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Celebrating Excellence in Music
Posted on: 24/11/2020

Celebrating Excellence in Music

Amery Hill School is delighted to have been nominated by the Hampshire Music Hub and to be awarded Music Mark membership for 2020-21. This is in recognition of our commitment to excellent music provision in the curriculum, as well as numerous out-of-school enrichment opportunities.   Music Mark is a UK Association for Music Education that works on behalf of its members to enable high quality music education for all children and young people by influencing, supporting and connecting - a vision shared by leaders at Amery Hill School. It is supported by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Speaking about the nomination, Ms Worwood said, “We are delighted to yet again be nominated by Hampshire Music. This professional recognition is being celebrated by all involved with music education at Amery Hill School.  Music plays an important part of daily  school life and helps build students’ self-esteem and self-discipline. Being part of the Music Mark network will enable us to access a wealth of online resources which in turn will help us further develop and support the delivery of music education for the benefit of all our students.” In her letter congratulating the school, Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive of Music Mark, commented, “Music Mark works to enable our members and the wider music education sector, to deliver high quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people. My thanks for all that you are doing and continue to do to support our collective vision.”View Article
Former students' kind and generous spirit
Posted on: 20/11/2020

Former students' kind and generous spirit

In our new, socially-distanced, mask-wearing society, where large gatherings are prohibited, School Proms have regrettably become a plan impossible to make a reality this year. Blue Year, the most recent Year 11 cohort to leave Amery Hill, were among the many across the nation whose Proms and Leavers' Celebrations had to be cancelled. In the months prior to this, the Amery Hill Prom Committee had been organising events, sales and performances to fundraise money to contribute to their summer Prom. As this money could not be put to use in the initially intended way, the Committee made a unanimous decision to donate the fundraising money to charity. The three chosen causes were Alton’s Trussell Trust Food Bank, NHS ‘Charities Together’ and Broadlands Riding for the Disabled. Speaking on behalf of the Prom Committee, former Deputy Head Girl, Lorna Plumridge, commented “Our chosen charities will benefit hugely from our donations, particularly after a year of such turmoil and with Christmas just around the corner. We are so glad that we can make a positive change in our local community, and that the hard work we put into fundraising will benefit so many individuals”. Whilst Blue Year could not leave Amery Hill in the way they had hoped, the Class of 2020 will be remembered for years to come, not only due to the impact of the unprecedented pandemic on their final year at secondary school, but also due to their generous contribution to the charities. Mrs Winch, Progress Leader for the former Blue Year said, 'Whilst we had a lot of fun raising money for the Prom up until lockdown last year, I am very sad and disappointed that the year group did not get their summer Prom.  The donation to these three very worthwhile charities is a reflection of the year group's kind and generous spirit: something that was fostered throughout their five years at Amery Hill school.  They will certainly never be forgotten.'  View Article
Generations connect through art and kindness
Posted on: 14/05/2020

Generations connect through art and kindness

Since it was announced that schools would be closed for a number of weeks, students at Amery Hill School expressed an interest to be able to help their community, especially those who are vulnerable. Year 8 students had already been forging a relationship with care homes across Alton as part of the ‘Access All Ages’ lottery funded project before the current crisis hit. As schools closed their doors to the majority of students, Miss Rachel Stobbart, Head of Religious Studies at Amery Hill School contacted a number of residential homes and care providers in Alton and asked if their residents might like to receive correspondence from our students. Talking about the project, Miss Stobbart, commented, “We had an overwhelmingly positive response and our students were encouraged to send a letter, poem, story or piece of artwork to a resident living in a care home or being looked after by a care provider. Even if each of us wrote just one note to let someone know we are thinking of them, what a huge difference that could make. Students across all year groups have participated and we have had some lovely feedback from grateful residents.” An incredible number of pieces of artwork have been created, with over 200 pieces alone being sent off by students in Years 7-9.  Zoe Swan, a student in Year 10, painted and wrote a card for the residents of Borovere Residential Care Home. Zoe (photo above) was delighted to have received a wonderful letter of thanks from Borovere resident Mrs Janet Egan. Amery Hill’s Head of Art, Miss Sarah Burrell added “We are incredibly proud of our students. Their kindness, thoughtfulness and creative talent has brought a smile to many people’s faces, including our own. It has been such a rewarding and uplifting project.” Another student Beth Turk sent this message and artwork to Brendoncare’s residents. Hello, my name is Beth Turk, and I am a student at Amery Hill School. I wanted to share with you my newest art project inspired by the work of the artist Emily Blincoe. I took old and new nuts, bolts and washers from my garage. The old ones are all from a 1965 Triumph motor bike that my dad and I are restoring. I designed the picture to have an ombre effect, with the old in the lower left corner going up to the new in the upper right corner. To me it represents how we are all going through quarantine and the coronavirus situation together, and how both the older and newer (younger) people are both at risk, but are working together to help each other out.  My family and I are thinking of you at this time.View Article
Face shields to help NHS Heroes
Posted on: 14/04/2020

Face shields to help NHS Heroes

Many hospitals are reporting that they are just hours away from running out of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to keep nurses and doctors safe from coronavirus infection, as a leaked email from NHS bosses reveals the health service has already run out of some kit. Doctors and nurses have spoken out about shortages to PPE, including visors, masks and gowns, as demand across the country has jumped 2,000 per cent. Design Technology (DT) teachers up and down the country have responded with many schools now manufacturing protective face shields for the NHS, as part of the national effort to increase the availability of PPE for frontline NHS staff. Over the Easter break, teachers at Amery Hill School have designed and started producing a face shield using the school’s laser cutter, with the first 80 face shields produced being delivered to local GP surgeries and Aldershot’s Centre for Health. The design involves laser cutting a polypropylene headband and attaching it to a clear PVC screen. Miss Kate Scott, one of the school’s DT teachers, who has been the driving force behind the project commented, “we have the capacity to make up to 200 face shields a day, with colleagues assisting in the DT workshop to laser cut the headband, shape and cut the visor and assemble and clean the face shield. I have been delighted at how quickly we have been able to respond to help our local NHS heroes. Our next challenge, however, will be to source additional materials to enable us to continue production.” A further 200 face shields have been delivered this week to Frimley Park Hospital’s Stroke Department, Dementia Care, the NHS Covid-19 Response Team and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham. Talking about the recent delivery, Mr Simon Cox, Estates Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice said “the visors and gloves arrived and have gone straight into service on the ward. First reports from the nurses are that the visors are more comfortable than the ones we need to reuse at the moment. It sounds like they are already making a difference and have been a bit of a morale booster. Please pass on our thanks to all the team at Amery Hill School that have made this very special gesture possible.” Personal protective equipment items have also been kindly donated by the school’s Science Department, with 2,500 gloves, 90 pairs of safety goggles and coveralls being collected by Frimley Park Hospital.View Article

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