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!
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!
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.
Mrs Walker and Mrs Gillibrand along with two of our Y12 Digital Leaders Rebecca and Ojas were privileged to have been invited last Wednesday 1 May to UKFast to share their celebrations in being awarded The Princess Royal Training Award 2019. Subsequent to receiving the award, HRH Princess Anne wanted to visit the UKFast campus to learn more about their culture and work within education.
As education partners of UKFast, Mrs Walker and Mrs Gillibrand, along with other schools and colleges, were honoured to meet The Princess Royal, who was very charming, interested and knowledgeable about the education sector.
The two Digital Leaders were involved in a classroom activity learning about the components of a server and coding. They also had the opportunity to talk to Princess Anne and show her what they were involved in doing. The Lord Lieutenant, High Sherriff and Lord Mayor of Greater Manchester were also there and were impressed by our Digital Leaders. It was a memorable opportunity and we had a thoroughly enjoyable morning followed by lunch there.
UKFast provide work experience for our Year 12 students, support the careers convention and provide workplace visits for our computing students. Gail Jones, Managing Director of UKFast, is also one of our Alumnae and came back into school last year for our Year 8 world of work day to talk about her career route since leaving AGGS. UKFast have also been key in supporting and implementing our new Blog system and have also been involved in helping our group of four Y10 students, Illuminate, in getting their cyber-bullying App up and running and ready to launch to the wider community next month.
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.