Last week saw the culmination of three months hard work on behalf of year 9 and their First Give project. The project has engaged year 9 with local social issues and charities that work to alleviate these issues. Each class had selected one group to represent them in the final. The presentations were fantastic and very creative exploring social issues such as mental health, domestic abuse and loneliness among old people.
The winning team were Manchester Mind gaining £500 for their charity.
All of year 9 should be very proud of their awareness raising and fundraising efforts, they have truly embodied what it means to be active citizens via this year’s project.
Year 9 School Council reps are raising awareness of different global learning days with their year group. January saw World Peace Day, and to celebrate this, year 9 made paper cranes which have now been displayed in the library. These cranes represent the wish of peace and celebrate the importance of non violence across the world. April will see World Earth appreciation day when year 9 will be growing sunflowers in their forms.
Students engaged in the democratic process this week as they voted for Trafford’s UKYP representative. Four out of five of the candidates running were AGGS students. The results will be counted next Wednesday at the Town Hall, we excitedly await the result. Good luck to Hania, Meera, Safa and Sanah.
This was an excellent way to explore the voting process with students and how a political campaign works.
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.
Students from year 10-12 attended the 6th MUNHIGH conference on sat 27th & Sun 28th Jan. The conference is a fantastic way to engage young people in political issues and explore international politics. The skills that the conference provides are invaluable and the students make lots of friends as they work with students from across Manchester, the UK and this year from all around the world.
A particular congratulations goes to Hedye for helping and translating for the Iranian international school who attended the conference. Manchester High School were particularly impressed with her attitude and selflessness to go out of her way to help others. This of course exemplifies everything the UN stands for 🙂
A huge well done to all the participants, everyone managed to speak and lots of awards were picked up this year, both commended and highly commended. Well Done 🙂
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!
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.
Last weekend, Mr Humphreys took to AGGS delegations to the Model United Nations Cheadle Hulme conference (MUNCH). We were representing Palestine and Turkey in different committees, after researching their stand-points of a variety of issues. The opening ceremony
Despite the early start on Saturday, we headed to our committees raring to go. I was in Health and ice breakers over, we launched into lively debate. Many of us gave policy statements, outlining our country’s view and my resolution got chosen for debate and eventually was passed, completely making my day. In many of our committees, international tensions rose so high that delegates were evicted and, in mine, made to sit under a desk at the back! Some of our AGGS delegates received joke awards including Tara getting “best couple” with Israel, Sanah and Rosie winning Best dressed and myself “sassiest” and “most likely to be a dictator”! The day ended with the release of an international crisis, involving the spreading of a lethal pesticide.
On the Sunday morning we debated clauses attempting to resolve different aspects of the crisis, then joined in general assembly. Although there was not much time, quite a few of us spoke. Following the news that China was to blame for not intervening, Safa and I argued that it should be replaced by Palestine and made an observer state! When it came to the closing ceremony, as a school we claimed lots of awards:
Safa A- Commended delegate
Mariam J- Commended Delegate
Isabella I- Commended delegate
Sanah K- Commended delegate
Tara F- Highly Commended delegate
Me- Best Young Delegate
Overall, it was an amazing weekend- we’ve all made new friends, learnt new skills and had lots of fun- A big thank you to Mr Humphreys for being our advisor, without him we couldn’t have gone!
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.