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Historic Krakow

Posted on: March 7th 2017

Poland wieliczka photo from salt mineYear 10 and 11 students have recently had the chance to visit the historic city of Krakow in Poland, which provided an exceptional opportunity for the students to experience and reflect upon the issues raised during WWII and the Holocaust.  With guided visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Auschwitz and Birkenau, tours of the salt mines at Wieliczka and the Old Jewish Quarter at Kazimierz, the students’ GCSE studies were enriched by the experience, with the visit described as “life enhancing” by Head of Religious Studies, Ms Rachel Stobbart.

“Our excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine took us 130 metres underground to experience its incredible chapels, painstakingly carved out of salt by the miners over many years. The detail and intricacy of these chapels were spectacular to see and left all of us astounded at what can be achieved in such unlikely places. In stark contrast, our tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau was most poignant, with students experiencing many emotions. Our trip really was eye opening and an experience that I am sure we will never forget. As George Santayana said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”; we hope that by making this trip we ensure such acts never happen again.”

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Amery Hill students turn reporters for the day
Posted on: 22/03/2017

Amery Hill students turn reporters for the day

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