Exec have been super busy pulling together and communicating about all the amazing projects that have happened over this academic year amongst all the year groups. We are very proud of everyone.
Our main focus this year has been upon the Values and embedding these into our school system. Year 10 have helped us do this. We have communicated to staff and students about what our values are and how they were chosen. We have also fundraised and created the Values trees which help to communicate the values around school.
We look forward to embedding these further next year.
Suggestion boxes – in order to get the best possible feedback from our forms, we decided we needed a way for them to write suggestions whenever they wanted. A suggestion box, we decided, was a good way to do this. We held a competition for our forms to make a box, and the best one was chosen.
The buddy system – This was main focus for the y7 school council. This project will help new y7’s to settle in faster. Year 8’s will go to their y7 buddies one morning a week, and this will give the y7’s a chance to ask any questions. There will also be a chance to play games as to get to know your form better.
We knew that there weren’t enough places for people to sit and work in the library, especially at lunch. Therefore, we fundraised to buy 9 beanbags that you can sit, work or relax on. To do this, we hosted fandom day, a day where lower school dressed up as their favourite characters. We managed to raise enough to cover the cost of the beanbags, AND enough to buy extra books to enjoy! We listened to everyone’s suggestions and managed to whittle them down to a fantastic number of books.
We then designed labels to show everyone who picked up the books what year 8 school council 2017 have achieved. We chose to improve the library as it is a space enjoyed by all students and a relaxing environment. We can go to the library to continue homework, encourage independent learning or simply just to get lost in a book. The beanbags meant there is more seating for students and more people can be encouraged into this magical place.
Our year group school council have worked incredibly hard to work together, listen to ideas and improve our school for everyone. We are grateful for our opportunity to represent our year group in Year 8 School Council 2017, and many of us are standing for School Council in the forthcoming year!
Year 9 School Council
On School council training day, we were told that our project of the year was to redecorate the Medical room and to renovate the Heads of Year Room into a Wellbeing room.
We first mind-mapped lots of ideas, and consulted our form groups on whether they liked them. We then chose our favourites to focus on. Next we created a mood board of furniture, activities and colour schemes for the rooms. We decided on a calming blue and cheerful pink, with furniture and soft furnishings in neutral colours.
We found comfortable furniture within our budget and then we consulted Mrs Ogunmyiwa, Mr Beddows and the Wellbeing Ambassadors. Once approved, we created an official floorplan that incorporated our ideas for the new rooms.
We think the Wellbeing room is a fantastic idea for our school community that will improve the mental health of our students as they go through their school lives. The wellbeing room is now a great space to take a time out. It’s currently being put together and painted by the caretakers and should be ready for the new school year in September.
Year 10 School Council
This year has been very productive for year 10 school council. With the Values being implemented across the school year 10 have been embedding these into the expectations for learning and developing the merit criteria. Both of these are now ready for next year and we are looking forward to them being used across school.
The second half of the year we have been gathering and writing posts for the pupil voice blog, we took over this role from year 11 school council when they left for exams.
We are so pleased to announce that this year’s 9 charity project was won by students in 9-3 and the charity was 42nd Street. Karina from 42nd was in the audience as the winners were announced and she was so pleased and proud of the students and their hard work.
This year AGGS has been the first school outside of London and Wales to participate in the First Give programme. We have run a similar programme every year for 5 years which as seen a huge amount of money go to some amazing worthwhile causes across Manchester.
The whole of year 9 work on a creative presentation and we do a form time semi final round in which one group per form is chosen by their peers to present at the grand final. This year’s grand final was judged by the director of First Give, Ms Gill and a member of the school PTA. Everyone was astounded at the high standard of all of the presentations. The 9-3 group stood out for it’s incredible video tackling issues of mental health.
42nd is a Manchester based charity working tirelessly to help young people deal with the complexities of modern life ranging from drug abuse to mental health. We and First Give are very pleased to award a total of £700 to this incredible charity. We hope all the students in year 9 continue their efforts to raising awareness and money for so many worthy causes.
Some of the longest serving MUN team visited our first international conference in Augsburg Germany from 8th Feb- 12th Feb. See some of their pics below and look forward to a write up coming soon from one of the team…
We represented Russia at the conference and won an outstanding delegation award.
Well done Russia for all your hard work, you were awesome 🙂
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.
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. #iwill is represented by 100 inspirational young ambassadors – a group of 10-20 year-olds who are leading fantastic social action in their …
#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.
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.
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we can announce the winners of the Year 9 Social Action Project. All of year 9 have been working on this project over the last couple of months, visiting charities and creating presentations about social issues they have become passionate about.
On Thursday we hosted the Grand Final with students representing each form. We had our Deputy Head and Assistant Head Teacher and a Yr 10 Charity Committee rep judging the final. The River Manchester Group from 9-4 won the £750 grant for their charity.
A huge well done to all of the finalists and especially those from 9-4 for clinching the prize money.
Girls in year 9 have been helping year 8 pupils learn more about Politics. Here at AGGS we have a spiral curriculum whereby students build on their learning every year and we especially do this with politics. Political education and engagement is important here at AGGS.
To help year 8s get their heads around all the political figures and processes year 9 created games to showcase what they had learnt about politics and help the year 8 pupils learn themselves.
Here are just some of the creative and fantastic games that were made:
A whole set of cards using current political figures to play snap with.