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Generations connect through art and kindness

Posted on: May 14th 2020

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Since it was announced that schools would be closed for a number of weeks, students at Amery Hill School expressed an interest to be able to help their community, especially those who are vulnerable. Year 8 students had already been forging a relationship with care homes across Alton as part of the ‘Access All Ages’ lottery funded project before the current crisis hit. As schools closed their doors to the majority of students, Miss Rachel Stobbart, Head of Religious Studies at Amery Hill School contacted a number of residential homes and care providers in Alton and asked if their residents might like to receive correspondence from our students.

Talking about the project, Miss Stobbart, commented, “We had an overwhelmingly positive response and our students were encouraged to send a letter, poem, story or piece of artwork to a resident living in a care home or being looked after by a care provider. Even if each of us wrote just one note to let someone know we are thinking of them, what a huge difference that could make. Students across all year groups have participated and we have had some lovely feedback from grateful residents.”

An incredible number of pieces of artwork have been created, with over 200 pieces alone being sent off by students in Years 7-9.  Zoe Swan, a student in Year 10, painted and wrote a card for the residents of Borovere Residential Care Home. Zoe (photo above) was delighted to have received a wonderful letter of thanks from Borovere resident Mrs Janet Egan. Amery Hill’s Head of Art, Miss Sarah Burrell added “We are incredibly proud of our students. Their kindness, thoughtfulness and creative talent has brought a smile to many people’s faces, including our own. It has been such a rewarding and uplifting project.”

Another student Beth Turk sent this message and artwork to Brendoncare’s residents.

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Hello, my name is Beth Turk, and I am a student at Amery Hill School.

I wanted to share with you my newest art project inspired by the work of the artist Emily Blincoe. I took old and new nuts, bolts and washers from my garage. The old ones are all from a 1965 Triumph motor bike that my dad and I are restoring. I designed the picture to have an ombre effect, with the old in the lower left corner going up to the new in the upper right corner. To me it represents how we are all going through quarantine and the coronavirus situation together, and how both the older and newer (younger) people are both at risk, but are working together to help each other out. 

My family and I are thinking of you at this time.

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Posted on: 9/04/2022

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In December we announced that we had begun our journey to become a school which is committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and were working towards the first stage of the RRSA accreditation with Unicef UK.  I am excited to announce that since then, we have achieved our Bronze Award which means that we are a ‘Rights Committed’ school.  This means that we have demonstrated our school’s commitment and shown how we intend to become rights respecting. The next step is working towards the Silver Award and being ‘Rights Aware’, which will involve the school’s activities and work on rights respecting being inspected by a UNICEF RRSA Professional Adviser. Our initial survey of students and staff last term appraised our strengths and current position and helped with our action plan for the Silver ‘Rights Aware’ Award which has been developed in consultation with our Student Voice Ambassadors and other staff members. We have also introduced the Rights of the Child in assemblies across all year groups explaining how and why our decision to becoming a Rights Respecting School is so important. A summary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child can be found here. Sharing knowledge with our students  to help them learn about their rights and putting them into practice every day is fundamental to the award. As a school we already arrange events and facilitate discussions relating to the Convention, and will continue to raise the awareness of this within lessons, tutor time and in the day-to-day life of our school.  The crisis which has unfolded in Ukraine, with devastating outcomes for so many people, including children, who have been forced to uproot their lives, make dangerous journeys and seek safety where they can, has been one topic discussed with students and incorporated into assemblies for all year groups. Article 38 (War and Armed Conflicts) of the Convention states that “Governments must not allow children under the age of 15 to take part in war or join the armed forces. Governments must do everything they can to protect and care for children affected by war and armed conflicts.”  This, and the war in Ukraine, has been discussed in a variety of supportive ways with students as part of our RRSA and EfL activities. Students have also been able to contribute to a campaign promoted by the English Department which involves providing support for children displaced as a result of the conflict.  View Article