Our Christmas markets looked a little different this year! Students had to get a little more creative and submit their business plans and photos of their prototype online. With the help of our Web Developer we were able to create an online virtual shop where we then asked students to vote over a week for their favourite product.
After over a 1000 votes – the votes were finally in for the winners of the Christmas Enterprise markets 2020!!
Y13 had a series of financial workshops delivered virtually about ‘moving on from school’ and ‘staying safe from scams’. Students learnt how to recognise different financial scams and how to prevent being a victim of scams whilst the moving on from school workshop explained about payslips, gross/net income and how the government uses tax and NICs to fund public services.
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.
30 Business Studies and Economics students from Years 11 and 13 enjoyed a trip to see the Land Rover production plant in action at the company’s 300 acre site in Halewood, Merseyside. Following a detailed presentation about the roots of car manufacturing at the plant, which culminated in the takeover of Ford by Indian conglomerate Tata, the students, accompanied by Mr Murray and Mrs Gillibrand (in the absence of Miss Kirby who did all the hard work setting up the trip), were given a full tour of the highly specialised facilities. They were able to see the impact of specialisation and mechanisation on the production process which uses robotics to manufacture 900 Range Rovers in an 8 hour shift. Successful demand for the Evoque model has led to the firm continuing to work on a 3 shift 24 hour working day. However the continued global success of this model has lead them to producing the Evoque in China and Brazil with obvious potential consequences for employees in the long run.
The students gained first-hand knowledge of theoretical concepts such as economies of scale, JIT and lean production as the tour showed exactly how the firm can produce hundreds of cars per shift whilst being able to personalise them to meet customers’ specifications. The students were especially impressed to hear about the limited edition run of 200 Evoques designed by a famous celebrity which have been sold to China at a premium price of £82,000 each. Who was the celebrity designer? You’ll have to ask one of the students!
On Monday 3rd Feb all of Year 7 took part in a STEM/Careers roadshow delivered by BAE Systems, RAF and Royal Navy. The focus of the workshop was different sorts of energy; Kinetic, thermal, radiant, gravitational potential energy, chemical, sound, electrical, elastic, nuclear, internal and strain. It was a really fun and lively workshop with plenty of audience interaction.
Students got the chance to have a go with Sphero, a little robotic car which is programmable and capable of working on solar or wind power. Wearing VR goggles they had to navigate the car between obstacles. NASA are contemplating using many ideas from these robots for future planet exploration. They are small, energy efficient and reliable.
They demonstrated how chemical energy is transferred into kinetic energy, thermal energy and sound energy by using 2 rowing machines and 2 Year 7 volunteers racing against each other. They measured how much energy was being transferred and how technology and the work of BAE Systems engineers can help rowers be as energy efficient as possible.
As the Official Engineering Partner to UK Sport, BAE Systems help support British athletes in preparing for sporting success through the use of leading edge technologies and engineering solutions. Year 7 have the chance to take part in their 2020 Rowing Boat Competition. Running until 22 May 2020, they can submit their designs for a rowing boat of the future for the chance to win £500 for the school and a visit by a member of the GB Rowing team. Enter individually or in teams of up to 4.
Many of you may have visited the Christmas markets, where you would have suddenly entered the Christmas spirit, with jolly music playing and many Christmas treats around! Thanks to some students in Year 7, 8 and 9, AGGS enjoyed a wide range of popular stalls from scrunchies, origami, hot chocolate, a variety of iced cakes and cookies and a whole lot more! There were a number of tempting goodies on offer which were joyfully consumed by all years and sold out fully in the case of a number of stalls. Pupils, Sixth Formers and Teachers bustled through the doors of the main hall, both Monday lunchtimes, to the crowded stalls. Everyone was eager to purchase something from our students and to do some early Christmas shopping, whilst snacking on a festive biscuit or cake. There were clearly many wonderful gifts to choose from! The money which has been raised by our young entrepreneur’s stalls will be split 50% to them, 25% to the school the school enterprise fund (used to fund other enterprise activities) and 25% to a charity of the school’s choice. They are thankful for the support they have been given by everyone!
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Between 4-15th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.
Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop with PwC delivered by one of our ex-students, Holly. It was lovely to see Holly again and hear how she had entered the PwC programme as a Maths undergraduate. We also welcomed a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. These interviews help prepare them for university, part time work and ultimately interviews into their career profession of the future. We had various careers speakers invited into assemblies to talk about apprenticeships, employability skills, interview skills and visualisation. Ex-students spoke about their particular pathways and students were able to attend careers talks in lessons and at lunchtimes.
Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this a worthwhile programme.
“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.”