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WiMUN Withington MUN conference

WiMUN Conference

On the 2nd July 2017 8 pupils from years 9-11 from our school attended a conference at Withington High School, representing 2 countries: Brazil and Spain. Throughout the day, we each had 2 or 3 resolutions which we could debate within our individual committees, then we had a joint committee meeting where we could debate similar resolutions with other delegates. Everyone who attended from our school spoke with points of information, submitted resolutions and did very well representing their country.

In general, the day went very smoothly and it was very helpful for all the newcomers who hadn’t attended a conference before. The chairs of each committee were very supportive and encouraged everyone to suggest different points of information. It was a very interesting day and some resolutions that were proposed were very silly and comical to debate which made the atmosphere very energetic.

Overall, Hedye (Y9) received a commended award and Hania (Y9), Safa (Y10), and Sanah (Y11) received a highly-commended award. Within each committee, there were also some made-up awards where Hedye (Y9) received the award for best acronymmer.

 

Shadowing an MP – Year 10 student

MUN Success

This weekend saw x2 AGGS delegations represented at the annual MUN High conference and Manchester High School for Girls. We had the interesting task of representing the USA and Algeria. Aside from the Trump references a great time was had by all and some very high standard of debating occurred across the board. We had some first time delegates and some very experienced delegates with us this weekend.

A huge well done to all involved, particular congratulations go to

Sanah Kashyap who received an outstanding delegate award in the media committee and Amelia Gilchrist who achieved an commended delegate award in the environment committee.

Houses of Parliament Visit

GCSE visit to PHM & Crown Courts

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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.

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By Ariella Basger and Lizzie Poyner in 10-4

Being a Polling Clerk for the EU Referendum

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As many of you will know the 23rd was a historic day for the UK, the “once in a lifetime” opportunity to vote on whether we believe we should leave or remain as part of the EU. And with this day, I was once again given a brilliant opportunity- to be a Poll Clerk for the vote.
When my 5am, alarm went off I did wonder why as an 18 year old girl I had signed myself up for 16 long hours of work with no breaks but once I arrived at the station and began to set up the excitement took over the tiredness and I began to enjoy the first few hours of people arriving to vote.

Not only was the vote a hot topic of the day but also the conspiracy that pencil would be rubbed out and there vote changed was a major concern for many people.

My job for the day was pretty simple, but exciting at the same time and to be part of such a historical event was an amazing opportunity. It gave me a real in site into elections, and how they work and some of the issues on voting day. I was also able to meet many lovely people throughout the day. I even got the excitement of meeting a man whom was from Australia (a duel-citizen) and explained to me their voting as well as showing me his postal vote ballot paper which was very different to our elections- it had 41 options!

Although it was highly confidential and we could not discuss or share views, the voters passion and excitement to vote was a pleasure to witness and showed how proud people are to be able to have the opportunity and privilege to vote.

As for the result, many people aren’t happy and many people are. There has been many changes in the political world and it is difficult to say where we will move on from here but I am sure that the political world has many exciting twists and turns to come.

But I can say, as I packed up and got back into my car at 10pm I was proud to be part of a country with so many citizens whom understand the privilege to vote. And I drove home knowing I had played a part in an event that really will be a big part of our history for many generations to come.

Lauren Barclay 13-1

EU Referendum North West Tonight Debate

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On the 12th June myself, Ellie and Harina (all from year 13) got the exciting opportunity to attend BBC North West tonight’s EU referendum special. Harina and myself were representing young people voting out, whilst Ellie was a strong remain advocate.

Having previously been asked to each submit 2 questions to be pre picked for the debate we arrived at media city knowing that Harina would definitely be able to grill the panel taking a stance from the out side as one of her questions had been picked. However Ellie and myself had to wait and see if we would be able to get our voices heard.

On arrival at media city we were all greeted and met the rest of the audience, a small group of people all with big opinions. We got to know a few people, and it quickly became apparent we were the only young people present- no surprise there! This only spurred us on more to be able to have our say.

After a drink and a chat we were moved into the studio, the same one in which they record Jeremy Kyle, and there we were prepped and powdered ready for our staring moment. The debate was ran by Roger Johnson from North West Tonight and the panel consisted of the following people-

Lisa Nardy, Labour MP for Wigan (Remain)
Paul Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader (Leave)
Janet Beer, University of Liverpool vice chancellor (Remain)
Nigel Evans, Conservative MP for Ribble Valley (Leave)

The NHS, education and immigration were some of liveliest areas of debate, whoever the whole debate was non-stop and in the end we ended up filming more than was fitted into the programme. However, we did all get our time to shine.

Harina’s question kicked off the whole debate and began things rolling, the audience and panel were very lively and facts and figures were flying everywhere. As Alty Girls, we all sat there patiently waiting for our chance to speak raising our hand every minute or so to get chosen.

Sadly, this tactic wasn’t the most successful and as the debate moved on we got more and more hyped up about wanting to speak and raise the issue that we as young people believed to be important.

On the last point of the debate my yellow cardigan finally got me noticed and I was able to give my point about the lack of political education and information for young people. I told the panel and audience that the scaremongering was putting young people off voting at all and this was a big problem. They agreed however, in true politician style didn’t have much of an answer for me.

The debate came to a close, but we still felt as young people we hadn’t had our say. So, Ellie went on to record her views for the end of the programme, before the three of us spoke to a BBC reporter about the lack on inclusion of young people for the whole referendum. We also had the opportunity to have a chat with Roger, and met a lovely lady to had developed a clever idea of coins with ‘leave’ on one side and ‘remain’ on the other for those who were unsure what to vote.

We throughly enjoyed our time filming and being involved at the BBC and would like to thank Mrs Bowyer for getting us such a wonderful opportunity. It was great to be able to see ourselves back when the programme was aired and get support and feedback from many people via social media. It was an added bonus to appear as a clip in the BBC EU advert!

If you would like to watch the debate it is still available on iplayer at the following link-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07gt5nr

Lauren Barclay 13-1

Devo Manc write of the event

We attended a politics event at People’s History Museum in Manchester regarding the topic of Devolution.

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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.

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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.

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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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Democracy Awards

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It is with great pleasure and excitement that I can share with you that AGGS has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious Discovering Democracy award. We are one of just 60 schools in the country to achieve this award. It is acknowledging the work that we do here at AGGS to engage young people in politics and democracy as a whole.

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Mrs. Bowyer had the great pleasure of going down to the Houses of Parliament last week to collect the award. It was here that we heard from students around the country who had contributed to their school’s achievement of this award. We also heard about the importance of engaging young people in politics from John Penrose the Minister for Constitutional Reform. A Q & A session was conducted where teachers and students could share how the government can encourage engagement in politics further.

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A huge thank you to all those in school who have helped achieve this award.

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UKYP candidate selection

Last week six AGGS students put themselves forward to stand for election in the Trafford UKYP election process. The process was conducted at Trafford Town hall with the Mayor and local councillors listening to the speeches and then choosing their top four candidates to stand for election.

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These candidates will battle it out for your votes and elections will take place in school over the next few weeks. Three out of the four candidates chosen were AGGS students which is fantastic. All candidates who stood should be congratulated for their efforts and the great speeches that were made.

The three chosen candidates from our school are:

Hannah Sharp

Alice Sutcliffe

Safa Al-Azami

Watch out in assemblies next week for their candidate videos.. Who will you vote for?

It was also the time for outgoing MYP Lauren Barclay to make her closing speech. Well done Lauren for a very successful year as MYP.

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