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Makeover for Alton Community Hospital

Posted on: July 23rd 2019

Mural headOn July 17th, four gifted Year 9 Amery Hill Art students - Eleanor Ford, Isobel Goldie, Edward Maton and Beatrice Vickery - took on the challenge of painting a mural to brighten the canteen at Alton Community Hospital. This was a joint venture between Amery Hill School and Age Concern - a charity that promotes the wellbeing of patients at the hospital.

The patients had requested a seaside scene, and so the four artists set to work with art teacher Ms. Miller to design a bright, evocative scene to suit the canteen space - before working non-stop through the day (TV home makeover style!) to complete the project. 

Ms. Miller was extremely proud of the artwork that the students produced, especially as they only had 6.5 hours to complete the challenge. They worked well as a team and supported each other throughout the day.

Talking about the mural, Sarah Westbrook, Age Concern’s Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator at the hospital commented, “The students were wonderful and so professional when putting this piece of art together. It will give great pleasure to the patients of Anstey Ward and will definitely be a conversation starter among patients and staff.”

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Amery Hill School backs campaign #Laptops2Schools
Posted on: 18/03/2020

Amery Hill School backs campaign #Laptops2Schools

“Out of a disaster we can all do something to ensure students don’t suffer unnecessarily.” Those were the words of Ms Lindsey Parslow, chief executive of Business2Schools, which has this week launched a campaign to benefit school children and parents affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the Laptops2Schools initiative is to get businesses to donate laptops that school children can take home if the schools close or pupils have to self-isolate. Ms Parslow said: “If families have to self-isolate children will need to log into their school’s intranet to complete their lessons and homework. “Most families do not have enough computers for everyone in a household to have access at the same time. Priority will be given to the people in the family that are working. “This will be disastrous for education. Schools are so short of laptops anyway. So if businesses could help us it will mean teachers and children at home can have a laptop sent to them if they need it.” Alton based secondary school Amery Hill is supporting the campaign, having worked successfully with Business2Schools in the past. Headteacher, Mr Steve Mann said, “Self-isolation and imminent school closures are presenting parents, students and the education sector as a whole with unprecedented challenges.  Most schools are not in the position where they can provide spare laptops to students attempting to study remotely and the concern is that students from poorer families might become even more disadvantaged. Any help that businesses can provide to support this initiative will have a significant impact on the education of our young people.” Ms Parslow added: “If businesses can help by donating or by reaching out on social media we can get this off the ground very quickly. Time is not on our side if schools close.” So far, London-based company EFG Private Bank and ESRI UK, in Aylesbury, have donated £6,000 and 57 laptops respectively. Business2Schools is raising funds to afford hard drives and chargers, in case they do not come with the laptops. To donate, visit  Just Giving - click hereView Article