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'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
Students challenge MPs with fresh ideas on RE
Posted on: 20/07/2016

Students challenge MPs with fresh ideas on RE

Two of the RS Ambassadors from Amery Hill, Alf Hamer and Monty Moran, joined over 60 more students from across England at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 13th July for the inaugural Youth Debate on the role of religious education in schools. They were welcomed to Westminster by Mary Glindon MP and comedian, writer and actress Sara Pascoe.  The students were accompanied by Head of RS at Amery Hill Mrs Esther Keen and specialist RS teacher Mr Steve Gerlach for the debate itself but the only voices heard were the students’ and guest delegates’, comprising politicians and educationalists.  Mrs Keen said, “Issues relating to RE are never far from the news headlines. It’s a great subject for a varied and heated debate, and our students presented their views eloquently and robustly, sharing their own ideas and being challenged by the different opinions and experiences of other young British people. They were really open to being exposed to fresh thinking and represented our school with real passion.” Students debated topics as diverse as the role of religious literacy in combatting extremism, the secularisation of schools, and the responsibility of society, through schools, to expose young people to the widest range of opinions, issues and learning. While at the Houses of Parliament, the students had the chance to meet local MP, Mr Damian Hinds, and to share their own thinking on the importance and relevance of RE in a modern society. The debate was staged by the Religious Education Council for England and Wales (REC), of which the Amery Hill students are members, and the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE). Photo below Students with Mr Damian Hinds, MPView Article
Amery Hill Sports Relief
Posted on: 18/03/2016

Amery Hill Sports Relief

The biggest national sporting charity event of the year reached Amery Hill School on Friday as the school got behind Sport Relief in a big way. Students and staff alike donated money to take part in the events that were put on throughout the day in aid of those in need, both in the world’s poorest countries as well as right here in the UK. Spirits were high as the students, who all gave money to wear non uniform clothes for the day, competed in fiercely contested basketball and football shooting competitions held in the Sports Hall during lunchtime as well as other events such as a half mile run on a course set out around the field and astroturf and sessions of Zumba and Body Combat, a form of high intensity cardio exercise inspired by martial arts exercises. The half mile run proved particularly popular with a steady stream of students running, jogging or walking round, along with many members of staff including, Headteacher, Mrs Wylie. It wasn’t just Amery Hill students that were involved though as some of the local primary schools were also invited to take part.  The activity seemed to go down well as the children enthusiastically jumped, kicked and punched their way through nearly an hour of the invigorating routine before making way for classes of Amery students and staff. With proceeds from a cake sale, tombola and girls touch rugby competition, the total amount of money raised was over £1,200, a fantastic effort from all involved and money that will go a long way to improving the lives of many people.   Gallery for Amery Hill Sports Relief coming soon.  View Article

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