On Monday year 8 had a session in the hall with the fantastic youth workers from Brook. The session considered and explored Gender Identity allowing students to engage in productive discussion about the issue and learn different terminologies and the importance of respecting others. The session also explored sexuality and the dangers of homophobia and transphobia and how this can make a person feel. The session was fantastic and year 8 seemed to gain a great deal from the activities and discussions.
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.
Sometimes members of the government vote against their party, members of the Conservative party who are against BREXIT are threatening to vote against a key government BREXIT vote today. There are members of other parties who support the rebellion, find out more here.
A Brexit deal is drawing closer, find out all the latest here.
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!
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.
Considering a career in the army? Here the BBC explores why the army needs more women.
Year 9 are currently exploring the topic of risking behaviours in PSHE.. sometimes we have to take risks and consider the consequences. Sometimes we need to know the risks and not put ourselves in the situation. Let’s make healthy good choices and take good risks to grow.