Exec have been super busy pulling together and communicating about all the amazing projects that have happened over this academic year amongst all the year groups. We are very proud of everyone.
Our main focus this year has been upon the Values and embedding these into our school system. Year 10 have helped us do this. We have communicated to staff and students about what our values are and how they were chosen. We have also fundraised and created the Values trees which help to communicate the values around school.
We look forward to embedding these further next year.
Suggestion boxes – in order to get the best possible feedback from our forms, we decided we needed a way for them to write suggestions whenever they wanted. A suggestion box, we decided, was a good way to do this. We held a competition for our forms to make a box, and the best one was chosen.
The buddy system – This was main focus for the y7 school council. This project will help new y7’s to settle in faster. Year 8’s will go to their y7 buddies one morning a week, and this will give the y7’s a chance to ask any questions. There will also be a chance to play games as to get to know your form better.
Year 8 School Council
We knew that there weren’t enough places for people to sit and work in the library, especially at lunch. Therefore, we fundraised to buy 9 beanbags that you can sit, work or relax on. To do this, we hosted fandom day, a day where lower school dressed up as their favourite characters. We managed to raise enough to cover the cost of the beanbags, AND enough to buy extra books to enjoy! We listened to everyone’s suggestions and managed to whittle them down to a fantastic number of books.
We then designed labels to show everyone who picked up the books what year 8 school council 2017 have achieved. We chose to improve the library as it is a space enjoyed by all students and a relaxing environment. We can go to the library to continue homework, encourage independent learning or simply just to get lost in a book. The beanbags meant there is more seating for students and more people can be encouraged into this magical place.
Our year group school council have worked incredibly hard to work together, listen to ideas and improve our school for everyone. We are grateful for our opportunity to represent our year group in Year 8 School Council 2017, and many of us are standing for School Council in the forthcoming year!
Year 9 School Council
On School council training day, we were told that our project of the year was to redecorate the Medical room and to renovate the Heads of Year Room into a Wellbeing room.
We first mind-mapped lots of ideas, and consulted our form groups on whether they liked them. We then chose our favourites to focus on. Next we created a mood board of furniture, activities and colour schemes for the rooms. We decided on a calming blue and cheerful pink, with furniture and soft furnishings in neutral colours.
We found comfortable furniture within our budget and then we consulted Mrs Ogunmyiwa, Mr Beddows and the Wellbeing Ambassadors. Once approved, we created an official floorplan that incorporated our ideas for the new rooms.
We think the Wellbeing room is a fantastic idea for our school community that will improve the mental health of our students as they go through their school lives. The wellbeing room is now a great space to take a time out. It’s currently being put together and painted by the caretakers and should be ready for the new school year in September.
Year 10 School Council
This year has been very productive for year 10 school council. With the Values being implemented across the school year 10 have been embedding these into the expectations for learning and developing the merit criteria. Both of these are now ready for next year and we are looking forward to them being used across school.
The second half of the year we have been gathering and writing posts for the pupil voice blog, we took over this role from year 11 school council when they left for exams.
Year 11 School Council
How can we bring our school community closer together?
We have actively posted on the student voice page engaging the school and wider community in aspects of school life.
During exams, we all know how we crave unhealthy snacks when revising. Here are some great alternatives that you could try! But, don’t forget to treat yourself once in a while!
Smoothies – they contain a lot of natural sugar but do not have processed ingredients within them. They also contain vitamins and minerals which will help aid your immune system. Recipe: frozen raspberries, mango, coconut milk, water, yoghurt, chia seeds and strawberries!
Bread sticks- try with hummus or guacamole
Fruit- as it is easily snackable and good for you
Frozen grapes- Put some grapes in the freezer overnight and in the morning snack on. They taste like ice-lollies but are a healthy option.
Homemade flapjacks with honey. Look on BBC good food for a great recipe.
From all year 11 school council members, we strongly recommend CGP revision guides in the lead up to GCSE exams. These great books contain useful revision material for a variety of subjects, and hilarious jokes. They are guaranteed to keep you reading for hours!
An anonymous year 11 says: ‘CGP books have made my revision so much easier! All the notes I need in one handy book! Thank you CGP!’
On the 8th of March we celebrated International women’s day. During the careers convention in the evening, some stalls such as engineering and RVC, Willmott Dixon, Mott McDonald, Horticulture and Ecology had all female representatives, showing how female empowerment has increased greatly in the work place.
IWD was first observed on the 28th February 1909 in the US and has been a celebrated day ever since across the world. The day is focused on celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally which is something we greatly encourage every day in our own school.
Who is your female role model?
Emma Watson: Emma Watson begun a campaign called ”heforshe” promoting feminism.
Another famous inspirational woman is Michelle Obama.
“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” – Michelle Obama (1964)
Welcome back to the new joint blog run by both SDLs and School Council!
The Pupil Voice blog encourages students to have their say through 2 main areas:
Media Review of the Week- Email us a review about your favourite film, book or TV show and we will create a blog post featuring your review
External News- We will post articles and stories regarding news outside of school. If you have found an interesting article or are passionate about a certain topic, Email a short summary which we can expand on and publish!
Our Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also be posting regularly about events in school so remember to check the Pupil Voice Blog to see articles on new and exciting events!
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The AGGS Blog run by SDLs will still regularly be posting articles and events in school and interviews with teachers so make sure to check back!
Students are keen to develop the resources in the library. To help do this year 7 School Council organised a book sale in the hall last week. Well done to year 7 and thank you to all those who came.. We are hoping to hold another sale before the end of term as we have lots of books 🙂 Look out for a bargain box in the Citizenship room at Open Evening on Thursday.
AGGS students took part in a mock EU referendum. We had ballot boxes positioned around school and over 50% of the school voted. The results showed a resounding support for staying in the EU with 83% of students voting to stay and 17% voting to leave. Thank you to all those who took part. Watch out for the real result on the 23rd of June.