Last week, Y8 participated in a virtual career event, ‘World of Work’, of which the school had organised for some of our Alumnae (past students) to talk about their jobs, their careers so far. The aim was to give us a better understanding of the jobs which are available and give us a wider range of options. It consisted of a series of interesting and inspirational talks from our Alumnae, describing each of their jobs, the highlights, and most importantly, what inspired them to go down that particular career path.
Another aspect, which was particularly beneficial, was knowing what sort of skills are needed for each of the jobs, which are split into 2 categories, hard and soft skills. Hard skills are the qualifications needed, or anything else which can go on a CV, but soft skills are those which cannot be gained instantly and need to be developed, whether it be from an extra-curricular activity, or normal school lessons. For instance, creative thinking and being able to visualize something beforehand is vital for architecture and having organisational skills, and doing forward-thinking is important for an entrepreneur. However, the main takeaway message was to do something that you are passionate about, ‘what sets your soul on fire’, as correctly said by one of our Alumnae, because this is the thing that you will be doing for the rest of your life. Whether it be trying to reduce climate change, or having a job which can take you anywhere, even internationally, a deep interest for history, or even just a love for maths, always choose the career which is best suited to you, and overcome any difficulties you face, no matter what happens.
Thank you to our Alumnae for such a thought – provoking talk and taking the time to join (especially those who were out of country, Dubai and another from Australia); we Y8s have a lot to think about in the future! A huge thanks to Mrs Gillibrand for co-ordinating this event and Mrs Galvin for hosting it.
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!!
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!
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.