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Year 12 Mock Trial

Mock Trial 2017

Mock Trial 2017On 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!

Mock Trial 2017Our 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.

Mock Trial 2017 - Manchester Evening News Court reporter of the year awardOur 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!

Digital Surgeries

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.

MUNCH 2017

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!

 

Written by Hania S

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

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Shadowing an MP – Year 10 student

UKYP Election Results – MYP Alice S

UKYP

Some very exciting news from the world of UKYP – Alice has been elected Trafford MYP for the next year. Congratulations to her and Sanah and Hania for their hard work and involvement in the process.

The results were:

Sanah K 806
Matt L 1691
Hania S 1331
Alice S 2086
Spoiled papers 19

Therefore Alice has been voted in as this year’s MYP. Here is a short acceptance speech:

School Council Training

On Friday 21st October the newly elected school council reps had their training session.

After Wednesday’s election this was the first time that students from each year group were able to get together and build their team working skills and explore some of the issues that school council will be focusing on this academic year.

Year groups began with the spaghetti tower challenge to help consider the different skills they may need as school council reps and to get to know one another better.

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Following this challenge each year group worked on their focus. This is a task to get the school council reps started and to allow them time to gather other ideas from their own forms.

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The focuses for this year are: 

Year 7: Transition – How can we make your journey from primary to secondary better? 

Year 8: Improving the library

Year 9: The Wellbeing Room 

Year 10: Merit criteria and award assemblies

Year 11: The Pupil Blog Page

Make sure you keep an ear out from your form’s reps and keep a check on the Pupil Voice page for further School Council updates.

School Council You Said We did…. What we did in 2015/2016

School Council are sharing in assemblies this week about the values we as a school have created. There will be more on this in the next few weeks. Please see below all the things school council got up to last year and the changes they have made…

You Say: We Did:
YEAR 7

We need more up to date books and resources in the library

 

 

Ran a book sale to raise money for the library.

YEAR 8

We need some money to raise funds for things around school

 

We would like a say as to what happens in the canteen.

 

Organised a dress up day for year 7 & 8 to raise over £400 for school. This is being put towards helping improve stocks in the library.

Whole school feedback was given to the canteen about foods, things people thought were good and things that could be improved.  We are hoping to launch a food focus group this year.

YEAR 9

The homework diary layout needs changing.

The medical room needs updating

 

Some changes have been made to the diary to ensure that there is an area for students to write a to do list.

Year 9 are continuing to work with the well-being ambassadors to redecorate and improve the medical room and make it into a well-being room, a space for people to have some space.

YEAR 10

Nobody reads the code of conduct

 

The school council twitter page doesn’t get used.

People said the songs in assembly needed updating.

 

We rewrote the code of conduct and made them way more pupil friendly.

We have included more regular posts to keep students informed about what we are up to.

New songs, suggested by school council, are to be learnt this year in assembly.

YEAR 11

There is no platform for students to share what they have done.

 

We have actively posted on the student voice page engaging the school and wider community in aspects of school life.

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What do we stand for as a school?

 

Conducted a whole school values project which has culminated in the creation of AGGS school values. These will be shared and taken for staff to feedback at the beginning of the new academic year.

Welcome back and we won an award :-)

The memories of summer are starting to fade and school is back buzzing with a new term. The Citizenship Department want to say a big Welcome Back. Lot’s has been going on over the summer, catch up with all the news stories here. The Day is a great resource to keep you up to date on what is going on in the world.

Some exciting news here at AGGS, we are very excited to have been awarded the ACT Quality Standard for Schools. This recognises all the hard work staff and students do here at AGGS to promote Citizenship and the importance of making your voice heard.

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There are other exciting things to tell you about what some of our students have been up to over the summer but those will have to wait for now. We are excited for what this year will bring and the opportunities it will present.

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