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Amery Hill students turn reporters for the day
Posted on: 22/03/2017

Amery Hill students turn reporters for the day

Amery Hill School hosted its fourth annual BBC School Report event this month, with 30 students experiencing what it is like to be a journalist for the day. The students worked in small groups and had the chance to research some interesting topics as well as learn the techniques of constructing and conducting a good interview. The reports covered a variety of topics, from the serious issues of a lack of diversity in the media and stereotypes about specific groups of people, to a more humorous representation of Donald Trump and his leadership style.  Speaking about the day, student reporter Alisha Frost said “For the fourth year in a row, this exciting day was planned and led by Mrs Winch, Head of Media Studies. To give us a real feel for what it would be like to work for a newspaper, live BBC news reports were actively displayed during the time, adding to the experience.” Students had the chance to develop their journalism skills, carrying out research, interviews and filming during the course of the day. Alisha added, “It was a fun day filled with exciting experiences for all!  On a personal note, I feel privileged to have taken part in this amazing opportunity for three years in a row and hope it continues for many more years to come.” Many of the students are core members of the school’s reporting team and have been instrumental in launching the student newspaper, ‘The Amery Quill’. We are looking forward to the next edition of their thought-provoking newspaper which will feature their articles and interviews from the BBC School Report Day. Click here to visit our BBC School ReportView Article
Vote for Amery Hill to win Tesco's grant
Posted on: 5/01/2017

Vote for Amery Hill to win Tesco's grant

Amery Hill School calls for votes with Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative Amery Hill School is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative. Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Amery Hill School is one of the groups on the shortlist for this month. The school has applied for funding for outdoor furniture for their supported quad; a quiet area of the school where students can go at break times and feel secure to be themselves. The students enjoy socialising and eating their lunch in this area and while there are a few benches, additional seating is needed. The school has sourced some environmentally friendly, recycled plastic wood-effect tables and benches to suite wheelchair users to furnish this much used area and would really appreciate the support of the community. Mrs Kathleen Digby, SENCo at Amery Hill School said “Amery Hill School is a fully inclusive school and we have students who have difficulties physically, emotionally and socially. We have a reputation as a school with a strong caring ethos which strives to meet the individual needs of all students, whatever they may be.  To furnish the supported quad with new seating through this grant will benefit all of our students who use this area on a daily basis”. Voting is open in stores in Alton, Hook and Basingstoke until 28th January. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £24 million to more than 2,400 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding. Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.” Groundwork’s Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said  “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between. We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”View Article
Students help Healthwatch Hampshire
Posted on: 4/01/2017

Students help Healthwatch Hampshire

Students help Healthwatch Hampshire to raise awareness of A&E issues Year 10 students at Amery Hill School have been working alongside Healthwatch, the independent consumer champion for health and social care in England, whose aims are to help people get the best out of their local health and social care services; whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. During 'Healthwatch Week' in April 2016, Healthwatch Hampshire visited Amery Hill School presenting assemblies to Year 8 and 9 students and to all the pupils at Bishops Waltham Junior School; the students and pupils were encouraged to speak up about their experiences of health and social care and were invited to participate in a survey.  The results indicated that just over two thirds of the students and pupils surveyed thought that accident and emergency services were most important to them. Amery Hill students were invited to collaborate with Healthwatch Hampshire and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) on a project to produce a short video to: Help to improve the understanding of children and young people in Hampshire about their local emergency health care services Help providers of local emergency health care services to better understand the particular needs of children and young people, for whom emergency departments are often the ‘front door’ to access health care in hospitals. HHFT, who manage the emergency departments in Winchester and Basingstoke, visited the school in the summer term when Dr Helen Crossley, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Lorna Farmer, an Emergency Nurse Practitioner were interviewed and filmed by the Amery Hill students, with support from Healthwatch Hampshire. Healthwatch Hampshire representative Mr Steve Manley commented “Amery Hill School, worked with us throughout the project, allowing us to speak to their assembly, whose staff, particularly Mr Lewis, Progress Leader for Year 10, were patient and generous with their time, and whose students were funny and intelligent beyond our expectations.” To read the report click here To watch the video click here  View Article
Celebrating Students' Success
Posted on: 16/11/2016

Celebrating Students' Success

Amery Hill School’s annual Presentation Evening took place this week at The Maltings. The evening celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2016 who were presented with their GCSE certificates by Headteacher, Mrs Elizabeth Wylie, and our guest of honour, Mr Dan Eley. Many students were also recognised for their hard work and effort through Subject Achievement prizes, which were kindly donated by the Amery Hill Association. Other students, including Oliver Hunt and Georgina Clark, were commended for their academic and personal achievements through the Governors’ and Progress Leader’s prizes respectfully. Mrs Miller, the outgoing Progress Leader for the year group, commented “It was lovely to see so many of our ex-students on the evening and to hear about their current studies and ambitions for the future. We wish all of them every success.” Dan Eley was welcomed as the guest of honour this year and delivered an inspiring and motivating speech. Dan, a young man from Surrey, worked as a charity worker with impoverished children in Latin America before a diving accident in the Colombian Amazon left him paralysed. Dan’s fight and struggle to come to terms with his own emotional and physical challenges inspired him to pursue his dream of starting apprenticeship-style training schemes for children living in poverty in Colombia and Latin America. His main message was about turning adversity into opportunity. Speaking after the event Dan thanked the parents, students and school for making him so welcome, “Your pupils are wonderful - a testimony to your dedicated staff. The retiring collection raised an amazing £418.17. Please thank everyone and tell them how grateful we are for believing in The Dan Eley Foundation.”  View Article
'Paving the Way' has won a Judges' Award
Posted on: 4/11/2016

'Paving the Way' has won a Judges' Award

Local community energy project ‘Paving the Way’ has won a Judges’ Award from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund Amery Hill School’s ‘Paving the Way’ project has won the Judges’ Award in a national renewable community energy project competition run by M&S Energy. Whilst the majority of winners are selected via a public vote, ‘Paving the Way’ was one of two groups to be awarded the prestigious judges’ prize. The panel of judges consisted of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Writer & Broadcaster), Sir Ed Davey (Chairman of Mongoose Energy & Former Secretary of State for DECC), Giles Bristow (Director at Forum for the Future) and Morven Smith (Head of Community Investment at SSE). The project involves installing ‘Pavegen’ floor tiles, in the ICT corridor which will generate electricity from students’ footsteps. The installation will enable students and staff to engage with a tangible, renewable energy solution and will help them recognise the opportunities for an innovative off-grid energy technology within high footfall areas, regardless of the weather. Talking on BBC Radio Surrey, Project Owner, Mrs Amanda Denton, commented “Amery Hill School is really excited to have won the judges’ award as it will not only help to educate our students on the benefits of green technology but those of our local primary schools and the wider community. A massive thank you to everyone who voted for us.” The energy harnessed and converted from student and staff footsteps using the ‘Pavegen’ tiles is an innovative and effective renewable energy source. Not only does the system harvest energy but the tiles are fitted with wireless technology which will provide detailed real-time feedback on the power generated. The energy harvested can be used to power low-voltage local applications and we plan to use this to light the ICT corridor. The judging panel were impressed by school’s approach to embracing new technology: “The Amery Hill School project is one of the most innovative projects in the competition this year. The judges quickly agreed on awarding this project once they saw the great video made by the students of Amery Hill School. The judges were impressed that a new form of technology had been proposed, but mostly were excited by the prospect of the whole school getting involved to power the school through just their footsteps.” Sir Ed Davey said, “It’s been an absolute pleasure to be involved in the judging panel for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund.  All the winners will make a real difference to their local communities, made possible through this fund. The level of community support during the voting stages is a clear confirmation that community energy is thriving and communities around Great Britain want and need it – more so at this time of uncertainty in the community energy field. The judge’s prizes were for stand out projects, presenting some unique and innovative ways to think about energy saving.” View Article
'Paving the Way' with M&S Energy
Posted on: 5/09/2016

'Paving the Way' with M&S Energy

Amery Hill School has been shortlisted by M&S Energy following our grant application to the M&S Community Energy Fund.   The Fund supports renewable energy projects which can demonstrate they have support of their local community.  We applied to the M&S Energy Fund for a grant to help deliver our ‘Paving the Way’ renewable energy project.  Please help us secure this funding by voting for our project on the link below. The more votes we have, the better chance we have of ‘Paving the Way’! Our installation project will consist of 24 ‘Pavegen’ floor tiles, covering 10-20 metres of the ICT corridor which will generate electricity from footsteps. The installation is designed to encourage students and staff to engage with a tangible, renewable energy solution. It will help them recognise the opportunities for an innovative off-grid energy technology within high footfall areas, regardless of the weather. The energy harnessed and converted from student and staff footsteps using the ‘Pavegen’ tiles is an innovative and effective renewable energy source. Not only does the system harvest energy but the tiles are fitted with wireless technology which will provide detailed real-time feedback on the power generated. The energy harvested can be used to power low-voltage local applications and we plan to use this to light the ICT corridor. The vote is now closed and we have to wait until 30th October for results    Visit our partner’s website for more information. Pavegen.com M&S Energy  View Article

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