Last week, Y8 participated in a virtual career event, ‘World of Work’, of which the school had organised for some of our Alumnae (past students) to talk about their jobs, their careers so far. The aim was to give us a better understanding of the jobs which are available and give us a wider range of options. It consisted of a series of interesting and inspirational talks from our Alumnae, describing each of their jobs, the highlights, and most importantly, what inspired them to go down that particular career path.
Another aspect, which was particularly beneficial, was knowing what sort of skills are needed for each of the jobs, which are split into 2 categories, hard and soft skills. Hard skills are the qualifications needed, or anything else which can go on a CV, but soft skills are those which cannot be gained instantly and need to be developed, whether it be from an extra-curricular activity, or normal school lessons. For instance, creative thinking and being able to visualize something beforehand is vital for architecture and having organisational skills, and doing forward-thinking is important for an entrepreneur. However, the main takeaway message was to do something that you are passionate about, ‘what sets your soul on fire’, as correctly said by one of our Alumnae, because this is the thing that you will be doing for the rest of your life. Whether it be trying to reduce climate change, or having a job which can take you anywhere, even internationally, a deep interest for history, or even just a love for maths, always choose the career which is best suited to you, and overcome any difficulties you face, no matter what happens.
Thank you to our Alumnae for such a thought – provoking talk and taking the time to join (especially those who were out of country, Dubai and another from Australia); we Y8s have a lot to think about in the future! A huge thanks to Mrs Gillibrand for co-ordinating this event and Mrs Galvin for hosting it.
Before Christmas, we set up some some virtual interviews for all Year 11 students, but due to technical issues we unfortunately had to abandon them. We hope to be able to set these up again in the future. During the afternoon they had an informative session about labour market information and got the chance to start to put together a CV, a document they can return to as they progress through school.
Our Connexions careers adviser is continuing with virtual interviews for Y11 students each week to help with post16/18 decisions.
We have set up a careers channel on Teams for KS4/5 students. By putting the information in one place, it should make it a lot easier when searching for up-to-date information on virtual careers talks, careers fairs, work experience, university open days/programmes and apprenticeship opportunities.
Our Christmas markets looked a little different this year! Students had to get a little more creative and submit their business plans and photos of their prototype online. With the help of our Web Developer we were able to create an online virtual shop where we then asked students to vote over a week for their favourite product.
After over a 1000 votes – the votes were finally in for the winners of the Christmas Enterprise markets 2020!!
We are looking for budding entrepreneurs to showcase their prototype of a Christmas product on our AGGS Christmas website. There will be no goods or money exchanged, this is a competition to showcase the best Christmas prtotype of a product. This has to be just one product created by yourself or a team of up to 4 people from your class only. We want you to complete the online business plan and upload 3 photos of your prototype product here….by the deadline of Friday 27th November.
The best entries will be loaded on to the website and students will vote for their favourite. The winner will be announced during the last week of term.
Y13 had a series of financial workshops delivered virtually about ‘moving on from school’ and ‘staying safe from scams’. Students learnt how to recognise different financial scams and how to prevent being a victim of scams whilst the moving on from school workshop explained about payslips, gross/net income and how the government uses tax and NICs to fund public services.
Year 11 have had their careers morning delivered virtually this year and will have heard from a range of speakers during their Form times over the last week. Presentations have been shown regarding apprenticeships, university life, 6th form applications and college life.
Six students from 9-6 have been working on a virtual enterprise final for The National Enterprise Challenge which takes place next Weds 15th July. The students would have been attending the final competition in Birmingham competing against other schools, but due to the current situation, have had to adapt to complete their final presentation via an online platform. The students have worked incredibly hard to submit 7 pieces of work to conceptualise, design and market a new flavoured ‘Grenade’ health bar culminating in delivering a YouTube advert and a 4 minute presentation to the judges at TNEC.
Over 103 schools have submitted an entry, which under the circumstances of home schooling, is pretty impressive! We want to wish the Team consisting of Leen O, Ria P, Anusha P, Naina P, Emma Q and Antara R good luck with the final next week! We are very proud of all the work and effort you have put in over the last 8 weeks especially putting the video together via Zoom!
Following on from their tremendous success in the qualifying round, AGGS had very safely qualified to bring a team (Rachael E, Eloise F, Roselynn G, Sophie H) to the Semi Finals of the National CyberSecurity Centre’s (NCSC) competition; CyberFirst Girls (Year 8).
They certainly gave all of the other schools in that region a lot of moments of panic when our team shot up the leader board to first place and maintaining a consistent placement in the top 10! Overall coming out second place at this location which is a tremendous achievement! The girls were an absolute credit to the school and to themselves in tackling challenges which not only were at industry and degree level but also stumping the industry helpers from PwC!
It was very clear this has sparked a life long interest in Cyber Security and we look forward to seeing their next achievements when they progress onto the CyberDiscovery challenges next year!
A massive well done and heartfelt congratulations from Mr Starnes and a special thanks for support to Y13 helpers Bex W and Amelia E-W.
30 Business Studies and Economics students from Years 11 and 13 enjoyed a trip to see the Land Rover production plant in action at the company’s 300 acre site in Halewood, Merseyside. Following a detailed presentation about the roots of car manufacturing at the plant, which culminated in the takeover of Ford by Indian conglomerate Tata, the students, accompanied by Mr Murray and Mrs Gillibrand (in the absence of Miss Kirby who did all the hard work setting up the trip), were given a full tour of the highly specialised facilities. They were able to see the impact of specialisation and mechanisation on the production process which uses robotics to manufacture 900 Range Rovers in an 8 hour shift. Successful demand for the Evoque model has led to the firm continuing to work on a 3 shift 24 hour working day. However the continued global success of this model has lead them to producing the Evoque in China and Brazil with obvious potential consequences for employees in the long run.
The students gained first-hand knowledge of theoretical concepts such as economies of scale, JIT and lean production as the tour showed exactly how the firm can produce hundreds of cars per shift whilst being able to personalise them to meet customers’ specifications. The students were especially impressed to hear about the limited edition run of 200 Evoques designed by a famous celebrity which have been sold to China at a premium price of £82,000 each. Who was the celebrity designer? You’ll have to ask one of the students!