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.

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

Charity Update during lockdown

Dear all,
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-yemen https://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.

Donations can be made at these websites. 

https://uk.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund https://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk/support-us/donate/

For those of you unable to donate, keeping yourselves educated through books and documentary films/series are the best ways to keep combatting racism from home. I have attached a document containing a few book and film recommendations.

There are also petitions that you can sign on https://petition.parliament.uk/ that I will include in the document.

JustGiving

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.

Srihitha N,
(Student Leader for Charity)

Paint Altrincham Pink Week 8th to 13th March 2020

It is that time of year again to wear PINK!

The 8th to 15th of March is Paint Altrincham Pink week. The Charity committee will having a number of activities to raise funds for the Prevent Breast Cancer Charity.

Friday 13th March is Wear Pink Day. Pay £1 to wear Pink. Students can wear pink accessories, nail polish etc.

Buy as many Raffle Tickets as you can for a chance to win any of our Fabulous Pink Gift Hampers which will be on display in Reception shortly. £1 per strip of tickets. Tickets will be sold from Monday and the draw takes place on Friday 13th ​March.

Friday 13th is also when we have our Pink Zumbathon. Join us in the Gym for a Pink Themed Workout. £2 per entry.

Thanks to everyone for your support for this great cause

AGGS takes part in the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning

On Friday, 27th September, the charity committee held a bake sale to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

An amazing number and array of cakes were brought in by students in a steady stream on Friday morning. Plus some of the MFL bake-off entries were also kindly donated. Mrs Clutton also donated a tray of delicious chocolate gateau slices that she had made on a course the day before.

There were 5,141 coffee beans in the jar, kindly donated by Costa coffee in Altrincham. (Mrs Benson in MFL won, as she had the closest guess at 5,212)

10-3 won the ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition, as their guess was the most accurate.

A fabulous £502 was raised just from the cake sale and on behalf of all the students and staff we would like to thank the charity committee for organising such a successful event and also everyone who donated any tasty treat!

Bex and Ojas, 13-5

 

Harvest Festival is approaching!

Please fill up the cardboard box in your form room with whatever items from the list below that you/your family can spare:

  • Tinned carrots and peas
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Jars of pasta sauce
  • Jars of jam and honey
  • Coffee and hot chocolate
  • UHT fruit juice or cordial
  • Cereals
  • Snacks both savoury and sweet

All items donated will be taken to Trafford South Food Bank

Your cardboard boxes will be collected by the charity committee on the week beginning Monday 7TH OCTOBER   

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Thank you from the charity committee

I would just like to thank all students and parents for their support for the charity events that have taken place over this past year. As a school, we have managed to raise an incredible amount of money for several charities including Mind, Age UK, Back on Track, Macmillan, Comic Relief, UNICEF and Prevent Breast Cancer.

Some events that we have organised include the first ever AGGS Static Bike Challenge, the AGGS Sportathon, Macmillan and Children in Need case sales, Red Wednesday and a Staff Car Wash.

You may like to watch a video that we have made that showcases all the fundraising events that have taken place since May 2018 so please click the link below to watch it:

Thank you all again,

Anum C
Student Leader for Charity