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Amery Hill Prom - sunshine, sparkles and sophistication
Posted on: 27/06/2018

Amery Hill Prom - sunshine, sparkles and sophistication

Amery Hill’s Year 11 students celebrated the end of their secondary school education with a sophisticated dinner and dance at Froyle Park, Upper Froyle. Everything was perfectly in place from the suits and the bow ties, the beautifully elegant dresses to the handbags, the heels and the make-up! Talking about the event, Progress Leader, Mr Owain Lewis, commented “The arrangements for the evening were led by the Student Prom Committee, who organised the event like a team of professionals! Having worked so hard over the past few months for their GCSE exams, it was lovely that the students could celebrate together. They had a fantastic evening and it is definitely one they will remember.” The evening opened with an impressive array of transport for the traditional arrival at Amery Hill School, including a fantastic display of vintage vehicles, a variety of sports cars and even a tractor, a doughnut-performing Rotax kart and an articulated lorry cab, more commonly used to haul a 44 tonne trailer! The fly past by a yellow tiger moth biplane seemed coincidental, or was it?   It was wonderful that so many members of the community came out to wish them well and make them feel special for the evening. Tutors and students enjoyed a reception in the wonderful surroundings of Froyle Park before sitting down to dinner which was followed by the presentation of awards and speeches. The evening was rounded off at Froyle Park with plenty of photo opportunities and dancing.   To view the photos from the evening click here If students would like electronic copies of their own photos please contact Mrs Rose in the ICT Department.View Article
Towards a common future, while remembering the past
Posted on: 8/05/2018

Towards a common future, while remembering the past

With the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the UK in London and Windsor, Amery Hill School students have been learning about aspects of the Commonwealth, its role today and how it has shaped our history. This event fuelled the school’s debating programme, with students taking part enthusiastically in tutor-time discussions, considering the shared global challenges which were discussed by Heads of Government at the meeting. Following this week long focus on the Commonwealth, students and teachers decided to get involved with ‘The Unremembered’ project which was organised by Big Ideas. Two students from each Year 7 tutor group were selected to be  wreath representatives. They chose a theme and created a design for their tutor group's wreath, merging their creativity and knowledge of history to create a number of wreaths which commemorated the dedication of WW1 soldiers and their families from the Commonwealth. Lead teacher at the school, Mrs Lisa Mouland said “The students have worked so well together, coming up with some amazingly creative ideas and designs. The wreaths all looked wonderful. We are over the moon to see the photographs of our wreaths on display and to know that we have contributed to this memorable project. We hope that through our work, the message of the importance of the Commonwealth is passed on.” Mrs Mouland went on to say “We will be keeping an eye open for future Big Ideas projects as our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience – our thanks to the team at Big Ideas for their support and help with funding.”View Article
Iceland 2018
Posted on: 29/03/2018

Iceland 2018

  Gathering at 5.30am on a chilly March morning with flecks of snow in the air seemed the perfect way for the Year 10 Geographers to set off for Iceland. This trip had been highly anticipated with a record 58 students and five staff attending. Touching down in Keflavik airport, Reykjavik, the group’s first taste of the country was a visit to the North American and Eurasian plate boundary and the remarkable coastline to the east of the Capital. It was a great way to stretch the legs and clear the heads after the journey. The evening’s entertainment included a hotly contested general knowledge quiz. Days two and three included visits to a great number of impressive waterfalls (including the experience of walking behind one), hot springs and the visitor centre at the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The south of Iceland is known for its impressive waves and walking along the black sand beaches it was not long before it was clear why a 20 metre buffer zone was required between the waves and the students, as several large rogue waves rolled up the beach soaking a few unsuspecting tourists! It was the perfect spot to show the students the ideas and concepts about coasts that they had learnt in the classroom. The weather also played its part with rain, wind, sun and rainbows. The final day before departure was back towards the west of Iceland near Reykjavik peninsula with the famous ‘golden circle tour’ of Geysir, the waterfalls at Gullfoss and the ancient parliament location in the UNSECO protected Thingvellir National Park.  For many students it was a trip of a life time and although very tired on their return most were excited to tell their family what they had experienced. One student stated “It’s boring being back in England, I want to see snow capped mountains every day”. Roll on Sicily 2019 - the big adventure for next year’s GCSE Geographers.View Article
Rock Challenge: Be Your Best
Posted on: 20/03/2018

Rock Challenge: Be Your Best

Thousands of young people across the country have taken place in this year’s ‘Be Your Best Rock Challenge’ event, with Amery Hill participating in one of the regional events at The O2 Guildhall, Southampton last month. The challenge is for the students and their teachers to create and be involved in their own production from conceptualisation through to the live performance. Nine schools from across Hampshire and Surrey competed and attracted a large audience, supported by Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council. Amery Hill's production titled 'Catfish' secured them 4th place with the panel of specialist judges from the performing-arts industry awarding a number of Awards for Excellence for Choreography, Stage Use, Visual Enhancement, Entertainment, Stage Crew. The piece highlighted an important message about internet safety and the dangers of talking to strangers online. Students worked together creating the choreography, selected and recorded the music for their soundtrack and got involved in costume and set design.  Mrs Haynes, Head of PE said "We are so proud of all of the students who participated in this year's Rock Challenge event, from the performers, back stage crew, to the props, staging and costume team. They all worked incredibly hard and put on a performance which was thoroughly entertaining while delivering a really important message about staying safe when using online media and the internet.  It was wonderful that so many members of the Amery Hill community came out to support our performers and to share in their success; being placed 4th was a fantastic achievement, especially given the amazing talent on show from other competitors."View Article
Alton's top performing school
Posted on: 6/02/2018

Alton's top performing school

It’s official.  Amery Hill School is Alton’s top performing school.  Again. The publication of the Government’s secondary school’s performance comparison tables today, has verified that this year’s excellent GCSE results, and most importantly the Progress 8 Measure*, is the best in the local area. Headteacher, Mrs Elizabeth Wylie, said: “We are extremely proud of how well our students have done this year which is the result of the hard work, commitment and support shown by our students, staff and parents. In particular, the Progress 8 Measure, places us as Alton’s top performing school, for the second year running. When Ofsted visited our school in March they commented on how we provide all students with a “high quality and challenging education ... regardless of their ability or circumstances” in a “caring and stimulating culture”. The publication of this Government data today really does endorse Ofsted’s view of our school.” Visit the DfE Performance Tables to compare schools in the local area. *Progress 8 Measure. This score shows how much progress students make between the end of Key Stage 2 (end of primary school) and the end of Key Stage 4 (GCSE), compared to students across England who got similar results at the end of Key Stage 2. This is based on results in up to eight qualifications, which include English, maths, three English Baccalaureate qualifications including sciences, computer science, history, geography and languages, and three other additional approved qualifications.  View Article
Fundraising efforts reach Kenya
Posted on: 6/02/2018

Fundraising efforts reach Kenya

Amery Hill School’s Year 7 students took part in a Twelve Days of Christmas Charity initiative in December which saw them raise funds for a number of local organisations including the Alton Food Bank, the Winchester Night Shelter, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Sports Relief and the NSPCC. But their fundraising efforts didn’t stop there, with a collection of classroom equipment destined for a school in Kenya. Amery Hill School students have been involved in volunteer work with African schools in the past, so when the opportunity arose to connect with this incredible continent, and in particular Kiteghe School in rural Kenya, students embraced the challenge. The opportunity was presented to Amery Hill School by Dr Suzanne Payne, who is an Ambassador for African Promise, a registered charity which aims to develop learning environments whilst improving pupil and teacher welfare. Suzanne has been supporting the charity since 2013 when she accompanied a group of medical students from Western Kentucky University on a visit to Kasigau. Since then, Suzanne has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the work of the charity amongst her friends and by speaking to local groups, and holding various fundraisers. The funds that Suzanne has raised to date have enabled African Promise to extend their feeding programme to support the pupils at Kiteghe, as well as to sponsor educational trips and activities at the school. Amery Hill students collected pens, pencils, erasers, rulers board chalk amongst other classroom equipment which was taken to Kiteghe School in early January by the Payne family, including Suzanne’s son Charlie who attends Amery Hill School.  Vincent Mwadilo, the senior teacher at Kiteghe School, has written to the Payne family saying, “Kiteghe Primary School and the entire Kiteghe community wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude’s to the Payne family for the visit you made for us at the beginning of the year 2018. All of the presents you brought to us are of high help in the learning and we highly thank you for that. We wish that you also pass our gratitude to all whom you involve in supporting us.” Talking about the seemingly endless fundraising capacity of Amery Hill students, Headteacher, Mrs Elizabeth Wylie, commented “Our students’ fundraising efforts have had an incredible and far-reaching impact this past year. I am immensely proud of their selfless attitude and willingness to help support others less fortunate than themselves. My thanks to everyone who supported the Twelve Days initiative - students, parents and staff.” The school is looking forward to developing the relationship that they have formed with Kiteghe School into 2018 and beyond.     View Article

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