Aisha, year 7, have been fundraising to build a well since Ramadan. She started off trying to raise money for 1 well that provides for a village in a poor country. To her surprise, she has raised enough for nearly four wells and thought it would be nice to give AGGS the chance to be part of this worthy cause.
Prior to quarantine Shona, Year 12, reached out to The Seashell Trust, a fantastic charity who help disadvantaged and disabled children, as she wanted to complete their CADS sporting programme. However, of course due to Covid-19, they had to cancel the event. The trust became low on funds due to having to cancel all of their summer events, so they reached out for their potential volunteers to each raise £50 by completing the 2.6 Challenge. Shona came up with the idea of jumping on her trampoline for 26 minutes straight and managed to raise £811.44! She made a video and sent it off to them, which made them so happy!
Shona is a real inspiration. She has already been awarded “volunteer of the year” by the care home group she volunteers with, as she had continued to volunteer throughout lock-down, via Skype. This award is across all the company’s care homes, so a considerable achievement. She put lots of effort into her sessions and has improved the lives of the residents as well as supporting the professional carers. Much deserved, and well done to Shona!
Discusses topics such as white privilege and police brutality as well as how to go about having conversations about discrimination and racism.
Black Feminist Thought – Patricia Hill Collins
Explores the work and literature of black female individuals and their experiences facing sexism and racial discrimination.
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
A novel about a young African American girl growing up in the 1940s after the Great Depression and the negative impact of racism on an individual’s self-esteem and worth.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
An autobiography that illustrates the hardships Angelou faced particularly regarding her race, gender and sexuality.
How To Be An Antiracist – Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Identifies some of the underlying forms of racism and what we can do to oppose them on an individual level and as a community.
The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
Discusses the mass incarceration of black men as well as other ethnic minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds
*Recommended for viewers under 13 with parental guidance *Recommended for viewers over 13
The film begins with an interracial couple’s teenage son going missing. It then explores ideas about race, and the parent’s fear regarding the discrimination their son may face.
The movie highlights the racial inequality in the prison system of the United States through mass incarceration.
When They See Us
Based on the case of the Central Park Jogger where 5 men of colour were falsely accused and prosecuted with the assault of a woman in Central Park.
In effort to help those wrongly condemned and who cannot afford representation, a Harvard law graduate, Bryan Stevenson, fights to prove the innocence of Walter McMillian
The Hate U Give
The main character is Starr Carter, a teenage girl who lives in a black neighbourhood and attends a largely white prep school. The film explores the conflicts she witnesses and faces as she advocates for black rights.
The film is about how a man copes after witnessing police brutality and his relationship with his ill-tempered, reckless white best friend.
The movie is about Martin Luther King Jr.’s effort to secure voting rights for all. It depicts the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
There are hundreds more petitions on https://www.change.org/ campaigning to reopen cases and raise awareness for other hate crimes or unjust treatment but keep in mind that these are less likely to be considered by the UK Government.
My name is Srihitha N and I am this year’s Student Leader for Charity. The final summer half-term is usually packed with charity events but that will be a bit different this year. This post will inform you of some of the actions that you can take to continue supporting charities and organisations from home.
First, I would like to say thank you to everyone that has been fundraising and helping NHS and key worker charities in lockdown. Whether you’ve run 5k, taken part in online events or spread awareness through social media, you’ve played a part in supporting the nation in a challenging time.
Yemen Humanitarian Crisis
COVID-19 has affected every aspect of normal life and for those living in countries under conflict, the pandemic has had devastating effects. 24 million people including over 12 million children living Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance. Limited supply of clean water, masks and gloves make regular hand washing almost impossible and sanitation difficult to enforce. There are still outbreaks of cholera during this pandemic making their population even more vulnerable. UNICEF are working in Yemen to fund emergency sanitation and hygiene operations which involve running clean water systems and distributing hygiene kits containing necessities such as soap for handwashing, which is essential in preventing COVID-19 and cholera. Without sufficient funds UNICEF will not be able to continue this life-saving work. There is more information on the UNICEF website about why donations are so crucial for the people of Yemen in this link. https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/geneva-palais-briefing-note-humanitarian-situation-children-yemenhttps://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/yemen/
Black Lives Matter
I know that many of you have actively been involved in raising awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement online. People are keeping themselves informed and difficult but necessary discussions are taking place thanks to you. It is critical that this organisation as well as other anti-racism charities such as Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust continue to receive support as they work to protect the rights of black and minority ethnic communities and campaign for justice and equality.
JustGiving is a fundraising platform that you can use if you would like to fundraise for a cause you’re passionate about from home. Duha H (Y12) and her brother have already raised an incredible amount of over £600 for Yemen Emergency Aid through a sponsored run. I hope that this will inspire you to start your own fundraising pages from home and we’d love to hear about them. You can support their fundraiser through this link. https://justgiving.com/fundraising/mohamedandduha4yemen
I would like to thank you all again for taking such an active role in spreading awareness virtually and standing strong behind those who need it.
This years Valentine’s Cake sale is taking place on the 21st of February (first Friday back after the half term break), in the Main hall during break and lunch time.
All the money raised will go to RDA which is a charity that provides therapy, fitness and skills development to over 25,000 disabled children and adults in the UK, through fun activities like riding and carriage driving.
Please come and give your support to this special cause.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the Children in need appeal and especially to the forms’ generous donations via the weekly charity collections. Along with the money raised by the charity committee, the weekly collections from forms took the grand total raised for Children in need to £1114.91. This is a fabulous amount and a testament to the generosity of the students (some of whom gave up a lot of time as well as money), especially as it was raised in just four weeks.
Charity day is just around the corner and this year’s donations for Charity day will be split between the following three charities as voted for by the charity committee:
Cyril Flint is a Manchester based charity which aims to tackle the issues of social isolation and loneliness that many elderly people in our community feel. They provide a befriending service where lonely older people are matched with a volunteer who has similar interests, to talk to. This greatly helps to reduce the isolation a person feels, and can just brighten up someone’s day. The charity committee chose to support this charity, as we felt that the Christmas holidays in particular could be very lonely if we didn’t have family and friends to celebrate with. We wanted to support Cyril Flint this charity day, as we know that even a few kind words can make such a difference to someone’s life.
Water aid is a worldwide charity that provides to those who don’t have access to the most basic human necessities. Partnering with communities in less developed places in the world, Water aid provides water supplies, hygiene solutions and sanitation for those in need. We think it is such an important charity to support because it helps provide clean drinking water, something that we are able to take for granted every day, to many people who would not otherwise have this.
Bone Cancer Research– In 2004, a group of families who had lost children and young people to primary bone cancer came together. They pooled funds from money they had raised, and together with guidance from a consultant at St James’s University Hospital Leeds, the Bone Cancer Research Trust was formed.
Today, the Bone Cancer Research trust aims to fund research into all forms of primary bone cancer and to be a supportive network for people affected by this disease. They also aim to bring people together so that they can share stories, inspire hope and signpost people to specialist support.
We have chosen to support the Bone Cancer research trust because it is the leading charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer, which tends to affect children and young people. Their vision is of a world where primary bone cancer is cured.
Last Friday AGGS students baked and brought in a variety of delicious cakes to sell. The Charity committee had also been very busy snipping, sewing and ironing spotty hairbands to sell in aid of Children in Need and students were allowed to wear them in school on the day. Lots of raffle tickets were sold too, for the prize of a Pudsey bear cake which was won by a year 11 student. On a whole we raised an amazing £1114.91 for Children in need, in just four weeks!
To celebrate Harvest Festival this year, the students and staff at AGGS have been collecting items to donate to South Trafford Food bank. Every form in each year group did a great job and an amazing number of boxes were filled. The year 11 Charity Committee and the form Charity reps carried the boxes of food down to the main hall, where it was arranged on the stage with the help of the Charity Committee.