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Turn Your Last-Minute Xmas Shopping into Cash for AGS

You can raise funds for the AGS simply by using the Giving Machine to access your favourite online shops.  Every time you make a qualifying purchase via TheGivingMachine website, a sales commission is generated. With the addition of Gift Aid, up to 75% is converted into a free donation for AGS. There are over 2000 retailers who are part of this including Amazon, eBay, Sainsbury’s, Next, John Lewis, M&S, Argos and Trainline + more.  Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Go to and sign up. It will ask you to nominate a charity, you just need to put down Aylesbury Grammar School.
  2. Once your account is up-and-running just click the store icon you want to shop in and you will be taken there. It won’t look any different to how it normally looks.
  3. There is an app for phones and tablets called ‘Shop and Give’. Again, once you’re signed up just remember to buy through the app.


Thank you so much, imagine how much money we’d raise if every parent at AGS bought all their on-line goods through the Giving Machine. If you have any problems then please call the PTA helpline on 07714 837030.

Happy shopping and thank you for all your support


Like Quizzes? Adore Curry? Then HURRY HURRY HURRY!


The AGS Quiz and Curry Night is one of the fastest selling nights of the year and for good reason.  Who doesn’t like answering questions like “what was the first Mister Men book?”, “which individual has won the most Oscars?”, and “can you name the world’s largest desert?”, while stuffing their face with delicious curry?

Secure your tickets by simply filling in the form (See flyer below) and handing it in to the school office before the 19th of Feb, 2018.  You can pay by Parent Pay or by cheque but act quickly to avoid disappointment.


Thanks so much,


Oh, and it’s Mr Tickle, Walt Disney and Antarctica, in case you were wondering.

Thought for the Week 04.12.17

“Insanity; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879 – 1955)

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein is best known by the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”). He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory.

Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. This led him to develop his special theory of relativity during his time at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern (1902–1909), Switzerland. However, he realised that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields and—with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916—he published a paper on general relativity. He continued to deal with problems of statistical mechanics and quantum theory, which led to his explanations of particle theory and the motion of molecules. He also investigated the thermal properties of light which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light. In 1917, Einstein applied the general theory of relativity to model the large-scale structure of the universe.

Between 1895 and 1914, he lived in Switzerland (except for one year in Prague, 1911–12), where he received his academic diploma from the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zürich (later the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, ETH) in 1900. He later taught there at the same institute as a professor of theoretical physics between 1912 and 1914 before he left for Berlin. In 1901, after being stateless for more than five years, Einstein acquired Swiss citizenship, which he kept for the rest of his life. In 1905, Einstein was awarded a PhD by the University of Zürich. The same year, his annus mirabilis (miracle year), he published four groundbreaking papers, which were to bring him to the notice of the academic world, at the age of 26.

He was visiting the United States when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933 and—being Jewish—did not go back to Germany, where he had been a professor at the Berlin Academy of Sciences. He settled in the United States, becoming an American citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he endorsed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt alerting him to the potential development of “extremely powerful bombs of a new type” and recommending that the U.S. begin similar research. This eventually led to what would become the Manhattan Project. Einstein supported defending the Allied forces, but generally denounced the idea of using the newly discovered nuclear fission as a weapon. Later, with the British philosopher Bertrand Russell, Einstein signed the Russell–Einstein Manifesto, which highlighted the danger of nuclear weapons. Einstein was affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, until his death in 1955.

Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works. Einstein’s intellectual achievements and originality have made the word “Einstein” synonymous with “genius”.


Thought for the Week – 27.11.17

“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense”

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT (1867 – 1959)

Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by Fallingwater (1935), which has been called “the best all-time work of American architecture”. His creative period spanned more than 70 years.

Wright was the pioneer of what came to be called the Prairie School movement of architecture and he also developed the concept of the Usonian home in Broadacre City, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States. In addition to his houses, Wright designed original and innovative offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums and other structures. He often designed interior elements for these buildings as well, including furniture and stained glass. Wright wrote 20 books and many articles and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. Wright was recognised in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time”.



The Quick and Easy Step-By-Step AGS Raffle Guide

Good news. If you haven’t bought any AGS Xmas Raffle tickets yet then you still have time. You can win some AMAZING PRIZES and help support your son. Simply follow our Quick and Easy Step-By-Step AGS Raffle Guide.

The Quick and Easy Step-By-Step AGS Raffle Guide.

  1. Dig the Xmas Raffle tickets out of your son’s bag, they’ve been there for the last three weeks. Or you can get some more from the school office.
  2. Fill in the raffle tickets with your name and contact details.
  3. Get your son to hand them in to the school office.
  4. Discover that your son has forgotten to hand them in so repeat step 3 until the 7th of December.
  5. Hand them in yourself.

The money the PTA raises from the Xmas Raffle is vital.  So, if your son has used a computer at school, takes part in a sport, has used the sports changing rooms, has played or composed in the music rooms, is on the tech team, is into drama, or has taken maths, science, languages, classics or geography then they will have benefited from PTA funding.  So please help us by buying as many tickets as you can.  Buy one, buy ten, buy fifteen, it really doesn’t matter but please buy some.

Thanks so much for all your wonderful support and generosity.