Tomorrow is International Women’s day, have a look at some of the links below to find out about women who may inspire you..
Here in the UK the population is voicing its concerns about Donald Trump via a petition.. Find out more here.
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.
With just 8 days to go the US election is hotting up… Find out the latest news here.
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.
By Sanah Kashyap,11-4
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.
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
Find out what is happening to the Labour party post Brexit… here.