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#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.

Make Your Mark assembly 28.9.17

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!

A passion for poetry

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Thursday 28th September is National Poetry Day, and here in Arnold Hill’s English department we are passionate about poems. This event is an opportunity to celebrate poetry in many different forms, inspiring young people to enjoy, discover and share poems. Our Key Stage 3 students have been writing their own Oulipo poems. Oulipo is a way of playing with words and letters and originates in France. Every year poets and mathematicians meet and dream up funny new rules for generating ideas and writing poems. The idea being, if you make some rules it gives you new freedoms. It generates some very unusual ideas, and encourages students to use words they may never have thought to use!

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Year 11 focus group get sweet treats

Our year 11 purple focus group started the year with a visit last night from Wade Smith, entrepreneur and director, of up and coming local business Doughnotts.
As well as tasting the delicious doughnuts themselves, the group had the chance to listen to Wade’s journey into business as well as his thoughts on what it takes to run a successful business.
The group thought that the talk was very informative and thought provoking, and definitely gave them a good idea of the world of work.

Y11 Focus Group Doughnotts