Disco Event

On the 11th December the AGGS Social Action Society held a disco to raise money for three social action projects.

  • A grassroots project in India; helping to fund educational, health and agricultural initiatives. Further information can be found on the project JustGiving site: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ahmedabadindia.
  • Amnesty International to help tackle Human Rights Abuses around the world.
  • Shelter to help combat the issue of homelessness.

The disco was a great success, raising £490 in total. Thank you to all the parents who supported the disco by allowing their child to attend.

A big thanks also goes to the staff (Mrs Clutton and Mrs Charlton) for supervising the event and to YR9 Social Action Society members for helping on the night: taking charge of music the tuckshop and games (some are pictured here).

We hope to hold another fundraising event soon!

AGGS Mock Elections

AGGS ran their own parallel hustings and elections. Students from Politics Society took up the role of various party leaders and put themselves forward to be quizzed by their peers in the AGGS Hustings.

On the 12th December AGGS took to the ballots and like the rest of the nation voted for who they’d like to run the country.

The results are shown below in the graph. Well done to the AGGS Labour Party.

Thank you and well done to all those who took part!

 

Mock Trial Champions

A huge congratulations to the Year 12 Mock Trial Team! On Saturday 30th November the Year 12 Mock Trial team took part in and won the Sir Rhys Davies School Mock Trial Competition in the Manchester Crown Court. The team competed against 11 other schools including Withington Girls, William Hulme Grammar School, Bury Grammar School, Oldham Hulme Grammar, Loreto Grammar School, Manchester High school for Girls and MGS.

Our barristers (Chloe B, Antonia A, Aakanksha L and Maddie T) were all commended for their fantastic advocacy and professionalism, our witnesses (Isobel W, Elsa J, Poppy C, and Lucia O) all put in star performances and our clerk/usher (Lucy B) kept the team in check and organised. The jury members were all very prepared and impartial until the end. The team worked really hard and were truly excellent. They won every single one of their trials including a very tense and close final against the previous champions Oldham Hulme Grammar School. A very exciting day was had by all!

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

WiMUN XI

On Sunday 30 June, delegates from AGGS, representing the states of Poland and the Philippines, made their way over to Withington Girls’ School in order to enjoy a ‘fruitful’ debate at WiMUN XI, the 11th Model UN conference at Withington.

As ambassador for Poland, I obviously had planned for this day months in advance, with well-written and witty acronyms at hand (WARISNOTWARSAWME) and a very bold fashion statement which involved wearing 2 different coloured shoes on each foot. Excited for the day, delegates engaged in (hopefully) friendly table tennis matches before gathering at the opening ceremony before going to their respective committees.

In Security Council, debate was as lively as usual, with the P5 being enemies of the UN as usual. I made an unpopular policy statement to begin with, for describing myself as “buzzin” to attend a “lit” debate, which almost got me evicted before caucus even started. During the course of the debate, we watched in horror as the Economic and Social committee rolled in a giant model of an outdated £1 coin accompanied by an even larger euro symbol – which perhaps was a metaphor for the current state of affairs between the UK and the EU. The Security Council debated my resolution on reforming the Responsibility to Protect, which notably had a clause suggesting the creation of a Security Council group chat to speed up response to atrocity crimes via the communication of emoji. However, Russia (who had been threatening to invade Poland for the whole conference) vetoed it so it didn’t pass. When it came to joke awards, I of course won the most important awards of the conference of “best-dressed” and “best shoes” – turns out my odd choice of footwear was a hit!

WiMUN XI also had a special new committee, called “Historical Council” which imitated Churchill’s War Cabinet with delegates representing people in the cabinet and debating as if it were post-1945, addressing issues such as the Soviet Union and the national healthcare. Our delegate was no longer one representing Poland, but instead represented Richard Casey of Australia, however when asked how the debate was she responded with “dead” – this can be taken both literally and metaphorically. The representative of Richard Casey managed to win “best-looking” and “best shoes” as well as a rather questionable “best couple” with another much-loved delegate.

In Environment, our delegate also had an interesting time by merging with the Netherlands and Ukraine to create “NethPolKraine” relating some rather controversial views on the issues at hand. This year’s conference encouraged everyone to bring reusable bottles to drink from to improve the environment, however the delegate must admit she witnessed a few rogue single-use plastics – no doubt from climate-change deniers such as the USA.

EcoSoc and Political had a fun time in joint committee dancing to Rasputin instead of debating the most captivating and realistic issue of a potential for a shared currency.

In Human Rights, our delegate representing the Philippines made a big impact not only with her fantastic debate, but her newly dip-dyed bright pink hair. Needless to say, she won “best hair”. Our delegates of Poland and Philippines merged with Israel, USA, Turkey and Australia too to create the new country of “PIPUTA”. The delegate notes that merging countries seems to be somewhat of a new trend at conferences. Our delegate of Poland also won “most likely to go to prison” and whilst we want to say that we’re surprised, we’re really not.

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

  • Sanaa K (Philippines, Human Rights) – Highly Commended
  • Lauren F (Philippines, Human Rights Council) – Special Mention
  • Gowri A (Philippines – Special Commission on South-East Asia) – Commended
  • Eva E (Phillippines – Political) – Special Mention
  • Safa A (Poland, Security Council) – Special Mention
  • Ishita A (Poland [Richard Casey], Historical Council) – Special Mention
  • Hedye G (Poland, Human Rights) – Commended
  • Saffiyah K (Poland, Political) – Commended
  • Hania S (Poland, World Health Organisation) – Commended
  • Katie Y (Poland, Environment) – Outstanding
  • Katie Y (Poland, Joint Committee Environment and Youth) – Outstanding

We were incredibly proud of these achievements, especially Katie’s double Outstanding win. However, Katie had to leave early and I had to have the awkward experience of collecting her award and explaining to the whole conference that she had left. WiMUN XI was such a good experience with many awards won, fantastic debate, with all 3 of our first-timers enjoying it and speaking, and we thought we had finished the conference on a good note, but just had to wait for the delegation awards to be announced.

We sat through the awarding for commended and highly commended delegations, itching to take an MUN picture and head home, after the announcement of the overall winners with Outstanding Delegation, so many of us were barely listening until they announced that Poland won!

It was a shock for all of us, as it is the first time in the history of MUN that we have ever won Outstanding Delegation. Delighted, we all came down to collect our award and take a photo. This award was most special because it was our most loved advisor, Miss Mitchell’s, last conference with us. She was the one who started MUN at our school, and we were able to win this award as a thank you for all the help she has given us, and we wish her the best of luck setting up Model UN at her new school to further share the joys of the institution as she has done so here.

Whilst it’s regretful to see her go, we welcome next year full of conferences to enjoy with Mr Humphrys who also attended WIMUN XI with us. Thank you for everything and see you next year for even more ‘fruitful’ debate!

Safa A, 12-7

Safa A won a prize in the New College of the Humanities essay competition

On Tuesday 25th June 2019, New College of the Humanities (NCH) announced the winners of the 2019 NCH London Essay Competition at a special award ceremony in London. We are delighted to announce that Safa A, from Y12, won a £250 third place prize in the Politics essay category.

The competition received 3,600 entries into this year’s competition, so it’s an incredible achievement for Safa to have won this prize. We are truly proud of Safa’s great achievement.

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 »

RS Quiz No 6

  1. Can you name the Muslim female World War 2 veteran who was awarded a George Cross for bravery?
  2. What was the name of the first mosque in Britain and who founded it?
  3. Where does the musical instrument the lute come from?
  4. When the  Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation as a Prophet, who was the first to believe in him and support him?
  5. 2 women in particular are mentioned as eternal role models in Chapter 66 of the Quran. Can you name them?
  6. Who built the first pinhole camera around 1000 AD?
  7. What does Allahu Akbar mean?
  8. What chapter in the Quran is named after a much revered lady?
  9. What contribution did early Muslims make to modern surgery?
  10. Do you know what the words ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslim’ mean?

Click here to see the answers

Geography Club Wins Second Prize!

Our team of Year 7 Geography Club members (Su M, Anna RT, Lucy L, Sophia K and Avni D) have won second prize in the United Utilities Vlogstars competition! They have been awarded with £50 Amazon vouchers and framed certificates. School are also in receipt of a £250 cheque.

Well done to them and thanks for all of your votes!