Citizenship is enhanced by visits and events that support the learning of our students. This terms the GCSE group have been on a visit to the Crown Courts and the People’s History Museum. The visit to the Crown Courts enabled them to explore the how a civil and criminal case is conducted. This supports their learning of the Theme C legal module for the GCSE.
The People’s History museum has a fascinating exhibition looking at how minority groups are represented in Parliament and society at large. Considering the exploration of how people have had their voices heard was a fascinating way to bring much of the GCSE syllabus to light.
The first day back after the Christmas Holiday’s saw the Year 11 and year 10 GCSE Citizenship classes go down to London for the annual Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court trip. The day was full on and busy, however incredibly informative and lots of what we learnt linked to the GCSE course. The tours and workshops linked to our learning in Theme B and Theme C. A highlight was watching both the House of Commons and the House of Lords in session. The debates were relevant and some heated exchanges were made, we really saw democracy in action.
After a long day we walked from Westminster to Euston taking in more of the wonderful London sights including Downing Street and Trafalgar Square.
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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.
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Our annual school council training happened last week with each year group coming together to get to know one another and build key skills that will be used throughout the year in school council. The morning was planned and delivered by our fabulous Head Girls and Sixth Form Exec leads.
We began with team building and ice breaker exercises such an the human knot and if you were stranded on a desert island with said items which would you priorities to use and why would you use them. This section of the morning finished with the famous spaghetti tower building game which is now synonymous with school council training. Lots of fun was had by all and an extra element was added this year, extra points were awarded to the year group who were the tidiest. Year 8 & 9 were fantastic at this 🙂
We then spent time explore the year group focuses which are as follows:
Yr 7: How can we improve transition into secondary school.
Yr 8: Reforming and developing the buddy system
Yr 9: Celebrating Global Learning days
Yr 10: exploring options for a new rewards assembly
Year 11: The AGGS News Blog.
Well done to all involved it was a great morning and I sense this is going to be a great year for school council 🙂
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