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School Council You Said We did…. What we did in 2015/2016

School Council are sharing in assemblies this week about the values we as a school have created. There will be more on this in the next few weeks. Please see below all the things school council got up to last year and the changes they have made…

You Say: We Did:
YEAR 7

We need more up to date books and resources in the library

 

 

Ran a book sale to raise money for the library.

YEAR 8

We need some money to raise funds for things around school

 

We would like a say as to what happens in the canteen.

 

Organised a dress up day for year 7 & 8 to raise over £400 for school. This is being put towards helping improve stocks in the library.

Whole school feedback was given to the canteen about foods, things people thought were good and things that could be improved.  We are hoping to launch a food focus group this year.

YEAR 9

The homework diary layout needs changing.

The medical room needs updating

 

Some changes have been made to the diary to ensure that there is an area for students to write a to do list.

Year 9 are continuing to work with the well-being ambassadors to redecorate and improve the medical room and make it into a well-being room, a space for people to have some space.

YEAR 10

Nobody reads the code of conduct

 

The school council twitter page doesn’t get used.

People said the songs in assembly needed updating.

 

We rewrote the code of conduct and made them way more pupil friendly.

We have included more regular posts to keep students informed about what we are up to.

New songs, suggested by school council, are to be learnt this year in assembly.

YEAR 11

There is no platform for students to share what they have done.

 

We have actively posted on the student voice page engaging the school and wider community in aspects of school life.

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What do we stand for as a school?

 

Conducted a whole school values project which has culminated in the creation of AGGS school values. These will be shared and taken for staff to feedback at the beginning of the new academic year.

Labour Party Conference

It’s conference season for political parties.. Keep up with the latest from the Labour Party conference here. 

#Iwill Ambassador

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A few weeks ago, I received an email from Sam Newell, the communications and public affairs officer for Step up to serve, which is ‘led by HRH, the Prince of Wales and governed by an independent board comprising leaders from across UK society’. Earlier this year, I had applied to become an #iwill ambassador after hearing about another ambassador. The email back was unexpected yet delighted me in the best way as I learnt that I had been chosen to become an #iwill ambassador. Since receiving this email, I’ve completed a case study about my experiences of youth social action which will go live in November during #iwill week between the 21st and the 25th and be in a brochure with the other ambassadors’ profiles. Watch this space to read more about my social action experiences:

Memories

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Welcome back and we won an award :-)

The memories of summer are starting to fade and school is back buzzing with a new term. The Citizenship Department want to say a big Welcome Back. Lot’s has been going on over the summer, catch up with all the news stories here. The Day is a great resource to keep you up to date on what is going on in the world.

Some exciting news here at AGGS, we are very excited to have been awarded the ACT Quality Standard for Schools. This recognises all the hard work staff and students do here at AGGS to promote Citizenship and the importance of making your voice heard.

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There are other exciting things to tell you about what some of our students have been up to over the summer but those will have to wait for now. We are excited for what this year will bring and the opportunities it will present.

May is starting to talk tough…

Explore what May has said today at the G20 summit. She has rejected a points based immigration system, read more here. 

Motivation for the school new year…

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Being a Polling Clerk for the EU Referendum

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As many of you will know the 23rd was a historic day for the UK, the “once in a lifetime” opportunity to vote on whether we believe we should leave or remain as part of the EU. And with this day, I was once again given a brilliant opportunity- to be a Poll Clerk for the vote.
When my 5am, alarm went off I did wonder why as an 18 year old girl I had signed myself up for 16 long hours of work with no breaks but once I arrived at the station and began to set up the excitement took over the tiredness and I began to enjoy the first few hours of people arriving to vote.

Not only was the vote a hot topic of the day but also the conspiracy that pencil would be rubbed out and there vote changed was a major concern for many people.

My job for the day was pretty simple, but exciting at the same time and to be part of such a historical event was an amazing opportunity. It gave me a real in site into elections, and how they work and some of the issues on voting day. I was also able to meet many lovely people throughout the day. I even got the excitement of meeting a man whom was from Australia (a duel-citizen) and explained to me their voting as well as showing me his postal vote ballot paper which was very different to our elections- it had 41 options!

Although it was highly confidential and we could not discuss or share views, the voters passion and excitement to vote was a pleasure to witness and showed how proud people are to be able to have the opportunity and privilege to vote.

As for the result, many people aren’t happy and many people are. There has been many changes in the political world and it is difficult to say where we will move on from here but I am sure that the political world has many exciting twists and turns to come.

But I can say, as I packed up and got back into my car at 10pm I was proud to be part of a country with so many citizens whom understand the privilege to vote. And I drove home knowing I had played a part in an event that really will be a big part of our history for many generations to come.

Lauren Barclay 13-1

EU Referendum North West Tonight Debate

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On the 12th June myself, Ellie and Harina (all from year 13) got the exciting opportunity to attend BBC North West tonight’s EU referendum special. Harina and myself were representing young people voting out, whilst Ellie was a strong remain advocate.

Having previously been asked to each submit 2 questions to be pre picked for the debate we arrived at media city knowing that Harina would definitely be able to grill the panel taking a stance from the out side as one of her questions had been picked. However Ellie and myself had to wait and see if we would be able to get our voices heard.

On arrival at media city we were all greeted and met the rest of the audience, a small group of people all with big opinions. We got to know a few people, and it quickly became apparent we were the only young people present- no surprise there! This only spurred us on more to be able to have our say.

After a drink and a chat we were moved into the studio, the same one in which they record Jeremy Kyle, and there we were prepped and powdered ready for our staring moment. The debate was ran by Roger Johnson from North West Tonight and the panel consisted of the following people-

Lisa Nardy, Labour MP for Wigan (Remain)
Paul Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader (Leave)
Janet Beer, University of Liverpool vice chancellor (Remain)
Nigel Evans, Conservative MP for Ribble Valley (Leave)

The NHS, education and immigration were some of liveliest areas of debate, whoever the whole debate was non-stop and in the end we ended up filming more than was fitted into the programme. However, we did all get our time to shine.

Harina’s question kicked off the whole debate and began things rolling, the audience and panel were very lively and facts and figures were flying everywhere. As Alty Girls, we all sat there patiently waiting for our chance to speak raising our hand every minute or so to get chosen.

Sadly, this tactic wasn’t the most successful and as the debate moved on we got more and more hyped up about wanting to speak and raise the issue that we as young people believed to be important.

On the last point of the debate my yellow cardigan finally got me noticed and I was able to give my point about the lack of political education and information for young people. I told the panel and audience that the scaremongering was putting young people off voting at all and this was a big problem. They agreed however, in true politician style didn’t have much of an answer for me.

The debate came to a close, but we still felt as young people we hadn’t had our say. So, Ellie went on to record her views for the end of the programme, before the three of us spoke to a BBC reporter about the lack on inclusion of young people for the whole referendum. We also had the opportunity to have a chat with Roger, and met a lovely lady to had developed a clever idea of coins with ‘leave’ on one side and ‘remain’ on the other for those who were unsure what to vote.

We throughly enjoyed our time filming and being involved at the BBC and would like to thank Mrs Bowyer for getting us such a wonderful opportunity. It was great to be able to see ourselves back when the programme was aired and get support and feedback from many people via social media. It was an added bonus to appear as a clip in the BBC EU advert!

If you would like to watch the debate it is still available on iplayer at the following link-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07gt5nr

Lauren Barclay 13-1