Category Archives: politics

politics

Cologne Attacks

Explore how migration has negatively affected a community here. 

Political Review: 2015 & a look forward to 2016

Want to explore what happened in 2015 and how politics changed?

Use this link. 

What does 2016 hold in store for us at Westminster?  Find out here.

Devolution

The PM & Nicola Sturgeon talk about Devolution, a topic everyone in year 9 and upwards have covered in their Citizenship lessons. See the latest news here.

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Getting Women into Politics

Have a look at this great project looking at championing Women in politics.  Can you get involved? Have you got quotes you like?

House of Lords ESU Debate

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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.

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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.

Rush to war?

As politicians debate and discuss bombing ISIS in Syria there are lots of opinions being explored. Have a look at the latest updates from both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party here.

Air Strikes?

In the wake of the Paris attacks and Belgium on high alert, Europe is poised and on edge.. How will the Commons respond to David Cameron’s appeal for strikes.. read the arguments from The Day here. 

A round up of last week

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Paris Attacks

Want to know the facts and get a clear run down on what happened, have a look at the BBC news website here. 

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How are we responding here in the UK? Find out here. 

What’s been going on in Citizenship?

The last week has seen some exciting things happening for the Citizenship department.

Weds 4th Nov – Malala Film Screening

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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.

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Thurs 4th Nov 

High Sherriff Visit

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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.”
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