Last week six AGGS students put themselves forward to stand for election in the Trafford UKYP election process. The process was conducted at Trafford Town hall with the Mayor and local councillors listening to the speeches and then choosing their top four candidates to stand for election.
These candidates will battle it out for your votes and elections will take place in school over the next few weeks. Three out of the four candidates chosen were AGGS students which is fantastic. All candidates who stood should be congratulated for their efforts and the great speeches that were made.
The three chosen candidates from our school are:
Watch out in assemblies next week for their candidate videos.. Who will you vote for?
It was also the time for outgoing MYP Lauren Barclay to make her closing speech. Well done Lauren for a very successful year as MYP.
Lots has been said about the migrant crisis.. Find out the latest news from Calais here.
The big wigs are coming out and making their positions clear, find out more here.. what do you think?
Exciting news.. the Citizenship department has received the Discovering Democracy Award.
We do lots here at AGGS to develop political understanding and educate young people in how they can have their say. It is fantastic to have this hard work rewarded. Thank you to all who contributed to the evidence needed to gain this recognition.
The GCSE Citizenship group had a session last week exploring the stories of living veterans to discover how war can effect society and communities.
The session was run by the Imperial War Museum North. The girls spent a great deal of time listening to various veterans stories of how they had been affected by conflict. Veterans had served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Ireland and stationed in many different parts of the world.
We had veterans from each different service, army, navy and RAF. This was a great way to explore how war effects society. The sharing of stories followed with an exploration of how government funds can impact on how decisions are made in society.
Thank you to Serving stories and those who came in to share their experiences. We had a great time, check out the pictures below…
Last Tuesday ( 12th Jan) x15 excited AGGS students and two teachers headed down to London on the 8am train. After travelling across London we arrived, excited and ready for a day filled with political fun, at the Supreme Court. We had a detailed tour which explained the UK Justice System. The Supreme Court is only 6 years old, after the Law Lords were removed from the House of Lords to make a more democratic legal process. There are 12 chief justices and we had the privilege seeing some of them in action, with an open court being one of the foundations of our democracy, we were able to watch a case being heard.
After a quick lunch by the river Thames, with lots of dive bombing pigeons, we headed to the brand new Houses of Parliament Education Centre. We started our time here with a tour of the Houses of Parliament where we watched both the House of Commons and the Lords in session. Seeing the Lords taking oral questions about the Syria conflict is something we will all remember for a long time. After our tour and an accidental picture with Andy Burnham we headed back to the centre for our Making Laws workshop.
After an interactive workshop where we debated freedoms in school we were visited by our local MP Graham Brady. The GCSE students had some amazing questions for Graham and actively lobbied him about things that matter to them.
Our day ended with grabbing dinner at Euston and heading back up to Manchester. Although we had a long day it was fantastic. All students taking Citizenship GCSE will have this amazing opportunity.
Want to explore what happened in 2015 and how politics changed?
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What does 2016 hold in store for us at Westminster? Find out here.
A thought provoking quote for this week.. A philosophical idea you could discuss with your forms:
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.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at the AGGS Citizenship department. Here’s a quick round up of what has been going on…
Yr 9 Money Charity Talk
Last week year 9 enjoyed Philippa from the Money Charity sharing about the importance of good money management. Pupils learnt about Tax thresholds and where our taxes go to as well as household budgets and needs and luxuries. Thank you to Philippa and the Money Charity for seven fab workshops.
Politics Careers Speakers
The last week year 12 have enjoyed careers fortnight. To help engage students in careers in politics we organised x2 sets of speakers to come in.
We had Sean Anstey, the Conservative leader of Trafford Council speaking at the Politics society and Tom Ross and Jane Braugh, both Labour councillors, speaking to students the following week. It was great to see students engaged in local issues and debating things that matter to them.
Thank you to our speakers for coming in.
ESU Talking Day
Last Wednesday saw a number of students from year 11, 12 & 13 engage in the English Speaking Union Talking Day. This event was hosted here at AGGS where we welcomed members of the Humanist Society, Three Faiths Forum, Girl Guides and AGGS students to debate: Should Parliament be more diverse?
This was a preparation event for the ESU House of Lords debate on this subject. Alice Bruce has been selected to speak at the event formally with other opportunities for all girls to engage in the debate on 4th Dec in the House of Lords. We are very excited to be part of this event.
Thank you to the ESU for organising.