From 31st January until the 4th February, four year 12 students represented the school, for the second time, at a Model United Nations conference in Augsburg, Germany. After the great time and high quality of debate last year they were very excited to return.
As part of the three day conference they had to debate from the point of view of China on topics ranging from freedom of the press to the situation in North Korea. During this debate they made connections with other students from both Germany and further afield, including Russia and Cyprus. Our students were very vocal, and three of them won ‘best delegate’ in their committee.
They had some free time after the conference to spend with their host families and used this to explore Munich, Augsburg and the neighbouring Friedberg.
They would like to thank all the people who kindly hosted them and organised the conference, as well as Ms Mitchell for taking them.
On Saturday our Year 12 Mock Trial team took part in the Sir Rhys Davies School Mock Trial Competition in the Manchester Crown Court and competed against 11 other schools including Withington Girls, Stockport Grammar, Urmston Grammar, Manchester High school for Girls and MGS. A very exciting day was had by all!
Our barristers (Antonia H, Sanah K, Amy B and Jaya B) fought fiercely and were all commended for their fantastic advocacy and professionalism. Antonia’s closing speeches were a particular highlight! Our witnesses (Ellen W, Amy H, Anna W and Sowmya S) all put in star performances, with a particularly memorable Texan played by Anna. The jury members were all very organised and (mostly) impartial. The girls worked really hard and were truly excellent. They won every single one of their trials and we could have asked no more of them, they did us extremely proud. Unfortunately, we just missed the final due to a quirk of the points system.
Our hardworking court reporter, Lucy L, won the Manchester Evening News Court reporter of the year award. The judges felt that her writing was the most realistic they had come across for some time. Lucy worked tirelessly on her article and definitely deserves her trophy!
Well done to the students on their brilliant efforts!
Exec have been super busy pulling together and communicating about all the amazing projects that have happened over this academic year amongst all the year groups. We are very proud of everyone.
Our main focus this year has been upon the Values and embedding these into our school system. Year 10 have helped us do this. We have communicated to staff and students about what our values are and how they were chosen. We have also fundraised and created the Values trees which help to communicate the values around school.
We look forward to embedding these further next year.
Suggestion boxes – in order to get the best possible feedback from our forms, we decided we needed a way for them to write suggestions whenever they wanted. A suggestion box, we decided, was a good way to do this. We held a competition for our forms to make a box, and the best one was chosen.
The buddy system – This was main focus for the y7 school council. This project will help new y7’s to settle in faster. Year 8’s will go to their y7 buddies one morning a week, and this will give the y7’s a chance to ask any questions. There will also be a chance to play games as to get to know your form better.
We knew that there weren’t enough places for people to sit and work in the library, especially at lunch. Therefore, we fundraised to buy 9 beanbags that you can sit, work or relax on. To do this, we hosted fandom day, a day where lower school dressed up as their favourite characters. We managed to raise enough to cover the cost of the beanbags, AND enough to buy extra books to enjoy! We listened to everyone’s suggestions and managed to whittle them down to a fantastic number of books.
We then designed labels to show everyone who picked up the books what year 8 school council 2017 have achieved. We chose to improve the library as it is a space enjoyed by all students and a relaxing environment. We can go to the library to continue homework, encourage independent learning or simply just to get lost in a book. The beanbags meant there is more seating for students and more people can be encouraged into this magical place.
Our year group school council have worked incredibly hard to work together, listen to ideas and improve our school for everyone. We are grateful for our opportunity to represent our year group in Year 8 School Council 2017, and many of us are standing for School Council in the forthcoming year!
Year 9 School Council
On School council training day, we were told that our project of the year was to redecorate the Medical room and to renovate the Heads of Year Room into a Wellbeing room.
We first mind-mapped lots of ideas, and consulted our form groups on whether they liked them. We then chose our favourites to focus on. Next we created a mood board of furniture, activities and colour schemes for the rooms. We decided on a calming blue and cheerful pink, with furniture and soft furnishings in neutral colours.
We found comfortable furniture within our budget and then we consulted Mrs Ogunmyiwa, Mr Beddows and the Wellbeing Ambassadors. Once approved, we created an official floorplan that incorporated our ideas for the new rooms.
We think the Wellbeing room is a fantastic idea for our school community that will improve the mental health of our students as they go through their school lives. The wellbeing room is now a great space to take a time out. It’s currently being put together and painted by the caretakers and should be ready for the new school year in September.
Year 10 School Council
This year has been very productive for year 10 school council. With the Values being implemented across the school year 10 have been embedding these into the expectations for learning and developing the merit criteria. Both of these are now ready for next year and we are looking forward to them being used across school.
The second half of the year we have been gathering and writing posts for the pupil voice blog, we took over this role from year 11 school council when they left for exams.
We are so pleased to announce that this year’s 9 charity project was won by students in 9-3 and the charity was 42nd Street. Karina from 42nd was in the audience as the winners were announced and she was so pleased and proud of the students and their hard work.
This year AGGS has been the first school outside of London and Wales to participate in the First Give programme. We have run a similar programme every year for 5 years which as seen a huge amount of money go to some amazing worthwhile causes across Manchester.
The whole of year 9 work on a creative presentation and we do a form time semi final round in which one group per form is chosen by their peers to present at the grand final. This year’s grand final was judged by the director of First Give, Ms Gill and a member of the school PTA. Everyone was astounded at the high standard of all of the presentations. The 9-3 group stood out for it’s incredible video tackling issues of mental health.
42nd is a Manchester based charity working tirelessly to help young people deal with the complexities of modern life ranging from drug abuse to mental health. We and First Give are very pleased to award a total of £700 to this incredible charity. We hope all the students in year 9 continue their efforts to raising awareness and money for so many worthy causes.
On Tuesday 21st March AGGS welcomed Amelia Womack the Deputy Leader of the Green party. This was an amazing opportunity for our students to hear a young politician share how she entered the political world and her journey to being the deputy leader. She spoke passionately about Green Party policies and answered lots of the students questions.
“I’ll start. I have a place in Kent. I will take three Syrian families into
my place in the country and a family into my flat in London. They can
stay there until they get set up here and get going by themselves.
Anyone else? Any takers? I know there will be. Lots of you.”