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.
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.
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.
‘In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.‘
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.
‘He who experiences the unity of life, sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.‘
Over the last two weeks, pupils have been celebrating the language history and culture of India. This has focussed on our KS3 pupils, with a variety of activities taking place, such as samosa making; jewellery making; sitar playing in assembly; learning new Indian languages; talks about Indian politics, Indian history and Indian religions; Indian dancing; Hinglish; playing Kabaddi and cricket. We are very grateful to departments for coordinating such interesting activities and to the pupils themselves, who have led many of them.
‘You can’t have unity without diversity.‘
The first week showcasing the Indian culture within school has been full of spectacular activities! Unfortunately, the Devisdale was covered with snow and cricket and Kabbadi couldn’t go ahead but here are some of the highlights from the other events!
The Kumar sisters performed in assemblies from Monday to Friday, blowing us away with their musical talent whilst playing the sitar; a stringed instrument use most commonly in classical music but was introduced to western audiences through the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Here are some pictures from the assembly:
On Monday, Year 8s were taught how to make samosas by Mrs Clutton. Samosas can be stuffed with a variety of fillings, ranging from minced meat to vegetables such as cauliflower and potatoes, all enclosed in a thin pastry and usually shaped as a triangle. The final samosas look delicious, well done Year 8s!
As well as this, during Mrs Herbert’s lesson, Holly and Urvi (Year 7) performed a dance routine for their class. Urvi dances weekly and is currently teaching Holly, who loves dancing. They wore traditional Indian clothing as well and here are some photos of the wonderful performance!
‘Unity has never meant uniformity.‘
(Martin Luther King Jr.)