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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
Celebrating Excellence in Music
Posted on: 24/01/2018

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. This is in recognition of our commitment to providing numerous outstanding enrichment opportunities in music, as well as excellent music provision in the curriculum. The School has commanded an unrivalled reputation for excellence in music for many years, so this professional recognition is being celebrated by Curriculum Leader, Ms Sam Worwood and all involved with the performing arts at Amery Hill School. Music Mark is an 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 become Members of Music Mark, which follows our success in the Hampshire Chairman’s Year of Music Awards in Summer 2017. Both organisations have recognised the breadth and quality of opportunities that we offer our students at Amery Hill School and those extended to our local primary schools as well.” In her letter congratulating the school, Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive of Music Mark, commented, “We would firstly like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your school are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.” Head Teacher, Mrs Elizabeth Wylie, and students receive the awards for achievement, View Article
Presentation Evening at The Maltings
Posted on: 16/01/2018

Presentation Evening at The Maltings

It was lovely to welcome so many former students to the Alton Maltings for last year’s Presentation Evening and to hear about their current studies and ambitions for the future.  Our thanks to the Amery Hill Association for kindly providing the  refreshments for the evening and for donating all the Award Prizes. Ms Keen introduced students who were presented with their certificates and special Subject Achievement Awards were introduced by Heads of Department. Effort, contribution and achievement were celebrated throughout the evening. A massive thank you to everyone who supported the event, including those who donated to the retiring collection. A fabulous £197.85 was raised for ‘Make a Wish Foundation’, a charity this year group have supported throughout their time at Amery Hill School.  We look forward to hearing about this year groups’ progress in future years and wish them every success.  Award  Recipient  Art  Rebecca Gordon  D & T: Electronics & Control Systems Kyle Barber  D & T: Resistant Materials Phoebe Neville  D & T: Food Technology Gemma Elliott  Drama Jamie Walker  English Dylan Brown & Eliza Gange  Geography Gemma Elliott  History Ed King  Computing Monty Moran  ICT CiDA Jo Pasfield  Additional Maths Monty Moran  Maths Freya Cannings  Media Studies Alisha Frost  Creative Digital Media Production Ben Walker  MFL: French Lucy Bayliss  MFL: German Alf Hamer  MFL: Spanish Siriol Whomsley  Music Charlie Bray  PE Paloma Sims  Religious Studies Asher Smart  Science: Biology Giles Hartley  Science: Chemistry Molly Bennett  Science: Physics Francesco Tesolin  Health & Social Care Bria Ferne  Outstanding Attendance Megan Ameer-Beg & Katrina Cave  Head Girl Lucy Bayliss  Head Boy Giles Hartley  Progress Leader Prize Shannon Bulbeck  Governors' Prize Dylan Brown  View Article

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