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ADFAS funding benefits Amery Hill students

Posted on: June 14th 2016

Presentation of cheque newsheaderA discussion following a staff training session last autumn has blossomed into the renewal of a relationship between Amery Hill School and the Alton Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS), which was first established some three years ago. Acting Head of Art, Mrs Alison Miller, explained that she was keen to incorporate printing as an option for those undertaking GCSE Art, but without a printing press there seemed little hope of this being achieved. That’s when ADFAS got involved again and in addition to their Committee agreeing to donate £500 towards the anticipated cost of £1100, they secured a further £350 from the Hampshire branch of their national organisation and an additional £250 from the London HQ. At a recent presentation to the Art Department, ADFAS Chairman Niven Baird handed over a cheque which has enabled the printing press and associated materials to be ordered ready for the printing of students’ work to take place from September. For further information about ADFAS including their well-received lecture programme, please take a look at their website - click here

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Posted on: 10/11/2017

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For many years, students from Amery Hill School have assisted local historian Tony Cross remember the casualties of the two world wars who are buried in Alton Cemetery. This year, volunteers from Year 9 cleaned the distinctive Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstones and placed a Cross of Remembrance on each grave in advance of Armistice Day. In doing so, they learned something of the simple design of the headstones and the circumstances associated with the reasons why the men were buried in Alton, rather than on traditional battlefields. The presence of a WWI memorial plaque on a traditional headstone, gave students an insight into the grieving of local families who had no burial place for their loved ones. Other inscriptions on family headstones tell of a young man who perished with the loss of HMS Hampshire in 1916; another who died as a prisoner of war whilst in captivity in Turkey following the surrender of Kut the same year; and a young man who died on D-Day, 6 June 1944. All of these inscriptions brought home the scattered nature of the losses suffered by Alton’s families in the time of war. Passers-by who were interested in what the students were doing seemed impressed by their selfless actions: a notable feature of our community-spirited students. Wearing a Poppy is the traditional sign of remembering those who died in the service of our country; giving one’s time to ensure the memory of those who were lost in past conflicts is maintained, is something more pro-active.View Article