International Women’s Day
International Women's Day began with the door to our form room decorated with pictures of Mae Carol Jemison and our Form Captain, reading out some interesting facts about her. Did you know that Ms Jemison was the first black woman in space and travelled aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour? She was also an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. As I walked around school that day I noticed many different names and facts about women that had changed history. Later that morning our Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl’s assembly about International Women’s Day and equality in general amazed the school. One fact that stood out was that a man defended women’s rights even though he had nothing to gain. It’s truly astonishing how many fought for the cause of women and men everywhere. We were also proud to be told that some of our students had won a place to see the unveiling of the Emily Pankhurst statue. Wow, I wish I could have been there!
International Women’s Day began with the door to our form room decorated with pictures of Mae Carol Jemison and our Form Captain, reading out some interesting facts about her. Did you know that Ms Jemison was the first black woman in space and travelled aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour? She was also an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. As I walked around school that day I noticed many different names and facts about women that had changed history. Later that morning our Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl’s assembly about International Women’s Day and equality in general amazed the school. One fact that stood out was that a man defended women’s rights even though he had nothing to gain. It’s truly astonishing how many fought for the cause of women and men everywhere. We were also proud to be told that some of our students had won a place to see the unveiling of the Emily Pankhurst statue. Wow, I wish I could have been there!
By Olivia, 7K.
Interview with Head Girl and School Captain
On Wednesday 26th March, Emily and Ellie had an interview with Isobel (Head Girl) and Hashim (School Captain). They asked several questions and here are the responses:
What responsibilities do you have as being Head girl and School Captain?
Hashim: “Being School Captain I have many responsibilities. I have to make sure all the prefects are doing their duties throughout the day. On open days I give tours to new applicants around the school and tell them all about Bury Grammar School. I give speeches to other students. My most important role being school captain is to promote the school.”
Isobel: “My responsibilities as Head Girl are quite like Hashim’s. I must make sure the prefects are doing their jobs, speak publicly quite often, I have to talk to prospective parents and pupils. I also have to work hard to promote the image of the school.”
What is your favourite part of being Head Girl and School Captain?
Hashim: “My favourite part of being School Captain is public speaking. I enjoy telling people all about what the school has to offer. I also enjoy being a role model for other students and giving them guidance and an influence to follow.”
Isobel: “I think my favourite thing about being Head Girl is probably the public speaking. I used to hate it at first and got really nervous whenever I would have to speak in front of a crowd! I also have chances to go on trips, and recently went to the unveiling of the Emmeline Pankhurst statue in Manchester, and also went to a Head Girl’s conference at Manchester High School for Girls.”
What did you want to be when you were older, and has this vision changed as you got older?
Hashim: “When I was younger I didn’t have a specific job goal; however, I always knew I wanted to help people! As I got older I became interested in the three sciences. I became fascinated as to how medicine helped people. I now hope to be a doctor and to study medicine at University.”
Isobel: “When I was little, I wanted to do absolutely everything. My dreams ranged from a pilot to a meteorologist! But now, I would like to study English at university, and move on to doing something writing-related. I’m not sure yet whether this will be creative writing, or journalism, but I definitely want to do something of the sort!”
What are your favourite subjects and why?
Hashim: “My favourite subjects are Biology, Chemistry and History. I enjoy the many ways Sciences can be applied. In History I really enjoy learning new facts about our worlds past, I also like knowing how different things were done differently in the past.
Isobel: “I love all subjects, and it was really hard picking my A Level subjects as I wanted to do them all, but I think my favourite must be English. I do like all of them equally though! I like reading older texts as it makes me see how similar our life is to others.”
If you could live or travel to one place in the world, where would it be?
Hashim: “This is a very tough question; however, I have almost always wanted to go to Japan. I love everything about the place! I love how modern and high-tech some places are, however I also love the countryside in Japan, the scenery is just breath-taking! I have always wanted to go on a bullet train in Japan, it looks really fun!”
Isobel: “This is a really tough question. I think I would love to go to Canada though, as I have never been to America at all. I also have family over in Canada, and I think the scenery is just beautiful!”
Have you ever had any other responsibilities throughout the school, if so what were they?
Hashim- “Throughout the senior school, I had many small roles. However, when I began Year 12 there was a lot of opportunities. My personal favourite role was being a member of the Year 12 Charity Committee, I loved being a part of a team and getting different people involved in charity work.”
Isobel- “Yes, I think I was form captain once. I used to have to collect in the books sometimes!
What has been your favourite school trip you have been on?
Hashim: “In year 9 I went on a trip with school to Germany, it was absolutely astonishing! I had never been to Germany before and I remembered being extremely excited. My favourite part of the trip was going to see the salt mines in Austria.”
Isobel: “I used to love the Geography trips in Year 8 and 9, they were really fun. I remember going to Sorrento in Pompeii, and I loved that trip. We walked up the volcano and looked at all the ancient ruins. That’s probably the best trip I have ever been on!”
What clubs or hobbies do you enjoy?
Hashim: “I enjoy playing basketball in my spare time from about Year 10 onwards. I also enjoy to play and learn the electric guitar. I like the electric guitar as it’s a break from regular school work, although the noise does make my parents go mad!”
Isobel: “I do a lot of music, as it’s different from other subjects, and it’s a bit of a break from them all. I do the violin, and I’m in choir. I also participate in a choir outside of school.”
How were you chosen for Head girl and School Captain and what was the process?
Hashim: “Firstly I had to deliver a speech to all Year 12’s and staff, as to why they should choose me to be School Captain. I then was taken for an interview with other students and multiple teachers who made the final decision. I was then told a few days later that I was selected to be School Captain!”
Isobel: “It was a very long process and it was quite similar to Hashims. I had to make a speech to the Year 12 girls (my friends) and ask the infant school children what they thought a Head Girl was. I had some hilarious responses, including some who thought the most important job was helping Mrs Anderson clean out the toilets at the end of the day! There was also a staff and student vote, and I had to be interviewed by Mrs Anderson, Mrs Leaver, Mrs Campion and Mrs Hammond. A week or so later I was told I was Bury Grammar School’s Head Girl!”
Do you have any siblings?
Hashim- “I have one sister called Amina, she is in Year 10 and goes to this school. She is a lot more confident than me and takes on any challenge! She has always loved languages, especially Spanish and French.”
Isobel- “I have a sister in Year 6 at this school, her name is Lucy. She hates that I’m Head Girl because it means everyone knows who I am. She always gets really embarrassed of me!”
Written by Emily and Ellie, 7K.
Year 7 Language Taster Week
During our two Language Taster weeks Year 7 had one week of Spanish and one week of German. This was to help us decide whether we would like to take Spanish or German in Year 8 as well as French. Here are Isabel’s thoughts: “These two weeks have been an amazing experience for everyone. We had tastes of two completely different languages, which the majority of us had never learnt before. We learnt all about the culture, foods, pronunciation and conversation topics in Spain and Germany. Everyone is very excited about making the hard decision of choosing one of the languages.”
Written by Emily, 7K.