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Young Ambassadors Conference
Posted on: 20/07/2016

Young Ambassadors Conference

The report which follows is from Lucy Bayliss and Monty Moran on their activities at the Young Ambassadors Conference held on 6th June and at school this term.    As part of our role as Young Ambassadors for RE, we participated in the RE Council of England and Wales’ Conference at Conway Hall - home to the Ethical Society - in London, which had an overall focus on the idea of creating community cohesion and looking at the role of RE in promoting this. We began by being introduced to the role of the RE Council, which is to promote the importance of religious education; we were also told about the REC’s plans for the future, which include an independent commission on Religious Education in schools.  After this, the keynote speaker Lord Winston was introduced, who gave a fascinating speech on the importance of faith, its role in modern Britain and how he personally balances his Orthodox Jewish faith with his work in science in areas such as genetic modification and fertility treatment. Ranging from the tower of Babel to the work of Galileo, his talk opened many branches for thought and discussion on religion and spirituality, as well as the ethics of modern science, such as the recent genetic modification of pigs to grow human organs. After this, each of the Young Ambassador teams presented on the worldview that they had been exploring over the last few months. As the Amery Hill team, we delivered a talk on our recent work on the Quaker faith, which was a collaborative project with the local Quaker Meeting House just outside our school.  A variety of faiths was explored including Sufism, Jainism, Modern Kadampa Buddhism, the Bahá’í faith and Zoroastrianism, before each team discussed their work as RE ambassadors over the past year and created plans for the upcoming year. At Amery Hill we are still establishing ourselves as a group, but have already been involved with several projects and events. This week we invited two speakers to Amery Hill for a presentation and debate on humanism and how being humanists affects their everyday lives.  Dr Alan Montgomery and Ms Rosemary Harker, from the Farnham Humanists joined Amery Hill students for a thought-provoking discussion.  For more information on the Farnham Humanist’s schools outreach programme, see their website www.farnham.humanist.org.uk/ Photos below The RE Young Ambassadors team from Amery Hill School, with Head of RS, Mrs Esther Keen, and teacher Mr Ian Carpenter Students arriving at the Ethical Society Guest speakers Dr Alan Montgomery and Ms Rosemary Harker, from the Farnham Humanists, with Amery Hill studentsView Article
Amery Hill School's Visit to Berlin
Posted on: 22/04/2016

Amery Hill School's Visit to Berlin

Amery Hill School's GCSE History students replaced their text books with a trip to Berlin over the Easter weekend. Head Girl, Sarah Williamson, described the trip as “so interesting” and clearly valued the chance to see “all aspects of Berlin from the museums on the Holocaust and the Cold War to commemorative art installations and smaller museums focused on individual survival stories”. The students visited many of the key sights in Berlin, including the Reichstag, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the Check Point Charlie Museum where students were able to learn about the Berlin Wall and various and sometimes ingenious methods people used to escape from East Berlin.  For student Francesco Tesolin, his personal highlight was to see the Berlin Wall and the Brandenbug Gate. The sombre mood from the excursion to Sachsenhausen lifted as the group crossed the Glienicke Brucke bridge for lunch in Potsdam, made famous in the recent film ‘Bridge of Spies’ featuring Tom Hanks. The Jewish Museum, which tells the story of the Jews from their arrival in the middle ages to the present day, was also on the itinerary. “In my opinion, this was the hardest hitting museum we visited,” student Lizzie Bull commented. “It wasn’t a stereotypical museum where we got to look at items through glass screens, but put us in uncomfortable thought-provoking situations. One of them was a long thin room that was lit only by very high sky lights. We were meant to walk the length of the chasm-like room, but on the floor were hundreds of jagged faces cut out from industrial metal. Each step would create a loud clanking sound that would echo around, breaking the silence. It was very surreal.” On their last day students visited the Blindwerkstaff museum which is a tribute to Berlin’s Oscar Schindler, who protected people with disabilities and Jews in Nazi Germany. The final stop was Gendarmenmarkt to visit Fassbender and Rausch, probably one of the best chocolate shops in the world. A fitting end to a school trip over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend!  View Article

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