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A G S B L A T E S T N E W S – M A Y 2 0 1 6

Dear Parents,

An update on some recent developments:

 Intake: Governorsand I were very disappointed that proposals to expand our intake from 6 to 7 forms (as a response to the growing demand for places at AGSB) and, as a consequence, to invest in new buildings to accommodate the increase in pupil numbers were not successful because

government capital funding was not available. We will continue to explore options to add to and improve our facilities but there is no doubt that this is a frustrating delay to our plans.

 Survey: thank you everyone who returned the Parents Questionnaire. The responses have now been sent off to be processed and analysed by our independent consultant. I will report back on the findings later in the year.

 Budget: all state schools are facing budget challenges due to increasing costs and a “flatline”

income from the DfE and other sources. A consultation on the Government’s “fair funding”

proposals to reform the way in which schools are funded is underway and AGSB, along with other grammar schools, has contributed to this. Funding for schools like ours has been reduced more significantly than for some other schools because per-pupil funding for the Sixth Form has been reduced and we have a large number of Sixth Formers. AGSB has also contributed to a consultation response to the Government from all Trafford schools because Trafford is one of the lowest funded local authorities in England and we believe that all Trafford schools should benefit from this long overdue reform. There is little doubt however that over the next few years our budget will remain very tight and year on year we will have to make further savings. Governors on the Finance

Committee of the Governing Body are vigilant in planning ahead over a 3-5 year period to ensure that even in more difficult times we are able to maintain the best educational standards possible.

 Hamblin Education Trust: Directors are meeting regularly to ensure a smooth transition to the state sector for North Cestrian School when it opens, officially, in September and joins our academy trust. It is very pleasing that the new school will be full in Year 7 and there is considerable interest from parents in their sons or daughters joining the school in Years 8 and 9 as well.

 Exams: we are now into the public examination season. Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 will be taking their exams until well into June. They are working hard revising just now and I’m sure you will join me in wishing them well during this very busy and pressured time. Thank you to parent invigilators for their assistance in ensuring the exam timetables run efficiently each day.

Head Master

BOYS LEAVING THE SITE DURING SCHOOL HOURS

Please remember that boys in Years 7 to 11 are not allowed to leave the School premises between 9am and 3.25pm except for medical or examination reasons (for which we require a note from parents in advance). Thank you for your understanding.

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YOUNG ENTERPRISE SUCCESS

Young Enterprise is a programme through which groups of Year 12s can form and run a company in order to learn a little about what it is like in the world of business. In October Urban MCR was formed, directors of various departments were elected and a simple goal was established, to make as much money as possible! After steady sales from a range of Manchester themed

products including mugs, Christmas cards and canvases the team had made a decent amount of money and had a difficult decision to make: to keep on as they were going and aim for modest success or to risk what they had made so far and reinvest their profit in pursuit of a big idea. The group decided to go for it and produced Manchester Discovered, a 100 page guide book to the best places to visit in Manchester.

And the best part? Every page, every word, every photograph was completed by the group. Over the last couple of months they have attended the Trafford area Young Enterprise final, where they won best presentation and highly commended company of the year and then moved forward to the Greater Manchester area final where they won best company report and highly commended company of the year. This will allow them to travel to the North West final on 14th June where they have high hopes for another victory and a place in the national final in London.

If you would like more information or to purchase a book please visit their company website at www.urbanmcr.com. Please also see the article (and picture below) in the Messenger Newspaper here:

http://www.messengernewspapers.co.uk/NEWS/14474614.Enterprising_students_bowl_judges_over_wit h_their_Mancunian_pride/

Mr S Smith

Enterprising students bowl judges over with their Mancunian pride

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SODEXO

“LUNCH BUNCH” MENU CHOICE

This is for Year 7 pupils who would like a pre-paid for lunch, half a term in advance. This will put parents at ease as we ensure your child has a healthy nutritional meal each day. Please note the Lunch Bunch deal is available by the term only, not part-way through a term.

The next half term (Monday 6th June to Thursday 21st July) is 34 pupil days = £81.60.

It’s been a busy month again for the Sodexo team. At the end of April we had the Old Alts Dinner with guest speaker Gordon Burns. We had lots of great feedback on the event and the food was very much enjoyed by all. In the Sixth Form Coffee Shop we celebrated the Queen’s Birthday and National Tea Day with

Afternoon Tea and some interesting facts about tea.

Everyone loved the cream scones!

Sodexo Service Excellence Awards Recognition & Engagement

Each year Sodexo holds its Service Excellence Awards to recognise frontline employees who embody our principles of team spirit, service spirit and spirit of progress. This year our very own Helen Ascott has been shortlisted from hundreds of nominations for Food Service Assistant of the Year. She will attend an awards presentation at the

end of this month at Ascot Racecourse. We will keep our fingers crossed that she wins.

Team Training A big well done to Aimee Patterson.

Aimee completed her NVQ in Food Production

& Cookery and received her certificate this week.

SPORT

Football Report

A highly successful season. The teams have displayed a determined and competitive attitude during training and matches. The boys have, to date, played 135 games – winning 100 (a win percentage of 74%).

AGSB’s senior football team were crowned 'Greater Manchester Cup winners' recently, defeating Sale Grammar School 5-2. This is a fabulous achievement and is the third year in a row we have reached the final, but the first time of winning it.

The Years 8 and 9 teams won the Trafford Cup last week playing at Manchester United’s training ground in Carrington. Years 8, 9 and 11 are looking forward to the Greater Manchester Cup finals to be played this week on 26th/27th May. Congratulations to the teams on superb achievements.

Many thanks to all boys, staff and parents for their magnificent efforts throughout the season. A special thanks must go to Graham Heathcote for his expertise with all the teams during the season.

Mr Birtwell/Mr O’Flynn

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Cricket

My Session with Kevin Pietersen

On 8th March Kevin Pietersen kept his promise of giving me a one-to-one coaching session. A few months earlier, I had gone to his book signing and gave him a letter explaining how I couldn’t afford

£10,000 for a session, and asked if he could do it any cheaper! The next day, when I came home from school my parents told me I was in the Daily Mail and on Kevin’s Twitter page. Kevin offered to do a session for free and pay for my travel. I was over the moon!!!

{We travelled to Surrey]. I expected that overnight I wouldn’t get much sleep and would get really nervous, although it was the complete opposite.

Once I got to the high school, I peered through the door and saw Kevin Pietersen. “Wow!” I thought to

myself “He’s so tall!” I had brought him a bottle of wine and we started the session. Firstly, I did 40 minutes batting with some inspiring words from my idol. He said “Keep playing your way. It is unique and exciting”.

After that I did some bowling. I bowled well and kept it on the stumps whilst my Mum and Dad were taking videos. At the end of the session we got pictures with Kevin and gave him a big THANK YOU!

As I left the building I was so proud because I felt that was the best I had ever played and it couldn’t have been on a better day. All in all it was the best day of my life, and me and my Dad put Guns n’

Roses (the band) on in the car on the way back!

Rohan Luthra, Y7

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Swimming

On 12th and 13th March I competed in the Edinburgh International Swimming Championships. I raced in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 400m and the 1500m freestyle. I achieved a 20 second Personal Best in the 1500m freestyle, came 4th overall at the gala and am now placed 19th overall in the country for the 1500m freestyle.

Other members of the team did very well too, including Tiago Lawrie, AGSB pupil and a member of Swim Trafford.

Swimming at the International Gala was a great experience for me as I get to see what professional galas are like. We also got the chance to watch Olympians and Commonwealth swimmers who had achieved medals at the peak of professional swimming.

Solomon Mhar, Y11

Badminton

Y8 pupil Neil Bhabuta recently became triple English National Champion at the Badminton U13 English National Championships, held at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes. Neil won a clean sweep of titles including the boys’ singles, boys’ doubles with partner Alex Green of Surrey and finally the mixed doubles with partner Holly Williams of Kent. Neil, who plays for the Junior England and Lancashire teams, faced stiff competition in the annual event which brings together all England’s strongest players. However, with strong performances put in

throughout the event, none of the matches went beyond two straight games.

Neil also enjoyed a successful weekend prior to the U13 Nationals when he secured Gold in the U15 singles and Silver in the U15 mixed, together with his partner Annie Lado of Hampshire, at the Junior Olve Tournament in Edegem, Belgium. This is another annual event which brings together players from all over Europe, with Neil having to beat players from Belgium, England, Finland, Scotland and Switzerland to win the singles.

On the back of his excellent performances Badminton England have invited Neil to attend a Summer training camp in Malaysia, which is a hotbed for the sport, and have also selected him to play up a year for England in the forthcoming U15 four nations event to be held in Glasgow at the end of April 2016.

PFA

The PFA is here to raise money for the School to benefit your sons and also to help parents get to know each other. If you would like to help us organise these (and other) events or have other fundraising ideas, our next committee meeting is on Monday 6th June at 7pm in the School Library. All welcome, and we would especially welcome those who have not been previously. If you have web-design skills or any other skills or interests that you think may help us, we would love to hear from you!

Best wishes, Nick Davis, Chair, PFA, agsb_pfa@hotmail.co.uk

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PFA Friends Lotto

The January 2016 winners were: The February 2016 winners were:

1. 1565 Mr D G Cook 1. 1008 Mrs P J Brennan 2. 1617 Mrs H E Maye 2. 104 Mr PJ Eyley 3. 1620 Mrs L S Mhar 3. 1448 Mrs L M Tividad These winners have been notified directly by post.

Mr Kinney, Treasurer PFA

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Remember to keep an eye on our School Calendar for information on upcoming events.

Key dates are:

 Friday 27th May School closes at normal time for half term

 Monday 6th June School opens again at normal time

 Monday 6th June PFA Meeting, 7pm

 Thursday 16th June Chad’s Challenges Tea Party, Sixth Form Common Room

 Monday 27th June Celebration Music Concert 1

 Tuesday 28th June Celebration Music Concert 2

 Wednesday 29th June Celebration Music Concert 3

 Thursday 30th June Open Evening (School will close at 12.20pm today)

Looking ahead:

 Friday 1st July Book Return Day (School opens at 10.50am for pupils)

 Friday 8th July Founders Day (School will close at 12.20pm today)

 Thursday 21st July Term ends at 12.20pm for the Summer break.

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