Children in Need

This November, AGGS will be celebrating BBC Children in Need 2020. The very first Children in Need Fundraiser was broadcast in 1980 and since then, it has raised over £1 billion for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. With current lockdown measures, we will not be able to carry out our usual fundraising activities, which is a shame as it has always been a highly anticipated event in school by staff and students alike. However we believe we can still make a difference.

Please visit our school website to make your donation:

Children in Need

AGGS Harvest 2020 Final Update

Following the close of our Harvest 2020 collection we are very happy to announce that we raised a grand total of £997.41!
This was shared between the Mustard Tree and the Wythenshawe foodbank, each receiving £485.50.
Our amazing food collection made before the break was also shared between The Mustard Tree and the South Trafford Food Bank.
The winners of our year 7 and 8   ‘Form with the largest number of donated items’ challenge were 7-5 and 8-5Congratulations to both forms.
We would like to put in a special mention for form 11-3 who also amazed us with their large donation which thoughtfully included sanitary items that are often missed off Harvest lists.
Once again, the Charity Committee would like to thank everyone for their selflessness and compassion in these uncertain times.

Harvest Collection – Thank You

We would like to say Thank you for the amazing donations that were literally poured into the main hall since Tuesday. Our students have really outdone themselves bringing in items from home. In addition, we have raised over £800 in online donations, that will go to the Mustard Tree Charity to help fight homelessness. A 60 second view of what our donations will be used for can be found here:

https://mustardtree.org.uk/2020/10/world-homelessness-week/

See the Thankyou Tweet from the Mustard Tree charity:

Harvest Festival 2020

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.

Aisha’s fundraising to build a well

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.

The link below takes you directly to her fundraising page:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/buildawellpennyappeal

 

Reading and Watch List

Books

So You Want to Talk About RaceIjeoma Oluo

Discusses topics such as white privilege and police brutality as well as how to go about having conversations about discrimination and racism.

 

Black Feminist ThoughtPatricia Hill Collins

Explores the work and literature of black female individuals and their experiences facing sexism and racial discrimination.

 

The Bluest EyeToni 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 SingsMaya Angelou

An autobiography that illustrates the hardships Angelou faced particularly regarding her race, gender and sexuality.

 

How To Be An AntiracistDr. 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 CrowMichelle Alexander

Discusses the mass incarceration of black men as well as other ethnic minorities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds

 


Films/series

*Recommended for viewers under 13 with parental guidance
*Recommended for viewers over 13

American Son

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.

13th

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.

 

Just Mercy

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.

Blindspotting

The film is about how a man copes after witnessing police brutality and his relationship with his ill-tempered, reckless white best friend.

 

Selma

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.

 


UK Petitions

Teach Britain’s colonial past as part of the UK’s compulsory curriculum – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/324092

Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the U.K. – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/301079

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.


Click here to download this list as a pdf

Winners of the Charity Fundraising Appeal: The Wellspring

Following our charity fundraising appeal for The Wellspring back in June:

And the winner is…

7-1 !!!!!!!!!!

On behalf of the Charity Committee I am delighted to announce this term’s prize winner for the Form raising the most amount of money for The Wellspring (Stockport) as 7-1, well done. I would also like to thank everyone for all the amazing contributions and individual efforts which have resulted in a fabulous combined AGGS donation total of…

£490.91 (and there’s still time to add to that total this week for those of you who may have been distracted by trips, Interform, exams, memory loss, etc. – if you could please pay your collected pennies in to the Finance Office)

Thank you, thank you thank you