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!
We are delighted to announce that two teams of Year 12 students have had success in an Enterprise Competition which has gained them each an individual prize of a £50 Amazon voucher as well as a cheque for £1,000 for the school.
The two teams were placed joint second in the Together Enterprise Challenge which was open to students aged 15-18 from schools across the North West. The competition was launched in September by the Enterprise Department of Mrs Gillibrand and Ms Kirby and since then the students have been working on their plan.
They had to prepare a Business Plan to win the backing of the judges who were the CEO and three senior directors of Together Financial Services in Cheadle.
The challenge for our students was to come up with a business idea, and to create a business plan, including funding and budgeting which our judges had already seen prior to the event. They also had to create a presentation to sell their ideas to our judges in an elevator pitch.
At the finals on 29th January our teams gave wonderful presentations on their ideas and were highly commended for their originality by the judges. One team, CineDrive, produced an excellent pitch for a drive-in cinema with a difference which was both creative and highly detailed.
Our other team, Blessed, produced a care pack of essential products, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, for the homeless population in Manchester so that they could improve their well-being. This idea so resonated with the Directors at Together that they came up with a challenge for the team which was that they would donate £1,000 from their own Charity Day if our students could turn their idea into reality.
In true Alty girl spirit, the two teams have agreed to collaborate in this venture to turn a business concept into reality. They will jointly source the packs of essential items using the £1,000 donation which will then be distributed to those most in need in partnership with a local charity who work with Manchester’s homeless.
A wonderful example of the benefits of Enterprise where everyone benefits, congratulations to all the students on their ongoing work!
On Monday 3rd Feb all of Year 7 took part in a STEM/Careers roadshow delivered by BAE Systems, RAF and Royal Navy. The focus of the workshop was different sorts of energy; Kinetic, thermal, radiant, gravitational potential energy, chemical, sound, electrical, elastic, nuclear, internal and strain. It was a really fun and lively workshop with plenty of audience interaction.
Students got the chance to have a go with Sphero, a little robotic car which is programmable and capable of working on solar or wind power. Wearing VR goggles they had to navigate the car between obstacles. NASA are contemplating using many ideas from these robots for future planet exploration. They are small, energy efficient and reliable.
They demonstrated how chemical energy is transferred into kinetic energy, thermal energy and sound energy by using 2 rowing machines and 2 Year 7 volunteers racing against each other. They measured how much energy was being transferred and how technology and the work of BAE Systems engineers can help rowers be as energy efficient as possible.
As the Official Engineering Partner to UK Sport, BAE Systems help support British athletes in preparing for sporting success through the use of leading edge technologies and engineering solutions. Year 7 have the chance to take part in their 2020 Rowing Boat Competition. Running until 22 May 2020, they can submit their designs for a rowing boat of the future for the chance to win £500 for the school and a visit by a member of the GB Rowing team. Enter individually or in teams of up to 4.
The National Enterprise Challenge took place in school on Monday 20th January. This year’s challenge was to design and develop and innovative product for Grenade. All of Year 9 were split into teams and asked to create a new ‘carb killa’ protein bar for Grenade.
Our students were more than up for the challenge and got straight to work identifying a target market for a new protein bar, which they designed and branded themselves. The standards were high, and the students blew the judges away with their creativity and business acumen.
The day itself culminated in selecting finalists to pitch their ideas using a short presentation that included an overview of the product, PR and a short advertisement. Each group performed brilliantly and made it difficult for the judges to select a winner.
Leen O, Ria P, Anusha P, Naina P and Emma Q from 9-6 were finally selected as victors on the day with their Maple Pecan Pie bar. They will now be entered as finalists in the National Enterprise challenge, which will be held in Birmingham later this year.
Headstart is a charitable trust providing hands-on STEM activities and engineering taster courses to encourage young people into technology-based careers. Taking place at some of the top universities, our courses are perfect for Year 12 students to find out about the exciting career opportunities a degree course might lead to. Our broad-based engineering courses give a flavour of many engineering disciplines and our focus courses provide an insight into highly specialised fields. You can find out more here. Stay up to date by joining our Headstart EDTFacebook group and follow us on – Twitter @TheEDTUK
Between 4-15th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.
Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop with PwC delivered by one of our ex-students, Holly. It was lovely to see Holly again and hear how she had entered the PwC programme as a Maths undergraduate. We also welcomed a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. These interviews help prepare them for university, part time work and ultimately interviews into their career profession of the future. We had various careers speakers invited into assemblies to talk about apprenticeships, employability skills, interview skills and visualisation. Ex-students spoke about their particular pathways and students were able to attend careers talks in lessons and at lunchtimes.
Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this a worthwhile programme.
“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”
34 Students from Year 10 had the amazing opportunity to visit Barclays in Knutsford last week where students were put through their paces learning and answering questions about CyberSecurity within the financial sector. Great opportunities including being in the Operations Centre during an incident and how their analysts responded to it. Also a visit to the ATM testing facility where students got to experience current and next generation machines (some even testing and getting to keep testing bank notes!)
A wonderful day in an incredibly fascinating setting!
On Tuesday 15th October students from Years 9-13 listened to a series of drugs talks given by Dave Parvin from Drug Sense UK. Dave was very professional in his delivery and has had first-hand experience in the police force dealing with drug dealers so was well equipped with his knowledge of drug use. The talks were quite hard hitting and pitched at the right level for each year group. The students were visibly engaged in learning the facts and dispelling myths about a variety of drugs and their use. It raised their awareness of the effects and danger of using drugs with their peers particularly when alcohol is involved.