Category Archives: having your say

Parliament Week

Rm 13 has been decorated for Parliament week, this week from 13th-17th. Come along to our Politics society stall in the hall at lunch on Friday to find out more about the main political parties and grill our politics society members.

Bring a question and find out more. For more details see Miss Mitchell in Rm 13 🙂

Come and join the fun 🙂 

School Council Training

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 🙂

Exec School Council

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.

AGGS Values

Exec School Council
Exec School Council

WiMUN Withington MUN conference

WiMUN Conference

On the 2nd July 2017 8 pupils from years 9-11 from our school attended a conference at Withington High School, representing 2 countries: Brazil and Spain. Throughout the day, we each had 2 or 3 resolutions which we could debate within our individual committees, then we had a joint committee meeting where we could debate similar resolutions with other delegates. Everyone who attended from our school spoke with points of information, submitted resolutions and did very well representing their country.

In general, the day went very smoothly and it was very helpful for all the newcomers who hadn’t attended a conference before. The chairs of each committee were very supportive and encouraged everyone to suggest different points of information. It was a very interesting day and some resolutions that were proposed were very silly and comical to debate which made the atmosphere very energetic.

Overall, Hedye (Y9) received a commended award and Hania (Y9), Safa (Y10), and Sanah (Y11) received a highly-commended award. Within each committee, there were also some made-up awards where Hedye (Y9) received the award for best acronymmer.

 

Shadowing an MP – Year 10 student

AGGS Mock Election Hustings

The year 10 GCSE group and the AGGS Politics society have joined forces and hosted a Hustings for our Mock General Election here at AGGS today.

The hustings took place yesterday and saw members from the five main political parties delivering speeches and being questioned by students. This was a great way to engage young people in political issues and to demonstrate that young people do have a voice.

Well done to all those involved and good luck to all the candidates today. We will be comparing and contrasting stats from our own election to those of the UK General Election tomorrow at Politics society.

Graham Brady Visit

As part of the Citizenship GCSE curriculum it is vital for students to scrutinize and question the views of their local MP. Friday’s visit of Graham Brady was arranged before the snap general election was called. Although Graham Brady is officially declared as the conservative candidate he was able to explore and share about his role as an MP within the Altrincham and Sale West constituency. Students learn about the role of an MP within the new syllabus so this was an fantastic opportunity to hear about what it is really like to be an MP.

Students and staff submitted questions to explore and challenge the Conservative ideologies and to find out Graham Brady’s views. He talked of his current role as the chairman of the 1922 committee and considered his past roles on the shadow cabinet in his early career. The role of grammar schools, school funding cuts and austerity were high on the agenda for questions.

AGGS Politics society are currently working towards running our own AGGS Mock General Election and are exploring all the parties pledges, these will be presented to students at a Hustings on June 7th followed by an election on June 8th.

International Women’s Day

Tomorrow is International Women’s day, have a look at some of the links below to find out about women who may inspire you..

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/ 

http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/200041/equality_and_diversity/6708/international_womens_day_2017/3  

http://www.heforshe.org/en 

MUN Success

This weekend saw x2 AGGS delegations represented at the annual MUN High conference and Manchester High School for Girls. We had the interesting task of representing the USA and Algeria. Aside from the Trump references a great time was had by all and some very high standard of debating occurred across the board. We had some first time delegates and some very experienced delegates with us this weekend.

A huge well done to all involved, particular congratulations go to

Sanah Kashyap who received an outstanding delegate award in the media committee and Amelia Gilchrist who achieved an commended delegate award in the environment committee.

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