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Vote for Amery Hill to win Tesco's grant

Posted on: January 5th 2017

Amery Hill School calls for votes with Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative

Quiet QuadAmery 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.”

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Posted on: 22/03/2017

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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