Last week (12th-14th July), a group of Year 8 students attended the Faith Reclaimed Conference, a pilot initiative aimed at creating confident ambassadors who are able to represent and educate their peers and teachers about their faith. Led by local social activist Ruth Ibegbuna (Twitter), the Reclaim Charity’s aim is to develop youth leadership in the local community and to inspire grassroots social change.
With established initiatives in the Moss Side community, and schools local to Manchester, the charity is expanding following an awareness of the existence of a general misunderstanding and ignorance towards certain people of faith within our nation. Starting with Islam, the Muslim ambassadors from Altrincham Grammar School for Girls took part in activities that ranged from sing-a-longs, to exploring prejudices they have faced, to creating a range of Continuing Professional Development courses for students and teachers.
The immediate aim is for the students to create a range of resources and feel confident enough to deliver a lesson to the school. The greater aim is to reduce ignorance towards Islam and other faith communities, and to inspire young people to tolerate, accept and promote the wide diversity of beliefs that exists in the United Kingdom and world today.
Speaking about the conference, Ruth stated in her email to Mr Davenport that:
“In short, it was wonderful. The girls had an incredible time and contributed so well. They are walking ten-foot-tall about all […]
Parents are very happy with the work the girls have done and in two weeks there will be a website, demonstrating all that they have learnt.
Thank you so much for supporting this initiative. it was powerful and, as the girls have said, extremely timely; as all expressed personal fears around Islamophobia and UK reactions to terror attacks.”
We look forward to working with the Reclaim charity in the future, and helping with more inspirational initiatives in the local area, and cannot wait to be educated by the students present at the conference.
Manchester Access Programme 2017 Cohort Recruitment (Year 12)
The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is The University of Manchester’s flagship Widening Participation scheme for local post-16 students. The aim of the Programme is to support entry to The University of Manchester, or another research-intensive university, through the completion of a portfolio of work demonstrating specific knowledge and skills.
The MAP application form is available on the MAP website: www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/map
The MAP team will be able to visit local schools and colleges to give a MAP talk between mid-October and the start of December 2016. The application deadline is Monday 19th December 2016.
Potential MAP students need to be in Year 12 and reside or study in Greater Manchester.
Further information and the application form can be found on our website. Please get in touch with the MAP team if you have any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve had another great day af Glaramara. All groups have survived the chill of the ghyll scramble and 2 groups thrived on the challenges of the climb the mine. At the moment there is frantic activity as the girls work in teams to produce a newspaper structure to support an orange rolling. Will the teachers’ team win?
7-4 has arrived safely at Glaramara. We’ve had a great journey here and have had a busy afternoon, with 2 groups at the climbing wall and one hill walking. Then it was time for a delicious dinner before our evening activities, firstly an outdoor memory game and then a demonstration led by one of 7-4 in the art of making Christmas trees. Really looking forward to a full day of activities tomorrow!
Dear Parents and Carers
If you and your child are interested in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme then there will be a short meeting in Main school, on the following dates. Information is sent out via ParentMail.
Award Open to Date and Time
Gold or Silver Year 12 and Year 10 5/12/16 6pm-7pm
Bronze Year 9 12/12/16 6pm-7pm
You and your child must attend this meeting if your child wants to participate as there will be important information given. You will be given the chance to meet Kevin Beattie from Venture Out who is our Authorised Activity Provider. We will discuss the level of commitment required and also costings and approximate dates of training and expeditions.
For more information, explore the DofE website at http://www.dofe.org/
Day 2 started off to a great scenic view…..
After a great nights sleep and a cracking breakfast, we were all fuelled up for the day ahead.
Team 5 headed into Keswick to do some indoor climbing and abseiling. All of the girls were superb, and all who were initially afraid did themselves proud and gave every wall a try. The final room allowed the students to free style without any ropes which was great fun and the springy floor made things a lot more enjoyable.
Teams 1 and 2 headed over to Honnister slate mine where they climbed to great heights. All students were really impressive, all of them tried each height and worked well in supporting one another.
Team 3 had a morning filled with Ghyll scrammbling. All of them braved the icy cold water and were particularly brave when they had to jump into the water. Some of the girls were so brave in fact they chose to fall backwards into the water.
Team 4 set off for a morning hike across the stunning surrounding hills. Although the climb was tough, once they all reached the top the views made it all the worthwhile.
Once we had all eaten the well deserved lunch, it was quickly back into the afternoons activities.
Teams 2 and 5 climbed up High Doat and found a wonderful waterfall.
Team 1 had a cold but successful Ghyll scramble.
…and Teams 3 and 4 climbed the slate mine.
The students then competed in an “orange roll” challenge where they had to work as a team to create a bridge made out of newspaper. Once designed and created, each team had to successfully roll an orange down their structure to see who can roll it the furthest.
Overall, another fantastic day in Glaramara and we cannot wait to see what our final activity will bring.