Author Archives: Paul Carson

Year 6 Summer Sports Camps

Please click on the links below for the details of the Summer Sports Camps. The first shows details of groups (groups are 1 to 5). Boys will remain in the groups for the morning sessions before splitting into teams for the afternoon tournaments. The other 3 documents inform you of the activities that each group will participate in over the 3 days. The boys will probably be keen to know what they are doing each day and they may have their own equipment that they would like to bring in on specific days (e.g. tennis racket) although this is not necessary as AGS will provide all of the equipment. In terms of footwear, trainers will be fine for all activities, the only exception would be in case of poor weather football boots may be suitable for some of the outdoor activities. In addition, boys will need a hat, sun cream, a packed lunch, some healthy snacks and plenty of water (there will be a place where they can fill their bottles up throughout the day). Please can all parents/carers sign their son in and out each day, this will take place at the sports hall. When dropping boys off please come in through the main entrance and follow the road through the car park until you reach the school field, there will be AGS staff present to direct you. We will also ask you to collect your son from the sports hall at the end of the day.

I know that both myself and the other AGS staff involved in the camp are thoroughly looking forward to 3 days of sporting activity with the new pupils and please do keep your fingers crossed for great weather!

Mr Roone




Poetry Workshop with Will Burns

In recent times young poets seem to have been generally overlooked. This is just one of the reasons why it was a pleasure to see, on Friday 10th July, Old Aylesburian Will Burns – whose poems have been selected to be published in a series of ‘Faber New Poets’ Pamphlets – return to the school. Will led a poetry workshop for students in all years of the school who have an interest in poetry.

Soon after the pupils arrived they were captivated by a thoroughly engaging exploration of poetry by Emily Dickinson, Raymond Carver and Edward Thomas. Overseen by various members of the English Department, the pupils were then asked to write an eight line poem featuring one of a list of eight words, per line. Those who volunteered to read their poem out loud represented the school well in an eloquent display, proving themselves to be an excellent crop of young writers.

After this, Will presented each student with an individual postcard of an inspirational scene. The boys then continued again to compose powerful poetry, demonstrating the imaginative viewpoints held by each pupil. One student went on to utilise the effects of plosives (a method far beyond their curricular expectation), with others deciding between first-person and omniscient narrators to develop relevant accounts of their respective scenes.

At the end of the session Will emphasised how impressed he was at the range of talent displayed by such young minds. As always we were very grateful for the loyalty of the school alumni and their willingness to give something back to the school. We very much appreciate the time that he has given up to help these aspiring, young poets, both directly through this workshop and in offering to read any poetry which they may have written, giving feedback. Overall it was simultaneously an honour to see the return of a former pupil giving back to the school community, and a very enjoyable and useful experience for all involved.

H Webber (Y 12)