A casual conversation with the County Co-ordinator of the Greater Manchester West Girlguiding Association, resulted in Miss Williams Year 8 textile group enhancing their textile skills by producing 50 drawstring bags. The comfort bags are a local community project and the bags will be filled with combs, soaps, toothbrushes/toothpaste, pens etc. that have been sourced from local suppliers. The filled bags will then be given to hospital visitors who, for whatever reason, have not been able to collect these items from home for themselves. Well done to Year 8 and the handful of Year 9 students, who also volunteered to support the project.
Many thanks to Mr Hunt from Ivyleague (UK) Ltd, for donating the fabric for both the Year 8 and the Year 11 projects.
I received an invitation from Mustard Tree in Manchester to afternoon tea on Wednesday 13th June and to see their newly refurbished building because we donated £1 000 from Charity day 2017. Bella H, Year 11 came with me as she had suggested we raise money for Mustard Tree and she regularly donates money to the charity and is in fact their youngest donor.
Mustard Tree Manchester is an amazing place; we were greeted by Albert who has been helped by the charity. Over the past four years Mustard Tree has helped him to turn his life around by helping to find a home, providing medical help and courses to help improve the chances of him finding work. We had afternoon tea with him which was served by volunteers.
We then had talk from the people who run the charity; they spoke passionately about the work at Mustard Tree about the newly refurbished area and activities going on and the people they help. Albert showed us around Mustard Tree, visiting an art room, computer suite, and drama studio and we ended up in the retail area. The lady that ran the department had previously had a very high powered job to work for Mustard Tree. She took a drop in salary when she joined Mustard Tree but said she’s never been happier; she is now helping the homeless people of Manchester and making a real difference to their lives. Bella and I came away from there aware of how lucky we are and glad that AGGS was able to help.
Our new Year 9 ambassadors were trained recently and AGGS hosted the Anti-Bullying training day for schools in Manchester. The Year 9s were joined by other passionate students from secondary schools and took part in a jam-packed day!
The students learnt how to recognise bullying, the different types of bullying and how their role as an Anti-Bullying ambassador is crucial at school. Along with a fun parachute game which allowed the ambassadors to think how everyone if different yet equal, they were able to develop leadership and communication skills and elected a team leader. Susi will be updating the Diana Award regularly about the progress the AGGS team make and will be able to ask for resources on behalf of the team. The team voted for a creative and enthusiastic leader; well done Susi!
After the other schools left, the AGGS team were able to sit with the staff from the Diana Award and discuss the individual roles they will have in the team. We had a range of roles, from very confident speakers to assembly presentation makers. Jaya and I look forward to working with the Year 9s in the next year and can’t wait to see how they continue to make AGGS a friendly, bully-free school.
So, the training day was a success! We all received goodies such as a new badge and wristbands and learnt valuable skills which will help us create a stronger and more efficient team at school.
Thank you to the Diana Award staff who visited us and we hope to see you soon!
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.
Students from AGGS recently performed an impressive music recital for the residents and staff at Ashlands Manor Care Centre in Ashton-upon-Mersey in Sale.
The hour long performance was undertaken by 15 students from Y8 to Y13 at the school and featured songs including ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and ‘You Raise Me Up’.
There was a variety of music from soloists to group singing and some ensemble songs from the choir. In some instances, songs were accompanied by the ukulele.
Residents and staff at the care facility located on Ashlands were delighted to be visited by the students from Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School and really enjoyed the performance.
Home manager at Ashlands Manor, Suzi Sumegi, commented: “The visit was wonderful. Regardless of their age, our residents love music and we aim to entertain and delight them as frequently as possible with special performances and one-off shows. The pupils from Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School were incredibly professional and performed a fabulous recital that has had toes tapping ever since.”
Head of Music at Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School, Julia Mayall, added: “The students relish every opportunity to perform and we were thrilled to be invited to Ashlands Manor. It was lovely to see the residents enjoying the music and joining in with the songs that they knew.”
Congratulations to our new team of student leaders, who have recently been appointed following a rigorous application process. The new Student Leadership Team will continue to lead the main student groups that work throughout the school. This year sees the addition of a new post of student leader for sport, a role we are delighted to add. We were extremely impressed with the calibre of the candidates, in every step of the application process. Applicants were a credit to themselves and the school and it was a difficult decision to select only eight students. We are very much looking forward to working with our new Student Leadership Team and developing their roles further.
Student leader responsible for wellbeing: Amy B
Student leader responsible for Anti bullying: Jaya B
Student leader responsible for charity: Anum C
Student leaders responsible for school council: Isabelle I and Emily S
Student leader responsible for peer mentoring: Flora W
Student leader responsible for digital leaders: Miranda W
Student leader responsible for sport: Elysia Z
Hello, I’m Hira (Year 12) and I have been an Anti-Bullying Ambassador for nearly 3 years at AGGS. Last year I applied to be a part of the National Youth Board and earlier this year I was shortlisted. After an interview with a member of the Anti-Bullying staff, I was sent an e-mail saying I had been accepted and I was surprised; I didn’t expect to be chosen!
During the Easter half term, all the youth board members from around the UK met in London. The Diana Award had organised a three-day trip including a visit to the new Facebook HQ and the Anti-Bullying HQ. Not only did I have my first Nando’s meal and receive a t-shirt and jumper with the youth board logo, I met an amazing group of people voicing the opinions of the ambassadors from their school and constantly campaigning to end bullying. We all bonded within the first few hours and I enjoyed every part of the trip. I can’t wait to meet the youth board members again in August!
So, why am I sharing this? I think the most important way to implement change nationally is to work with ambassadors from all over the UK; picking out the strengths and weaknesses in our schools and promoting the brilliant work they do. I had a chance to meet Alex Homes, the founder of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and share how passionate our AGGS team is and the work we do to create a friendlier and bully-free zone at school. I am extremely proud of the current team and I know the ambassadors in the future will continue the great work!
What will the youth board try to achieve in the next year? We are currently creating E-Safety presentations and we will visit schools in our area to teach the students how to be safe online. The idea was inspired by our Facebook HQ visit; we discussed safety features with members of the Facebook and Instagram family. I aim to present to students next year in our school and visit local schools as well. I have already begun visiting primary schools to promote Anti-Bullying and I am extremely happy that their teams are working hard to create a friendly school environment. I hope to visit more schools and exchange ideas and help them in their school events/campaigns.
Here are some pictures of the trip and the National Youth Board for the next year! I’m excited to see what we achieve… 🙂
And yes, we met Will Poulter and interviewed him!
The top level of Facebook HQ is dedicated to a pick-and-mix, a doughnut and ice-cream bar and a cafe! (We all filled several cups with sweets…)
Follow our Instagram page and see updates on what the youth board members are doing in their schools: @antibullyingyouthboard18
Follow the AGGS Anti-Bullying Twitter to see what our ambassadors get up to: @AGGantibullying
This term, the charity we have supported is the Teenage Cancer Trust, who aim to help young people suffering from cancer with specialised nurses and support. We have raised an amazing £1000 for this charity, which was collected through many fundraising events that the Charity Committee organised.
We have run popular cake sales, including a pancake sale and an Easter Egg Hunt, all of which were very successful in raising money to support Teenage Cancer Trust.
Thank you to everyone who donated and supported the fundraising for this important cause.