Over the last two weeks, pupils have been celebrating the language history and culture of India. This has focussed on our KS3 pupils, with a variety of activities taking place, such as samosa making; jewellery making; sitar playing in assembly; learning new Indian languages; talks about Indian politics, Indian history and Indian religions; Indian dancing; Hinglish; playing Kabaddi and cricket. We are very grateful to departments for coordinating such interesting activities and to the pupils themselves, who have led many of them.
Islam Awareness Week is from Monday 27th of March to Sunday 2nd of April.
It will be celebrated across the country with its main aim being to promote social cohesion and discover similarities rather than dwell upon differences. To participate, AGGS’ Islamic Society is hosting a week of activities on the last week of term to encourage both staff and pupils to ask and learn about Islam as well as clear up any misconceptions.
The timetable of activities is:
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Our aim is to create a comfortable environment where each person is welcome to ask questions, take part and enjoy themselves!
Please encourage everyone to get involved, spread the message and join in whenever you can!
It is with great sadness that Chaim Ferster sadly passed away on Tuesday morning. It was an honour to have him in school and is a reminder of the need to sustain the diminishing memory of such a pertinent event. We agree with Rabbi Arnold Saunders comment that “had nine lives and was an inspiration”, and I am sure the students would agree.
Our sentiments and well wishes have been passed onto Chaim’s family and friends, and the students have been told of the news. It was an honour and privilege to have him speak to the students on two occasions, and I am sure they will remember this significant event in years to come.
Year 9 took part in a Holocaust Memorial Event on Tuesday 24th January in which they considered this year’s theme, how can life go on? Students examined the nature of genocide, the role of justice, the effects of displacement and whether survivors could or should ever forgive the perpetrators of such crimes. The students were very fortunate to hear Chaim Ferster retell his experiences of how he survived seven different concentration camps. All were particuarly moved when Chaim played his violin to the audience – a hobby he has re-learnt in his later life. It was a memorable experience for all involved.
On each lunchtime from Monday to Friday last week, a group of year 12s successfully organised a number of events for Islamic Awareness Week. Activities included Henna patterns, traditional Asian food, talks on Women in Islam and ‘Why I am a Muslim’, describing why one women converted from her Catholic faith to Islam, opportunities to try on traditional dress for Muslim women, a group prayer at the start of each session and, on the Wednesday, the playing of the Adhan, the Muslim Call to Prayer.
Girls from different faiths, and non-faiths, joined in with the activities and enjoyed the selection of events. We look forward to a similar awareness week next year, and would like more groups of students to organise awareness weeks for each of the major religions, and to see Mr Davenport if they would like to do this.