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Holocaust in The Netherlands Educational Visit

28th Sep 2018

Holocaust in The Netherlands Educational Visit

  This educational visit to Netherlands is always a valuable and thought provoking journey. The visit has been summed up by the students who attended the trip's quotes - see below.  Ms F Aldcroft   Learning more about the Holocaust has definitely opened my eyes and given me a chance to develop an informed opinion. I think it will make me more conscious of how I treat other peoples’ personal beliefs and I think it will make me appreciate what I have more. Nobody can truly understand how awful the Holocaust was but seeing these aspects gave me a better understanding that made me truly think about human nature, prejudice and its relationship to God. It will stick with me for life. Humanity can be absolutely awful and disgusting but also can find beauty in even the worst of times, for example the stories of people being kind in concentration camps. I think that no-one who has not experienced these atrocities first hand could ever fully comprehend what it was like, but it made me, I think, look at the victims more as individuals. This will make me appreciate what I have more. I need to be more grateful and complain a lot less! This visit will have a tremendous impact on my life. I can’t view it in the same light – like they say, the sky will never be the same again. I think I will show more gratitude for all the privileges in my life. But I will also feel more compelled to speak out against injustice. This trip has allowed me to experience the whole atmosphere rather than just learning about it in lessons and has helped me to understand it a lot better. This visit will also help me to be aware of the discrimination in society and to be grateful for all that I have. I will appreciate all I have more and the freedom to be who I am. It will forever change my attitude to life. I have learnt to be grateful and appreciative towards what I have and I have learnt more about the importance of learning from our mistakes in history. Thank you for this experience. I will be more appreciative of other people. I learnt that others sacrificed themselves trying to save others, so I will be more helpful to others. I’ve learnt to always look at the bigger picture because the people in the Holocaust suffered so much that it’s hard for privileged people like us to imagine and whatever bad things happen in our lives is nothing compared to the atrocities that some people had to go through. I think it would make me more emotionally aware and it has really made me have a connection with the Holocaust, as before it was a past event and it happened, but it seems so much more real now and I hope to share my new found knowledge with others and perhaps discuss it in a mature way. This visit has helped me understand the inequality, discrimination and injustice many people can face in life and how others can prevent such wrongdoings from happening. It will have a strong impact on my life and I will never forget.

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International Week 2018

28th Sep 2018

International Week 2018

LGGS kick started the year once more with a fantastically vibrant International Week. Students of all year groups came together, joined by the staff, to experience and celebrate diversity and the richness of the cultures of the world. The International Food Fair opened the week, where parents, students and staff, ably led by Mrs Hutchinson, cooked up delicacies from across the globe from samosas to ceviche. Year 7 were able to experience a morning of multicultural madness, learning to tie a sari, singing in foreign languages and energetically dancing to their heart’s content. Meanwhile Year 8 got to experience four different linguistic or cultural activities, particularly relishing the opportunity to learn some Bollywood dance moves from some of their peers. Year 9 had the luxury of an afternoon off timetable to watch the thought provoking Arabic film set in Saudi Arabia of a young girl’s plight to own and ride a bike, giving them a flavour of a very different culture to that of our small world upon a hill. All pupils were able to enjoy an array of language lessons and cultural workshops at lunchtime run by our own girls or staff; whether learning Korean or becoming familiar with the strict rules of Boules, there was something for everyone. The week culminated as ever, with the international dress up day and foreign language karaoke at lunchtime, where the whole school rounded off the week with a stunning, spontaneous performance of ‘La Macarena’. The week was a huge success thanks to the participation and enthusiasm of all of our staff and students, and also raised money for Save the Children’s: East Africa food crisis appeal. Many thanks to all who were involved. Ms Kate Whitehouse, Head of MFL 

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Nuffield Research Placement

28th Sep 2018

Nuffield Research Placement

Congratulations to Year 13 students Emily Shacketon and Suhyun Maeng on their recent Nuffield Research placement. Emily Shackleton   For 4 weeks during the summer, I was lucky enough to be working as part of the Lancaster University Physics Department Neutrino Group, under Dr Andrew Blake. My project was focused on the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a neutrino detector that is currently being built in America. Neutrinos are tiny, neutral particles that are extremely different to detect, but they are a part of a significant area of research due to their ability to change types, or oscillate. Part of my research involved writing code in C++ that would create histograms and graphs, in order to investigate the different parameters that affect neutrino oscillation probabilities. Two of these parameters still have unknown values, and one of my tasks was to see how the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will be able to narrow the known ranges of these parameters, given that it will be much more advanced than the current generation of detectors. I also had to calculate many statistics to evaluate the most likely values of these different parameters. Overall it was an amazing project, as I got to experience the world of academic research, all while investigating a topic that I have a great interest in.   Suhyun Maeng   Over the summer, I had a chance to work with Dr Victor Debattista, the Professor of Astrophysics from the Jeremiash Horrocks Institute of the University of Central Lancashire through the Nuffield Research placement. I worked with two other interns to investigate the role of double bars in galactic bar destruction. More specifically, it was to see whether the formation of an inner bar causes the destruction of the outer bar in a galaxy. Galactic bars are bar-shaped structures composed of stars often created at the centre of spiral galaxies, and about a third of all spiral galaxies are said to be barred. For our research, we used Fortran 77 based code to create density and luminosity contour plots to identify and analyse bars, and to study the possible effects of bar destruction. On the whole, I think it was a very valuable experience which allowed me to get a taste of what being involved in actual academic research is like.

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23rd Sep 2018

GCSE Results 2018

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School staff and students are celebrating another year’s exceptional GCSE results. This year saw the new GCSE exams in most subjects, with more difficult content and a reduction in coursework. At LGGS 75% of grades were at grade 7 and above (equivalent to grade A and above) with a fantastic 57% of all grades at 8 and above (equivalent to A* and above). Most students sat 10 GCSEs with some also studying an Additional Maths qualification. Forty two students, over a third of the year group, gained all 10 GCSEs at grade 7 (A) and above. A special mention to the following students for their exceptional results. Gaining grade 9 in all ten exams were Sarah Guo, Niamh Hetherington and Grace Wilson.   In addition eighteen students achieved ten GCSEs  at grades 8 and 9 ,Jasmine Banks, Isabelle Bristow, Tegan Davis,  Alice Dillon, Sally Graves, Laura Gresty, Anna Harrison, Sahithya Karnad, Chloe Mason, Meg Nelson, Nimisha Noby Nicole Pickles, Nalini Ram-Prasad, Martha Surman, Varsha Venkataraghavan, Rebecca Ward, Amy Wardle and Tamsin Wood. Jackie Cahalin Headteacher said “I am very proud of the achievement of all our students. It has been a challenging year for students who are the first to experience the new style GCSEs in most of their exams. I would also like to thank the staff at LGGS who have worked very hard to prepare and support students with the new exams. The students can feel very pleased with their achievements and we look forward to welcoming them back to our sixth form.” Jackie Cahalin​, Headteacher    

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16th Aug 2018

A-level Results 2018

Many congratulations to Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School Year 13 students for such a fantastic set of results! The students have been rewarded for all their hard work and commitment with excellent results. 74% of all grades were at A*- B with a remarkable 44% at the very highest A* and A grades. Forty students gained at least 3 A levels at grade A and above, with nine students gaining at least 3 A* grades. One of the school’s many top performing students is Megan Dillon. Megan gained two A* and one A grades as well as contributing fully to school sporting life as Sports’ Captain. Megan is also U19 Lancashire table tennis champion and competes at a national level. She leaves behind a legacy of increased interest and success in table tennis at LGGS.  Megan will be studying Dentistry at Newcastle University. Another high performing student who has made a great contribution to school life and local theatre is Niamh Fraser. Niamh gained two A* and one A grade while continuing to develop her acting skills and was recently part of the Duke’s summer production. Katherine Deakin, who gained 3 A*, is one of six students who have gained places at Oxbridge. Katherine will be studying Geography at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.  Another outstanding student Marianne Rees, who gained   three A* and one A grade, will be continuing her passion for Computer Science at Leeds University. There were some very strong performances from students who joined Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School Sixth Form from other schools.  Deputy Head Girl Jen White, who joined LGGS from Central High School, gained a fantastic three A* grades and will be studying History and Politics at London School of Economics. Another former Central High School student, Maya Hassan-Rawcliffe, also gained three A* grades and will now develop her fantastic talent in art with a foundation year. The high success rate means the students have secured their places at their chosen universities to study a wide range of courses including Medicine, Dentistry. Law, Engineering, Politics and International relations in addition to the more traditional subjects such as Sciences, English, History, Geography and Languages. Headteacher Mrs Jackie Cahalin said “At Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School Sixth Form we aim to support every student in finding their place in the world as happy, healthy, fulfilled young people, ready for their future. Academic success is a key part of this. However also important are the skills our students have developed through a range of opportunities including sports, arts, music, leadership posts and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The students and staff have worked incredibly hard to achieve these excellent  results. Everybody at LGGS would like to congratulate our Year 13 and wish them all the very best for the future.”

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