Over the last two weeks, pupils have been celebrating the language history and culture of India. This has focussed on our KS3 pupils, with a variety of activities taking place, such as samosa making; jewellery making; sitar playing in assembly; learning new Indian languages; talks about Indian politics, Indian history and Indian religions; Indian dancing; Hinglish; playing Kabaddi and cricket. We are very grateful to departments for coordinating such interesting activities and to the pupils themselves, who have led many of them.
We will be running a variety of activities during the fortnight from 26/2 until 9/3 to celebrate the languages, culture, politics and religions of India.
The activities are as following:
- MFL- KS3- starter activity- learn a new language- to be led by pupils in each class
- Music- Kumar sisters to play in assembly
- Citizenship- exploration of Indian politics
- PE- cricket on both Tuesdays.
- Sports leaders (Year 10) to teach Kabaddi to KS3 pupils during Wednesday lunchtimes
- Dance- Year 8 as scheme of work, taster through year group clubs to be led by older pupils.
- RS- exploration of Indian religion
- Science society to deliver to Year 7/8 classes- biology- vegetarian diet/ ivory trade, chemistry- chemicals in curry, physics- light and its effect on flag colours
- Maths- study of Indian mathematicians.
- D&T lunchtime Samosa making session; Indian inspired jewellery
- Art- paper cuts club to produce shadow puppets
- English- Hinglish with KS5
The girls are raising money for Syria this term. All weekly form charity money and money raised from last Friday’s non uniform day is going to SKT Welfare, a charity providing aid to Syrians affected by the war. All form groups are also doing a range of activities during form time to raise money for White Helmets, the charity fund set up in memory of Jo Cox, the MP who was tragically killed. The White Helmets are an organisation of volunteer search-and-rescue workers in Syria, who have saved more than 51,000 lives in the region. 8-3 organised a raffle and raised an amazing £180 for this cause. Well done 8-3!
Our Year 12 team of barristers and witnesses performed brilliantly at this year’s Mock Trial Competition at Manchester Crown Court on Saturday 28th November. Eleven other schools took part in the competition and our girls won two of their three trials by quite a margin. They were very narrowly beaten by the overall winners of the competition. The judges all praised the girls for their effort and excellent professional performances.
The girls have worked extremely hard and have given up a lot of their time to practise each week and it was really pleasing to see them do so well in the competition and enjoy themselves doing so.
Well done to the team Jocelyn, Clemmie, Alice, Mahika, Rebecca, Stephanie, Robyn, Tokino, Kate, Lydia, Meredith, Eisha!
The school took a team to Withington Annual MUN conference on Sunday 28th June. This was a great opportunity for our younger delegates to experience a conference. Despite this, we had a number of students who really excelled. There were three prizes awarded to our two delegations; all received ommended delegate awards. These went to, Lucy (Year 9), Sophie (Year 9) and Florence (Year 10). Well done to all the girls who took part, they all took the opportunity to speak which is an impressive achievement since the standard of debate was so high.
Well done, girls!
St. Antony’s Catholic College Associate Headteacher Fiona Wright has become the latest Head to sign the Trafford Youth Cabinet’s ‘Emotional Health Pledge.’
Inspired by a speech by 15-year-old Youth Cabinet member Hannah at a special meeting of all 18 Trafford secondary school headteachers, Mrs Wright is now keen to introduce the sort of measures proposed by the teenage activists.
Hannah explained: “We want more awareness from our teachers of the range of problems today’s teenagers face and greater consistency in how our teachers deal with these emotional problems.”
Hannah continued: “There is a growing incidence in all our schools of problems such as eating disorders and self harm. Teenagers don’t know how each individual case will be dealt with. Many don’t want to get involved with the Trafford Schools’ Counselling Service, but just want to talk to someone in school, but they don’t know if they will lose control of their own case; whether their parents will become involved and what ramifications there will be for seeking help.”
Fellow Trafford Youth Cabinet member Lauren, 17, also a pupil at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, added: “We have asked local headteachers to sign this pledge so they can access more resources for training and adopt right across the borough a much more consistent approach.”
Lauren added: “The Trafford Youth Cabinet conducted a research of both pupils and teachers and it showed more and more youngster had problems but most teachers were unaware of exactly how they should handle these matters.”
Mrs Wright, who has driven forward a dramatic increase in standards at St. Antony’s since her appointment over 12 months ago, said: “I could not agree more. All the headteachers were simply blown away by Hannah’s presentation. We do need a more consistent approach and all staff need to be more aware of such problems. It’s a very important issue in our schools today not just in Trafford but nationwide.”
Mrs Wright added: “There will be some instances where the context of the situation demands more flexibility but in principle I am fully behind this proposal and only too delighted to sign the pledge and look forward to instituting the type of teacher training this programme requires.”
Lauren added: “This isn’t just for this generation of young people but for generations to come and that is why we want to institute a programme of ambassadors in each school so youngsters on the spot can communicate their wider concerns to Youth Cabinet members.”
Mrs Wright is the fifth of Trafford’s 18 secondary school heads to sign up.
Thursday 30th April saw the AGGS Mock Elections. The girls did a fantastic job at organising the voting yesterday and then counting. For those who saw the Q & A, the competition was tough and the students really knew their policies. The results are in and were announced by our Acting Returning Officer Ellie Foxford at 3.30 yesterday.
The winning party was Labour (Phoebe J) with 177, Conservatives were second with 162, Monster Raving Looney Party were 3rd with 98, Green Party 4th with 92 votes and 5th was the Liberal Democrats with 82.
We had over 600 votes cast which was impressive.
There was an interesting correlation in the voting with certain parties popularity showing in different places around the school; sixth form was Conservative, Main school Labour and our ballot box over the road in Fairlie was Lib Dems.
Well done to everyone who was involved.
Last term year 9 students in 9-3 won the year 9 citizenship charity presentations award, and yesterday they presented the £1,000 cheque to the winning charity David Lewis. David Lewis is a charity which helps children with special educational needs. It is a small, local charity very worthy of the prize money. Nicky Downes attended the cheque giving and commented on how well the students had done and praised them for the fantastic presentation they gave to raise awareness of the charity and the issue.
This weekend 6 year 13s and Tara in year 10 went to Oxford to compete in the prestigious Magdalen College School Model United Nations. This is particularly challenging conference and the competition was high.
We managed to achieve 4 prizes:
Sunya A – Commended Delegate in Environment & Health Committee
Shereen P – Commended Delegate in Economic Committee
Shubhangi K – Outstanding Delegate in Middle East
Isobel H – Highly Commended Delegate in Security Council.
All the girls did so well, we were so proud of how they held their own in a very male dominated conference.