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Students' Blindfold Challenge

Posted on: May 9th 2019

Img 6753nhTwo students have experienced blindness for a day to raise funds for Basingstoke’s only blind charity, Helping Hands for the Blind.

Maddee Lancaster and Chelsea Oliver set themselves a challenge to experience just what it is like to be blind and deal with day to day activities and tasks. The students were partnered with a buddy for the duration of the challenge and were sponsored to go about their daily activities, gaining an insight into the challenges facing blind and partially sighted people.

Getting ready for school, eating meals, talking and interacting with friends, moving around school were all considerably more challenging for the girls but their resilient and calm approach ensured the day was a success.

Helping Hands for the Blind is a small local and friendly registered charity established in 2012 for people with sight loss in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas and a 2018 community project award winner.   Talking about the charity, Chairperson David Chatten Smith said “At Helping Hands for the Blind we aim to eliminate social inequalities by providing help, advice and support for the blind, visually impaired, their families and carers.  This can help to maintain their independence and improve the quality of their lives.”

Congratulations to Maddee and Chelsea who have raised £110 for Helping Hands for the Blind.

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Education Secretary's Visit
Posted on: 9/05/2019

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On the eve of the Education Secretary’s address at the National Association of Head Teachers' annual meeting in Telford, Amery Hill School warmly welcomed The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP to school to meet with students and senior leaders. Students proudly toured the school with Mr Hinds, talking eloquently about its strengths and the excellent pastoral care and support which has allowed them to flourish during their time at Amery Hill. Mr Hinds also met with senior leaders of the school including Mr Stephen Mann, Headteacher, Mrs Jacky Wilde, Chair of Governors, Mrs Jackie Edmunds, School Business Manager, and Mrs Lorna Vickery, School Governor which provided an ideal opportunity for a healthy discussion on key issues which schools up and down the country are facing; inadequate funding, increasing demand for specialist provision in mainstream schools and the challenges of teacher recruitment and retention. Talking about the visit, Mr Stephen Mann, commented “Finances are challenging for many schools and leaders are having to make difficult compromise decisions across the country.  As we approach the Government’s comprehensive Spending Review it will be interesting to see how education fares. Despite Mr Hinds openly acknowledging the pressures facing schools, which are not restricted to financial matters, there are so many competing demands on public funds that it will take a huge financial commitment to help relieve them.” “At Amery Hill we are fortunate to have secured over £1.1 million to redevelop our existing Kitchen and Dining facilities, a significant proportion of which has come from the Government administered Healthy Pupils Capital Fund. They recognised how our application was based on the school’s philosophy of developing the whole child. This funding enables us to continue with the strategic development of first class facilities for all of our students to enjoy.”View Article