At Aigburth High, we understand the value of learning about the history of our local area, our country and the wider world.
This half-term, we have had two special opportunities to reflect as a school. Everyone has used pastoral or lesson time to watch the news together and to discuss citizenship issues.
Democracy Day, on 20th January 2015, was a day when we celebrated the 750th anniversary of England’s first Parliament. All classes took up the challenge to find out more about our Parliament and our responsibility as citizens, to play our part in decision making.
Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27th January 2015, was a very moving occasion, when we reflected in pastoral or lesson time on the experiences of Jewish people in Nazi concentration camps.
Our Year 7 and 8 pupils have recently finished reading, ”The Boy in the Stripes Pyjamas” and were able to share their understanding in discussion. Year 10 English groups showed an impressive level of empathy and awareness during a discussion of a very thought provoking powerpoint presentation by Mrs Jukes.
On Jan 29th an organisation called Bully Busters came to Aigburth High School and held a variety of workshops for all our pupils dealing with the various forms of bullying.
Our staff, pupils and outside agencies continue to work hard to eradicate bullying and supports our mission statement which pledges that this is a calm, safe and welcoming place to work.
Our pupils reported that:
“I learned a lot about the dangers of online bullying” Yr 11.
“It was funny the way she did it, it made me laugh a lot” Yr 7.
“It was very interesting because she talked about how serious it was” Yr 10
“I know what to do when someone is getting bullied” Yr 6
If you wish to know more about Bully Busters just click on the logo.
On Monday 26th Jan Aigburth High School enjoyed a visit from Ruth Gould, Artisitic Director of DaDaFest, and Jordan Connerty, Young DaDa member and DaDaFest Volunteer. They came to tell us about Edward Rushton. The presentation was called Edward Rushton, The Poet and the Rebel.
Edward Rushton – mural by Mike Jones
Edward Rushton (1756-1814) campaigned against many kinds of injustice: slavery, religious prejudice, the need for women’s equality and the right for everyone to have a vote. He also fought for the rights of disabled people to be educated and have work opportunities.
After telling us about Edward Rushton’s life and work, Ruth and Jordan left us with this question:-
But what about now? If Edward Rushton was alive today, what do you think he would be fighting for?
All pupils from year 6, 7 and 8 had the opportunity to see the Unity Theatre pantomime, Rumpelstiltskin, in December. Some pupils had never been to a theatre performance before and really enjoyed the experience.
Letter to an Unknown Soldier
KS4 English students wrote a Letter to an Unknown Soldier. Their work is now displayed online alongside that of Stephen Fry, David Cameron and over 22,000 other letters.
This is in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of World War I.
Once the letters are removed from the 1418now.org.uk site they will be archived for future historical reference in the British Library Archives.
The George Garrett Project
Our KS4 students also took part in the George Garrett Project. This was backed by Heritage Lottery Fund and involved students learning about the Liverpool writer George Garrett. He was much respected by other well-known writers. George Orwell travelled to Liverpool to meet him.
He was also responsible for the Liverpool Unity Theatre being established.
Visitors from the Project who worked in school, to help students understand about their own literary heritage, were very impressed with the questions raised during their group talk.
The whole school attended a Remembrance Assembly led by Mrs Hunt on the morning of the 11th November 2014. It was a very special occasion, with everyone joining together as a community, to remember the sacrifices made for our country by soldiers down the generations since the First World War.
It was an opportunity to reflect on how war affects the lives of many people, soldiers and civilians alike and to share our hopes for a peaceful future.
All our pupils were extremely moved by the assembly and showed the utmost respect.
Thanks to all the humanities groups who helped Mrs Hunt to prepare and whose work is currently on display in the School Hall.
We are pleased to announce that some pupils will be lucky enough to go to a concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in February 2015. This will be the first time we have attended and we expect it to become a regular feature of our school year. Watch this space for more details…
On Friday 14th November our sixth form students who are working towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award will be undertaking a four hour trek around Sefton Park. They have planned the trip themselves as part of their Expedition assessment. Good luck everyone!