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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
Rock Challenge
Posted on: 23/02/2016

Rock Challenge

We are so proud of our first entry to UK Rock Challenge. This was a truly memorable experience for all of the students who took part as well as the staff involved and the parents who came to support and watch the final performance. Miss Hayes and Miss Perkins did a fantastic job of creating and choreographing our performance, titled ’Should We Press Play?’ The students worked with great commitment to produce a superb representation of the difficulties and horrors of modern film and the mental anguish it can cause. Performing at the Southampton Guildhall allowed students to experience being at a professional venue. The setting has played host to some of the most famous artists in the world and we showed a very professional attitude throughout. All of our Rock Challenge performers and back stage helpers can be immensely proud of all that was achieved. Not only did everyone have a fantastic time, they also came away with a number of Awards for Excellence for Positive Inclusion, Choreography, Performance Skill, Soundtrack, Entertainment, Lighting, Video Performance and overall fourth place. This is a really impressive achievement for a first-time entry. Here's what some of our parents said:  “Wow! Didn't they do well. Just a quick note to say how proud I was last night to be a parent of Amery Hill school, so much work and commitment has gone in to the show, not only from the students but from the staff as well. Thank you for giving my girls the opportunity to perform on stage and to get involved with the props and hair and make up.” “A huge congratulations to all those involved in last night's Rock Challenge. You were absolutely amazing and teachers and pupils should be very proud of your school. They saved the best until last!! “ “My daughter started Amery Hill this year and she took part in the Rock Challenge. I just wanted to drop a quick message to the amazing teachers who gave up much of their precious time to allow my daughter to experience such a fantastic event. Last night we saw children from many schools perform to a huge audience of whom all really enjoyed it. We, as parents of some of the year 7 children, where amazed to see such talent shining through. Thank you to all concerned. It was a great evening.”  View Article

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