Citizenship is enhanced by visits and events that support the learning of our students. This terms the GCSE group have been on a visit to the Crown Courts and the People’s History Museum. The visit to the Crown Courts enabled them to explore the how a civil and criminal case is conducted. This supports their learning of the Theme C legal module for the GCSE.
The People’s History museum has a fascinating exhibition looking at how minority groups are represented in Parliament and society at large. Considering the exploration of how people have had their voices heard was a fascinating way to bring much of the GCSE syllabus to light.
Last week GCSE Citizenship students took part in a Digital Surgery with Andy Burnham. Students were able to question him about his target to end rough sleeping by 2020. They explored the topics of sustainability and how to make Manchester more environmentally friendly. Our students joined force with students from across Manchester to explore issues that affect young people. This was a fantastic opportunity to have a conversation with a high profile politician. Andy explored his journey into politics and gave our students exciting ways to get involved in politics.
The first day back after the Christmas Holiday’s saw the Year 11 and year 10 GCSE Citizenship classes go down to London for the annual Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court trip. The day was full on and busy, however incredibly informative and lots of what we learnt linked to the GCSE course. The tours and workshops linked to our learning in Theme B and Theme C. A highlight was watching both the House of Commons and the House of Lords in session. The debates were relevant and some heated exchanges were made, we really saw democracy in action.
After a long day we walked from Westminster to Euston taking in more of the wonderful London sights including Downing Street and Trafalgar Square.
Year 10 dancers have just returned from a brilliant dance trip to the Conway Centre, Angelsey. The weekend, run by Homegrown Dance Theatre, included dance workshops on all aspects of GCSE Dance. Students from schools across the country learnt repertoire from professional dances on the GCSE anthology, choreographed dances and learnt 2 of the set phrases. A great weekend was had by all and we are all very tired now! See more photos here:
We have decided to name our dance performance groups to make us sound very professional when we are representing the school at external performances.
As we wanted the name to link to our school name, AGGS, we have picked Silver Dance company as Ag is the chemical symbol for Silver!
Congratulations to all the new members of Silver Dance Company and Junior Silver Dance Company.
Want to know the key headlines from each political party conference as the conference season draws to a close. Did that cough distract you. Find out more here about all the different party happenings.
Apologies for the delay in these being published… Please see below our AGGS Mock Election results:
Labour: 365 – 46% of the vote
Conservatives: 183 -23% of the vote
Lib Dems: 100- 13% of the vote
Greens: 121 – 15% of the vote
UKIP – 29 – 4% of the vote
AGGS winning party is LABOUR
Total number of votes cast: 798 which is a 77% turnout
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