Fancy a wee dram to raise some cash?


January 27th, 2018, sees the return of one of the PTAs best loved events, the AGS BURNS NIGHT. You drink delicious whiskies, you eat wonderful food and everyone gets the chance to wear a skirt. What’s not to love?

To book tickets, print off the booking form and hand it in to the AGS school office by December 13th.  Don’t hang about because tickets to Burns Night sell faster than deep-fried shortbread in Auchtermuchty.


Thanks so much and lang may yer lum reek.



Some hae meat and canna eat

and some wad eat that want it

but we have meat and we can eat

so doonload tha form ta book it

Thought for the Week – 16.10.17

“If not me, who? And if not now, when?”



Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, born 2 March 1931, is a former Soviet statesman. He was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, having been General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. He was the country’s head of state from 1988 until 1991 (titled as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 1988 to 1989, as Chairman of the Supreme Soviet from 1989 to 1990, and as President of the Soviet Union from 1990 to 1991).

Gorbachev was born in Stavropol Krai in 1931 into a peasant Ukrainian–Russian family, and in his teens, operated combine harvesters on collective farms. He graduated from Moscow State University in 1955 with a degree in law. While he was at the university, he joined the Communist Party, and soon became very active within it. In 1970, he was appointed the First Party Secretary of the Stavropol Regional Committee, First Secretary to the Supreme Soviet in 1974, and appointed a candidate member of the Politburo in 1979. Within three years of the death of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, following the brief “interregna” of Andropov and Chernenko, Gorbachev was elected general secretary by the Politburo in 1985. Before he reached the post, he had occasionally been mentioned in Western newspapers as a likely next leader and a man of the younger generation at the top level.

Gorbachev’s policies of glasnost (“openness”) and perestroika (“restructuring”) and his reorientation of Soviet strategic aims contributed to the end of the Cold War. Under this program, the role of the Communist Party in governing the state was removed from the constitution, which inadvertently led to crisis-level political instability with a surge of regional nationalist and anti-communist activism culminating in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev later expressed regret for his failure to save the USSR, though he has insisted that his policies were not failures but rather were vitally necessary reforms which were sabotaged and exploited by opportunists. He was awarded the Otto Hahn Peace Medal in 1989, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 and the Harvey Prize in 1992, as well as honorary doctorates from various universities.

In September 2008, Gorbachev and business oligarch Alexander Lebedev announced they would form the Independent Democratic Party of Russia, and in May 2009 Gorbachev announced that the launch was imminent. This was Gorbachev’s third attempt to establish a political party, having started the Social Democratic Party of Russia in 2001 and the Union of Social Democrats in 2007.

PSSSSST! Fancy Something Great for FREE?

I know, I know, it’s only October but if Tesco can sell you advent calendars then we can tell you about our fantastic Art Fair and Christmas Market.  And what’s more, entry is completely free for everyone.  Here’s what you need to know.

  1. It’s at AGS on Saturday 18th November, 10.30am – 3.30pm.


  1. It will raise money for the school but only with your support.


Seventy artists and crafters from across Buckinghamshire will be showing and selling their work.  Our Art Café will be ready with delicious bakes and tempting treats.  And there will be some amazing craft and artisan demonstrations including pottery and stonemasonry.

So, come along with the whole family for a truly brilliant event.  You’ll get yourself organised for Christmas and help raise vital funds for AGS.

Can’t wait to see you there and may we be the first to wish you a very Happy Christmas.

Thanks so much.



Thought for the Week – 09.10.17

“Attitudes are more important than facts”

GEORGE MACDONALD (1824 – 1905)

George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors including W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L’Engle. C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his “master”:

“Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later,” said Lewis, “I knew that I had crossed a great frontier.” G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had “made a difference to my whole existence”.

Elizabeth Yates wrote of Sir Gibbie, “It moved me the way books did when, as a child, the great gates of literature began to open and first encounters with noble thoughts and utterances were unspeakably thrilling.”

Even Mark Twain, who initially disliked MacDonald, became friends with him, and there is some evidence that Twain was influenced by MacDonald. Christian author Oswald Chambers wrote in his Christian Disciplines that “it is a striking indication of the trend and shallowness of the modern reading public that George MacDonald’s books have been so neglected”.