Honor, Imogen and Kate in 9-5 have been awarded first prize for their entry in the 11-14 song section of the Together: A UK-German centenary project. The project invited pupils aged 9-16 to produce poetry, art work or songs inspired by our shared history with Germany, with an emphasis on hope and unity. They have been invited to receive their certificates at the British Embassy in Berlin on 15th November, with flights and two nights hotel accommodation paid for. It is an amazing achievement and a fabulous prize. We look forward to hearing all about it in November.
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.
8-3Country: 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)
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.
Congratulations to the 12 pupils in Year 7 who competed to such a high standard on Wednesday 7th February. It was very close, but the three winners are Jessica in 7-2 for Spanish and Roxy and Nirja, both in 7-3, for French. They have now qualified to take part in the regional final on 26 April.
We arrived back safely last night at midnight from the Augsburg exchange. Students stayed with host families and took part in 4 days’ work experience in a variety of placements, including schools, a fair trade shop, the tourist information office, a lawyer and an architect. They really enjoyed experiencing German culture at first hand and benefited hugely from the opportunity to practise their German, both in the workplace and with their partners.
On Thursday 16th November, Ms Gill, Miss Benson, Mrs Ryan and Mrs McIntosh accompanied three teams of Year 13 language students (French, German and Spanish) at the Northern Schools’ Modern Languages Debating Competition at Cheadle Hulme School. It was only the second time that AGGS entered, having won the Spanish finals at last year’s competition. The students debated topics such as “Success is the source of happiness” and “Wars are unavoidable” in their foreign languages against teams from schools including, MGS, Withington, Bolton, Connell and QEGS Blackburn.
All three teams did well, with the German team (Lybah H and Alisha M) winning one of their two debates, but losing narrowly to the overall winners of the heats, Stockport Grammar. Our Spanish team (Alycia A and Anya S) fought well, but lost out in the semi-finals. Our French team (Celine B and Emily L) battled fiercely, ultimately coming runners up to Bolton Girls in the final, but taking home books for second place.
On Monday 12th June, a former AGGS German teacher, Mrs. Jannine Turner, was invited to the German Ambassador’s house in London and was awarded the German Teacher Awards to outstanding teachers of German in the UK.
On Thursday 17th November, Miss Benson, Mrs Garcia and Mrs Crowson took three teams of Year 13 language students (French, German and Spanish) to the Northern Schools Debating Competition at Cheadle Hulme School. It was the first time that AGGS has entered, and the girls had to debate topics such as “Give me knowledge, not money” and “Numbers are better than letters” in their foreign language against teams from schools including MGS, Manchester High, Withington and QEGS Blackburn. All three teams did well, the German team (Sophie-Jo G and Emma R) reaching the semi-final, where they lost narrowly to Manchester High on “Brexit is the answer.” Our French team (Rowena O and Arisha H) acquitted themselves well, too.
Our Spanish team (Sophie H and Hannah D) won their Brexit semi-final, and faced Cheadle Hulme in a debate for which they had 15 minutes’ preparation on “We should all learn a universal language.” The standard of the Spanish was ver high, and after long deliberations Sophie and Hannah were announced the winners. As well as books and a shield, they each won the fabulous prize of a week’s work experience in Spain!