One month to go… The EU referendum

Check out the BBC’s latest coverage of the EU referendum debate here. 

Did you see the AGGS referendum was written up in this week’s Messenger? Well done for the Politics society for getting this recognition for their hard work.

Social Action Project Winners

Social Action Project, May 16

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we can announce the winners of the Year 9 Social Action Project. All of year 9 have been working on this project over the last couple of months, visiting charities and creating presentations about social issues they have become passionate about.

On Thursday we hosted the Grand Final with students representing each form. We had our Deputy Head and Assistant Head Teacher and a Yr 10 Charity Committee rep judging the final. The River Manchester Group from 9-4 won the £750 grant for their charity.

A huge well done to all of the finalists and especially those from 9-4 for clinching the prize money.

 

AGGS EU Mock Referendum Results

On Wednesday 27th April, AGGS held its very own EU referendum to help gage young people’s opinion on whether Britain’s place in the world belongs in Europe or out. Six ballot boxes were situated around school ready to catch eager voters; we had a great turnout with over 600 girls exercising their right to vote.

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 To drill up support and educate people about the issue that they were voting for, the week before the vote, members of AGGS Politics Society delivered assemblies to all year groups. Covering why this referendum was important and actually taking place, and educating them about both sides of the argument – thus allowing them to make an informed decision when it came to vote.  On top of this the Politics Society also organised a hustings (debate) the following week, for those who were particularly interested. This gave the girls an opportunity to quiz the IN and OUT teams (composed of members of the Politics Society) and hear a more in depth discussion about the referendum. This was a thrilling debate for all involved.

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The results were as follows: 83% voting to stay within the EU and 17% voting to leave the EU. Although not a surprising result, there was a definite winner. It is clear that most young people want to stay within the EU. Thanks to all the girls in Politics Society who organised it, Mrs Bowyer for bringing it all to life and to all those who turned up to vote!

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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