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.
On the 15th of January, the Christian Union group visited Scargill in KettleWell near the Lake District. The drive was long but we passed the time by singing songs and eating. On the night we arrived we were welcomed with a warm shepherd’s pie and the friendly community. After dinner we settled into our rooms and tried out the electric blankets. Later on we had our first session in “the Den” where we discussed difficult situations and questions, which our faith and young Christians face. We than went down to the sun lounge and enjoy some hot chocolate and conversions with the community and our friends.
The next morning, a small group of us went down to the Chapel in which morning prayers were taking place. The prayers were beautiful and a lovely start to the day. Prayers were followed by a tasty cooked breakfast in which a few girls went up for seconds! Afterwards we shared our questions from the previous day in our second session; why does God allow suffering? Or can Christians speak and choose for themselves? We were then able to ask the questions to one of the community. In-between these sessions we had juice and biscuits and we talked to the guests and volunteers who were staying at Scargill. Our third session began an hour before lunch and we had fun acting our role plays to do with our questions, as well as this we received knowledgeable answers from Andreas who continued the day with us. After our lunch we took a really relaxing but chilly walk down the the village of KettleWell where we visited the local Church and traditional sweetshop. The cobbled stone roads and cottages set a peaceful scene in the rural countryside. The opportunities to make jewellery, learn to dance and sing were given to us when we got back from our walk. The workshops were lead by wonderful friendly people and at the end we all learnt something new; whether a song or how to make a bracelet. In the evening we enjoyed a nice chicken casserole and chatted with the community who sat by. To relax even more we watched a Film together with treats and comfy chairs and the followed by a calming reading to end the night.
On Sunday morning, a light breakfast was served, although there was a big variety of food! We then began our last session in which we took time to seek God’s voice, this time was taken to reflect upon the weekend and try and engage with God in our own way. At the end of all the sessions we would share our thoughts and feelings with one another. After having a quick tea and cake and visits to the little gift shop, with an honesty box for money, the Christian Union group all went down to the chapel to receive the communion service. This included our beautiful readings and songs which lifted our hearts. Our final time was spent having lunch and spending time with each other in the snow which had fallen in the morning.
Oriela Moore, Bella Healey 9-2
Tuesday morning the new school council reps participated in some training. This was a great opportunity for the school council groups to get together, develop some team building skills and find out how they work together as a group.
Each year group had to build a spaghetti tower using just marshmallows and spaghetti, this tower had to elevate and hold a small stress ball.
After this each group had some time on their year group focus to help improve the school and make it an even better place to learn in. These focuses serve to start the girls off and then ideas from them and their peers will be actioned as the school year progresses.
The year group starter focuses for this year are:
Yr 7: Yr 7 Pupil feedback questionnaire.
Yr 8: Fundraising idea – school council doesn’t have a budget to any ideas we have have to be fundraised for too. With some money in the pot this will be a great help to get things off the ground.
Yr 9: revamp the homework diary competition.
Yr 10: Make the Code of Conduct pupil friendly & manage the SC twitter feed.
Yr 11: Manage the pupil voice page & decide on merit trips.
All school council meetings start back after half term. See the school council page on this site for details.
Girls in year 9 have been helping year 8 pupils learn more about Politics. Here at AGGS we have a spiral curriculum whereby students build on their learning every year and we especially do this with politics. Political education and engagement is important here at AGGS.
To help year 8s get their heads around all the political figures and processes year 9 created games to showcase what they had learnt about politics and help the year 8 pupils learn themselves.
Here are just some of the creative and fantastic games that were made:
A whole set of cards using current political figures to play snap with.
The annual MUNCH conference is just around the corner. This year we will head to Cheadle Hulme School on the weekend of the 3rd & 4th Oct.
We will be representing Jordan and Afghanistan. If you would like a place at this conference, it’s a great first conference to go to, then please come and sign up to a committee. See Mrs. Bowyer to sign up in Rm 13.
See the website, which has topics and all the conference details by following this link.