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Prom 2022

Posted on: June 30th 2022

Prom News headerAmery Hill’s Year 11 students recently celebrated the end of their secondary school education at Prom 2022 with an evening of enjoyable entertainment. There are some key moments in a school year which create a variety of emotions and the Year 11 leavers’ event is one such occasion. Having worked so hard over the past few months for their GCSE exams, it was lovely that the students could celebrate together. Everything was perfectly in place. The school was transformed for a memorable evening by staff and with a red carpet arrival (kindly facilitated by the Alton House Hotel, thank you), the scene was set for the students’ arrival. What a spectacle it was! From the suits, the bow ties and the beautifully elegant prom dresses, the students looked fab-u-lous and arrived in style!

Being the first year group to sit formal exams after a global pandemic was never going to be easy. However, Year 11 have shown huge amounts of resilience and commitment to their studies and their Prom celebration was well deserved.

Progress Leader, Mr James White, added “I am so proud of all of Year 11. The way in which they have tackled the last three years head on has been admirable. Prom 2022 was such a lovely evening and they all looked so smart and grown up. A highlight for me was seeing the whole year group linking arms in a big circle dancing together. What a proud moment that was.”

Students enjoyed an evening of mocktails, an excellent disco, dancing, street food and entertainment from a professional magician. They had a fantastic evening which was rounded off with emotional goodbyes.

Mr White added, “I wish every one connected to the Class of 2022 the very best for the future. These students have been a credit to the school and I know they will all go on to achieve amazing things.”

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Posted on: 26/04/2023

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Amery Hill School Year 10 students returned to Sicily this year for an action packed five days of tectonics, rivers, food and culture. Setting off in darkness, 48 students and five staff flew direct to Catania Airport passing over one of the main attractions of the trip – Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe. It was clear from the steam  clouds being generated by “Mamma Etna” (as Sicilians call her) that she was ready to greet us! The next day, after a coach ride up the mountain, cable car and four-wheel drive vehicle we were close to the summit of Mount Etna with a special guide to inform us. Conditions were perfect as we listened to information about past eruptions and took pictures off the huge caldera. Friday was a highlight for many students. The morning was a thrilling River Trekking activity session. Students got suited and booted in wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and waterproof boots and entered the chilly waters of the Alcantara River, created from snowmelt on Mount Etna itself. Scrambling over rocks, students were presented with an increasingly challenging series of waterfalls to jump off in this two-hour activity. The final water fall was estimated at seven metres high! The afternoon was more sedate with an opportunity for some retail therapy and the chance to visit an Italian pizza restaurant. The twist here was that all the students were shown how to make their own pizza, from kneading the dough through to choosing toppings, all under the watchful eye of the restaurant staff. After a late night, the final full day involved a short ferry ride to the island of Vulcano, after which all volcanoes are named. There were a few green faces, after the slightly choppy crossing, as the challenge of climbing to the volcano summit was contemplated. No cable cars here! Fortunately, due to the volcano currently being seismically too active and consequently too dangerous, a smaller summit was scaled instead with a local guide. This was challenge enough for some students and still provided some spectacular views. On our final day, we revisited the beautiful town of Taormina. Students had a last chance to enjoy some Italian food and buy souvenirs before we headed to the airport for the flight home and the chilly reception from the UK, not from the parents waiting to greet the students, but from the weather, after we had been spoiled by 20 0 C temperatures! We are hoping to return again in 2024 with next year’s Year 10 students.View Article