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.
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!
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.
Congratulationsto Illuminate Online – winners of the Entrepreneursof the Year Award!The Illuminate team Rose, Orla, Ibby & Amy were nominated for the UKFast Young Entrepreneur’s of the Year award for inventing an anti Cyber Bullying website which is now up and running: https://illuminateonline.co.uk/
The award is well deserved, its the culmination of 2 years hard work in developing their online anti Cyber Bullying website with the support of UKFast.
On Wednesday, the Year 10 cohort took part in an Airline Masterclass enterprise day presented and delivered by Young Enterprise. The programme aims to develop employability skills and business awareness. Students set up and ran their own airline, from designing a crew uniform, logo and tail fin to choosing their flight destination and ticket prices. They had to initially buy their aircraft negotiating with the volunteers and then later in the day had to sell their airline tickets. There were some very tough negotiating skills! It was a fun inspiring day with airline company ‘Cloud10’ winning the day.
Imogen, Alishba, Lauren & Rachel travelled down to Wembley Stadium with Miss Kirby on 10 July to pitch their idea of getting more girls into football by 2020. Although they didn’t get through to the final 10, they did a fantastic pitch ‘TogetHer’ to the judges. They have worked hard on polishing their idea, pitch and logo meeting regularly at lunchtimes with Miss Kirby and Mrs Gillibrand. Well done for taking part and dedicating so much of their own time towards preparing for the final.
On 10th June all of Year 8 were off timetable for an careers/enterprise event, Learn to Earn, delivered by volunteers from 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. It got them to consider their future possible careers and the different paths they can take to get there. The students learnt skills in communication, financial capability, organisation, team work, problem solving and resilience. The students also got to hear about each of the individual volunteers careers route.
On Tuesday 18 June 2 teams of Year 10s went to the Siemens Rollercoaster finals at Whitworth Art Gallery to compete against other schools with their design and construction of a rollercoaster using a rollercoaster K’Nex kit. The students have been working very hard on their designs and testing their workings since April, meeting at lunchtimes and after school as well as capturing their experiences and keeping a portfolio which also went towards the final judging criteria. The students had to pitch their design and demonstrate the workings of their rollercoasters to a panel of judges. The theme of the rollercoasters was Aladdin and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, with Aladdin winning the prize for Team Choice, which was the vote from every school for their favourite rollercoaster of the day. The overall winner of the day was from Ormiston, Chadwick Academy for their Jurassic Park rollercoaster display. Well done to the 2 teams: Aladdin – Samyu, Lavanya, Isabelle, Emma and Eleanor and to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – Ella R, Amy, Grace, Malaika, Ella and Susie.