MGSMUN2019

On Saturday and Sunday 14th/15th December, delegates from AGGS, representing the states of Brazil, Nigeria and Poland made their way over to Manchester Grammar School in order to enjoy a ‘fruitful’ debate at MGSMUN2019.

As always our school performed brilliantly in an incredibly high standard of debate. MGSMUN, as always, tends to be the first conference that new year nine delegates take part in and this year surely held up to this tradition. The conference welcomed new delegates warmly and supported them with help when they needed it. Some of our new delegates went on to win some prestigious awards; namely Shloka who won a “Highly Commended” award at her first conference! (Although she deserved to win the outstanding delegate).

Debate in committee was fruitful as ever and all delegates participated and enjoyed debate. In the Science Technology & Media committee AGGS delegates formed alliances with other delegates, even with delegates from Altrincham Boys! MUN is a brilliant opportunity to meet other people who share similar interests as you. Youth committee was rather interesting with countries such as Brazil being renamed to “Boomer-Brazil”. Debate in the health committee was very professional thanks to the chairs. In Security Council, debate was as lively as usual, with the P5 being enemies of the UN as expected. Historical council maintained their prestigiously high standard of debate as always.

Joint committee was exhilarating, our delegation of Brazil was able to pass a rather interesting clause about the hunger games! Delegates from AGGS took the floor countless times and spoke thoughtfully and eloquently. New delegates spoke well in joint committee and were constantly engaged in debate and participated throughout. Personally, I find it rather nerve racking to speak in front of hundreds of people in joint committees and yet I and many other AGGS delegates overcame our fears and spoke passionately.

After committee and joint committee sessions, we came together for the closing ceremony and the announcements of the awards. Our school were delighted to receive many awards, as follows:

  • Gowri (Brazil-Science Technology & Media) – Special Mention
  • Katie (Poland-Security Council)- Highly Commended
  • Lauren (Poland-Historical)- Best Young Delegate
  • Shloka (Nigeria-Youth)- Highly Commended
  • Hedye (Brazil-Politics- Highly Commended
  • Teeba (Poland-Youth)- Special Mention
  • Ruth (Brazil-Youth)- Commended

We are overwhelmed by the amount of awards we were able to win. We cannot wait for are next conference, see you next time for even more ‘fruitful’ debate!

Written by Gowri

ISOC Charity Week

One of the 5 pillars of Islam is charity, and that’s why this year we were most grateful when ISOC were given the opportunity to organise charity week.

AGGS were part of over 200 institutions which were taking part in an annual charity week led by Islamic relief.

This years theme was ‘Superheroes’ with the tag line ‘unite our powers’ which acts as a metaphor for the real life heroes struggling against the forces of poverty, injustice and disunity across the world. We can proudly say that we joined the growing movement of fundraising to help many individuals worldwide.

We had an array of fundraising events which took place through the course of one week; On the first day we had an international food sale in which members of ISOC brought in food to represent different countries. On the second day we set up a cake sale in which we had a large selection of cupcakes and biscuits on offer including a cake kindly donated by a restaurant. On the penultimate day, a giant Kahoot quiz game was organised in the main hall in which Everyman Cinema tickets were up for grabs. Finally, the last day consisted of henna designs being tattooed onto students.

All the money raised will go towards providing critical healthcare and education in countries such as Niger and Sudan. We had a very successful charity week and are grateful for all the donations received by students.

Written by Mariam S, Y13

Citizenship Campaign Makers Final

For the past couple of months, the whole of year 9 have been working on a Campaign Makers project in their Citizenship lessons. This project has led them to learning about social issues in their local area, to finding a charity who are just as passionate about that issue as they are. The whole year group have become active in tackling their chosen issue, raising money for their charity, and many may continue to support the charity in the future.

Groups of a few students chose an issue, and prepared an informative and persuasive presentation about their issue and charity to show to their classes. The best group from each class were voted for by their own peers, and the winning group from each class was put through to the final, which was held on Friday 17th.

There was a very wide range of issues discussed during the final, from sexism in the streets to addiction, from mental health to gang violence.

Each group put forward an explanation of why they were passionate about their social issue, why they had chosen their charity and what they had done to help. They had chosen a variety of creative, and very successful, fundraising methods; there were car boot sales, dog walking, car washes and sponsored walks. All the presentations were incredibly creative and effective, including homemade videos, songs, dances and role plays.

After all 7 groups had presented, the judges reached a decision. The winners of the £500 prize to their chosen charity, generously donated by the PTA, were…

Grace S (9-3), Rosa H (9-4) and Amelie Q (9-2) from 9A! Their chosen charity was The Wellspring, a homelessness charity based in Stockport. They had an eye-opening presentation about the reality of homelessness, an engaging true or false quiz, and an amazingly emotive dance capturing the story of someone who was homeless for a part of their life. They also raised an amazing £200 from a car wash and cake sale for The Wellspring, as well as the £500 prize.

The whole year group really enjoyed becoming active citizens; getting involved with issues they are passionate about near them and raising money and awareness to try and make a difference. Thank you to the three judges: Mrs Ogunmyiwa; Maddie H, the AGGS charity head girl, and Sue, part of the PTA, and thank you to Miss Mitchell for organising everything and making the final run so smoothly.

Read the following post written by one of the Year 9 groups talking about the charity they have chosen to campaign for: The Trussell Trust… Read their post here »

Eleanor’s Petition Gets Heard

Eleanor H of Year 8 created a petition to get a crossing by St Margaret’s Church on the A56. Eleanor gained over 500 signatures and as a result the local council have listened to her present and then debated this issue on Wednesday 20th March 2019.

Eleanor has the backing of the local green party and is a young green member. The local Green Party launch for the May local elections saw the leader of the Green party, Jonathan Bartley, throw his support behind Eleanor’s campaign. She passionately spoke about it and he was very impressed with her campaigning skills, Eleanor is clearly a politician in the making, her achievements are amazing.

See Eleanor presenting her campaign at Trafford Town Hall on Wednesday 20th March – Minute 11:

https://trafford.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/413316

Also – see an article about it on Atrincham Today:
http://altrincham.today/2019/03/18/news/green-party-leader-backs-altrincham-teenagers-campaign-improve-dangerous-a56-crossing/

Women and War

To celebrate Women’s History Month, AGGS hosted a ‘Women and War’ fortnight of exciting activities and inspiring us all with the fascinating stories of some of history’s most remarkable women.

As part of the fortnight, a variety of women and their amazing stories were told in the form of documentaries. Starting the week off, Stacey Dooley’s documentary, ‘Stacey on the Frontline: Girls, Guns and Isis’, explored the stories of Yazidi women and how they were trained to fight against Isis in 2016. The Yazidi population in northern Syria were targeted by ISIS and survivors grouped together and trained to fight alongside male fighters against ISIS at the front line.

Islamic Society watched the film ‘The Breadwinner’ which follows the life of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Parvana decides to dress like a boy in order to support her family and the film follows Parvana in her fight to reunite her family.  This is a brilliant film of a young girl’s courage during a period of Taliban rule and the violence young girls and women faced. 

A careers talk on Monday was given by Major Jill Winters about her career serving in the army within the army medical team and her deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a former student, her career path is fascinating and admirable and the talk was a great opportunity for those wishing to pursue a career in medicine or the armed forces.

As well as this, Mrs Lovelady held a workshop emphasising the role of women in manufacturing roles. Here are some photos of the brilliant work the Year 7 and 8s have done:

Finally, on Thursday, several members of staff were dressed up for the Women and War theme for an exciting activity for Year 7. At lunchtime, Year 7s had to walk around and find out each character’s fascinating fact and complete a form. We had our very own Queen Elizabeth I (Mrs Hulme), Boudicca (Mrs Cooke), Frida Khalo (Mrs Wells) and many other characters walking around AGGS. Here’s a few of the members of staff with their facts:

Mrs Cooke- Boudicca 

When her husband died, Rome tried to take her money and land, saying women could not inherit men’s property. This didn’t go down well with this war paint covered Celtish warrior.

Q: Approximately what year did Boudicca fight against Rome to reclaim her rights at the battle of Watling Street?

A: 60AD

 

Mrs Stokes- Auxiliary Territorial Services Member 

ATS members wore red crosses to show they were involved in medical services such as ambulance driving and allowed them to participate as part of a voluntary service. 

Q: What was unusual (by today’s standards) about most ATS ambulance drivers?

A: They had never driven a car before they drove an ambulance- few women drove cars at all.

 

Mrs Hughes- Modern Soldier 

Fighting today all across the globe, modern day soldiers have equipment and clothing made of specialist equipment, things previous generations could have never imagined. 

Q: In which year were women allowed to fight as part of the same battalion as men?

A: 1992- before that, women were part of the Women’s Royal Army Corps.

 

Mrs Willmott- Women’s Land Army

These women took to the fields and farms to take over the roles previously done by men and feeding the nation. A muddy job…

Q: How much were WLA paid?

A: 28 shillings per week – 10 shillings less than med doing the same job!

Women’s History Month aims to celebrate the work and strength of admirable women and their contributions to society. We hope the fortnight of activities were enjoyable and the stories told will inspire you and your future.

And here are some more questions for you to find the answers to!

Q: At what age did Joan lead the French troops against the British Army?

Q: Which Emperor of Rome did Cleopatra fight against to secure her throne?

Q: Between 1914-1919, how many British nurses served overseas?