Thought for the Week 19.06.17

‘There is little success where there is little laughter’

ANDREW CARNEGIE (1835 – 1919)

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist. Carnegie led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and is often identified as one of the richest people and Americans ever. He built a leadership role as a philanthropist for the United States and the British Empire. During the last 18 years of his life, he gave away to charities, foundations, and universities about $350 million—almost 90 percent of his fortune. His 1889 article proclaiming “The Gospel of Wealth” called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and it stimulated a wave of philanthropy.

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PTA Summer Fete 24.06.17 – Help needed

The AGS PTA Summer Fete is scheduled for Saturday 24 June 2017 – (11.00am – 3.00pm). Please do come along and enjoy this fantastic event whilst supporting the school in the process.

In the run up to the event the PTA do require some assistance:

  1. Helpers in general – Can you spare even just half an hour on Friday 23 or Saturday 24 June?

    Friday 23rd: 1pm to 5pm – sorting donations and setting up stalls in the hall 4pm to 6pm – setting up gazebos

    Saturday 24th: 8am to 11am – set up –  Slots from 11am to 1pm – man a stall. 3pm to 5pm – clear away/take down gazebos.  Slots from 10am to 2pm – traffic control

    If you can spare even half an hour, please contact the PTA Summer Fete team via Elaine Kirkpatrick-Brown at

  2. Calling all cake bakers – The cake stall is always very popular and if you can offer cakes or biscuits for us to sell on Saturday 24th June, then please send these in on Friday or simply bring them along with you on the Saturday.

    To help us plan, please drop Lorna Noble a line just to let us know your cake/biscuits will be arriving.

    Kind regards,

    PTA Summer Fete Team










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Thought for the Week – 12.06.17

‘Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase’



Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs and inspired by the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.

King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year he and SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty and the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam”.

In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. King’s death was followed by riots in many U.S. cities. Ray, who fled the country, was arrested two months later at London Heathrow Airport. Ray was sentenced to 99 years in prison for King’s murder, and died in 1998 from hepatitis while serving his sentence.

King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honour, and a county in Washington State was also renamed for him. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.

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