On Wednesday 27th April, AGGS held its very own EU referendum to help gage young people’s opinion on whether Britain’s place in the world belongs in Europe or out. Six ballot boxes were situated around school ready to catch eager voters; we had a great turnout with over 600 girls exercising their right to vote.
To drill up support and educate people about the issue that they were voting for, the week before the vote, members of AGGS Politics Society delivered assemblies to all year groups. Covering why this referendum was important and actually taking place, and educating them about both sides of the argument – thus allowing them to make an informed decision when it came to vote. On top of this the Politics Society also organised a hustings (debate) the following week, for those who were particularly interested. This gave the girls an opportunity to quiz the IN and OUT teams (composed of members of the Politics Society) and hear a more in depth discussion about the referendum. This was a thrilling debate for all involved.
The results were as follows: 83% voting to stay within the EU and 17% voting to leave the EU. Although not a surprising result, there was a definite winner. It is clear that most young people want to stay within the EU. Thanks to all the girls in Politics Society who organised it, Mrs Bowyer for bringing it all to life and to all those who turned up to vote!
We attended a politics event at People’s History Museum in Manchester regarding the topic of Devolution.
By definition, Devolution is the delegation of power to a lower level, especially by central government to local or regional administration.
In the morning, we listened to 7 experts from Manchester City Council, Manchester Evening News Journalists, a CEO of TunaFish Media, who proposed the reasons they thought Devolution could benefit Greater Manchester, the most important issue they would tackle with Devolution and any concerns with the devolved power from central Government.
The main issues they thought would be essential to tackle with this powers included; Homelessness, social housing, transport, the disparity between skills learnt in schools and what is needed in industry, especially regarding technical skills such as coding.
After hearing all the experts prepositions, the chosen idea included the development of a wider northern power structure, by having a northern layer of government whom would then delegate more powers accordingly to local councils.
In the afternoon, it was a chance for young people to have their say, which is highlighted through the day as so vital within the decision making process. We spilt off into five groups including Education,Health & Social Care, Democracy, Transport and Culture&Identity. We all discussed the good and bad aspects in Manchester amongst these categories. In light of this each group proposed 5 points that they felt would need to be a focus.
The best of points of each group were:
Education: Personalising the education system so that individuals had the chance to choose options more suitable to their interests which perhaps would tackle the skill disparity problem within growing industries.
An idea of a school network which stressed the importance of different schools of different standards, within the 10 boroughs of Great Manchester to collaborate.
Heath & SocialCare: Further promotion of the importance of both mental and physical health. Especially ending the stigma of Mental Health which is inextricably linked to homelessness.
Democracy: More events to engage young people within both local and national politics, encouraging to their say, not just through a vote. This interest would hopefully show the government that young people are involved within politics and increase the chance of 16 years old receiving the vote.
Transport: Cheaper tickets for young people under the age bracket of (16-18)
More safety on the Metrolink, especially at night.
Throughout the day, comparisons were made to the London transport system and the need for a more integrated transport system was highlighted.
Culture&Identity: Greater Manchester felt that the new elected mayor, gives us the opportunity to be a figure head in encouraging a regional identity. Hopefully, becoming nationally recognised as a region whom tackles their issues such as Homelessness head on.
As Sixth Form students, the four of us found the day extremely educational and we hope to filter down this knowledge amongst our school community.
On 24th June – Room 13 – Politics Society will be holding a talk on devolution, if you wish to find out more.
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Politics Society presents…
AGGS EU REFERENDUM
26th April – EU Debate
Come and find out the reasons for and against of staying in the EU!
Where? Main hall
27th April – EU Vote
Now you have heard the reasons, come and have your say!
When? Rec & Lunch
8th March is International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate the work of women and the contribution women make to society as a whole. There are so many women throughout history and in today’s modern world who stand up for our gender and raise awareness of inequalities. There are many women who also work quietly behind the scenes raising up the next generation of women. Today is a day to celebrate all of these women, young and old.
Here are some photographs of some of the women featured on my display, pop along to room 13 to find out more about them…
I have put together a display in Rm 13 of women I have researched and find inspiring. Why not bring in a photograph and a short explanation and add your inspiring woman to my display.
Let’s celebrate women all over the world today.
As the EU tries to resolve the crisis and work together are we forgetting the people caught up in this? Read the latest updates here.
Lots has been said about the migrant crisis.. Find out the latest news from Calais here.
Last Thursday the school was visited by Diversity Role Models a fantastic organisation that teaches young people about the dangers of homophobic bullying. It explores issues relating to sexuality and girls have the opportunity to hear inspirational role models from the LGBT community.
Students from year 8 spent the day as form groups taking part in the workshops in the hall. They had the chance to ask questions and explore how they can make a difference and treat people equally and with respect and understanding whatever their gender or sexuality.
Thank you so much to Diversity Role Models, particularly Rachel for sharing her story. Students said they were so inspired by her story.
AGGS LGBT society meets on Monday lunchtimes in Rm 13. All are welcome 🙂
( Picture from last year’s sessions but allows you to see who Rachel is and what an inspiration she was to the girls).