#MakeYourMark assemblies at AHA!
This week’s Achieve Together assemblies have been led by Florence Orchard, current sixth form student and member of Gedling Youth Parliament. Florence was joined by fellow members, Abigail Hutchison, Myles Kirk and Elodie Lammiman-Allen, as she talked to students about the exciting opportunity they have to “make their mark” in parliament on issues affecting young people.
Our students will each receive a ballot paper for them to vote on the one issue they would like the UK Youth Parliament to campaign for on their behalf. Students can choose from; a curriculum to prepare us for life, votes at 16, protect LGBT+ people, support for young carers, transport, first aid education for all young people, mental health, make the invisible visible, protect schools budgets from damaging cuts and work experience hubs for 11-18 year olds. Voting will take place during guidance and Florence will come back to school to deliver the verdict.
Well done and thank you to Florence and the Youth Parliament team!
Festive Market Saturday 25th November 2017
Our annual Festive Market returns again this November with a wide selection of stalls offering a fantastic selection of handcrafted goods and seasonal products.
Guidance for students accessing their emails
Message for those driving children to or from school
If you deliver or collect your child from school in a car then I need to draw your attention to increasing concerns that we have regarding a small number of parents/carers who use their car to deliver or collect their children from school but are not driving their car safely when near our school. Unfortunately we have received a number of complaints from students, parents and local residents, regarding car drivers who stop on zig-zag lines, park up on the pedestrian pavement or stop suddenly in the road or near the zebra crossing to collect or deliver children.
The police have also shared their concerns with us and I ask for anyone who drives their child to or from school to please ensure they are considerate at all times to pedestrians, local residents and other drivers and only stop or park in safe and appropriate places. The safety of our students, your children, is paramount. If we continue to hear of concerns for the safety of our students, particularly at the end of the day, then we will have to consider not allowing cars onto our site until after 3:30 p.m. when the students who are walking home have all left the site.
Writers’ Group Poetry Showcase
On Thursday evening, the Writers’ group performed some of their poetry to a group of parents in the Library as part of the TAG Litfest 2017.
This is a dedicated group of seven girls (we do want boys to join) who have spent the year writing the most powerful and skilful poetry. It is revealing, crafted and profound. Also sometimes funny.
The members come from years 8 to 10 and in some cases they have been writing for three years. One has been entered in the Young Writers’ competition and has reached the finals; this is not the first time that this has happened to a member of the group. A booklet of work has been produced, and there is a sample below of two of the poems.
The Writers’ group will, I hope, continue to meet and to astound.
Head of KS5 English