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UK-German Connection

MFL German ConnectionTabi and Ant in Year 12 successfully applied for a place on a youth seminar organised by the UK- German connection. This funded a 3 day stay in Berlin for them from 1-3 June, where they worked with 25 German and 23 other English pupils on a joint project, called ‘Finding our place in history’. They took part in a series of workshops based on the book by Thomas Harding, House by the Lake. These explored the themes of identity, reconciliation, our shared future and diversity. They also had the opportunity to explore Berlin.

It is a tremendous achievement to have been successful in gaining a place on this seminar and they are hoping to share their experiences through assemblies and display work.

Well done to both of them!

University Challenge

To help raise money for new books in the library, the librarians and Mrs Hodgson organised an event in the main hall based on the popular TV quiz show, University Challenge.

Two teams participated in the event: University of Life and Universally Challenged. Mrs Crowson was the captain of the University of Life team which consisted of Dr Roberts, Mr Lovelady and Mr Adshead. Team captain for Universally Challenged was Miss Devlin and her teammates were Mr Flanagan, Mr Davenport and Ms Russell.

If you were wondering why Mr Adshead had a toy wizard on his desk or what the monkey next to Mr Lovelady was for, teachers, in spirit of the show, even brought along mascots for their desk.

Not only were they competing in several rounds for the chance to win 10 points for every correct answer, the teams could also lose points if they interrupted the quiz master or gave an incorrect answer.

After battling it out in quizzes about Harry Potter, pop music and religion, the scores were calculated and verified.

And the winner was (drum roll please)…

University of Life! Well done to Mrs Crowson, Dr Roberts, Mr Lovelady and Mr Adshead!

The event raised an amazing £110 for new books in the library and the books bought will be those that have been suggested by students.

“The Librarians helped to organise the event and were really pleased with the turnout of staff and pupils to watch.”- Mrs Hodgson

 

 

The quiz also featured Year 12 musicians: Ellen Waters, Ant Harrison, Ellie Conway and Katie Abrahams. They played the celebrated theme tune at the start of the contest.

AGGS Training Day 2018

Our new Year 9 ambassadors were trained recently and AGGS hosted the Anti-Bullying training day for schools in Manchester. The Year 9s were joined by other passionate students from secondary schools and took part in a jam-packed day!

The students learnt how to recognise bullying, the different types of bullying and how their role as an Anti-Bullying ambassador is crucial at school. Along with a fun parachute game which allowed the ambassadors to think how everyone if different yet equal, they were able to develop leadership and communication skills and elected a team leader. Susi will be updating the Diana Award regularly about the progress the AGGS team make and will be able to ask for resources on behalf of the team. The team voted for a creative and enthusiastic leader; well done Susi!

After the other schools left, the AGGS team were able to sit with the staff from the Diana Award and discuss the individual roles they will have in the team. We had a range of roles, from very confident speakers to assembly presentation makers. Jaya and I look forward to working with the Year 9s in the next year and can’t wait to see how they continue to make AGGS a friendly, bully-free school.

So, the training day was a success! We all received goodies such as a new badge and wristbands and learnt valuable skills which will help us create a stronger and more efficient team at school.

Thank you to the Diana Award staff who visited us and we hope to see you soon!

Written by Hira, Year 12

Youth Board Trip 2018

Hello, I’m Hira (Year 12) and I have been an Anti-Bullying Ambassador for nearly 3 years at AGGS. Last year I applied to be a part of the National Youth Board and earlier this year I was shortlisted. After an interview with a member of the Anti-Bullying staff, I was sent an e-mail saying I had been accepted and I was surprised; I didn’t expect to be chosen!

During the Easter half term, all the youth board members from around the UK met in London. The Diana Award had organised a three-day trip including a visit to the new Facebook HQ and the Anti-Bullying HQ. Not only did I have my first Nando’s meal and receive a t-shirt and jumper with the youth board logo, I met an amazing group of people voicing the opinions of the ambassadors from their school and constantly campaigning to end bullying. We all bonded within the first few hours and I enjoyed every part of the trip. I can’t wait to meet the youth board members again in August!

So, why am I sharing this? I think the most important way to implement change nationally is to work with ambassadors from all over the UK; picking out the strengths and weaknesses in our schools and promoting the brilliant work they do. I had a chance to meet Alex Homes, the founder of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and share how passionate our AGGS team is and the work we do to create a friendlier and bully-free zone at school. I am extremely proud of the current team and I know the ambassadors in the future will continue the great work!

What will the youth board try to achieve in the next year? We are currently creating E-Safety presentations and we will visit schools in our area to teach the students how to be safe online. The idea was inspired by our Facebook HQ visit; we discussed safety features with members of the Facebook and Instagram family. I aim to present to students next year in our school and visit local schools as well. I have already begun visiting primary schools to promote Anti-Bullying and I am extremely happy that their teams are working hard to create a friendly school environment. I hope to visit more schools and exchange ideas and help them in their school events/campaigns.

Here are some pictures of the trip and the National Youth Board for the next year! I’m excited to see what we achieve… 🙂

And yes, we met Will Poulter and interviewed him!

The top level of Facebook HQ is dedicated to a pick-and-mix, a doughnut and ice-cream bar and a cafe! (We all filled several cups with sweets…)

Follow our Instagram page and see updates on what the youth board members are doing in their schools: @antibullyingyouthboard18

Follow the AGGS Anti-Bullying Twitter to see what our ambassadors get up to: @AGGantibullying

AGGS is Now a Host School!

Our school will now host Anti-Bullying training days for new ambassadors in Manchester!

On 9th May, Diana Award staff will be coming to AGGS and training young, excited and passionate students to help run the Anti-Bullying teams in their schools.

A number of Year 9 AGGS students were selected and will be participating in the training day, as well as students from other local schools.

We hope they enjoy the training and become amazing ambassadors for the school!

We also look forward to hosting many more training days for schools in Manchester!

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Keep checking the Anti-Bullying blog for updates on the training day in May and the work the current team are doing in school.

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Battlefields Trip 2018

During Feb half term, the History department took a group of Year 9 students on the Battlefields trip (which has its own blog for more details/photos- http://wp.aggs.trafford.sch.uk/blog/category/history-battlefields-trip/).

We visited and saw many sites linked with the war, such as; Lijssenthoek Military cemetery,  ‘In Flanders Fields’ exhibition, Vimy Ridge, Thiepval Memorial, Sanctuary Wood (Hill 62 Museum), and the Memorial Museum Passchendale to name but a few!

Whilst on our trip we also delved into the native cuisine with some crepe making, insight into bread and croissant making at Boulangerie Berquier “Le Fournil” and a visit to a chocolate factory, Les Chocolats de Beussent. Other activities included a trip to the beach, an aquarium and a scavenger hunt which showcased the creative and original skills (and dance moves!) of the students.

All students (and staff) returned safely and sleepily with a deepened understanding of the war and its impact, and also with a plethora of experience of French and Belgian culture.

 

   

Chester Cathedral Holocaust workshop

Around 30 students from year 10 visited Chester Cathedral in January to attend various workshops relating to the Holocaust.

These workshops consisted of various different ways of remembering and exploring the Holocaust, including activities such as survivor talks, creative art pieces and poetry.

The students found the day to be highly engaging and thought provoking.

Lessons from Auschwitz

In November, two of our sixth form students took part in a Lessons from Auschwitz project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

The students took part in a series of preparation seminars before undertaking the visit to Poland, including talks from Holocaust survivors, workshops on Prewar-Jewish life and discussion on why it is important to remember the Holocaust to the present day.

A one day visit to Poland then took place, in which the students visited Oświęcim to gain insight into pre-war Jewish life, then visiting Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps, culminating with a Rabbi led candlelit memorial service.

Although a very difficult experience (both emotionally and physically), the project was invaluable in understanding and exploring how remembering the Holocaust is essential, both in the context of the time, but to this very day also.

The students dealt with all aspects of this project with great compassion and respect, and have since been able to use their experiences to deliver a series of assemblies with the purpose of education and remembrance.

Thought for the Week

In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

(Maya Angelou)

India Fortnight: The Highlights

A summary of the second week:

During  lunchtime on Wednesday, Year 7s learnt how to make Indian inspired jewellery. Indian jewellery is bright, colourful and intricate and Year 7s replicated the beautiful designs excellently! Here are the pictures featuring Riya:

Last week, 7-5 learnt Malayalam in their Spanish lesson and how to write their names in the language. Malayalam is the main language spoken in the South Indian state of Kerala and Malayalis (speakers of Malayalam), form around 4% of the Indian population. In terms of the number of speakers, Malayalam ranks 8 among the 15 major languages spoken in India. 7-5 really enjoyed the lesson, take a look at their amazing work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday, Year 12s prepared a presentation for history club on significant figures in Indian history, including Indira Gandhi-the first and only female prime minister of India. Srishti, Laura and Amy researched the topic, exploring inspirational figures throughout Indian history. Srishti was unable to attend but Laura and Amy did a fantastic job presenting!

How did Year 13s take part in India fortnight? During their A-Level English lesson,  Anu, Haajirah and Lybah created and presented a presentation on the topic ‘Hinglish’. They looked at the history behind the blend of Hindi and English, how it differs from English (regarding phonology, grammar and lexis), how many speak the language and the reasons why people speak it. A wonderful presentation and here are the photos to showcase their efforts:

So, India fortnight has allowed us to experience traditional dancing, the languages spoken and many more fascinating presentations, workshops and activities! We hope all students enjoyed the two weeks packed with events and continue to explore other cultures.