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Clean Air Day

Posted on: October 21st 2020

Clean Air LogoOn the 8th October, Amery Hill School supported Clean Air Day, the UK's largest air pollution campaign, engaging thousands of people at hundreds of events. Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to:

Improve public understanding of air pollution

  • Build awareness of how air pollution affects our health
  • Explain the easy actions we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health.

Clean Air News HeaderIn 2019 more than 3,700 organisations and hundreds of thousands of individuals took part in 614 events across the UK.  This year, Amery Hill School took part in the campaign to reduce pollutants in the air by encouraging people to walk and cycle rather than using vehicles for travel. Across the week, students had an assembly, took part in a quiz, and were able to enter a photo competition. To mark the day, we also ran a competition to see who could achieve the highest step total on the day. Well done to everyone who took part, including our Year 7 prize winners Hugo, Ellie, Luke and Ben who together recorded a massive 97,928 steps! Bottom leafsmll

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Rights Respecting School Award
Posted on: 9/04/2022

Rights Respecting School Award

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