Last week the Year 10 GCSE Citizenship group took part in an exciting new project with the Politics Project called Digital Surgeries. The group have worked through a series of lessons to find out more about the role of decision makers with the goal of speaking to them via Skype and putting their questions and ideas to these decision makers. This is a key part of involving young people in the process of politics and making their voices heard as active citizens.
Year 10 spoke to MEP Julie Ward. This was a fantastic opportunity to ask questions about Brexit and the future of the UK outside of Europe. The students also explored women’s rights and the rights of other citizens and how young people can get involved in politics.
This was a unique way for our students to share their views and opinions with a decision maker. Thank you to the Politics project for this fantastic opportunity. The Politics Society will be speaking to Beth Knowles on Friday exploring her role as Andy Burham’s Assistant and leading his Manchester Homelessness project. All students are welcome to join us.
What: On Friday, 13 October Altrincham Grammar School for Girls is joining forces with North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS), Resuscitation Council UK, British Heart Foundation and local fire services to help create the next generation of lifesavers.
Restart a Heart Day is a UK wide initiative which aims to train at least 200,000 secondary school students up and down the country in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills. In the North West alone, the aim is to train 20,000 of those students and Altrincham Girls’ Grammar can’t wait to be a part of this fantastic campaign.
The life-saving lesson will teach pupils how to recognise a cardiac arrest and how to provide urgent help by doing effective CPR and using a defibrillator.
Currently in the UK less than one in ten people who suffer a cardiac arrest will go on to make a recovery – a worrying figure given the fact cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any time, in any place.
The aim of Restart a Heart Day is to create a nation of lifesavers so that, hopefully, anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest is given the best possible chance of survival.
As part of the Citizenship GCSE curriculum it is vital for students to scrutinize and question the views of their local MP. Friday’s visit of Graham Brady was arranged before the snap general election was called. Although Graham Brady is officially declared as the conservative candidate he was able to explore and share about his role as an MP within the Altrincham and Sale West constituency. Students learn about the role of an MP within the new syllabus so this was an fantastic opportunity to hear about what it is really like to be an MP.
Students and staff submitted questions to explore and challenge the Conservative ideologies and to find out Graham Brady’s views. He talked of his current role as the chairman of the 1922 committee and considered his past roles on the shadow cabinet in his early career. The role of grammar schools, school funding cuts and austerity were high on the agenda for questions.
AGGS Politics society are currently working towards running our own AGGS Mock General Election and are exploring all the parties pledges, these will be presented to students at a Hustings on June 7th followed by an election on June 8th.
On Tuesday 21st March AGGS welcomed Amelia Womack the Deputy Leader of the Green party. This was an amazing opportunity for our students to hear a young politician share how she entered the political world and her journey to being the deputy leader. She spoke passionately about Green Party policies and answered lots of the students questions.
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.
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.