We had our biennial Careers Convention evening on Weds 20th March for our Y10-13 students and their parents. The evening had a real buzz to it with 60 representatives hosting stands from companies such as Costain, BNY Mellon, Siemens, UK Fast, IBM and Manchester Airport Group to mention but a few. Representatives from Russell Group universities, apprenticeship providers and GAP year companies were on hand to offer advice on their courses and application processes. The event provided an excellent opportunity for students to explore different career options and to attend talks from Medicine, Psychology, Pozzoni Architects and Marine Sciences. The Y9 stewards and Y13 student leaders were fantastic ambassadors welcoming representatives to the school, showing them to their stands and being on hand to help with queries. It was also fantastic to welcome back so many of our ex-students and to see them representing their current careers.
Wednesday, 20th March 2019
from 6.30-8.30pm at Main School
Open to all Y10, 11, 12 and 13 Students and Parents
Representatives will be attending from a wide variety of employers, universities, colleges and voluntary & support agencies
This is your chance to come along and listen to talks and speak on a one-to-one basis to representatives from many different working backgrounds
Make the most of the evening and the opportunities it offers..
This Event is for You!!
On Tuesday 14th January the Year 9’s took part in The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge whose ambassador is Theo Paphitis! The challenge this year was set by their sponsors UCFB (University Campus of Football and Business), which was to create an event to take place in either school or the community to promote more women/girls into football. The UCFB want to double the amount of women footballers by 2020!
By taking part in this Challenge not only did the students enjoy the experience but also gained skills in creativity, management, entrepreneurship, problem solving, leadership, communication and team work, all attributes which are essential in today’s world.
As you would expect, all the groups came up with exceptional ideas and it was very hard to judge. Unfortunately, there could only be one winning team and that was ‘TogetHER’ from 9-5 which was made up of Alishba, Imogen, Angelina, Lauren and Rachel. Their event, to be sponsored by Altrincham Football Club, was to hold a tournament of football matches in parks for girls aged under 18 years within the Greater Manchester area. They presented their idea with a very catchy rap and slogan – ‘Park the Stereotype!’
‘TogetHER’ will now go onto the National Finals at Wembley in July to compete against over 250 schools.
We wish them the best of luck.
On Wednesday 23rd January, Year 7 took part in an enterprise challenge masterclass, where in teams of businesses, they had to buy beads in order to make bracelets and necklaces to sell at a profit. Each team was given a start-up loan of £60 and encouraged to be as creative as possible. Students learnt about what makes a successful business and how each individual brings a set of personal values and skills which are equally relevant and useful. Using their skills on financial capability, decision making, evaluating decisions, problem solving, communication, team working and budgeting – all qualities of an entrepreneur, each team came up with a different strategy of success. The winning team from the morning’s session were from 7-1: Ranad, Millie, Cheryl, Tilly, Pravallika and Iona who made a profit of £396 and the afternoon team from 7-6 were Ayanfeoluwa, Lucy, Julia, Isha, Lily and Anuschka who made a £420 profit! Well done to all who took part.
On 19th September Year 11 took part in a Top Trader day trading in stocks and shares on the AGGS Stock Market. The day was delivered and run by employees of BNY (Bank of New York) Mellon. Trading was tough and highly competitive as the students worked in teams to make as much money as they possibly could before trading ended. There was plenty of deliberation and important decision making to be made especially when the share prices of Gold and Greggs went up! They learnt how an investment bank differs from the High Street bank and experienced how the stock market actually works. Year 11 enjoyed hearing about the employees’ particular job roles within BNY Mellon and the day helped to develop skills such as team work, problem solving, communication and initiative and enterprise.
Year 12 have just completed their week’s work experience in industry. Work experience placements serve multiple purposes, including experience of the world of work, employability skill development and experience to help guide future career decision-making.
Some of the companies who hosted Y12 were HSBC Bank, 5Plus Architects, NHS, Unilever and Key 103. We have received some excellent employer feedback commenting on their punctuality, reliability and keenness to learn more about the company. The students faced new challenges and learnt things about themselves that they didn’t know before.
See a tweet from 5Plus Architects:
Great to have had work placement students Ann, Amy and Charlotte with us. Here they are with Marie and Jordan on site at The Crescent. Big thanks to @DomisLtd @salboyltd @AGGSchool #futureskills pic.twitter.com/KeXa152uKP
— 5plus architects (@5plusarch) July 13, 2018
On Weds, 4th July we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 students as part of their Careers Day.
The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our Alumnae and AGGS maths teacher, Sarah Chancellor. Mrs Chancellor had an exciting and rewarding career in sports event management, including working as part of the London Olympics 2012 team. Her speech, reflecting on her journey to date, was inspirational and appreciated by all. This was followed by a CV writing skills session, a team building session with the RAF and a workshop delivered by our Connexions Adviser on labour market information.
Throughout the day, Year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from IBM, Tesco, BBC, Together Money, Chubb and Aldi. We are extremely grateful to them for kindly giving up their busy working day to interview our students. The interviews were an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews which gave the students an insight into the world of work. We received many comments from the interviewers complementing our students on their confidence, high standard and quality of responses to questions. Well done, Year 10, on a successful day.
At the end of June all of Year 10 took part in an enterprise day run by Young Enterprise. The programme inspires students and provides information on career options to help make informed choices. Students set goals and plan their next steps to prepare them for life beyond education.
Through hands-on fun, practical activities, Learn to Earn explores themes such as career choices, personal skills and talents, recruitment and job interviews, salaries, earnings, tax and the costs of living, financial planning and budgeting.
The 2018 Ryman National Enterprise Challenge final was held at The International Centre, Telford on Wednesday 4th July. The event saw the winning teams from over 150 schools come together to compete against each other. High street retailer and stationery giant, Ryman set students the task of creating a new stationary product for the Back to School campaign. The students had to convince the panel that their product would increase revenue and brand awareness. Ready to Rule from 9-5 consisted of Ella, Milly, Mimi, Rose, Mboje, Florrie who represented the school and did themselves and the school proud. The pitch was word perfect and Ella and Mimi performed a fabulous rap as part of their advertising campaign.
The students had a good day as the event was hosted by Diversity dance group – Jordan and Perry. Theo Paphitis headed up the judging panel and hosted a Q&A with the students – “Be inspired by everything around you, use everything as inspiration”.
Well done to Ella, Milly, Mimi, Rose, Mboje, Florrie – we have definitely got some budding entrepreneurs within the school.
On Thursday, 3rd May we held our second World of Work (WoW) Day for our Year 8 students. We invited in 10 of our alumnae to deliver a series of talks on what they have done since leaving AGGS.
The aim of the day was to open the students up to an array of different careers and opportunities on offer after they leave school and to think about the different skills needed. Assemblies and form time sessions were delivered over the week to help them to think about what skills they already have, and how they can develop and build upon these skills in and out of school for their future careers.
“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.”
Thank you to all of our alumnae volunteers for giving up their time to help us with this day. It is always lovely to welcome back our former students; current AGGS students thoroughly enjoyed hearing from those who were once in their shoes.