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Celebrating 80 years
Posted on: 9/09/2019

Celebrating 80 years

Amery Hill School was delighted to welcome former students, staff and members of the local community to its 80th anniversary celebration, along with current students and staff. A thanksgiving service at The Church of St Lawrence and reception at the school provided a fantastic opportunity for everyone to reflect on the past eight decades. Talking about the event, current Headteacher, Mr Stephen Mann, commented “It is often said that our school days are our happiest and it has been a pleasure to welcome so many people back to Amery Hill School, including some of the school’s very first students who have relished the chance to reconnect with friends and share fond memories. We have seen generations of families pass through the doors of Amery Hill and it is with great pride that we continue to serve the families of Alton and the surrounding villages by providing a truly inspiring learning community.” The Hampshire Herald reported the first day of operation on 17th April 1939 as: “Alton’s new senior mixed council school opened its door to 400 boys and girls of the town and district on Monday. It is an outstanding addition to local education facilities and in future all children will go there instead of staying at the local school all their lives. The new building is of red brick and impressive dimensions. The design, however, merges pleasantly into the landscape. In the middle there is a quadrangle and ranged around the four sides are seven classrooms, science, domestic science, art and woodwork rooms.” During the church service, Mr Alun Parry-Jones, fomer Headteacher from 1979 - 1999, spoke of his immense pride in having led the school. He added “The evening was a very nostalgic one for me, transporting me back, as it did, to the last nineteen years of the last century, when I was proud to be associated with the school. It was a delight to meet up again with so many former colleagues and friends, who had helped to make my time there happy and successful. I was impressed, too, to realise that the school was in such good hands and continuing to go from strength to strength.”        Current Head of Food Technology and longest serving current staff member, Mrs Carolyn Miller, talked about the strong community which exists and the dedication of teachers and support staff to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students. Sentiments echoed by Mr Ray Ayres, a former teacher, who spoke with warmth and humour about his time at Amery Hill. During the reception, visitors were entertained with music through the decades performed by current students and were able to view the historic documents from the school’s archives, including the very first registers. Mr Parry-Jones and Mrs Pamela Bradford, former School Bursar, unveiled a restored stained glass window in the school’s reception to celebrate the 80th anniversary and commemorate its Golden Jubilee. Our thanks to Jan Simpson of Koru Arts and Martin Simons for generously helping with the restorations and framing.View Article
Sicily Field Trip
Posted on: 22/05/2019

Sicily Field Trip

The Amery Hill GCSE field trip has seen a change in destination with Year 10 students recently returning from Sicily. The itinerary included some incredible opportunities to explore and learn about the rich geological history of Sicily, including a visit to the Cyclops Riviera, Mount Etna and the Alcantara Gorge, a thrilling experience for many students who fearlessly embraced river trekking. The Cyclops Riviera allowed students the chance to see the marine reserve which boasts a rich biodiversity and many traditional fishing villages. While visiting the seaside villages of Aci Castello and Aci Trezza, stunning views of the clifftop Norman castle could be seen, as well as the famous faraglioni, huge lava stacks which pre-date Etna and inspired the legend of Odysseus and the cyclops Polyphemus. The highlight of the trip for many though was a visit to Western Europe’s highest and most active volcano, Mount Etna. Students travelled part way up by cable car before boarding 4x4 vehicles to reach the summit, an altitude of approximately 3000m,  zig-zagging up the ash and tephra that covers large areas of the Etna volcanic complex. Students learned how Etna’s four active crater zones and the surrounding area are monitored by over 100 seismographs and they learned how data is gathered and used during a visit to Museo dell’Etna. Students visited Taormina with its twin bays and stunning views of Mount Etna, noting how tourism and living in the shadow of the volcano has impacted upon the local community. A visit to Sicily’s second largest ancient theatre was a highlight. Originally built in the Hellenistic era, it was completely reconstructed by the Romans and used for gladiatorial shows. The final full day of the trip was spent visiting a nearby island off the coast of Sicily called Vulcano. Students Lorna Plumridge and Emily Neil spoke about the excursion "We made an early start to take the ferry over to the island, ready to climb the volcano. Similarly to Mount Etna, we were led by an expert tour guide, who was very friendly and explained the geography behind the island, although this time we didn’t have cable cars to rely on! By lunchtime we had reached the crater, and although the smell of sulphur was particularly strong, it couldn’t ruin the amazing view."View Article
Miles of smiles
Posted on: 20/05/2019

Miles of smiles

The Amery Hill and Anstey Junior School Trainers for Treloar’s Fun Run took place this week with over fifty pupils putting on their trainers and running a mile to show their support for Treloar College and School. Inspired by a member of staff, Mrs Natalie Percy, who ran the 2019 London Marathon for Treloar’s, the Fun Run was the culmination of fundraising events held by both Amery Hill and Anstey Junior School. Mrs Percy, Mr Stephen Mann, Headteacher, Amery Hill and Mrs Jenny Jones, Headteacher, Anstey Junior joined forces with the spritely and energetic youngsters and other staff members, running the mile course at Anstey playing fields, crossing the finish line on the campus at Treloar’s. Amery Hill School’s Sports Ambassadors helped with the organisation of the event, expertly marshalling the course and encouraging all the runners. Talking about the event Mr Stephen Mann commented, “I am incredibly proud of the achievement of all the runners and both school communities. Together we have raised £665.76, while having a huge amount of fun and getting active.” Mrs Jones added, "The children from Anstey Junior School really enjoyed being part of this event. It was a great opportunity for the children to find out more about the opportunities that Treloar’s offers to its students." Pupils were welcomed to Treloar’s by Principal Mr Martin Ingram and Mr Jon Colville, Director of Fundraising. Amery Hill’s next joint fundraiser with Treloar’s is a Quiz Night on 12th July – visit www.treloar.org.uk/events for more information.View Article

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