On Friday 4th Dec selected students in yr 11, 12 & 13 made their way down to London to attend the ESU (English Speaking Union) House of Lords Chamber event. Our students were chosen to represent North West Schools in a debate which explored the question; “should Parliament be more diverse? ”
Alice Bruce in year 12 had the honor of writing a key speech putting forward the view that more should be done to increase diversity in parliament, she presented her case clearly and enthusiastically to an audience of Girl Guides and members of the Three Faiths Forum and the British Humanists.
The floor was then opened for arguments made by other students, our girls managed to catch the attention of Baroness De Souza ( the Lord Speaker) on a number of occasions and passionately shared their ideas.
The day was a fantastic experience to learn more about formal debating and to engage in such an important issue. Some of the conclusions made from the debate were an improvement in political education and to increase the use of quotas when choosing MPS and Lords. A vote was taken and by an overwhelming majority students chose that something should be done. The other options were ; nothing should be done or enforcing change in parliament.
Well done to all the girls involved in this great day.
What does mean to “be a good girl” as part of the BBCs 100 women series have a look at these short videos, which explore being a girl in a range of countries around the world.
A group of students from yr 7-13 took part in the Annual Youth Cabinet conference this year – Let’s Talk Youth Conference, focusing on Democracy and Politics. Here is Hedye from yr 8 reflecting on the day.
The last week has seen some exciting things happening for the Citizenship department.
Weds 4th Nov – Malala Film Screening
The GCSE Citizenship group went to see the new Malala film with Into Film. The girls witnessed a live Q & A hosted by Emma Watson with questions they, and other young people from around the country, had submitted in advance. Malala spoke about her experiences at school here in the UK, the importance of education and why she is a feminist. The girls and Mrs. Bowyer thoroughly enjoyed the film and recommend girls in other years to go and see this important exploration of girls right to an education.
Thurs 4th Nov
High Sherriff Visit
Jade Radcliffe & Olivia Nono were congratulated today for the money they raised for the Human Trafficking prevention charity, SAFE. The money was raised by ticket sales from the 2015 Year 11 prom and the prom committee chose to give this money to SAFE. The girls were met and congratulated by Great Manchester’s High Sheriff, Sharman Birtles. Jade and staff at AGGS have been involved with SAFE since the 2013 Year 9 Youth & Philanthropy Initiative project and have worked tirelessly to help create an Education pack which is now being piloted across the North West, to help protect vulnerable young people from trafficking. We have had the pleasure of presenting to the UN Women and look forward to further fundraising and collaborative work with the charity in the future. A huge well done to the girls for their incredible support of this very worthwhile cause. Ms Gill Principle of AGGS said, “I was very proud today to hear how instrumental our staff and students have been in the last few years in reshaping SAFE’s work in tackling this important issue. I would like to thank the High Sheriff, Sharman Birtles and John CEO of SAFE, for taking the time to come to school to congratulate Jade, Olivia and Mrs Bowyer for all they have done. We really appreciated it.”
It’s a fact that education betters the life choices and helps all people to live a safe life. The education of women is high on the global political agenda. See the following article for reflections on why girls education is so important as prominent women met to raise this important issue.
The importance of educating girls