Enterprise Competition Success

Enterprise-winners-Dec2018

We are delighted to announce that three of our Year 12 students have been successful in an Enterprise Competition which has gained them each an individual prize of an iPad as well as a cheque for £2,500 for the school.

Jessica T, Nermine S and Aleeza H – Team name: Agapé were the winning team members in the Together Enterprise Challenge which was open to students aged 15-18 from schools across the North West.

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 brief this year was as follows; the students were given a plot of land in central Manchester. It was owned by an acquaintance of theirs who had heard about their business ideas and agreed to be a silent partner by allowing them to use the land to secure funding for their company. The land had been valued at £2 million.

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.

The competition was launched in September by the Enterprise Department of Mrs. Gillibrand and Mrs. Gerrard and since then the students have been working on their plan alongside the two other teams from our school who entered the competition.

Three teams completed the challenge and made their pitches in late November and the two successful teams were selected to go through to the finals by a panel which included Mrs. Gillibrand, Mrs. Gerrard and Mr. Murray.

At the finals on Tuesday 4th December our other teams gave wonderful presentations on their ideas and were highly commended for their originality by the judges.      

In choosing their winning team the judges were highly impressed with not only the extremely passionate and professional quality of Agapés presentation but also by the extensive research which went into their business plan. Their idea was to improve the wellbeing of the people of greater Manchester. To do this they wanted funding to help create an app which would provide tips on improving wellbeing, healthy eating recipes, exercise plans and much much more.

The winning team members were delighted with their success and have received a massive boost to their confidence.…as well as their Apple collections. Thank you to Mr. Murray for going with the students to the final and for offering his support and advice.

Christmas Enterprise Markets

The Y7, Y8 and Y9 Christmas Enterprise markets were as successful and as busy as ever this year. We had a variety of creative stalls selling; fridge magnets, gift tags, friendship bracelets, origami and homemade gift wrapped biscuits and sweets. Congratulations to all the students who took part, you all worked very hard to produce some amazing, original and good quality products. The winner for the best group and displaying the most entrepreneurial skills will be announced after Christmas.

Read our student’s report about the market here

 

Year 11 Top Trader Enterprise Day

Year 11 Careers 2018

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.

Young Enterprise Challenge Masterclass

Y7 Careers morning

ASPIREYear 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. They 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 and budgeting – all qualities of an entrepreneur; the winning team in the morning from 7-1, Emilia, Rhianon, Sanya, Natasha and Tamara made a profit of £650 and the afternoon team from 7-4 who were Ruby, Sophie, Keshni, Mia, Bette and Anna made over £1200 profit! Well done to all who took part.

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WILLMOTT DIXON Enterprise Day – What would be your ideal school?

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise Day

Last week Willmott Dixon ran an Enterprise day for the whole of Year 8. “The Willmott Dixon enterprise day is designed to encourage employability skills, whilst highlighting curriculum links to the construction industry” this day definitely delivered that! The long term goal of the enterprise day is to help raise awareness of careers in construction for female students, ahead of their college course/education selection; again it delivered on this as a lot of the students commented that they have a better understanding of careers available within the construction industry.

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise DayDuring the morning the groups completed 3 team building tasks and were awarded points not only for the result but also how well they communicated together and worked as a team. The points were then totalled and this was then used to work out their budget for the build of a new school.

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise DayEach group had to calculate how many classrooms they needed; receptions, staff rooms, sports facilities; swimming pool etc. They then used the costing sheets to calculate how much their school would cost. It was a very fraught day especially when disaster struck mid- morning and due to budget cuts they had to reduce costs by 30%!

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise DayEach of the groups had to present their ideas to a panel of judges and an overall winner was chosen. The winning group were from 8-3 and consisted of Amalie, Grace, Shreya, Isobel and Niya. Their prize was an Amazon voucher each and they will have the opportunity to visit a site which Willmott Dixon are currently building.

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise DayWe look forward to working with Willmott Dixon again as it was a fantastic day and all of the students enjoyed it. More importantly they not only built on their enterprise skills but also learnt about possible careers for women in construction.

Y8 Wilmott Dixon Enterprise Day

Year 8 Enterprise Update – UKFast

Year 8 Enterprise - Visit to UKFast May 2017
Year 8 Enterprise – Visit to UKFast May 2017

The Y8 students from Illuminateonlione, Rose, Amy, Orla and Ibby visited UK Fast again last week. The platform for the anti-bullying website has now been set up and they are now designing the layout of the site. They have their next planning meeting after half term and they are looking forward to meeting Gail Jones, co-owner of UKFast and a former AGGS student. We would like to thank UKFast for all their support especially Aaron Saxton.

UKFast helps to brings Illuminate to life!

UKFast helps to brings Illuminate to life!
UKFast helps to brings Illuminate to life!

Last Friday the members of Illuminate; Orla, Ibby, Rose and Amy (8-6) visited UKFast in Manchester to find out if it would be possible to bring Illuminate – their cyberbullying support website to life.

Aaron Saxton (Director of Training and Learning) gave us a tour of the premises and explained how UKFast has become one of the UK’s leading managed hosting and colocation providers to some of Britain’s best-loved brands. We even had the opportunity to meet Lawrence Jones again (Co-owner of UKFast) who showed us around his office and expressed how enthusiastic he is about the project. One of the highlights of the visit was the opportunity to have a go on the slide!