As you are all aware, Charity Day 2020 has been a bit different than usual. Even though we’ve been confined to the walls of our form rooms, we didn’t let that get in the way of the usual program. The Year 13s have been working hard scripting and filming the pantomime and reflecting on a year that’s been far from normal. We’ve also had a virtual talent show that has demonstrated the various skills of our students ranging from songwriting to creative choreography. It was a difficult task narrowing down the 40 acts to just 15 so thank you to everybody that sent in their entries. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Mr Barry and Mr Carr for being our virtual hosts and to all the students (and geography teachers) that took part this year.
The winners of the talent show for this year are:
1st – Freya in Y9 – Titanium
2nd – Holly in Y10 – Arabian Nights
3rd – Aisya in Y7 – Flashlight
The proceeds from Charity Day are going to Coffee4Craig. They run a drop-in evening and weekend service based in Manchester for the homeless that offers clothes, showers, hot meals and much more. They also provide health advice and access to computers and phones to help people back on their feet. Coffee4Craig are doing an immense amount to help those in need this Christmas and thank you for letting us support them through your charitable donations.
The Charity Committee and I hope that you have a restful break, and we wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This year , the AGGS Harvest Collection has started taking place in our classrooms. Each form room has either a box or large Bag to put all the donated food items. Please watch our video to learn how Giving is linked to Gratitude , and why Gratitude is important for our physical and mental wellbeing.
All our donated items will go to the South Trafford Food Bank, while cash donations will go to towards Shelter for the Homeless in Manchester
This year we are able to accept donations via Parentpay – Click here to get to your parentpay account and make a donation there.
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.