in the mud on the first corner!! A true display of determination and team spirit.
Well done everyone and good luck. 

 

“All Different, All Equal”

It’s Anti-bullying Week and the Anti-bullying Ambassadors are working hard delivering presentations and coming up with exciting activities for the week ahead!

To help spread the message, here are the teams’ video recommendations:

Broadcaster and naturalist Chris Packham is autistic – he has Asperger’s Syndrome, meaning he struggles in social situations and has difficulty with human relationships. In this documentary, Chris confronts this subject with honesty and allows viewers to experience what it is like living with autism. Although he considers himself “a little bit weird”, Asperger’s has helped make him who he is today and Chris celebrates his differences in this one hour special.

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Michael Segovia, Senior Consultant at CPP, Inc., reflects on his past experiences and the ability to explore and appreciate others’ differences, as well as his own. He presents an interesting argument and question to ask yourself:  what are you doing to encourage others to be all they can be? The TED Talk is one of many that encourages being respectful of each others’ differences.

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We hope these give an insight into the message the team are trying to spread!

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