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.
On Wednesday a group of students from the Year 10 computing class went to the Digital Futures careers event hosted by Trafford College. They heard from a range of speakers from the digital tech world: GMP on cyber security, NCC, Foregenix, INTec and Cunning Plan Digital Marketing. Digital and technology is fast becoming the biggest industry with virtual learning being the way forward for Learning Technologists. By 2035 it is expected there will be an additional 21,600 digital and tech roles across Greater Manchester. The students took part in some interactive sessions brainstorming staying safe online, a quiz as well as looking at creative media and digital marketing. They also got the opportunity to have a go at virtual reality gaming that students at the college had developed.
The purpose of the morning is to get Y11 to think about their Post 16 options and to encourage them to think more widely about all of the options and opportunities available to them and to make a better informed decision about their future.
Y11 heard from a range of speakers who explained about the differences between 6th forms and colleges, college life and choices, the benefits of higher education, higher/degree apprenticeships and A-Level choices and also a specific talk at lunchtime about “Why choose medicine?”. We would like to thank Manchester College, Trafford Connexions, The Growth Company and The University of Manchester for coming into school to deliver the presentations. Year 11 also heard from some of our Y12 students about their particular experiences of choosing A-Level options and how they found the transition to 6th form.
On 26th 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 taking risks 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.
On 12 September we welcomed a number of volunteer charities into school to talk to our Year 12s about the benefits of volunteering and the opportunities on offer. Thank you to the Wellspring – a homeless charity, Cyril Flint – a befriending charity for older people, the Girl Guiding Association and the North West Air Ambulance. Hopefully their presentations have inspired Year 12 to help make a difference.
Anita Chan from Bowker Sadler Architecture came in to school Thursday lunchtime 19th September to talk to a large audience of Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 students. She was fantastic, very honest and very passionate, particularly about the lack of female architects and also the % of drop outs at university. She talked about what inspired her into this career and what qualities and qualifications are required.
She was very generous of her time talking to individual students after the talk, where she had clearly prompted their interest and curiosity. Also asking them to get in touch with her if they needed any more advice or information.
Luckily we do have many of the art students (and non-art students) who do go on to study architecture and hopefully Anita has inspired more to do so.
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.
During the last week of term 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, Fiona Topping, who works for TfGM. Her speech, reflected on her journey to date, and although she took an unconventional route, her message was clear that it is ok to be unsure of which pathway you want to take, you will find your own way in the end by not giving up. Her talk was inspirational and appreciated by all. This was followed by a CV writing skills session and a session on START; an online resource that helps match skills and interests to potential careers. The RAF and Army delivered a really fun team building and motivational session and then Y10 watched a TED talk on how body language shapes who you are. Our Connexions Adviser delivered a presentation on interview skills and labour market information.
Throughout the day, Year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from local businesses including some of our alumnae. By having meaningful encounters with employers, it gives the students an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews and gives them an insight into the world of work. We received many comments from the interviewers complimenting our students on their confidence, high standard and quality of responses to questions. Well done, Year 10, on a successful day.