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!
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 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.
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.
A huge congratulations to the Year 12 Mock Trial Team. On Saturday 24th November the Year 12 Mock Trial team took part in the Sir Rhys Davies School Mock Trial Competition in the Manchester Crown Court and competed against 11 other schools including Withington Girls, Stockport Grammar, Urmston Grammar, Manchester High school for Girls and MGS.
All our barristers and witnesses worked tirelessly and performed very well, winning two of their three cases. The judges commented on their excellent preparation, confidence and delivery as well as their ability to think on their feet and be flexible. A very exciting day was had by all!
Well done to Valerie, Jasmine, Ruby, Poppy, Liya, Safa, Liv, Charlotte and Rosie.
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.
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. 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.
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.
During 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.
Each 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%!
Each 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.
We 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.