As part of the Citizenship GCSE curriculum it is vital for students to scrutinize and question the views of their local MP. Friday’s visit of Graham Brady was arranged before the snap general election was called. Although Graham Brady is officially declared as the conservative candidate he was able to explore and share about his role as an MP within the Altrincham and Sale West constituency. Students learn about the role of an MP within the new syllabus so this was an fantastic opportunity to hear about what it is really like to be an MP.
Students and staff submitted questions to explore and challenge the Conservative ideologies and to find out Graham Brady’s views. He talked of his current role as the chairman of the 1922 committee and considered his past roles on the shadow cabinet in his early career. The role of grammar schools, school funding cuts and austerity were high on the agenda for questions.
AGGS Politics society are currently working towards running our own AGGS Mock General Election and are exploring all the parties pledges, these will be presented to students at a Hustings on June 7th followed by an election on June 8th.
Explore what the government have said about giving money for new schools here.
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On Friday the 7th October, the GCSE Citizenship students went on a trip to Manchester. While we were there, went first to the People’s history museum. We learnt about the Suffragette movement and how women gained the vote by watching a drama performance of a lady called Hannah Mitchell. Hannah Mitchell, a self-educated Socialist and suffragette, was born in Derbyshire. Later, she served on Manchester City Council. The Hard Way Up, her autobiography, is seen as a classic account of life by a working class woman. We then did a range of activities such as debating how to get equal rights in education for girls and boys and learnt about different methods of protest. Some even suggested kidnapping a teacher!
In the afternoon, after eating a foot long at Subway, we visited the Crown Courts. We were taught of the different positions in a case and even rein acted one in court 16. This linked to what we learnt in the People’s history museum as two suffragettes, Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney, were on trial in our case. We even tried on judge’s wigs and robes! After a long, exciting day, we got the tram back to Altrincham.
Overall, our day in Manchester was fun and informative. Some highlights were:
- Getting involved it the dramatic performance.
- Looking round the museum at all the exhibitions
- Dressing up as judges
- Shouting at our peers in court!
- Safa falling asleep standing up on the tram back
We all enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to our trip to the Houses of Parliament next year.
By Ariella Basger and Lizzie Poyner in 10-4
On Friday 21st October the newly elected school council reps had their training session.
After Wednesday’s election this was the first time that students from each year group were able to get together and build their team working skills and explore some of the issues that school council will be focusing on this academic year.
Year groups began with the spaghetti tower challenge to help consider the different skills they may need as school council reps and to get to know one another better.
Following this challenge each year group worked on their focus. This is a task to get the school council reps started and to allow them time to gather other ideas from their own forms.
The focuses for this year are:
Year 7: Transition – How can we make your journey from primary to secondary better?
Year 8: Improving the library
Year 9: The Wellbeing Room
Year 10: Merit criteria and award assemblies
Year 11: The Pupil Blog Page
Make sure you keep an ear out from your form’s reps and keep a check on the Pupil Voice page for further School Council updates.
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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:
#Iwill ambassadors are a group of 10-20 year olds who lead social action in their communities.The campaign promotes social action among this age group through activities such as fundraising, campaigning and volunteering, ‘ all of which create a double-benefit- to communities and young people themselves. So far more than 500 business,education and voluntary sector partners have committed to embedding social action into the lives of young people’. I will be formally announced during #iwillWeek between November 21st and 25th where I will receive a copy of the brochure, a certificate and more information about what it means to be am #iwill ambassador.
Youth social action is essential to the progression of our societies and I would encourage anyone and everyone to aim to do some form of social action whether it be through a cake sale, a sponsored swim or a charity expedition. It helps people to help others but to also help themselves by enabling them to discover different opportunities, build their skills and be free from stereotypes. People are able to feel a sense of achievement and empowerment because with social action, there are no restrictions, no matter your gender, age, lifestyle, beliefs, everyone is united in their aim to better themselves and their communities.
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.
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.