Tickets Are Now Available For Our Alumni 60th Birthday Celebration!
Ticket options are listed below
As we head towards the end of our sixtieth year, we would like to invite you to AHSFest on Saturday 6 July, celebrating six decades of Aylesbury High School.
We start the day with a Field Run at 10:30 and then open the school fields up at midday for stalls, run by the six AHS Houses. There will be inflatables for a range of ages and, at 13:00, a Fashion Show in support of Florence Nightingale will open the Festival Stage, followed by entertainment from the Community Choir, student bands and soloists in Sounds Amazing. In the Canteen, there will be delicious street food prepared by our caterers, Harrisons Catering Services and the AHSA will be providing refreshments on the field. Speaking of food, eight student chefs will each produce a ‘showcase challenge’ in our Cake Off competition during the afternoon.
The dancers, actors and musicians will be offering their Summer Showcase in the Harding Hall, there will be an exhibition of this year’s art, photography and technology work in the Drama Studio and more dancing in the Harding Hall, courtesy of our wonderful dance groups. Watch out during the day for impromptu performances from our local Stagecoach group as well.
Over the years our archives have grown and we are delighted to stage an exhibition of the history of AHS as well as launching an online Digital Archive that you can access at any time. If you have any memorabilia that we could add to the collection – photos, documents, etc – please get in touch with us. If it’s a while since you were at AHS, you may be interested in a tour of the school with some current students to see what’s the same and what has changed (although the Tower Block will be unavailable as we are doing a major refurbishment project on it this summer). Speaking of the Tower Block, do look out for our Development Campaign to raise funds to provide much-improved classrooms for Maths, Geography and Computing classes.
Of course, one of the best reasons for coming along is to meet up with your friends, so do sign up for a Cream Tea which will be on offer in the Sixth Form Centre throughout the afternoon. The day will also include a Presentation to bring the day to a close and mark sixty years of preparing, challenging and inspiring around ten thousand girls to take their place in a fast-moving world.
Tickets are now available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/aylesbury-high-school .The options are:
- Entry to AHSFest £1
- Field Run* £2
- Summer Showcase* £6 (limited availability)
- Cream Tea* (including a 60th pack) £12
(* The Field Run, Summer Showcase and Cream Tea tickets also include entry; if you want to do, for example, the Field Run and the Cream Tea, just buy a ticket for each – you don’t need the £1 entry ticket as well. Alternatively, you may not want a Cream Tea and 60th Pack, so just book a £1 entry ticket. You will receive an e-ticket which you can either print out or bring along on your phone.)
If you want to attend the Summer Showcase or have a Cream Tea please order these by 17 June to help our planning; we suspect the Showcase may sell out earlier. We are communicating with as many former students and staff as we can, but inevitably we’ve lost contact with a good number. If you still have links with anyone then please do pass this message onto them and encourage them to join us.
We do hope you can join us on the day and very much look forward to meeting up with you!
AHS 60th Birthday Celebration Day on Saturday 6th July 2019
Please note that the timings on this Programme are slightly different from those in the emailed March Alumni Newsletter
Many friends of AHS have contacted us regarding arrangements for our 60th Birthday Celebration Day and we would like to invite as many of our Alumni as we can, to a Special 60th Birthday Alumni Reunion that day, to mark this very special occasion.
Our dedicated Alumni venue will be the Sixth Form block where we will provide refreshments, display AHS memorabilia, archive materials, show some of our Living History podcasts and the Students’ 60th Birthday Film.
Our AHS History Book will be on sale on the day, together with the Sixth Form Subject Leaders 60th Birthday Magazines and our 60th Birthday mugs. There will be guided tours of the school and its facilities, and every opportunity to take part in the day’s presentations and celebrations!
This Alumni event will be open to all AHS Alumni and former staff from across the years, and everyone is welcome! Tickets will be available after Easter from firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Join Our 60th Birthday Community Choir, for Our Saturday 6th July Performance!
As part of our 60th birthday celebrations we are forming a community choir to perform at our festival on Saturday 6th July – and we’d love you to take part!
We will include a whole range of people associated with Aylesbury High School – mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, Alumni etc. You don’t have to have actually attended the school.
We will be singing two songs – one from 1959 and one current song:
Year 12 student, Beth, will be arranging our very own versions of these songs, and we’ll be able to send you your specific part to listen to and learn.
We will need to have two rehearsals with as many people present as possible. These will take place at AHS in the Drama Studio on:
- Saturday 8th June 9.00 – 10.30 am
- Saturday 29th June 9.00 – 10.30 am
Additionally, there will be a rehearsal on Saturday 6th July, before the performance.
We do hope that you would like to get involved – please fill in this form and return it to us, to let us know that you would like to join us.
Please Follow AHS Alumni on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn
Please ‘connect’ with our Development & Alumni Relations Director, Alison Pexton, (who will then send out an invitation for you to join the AHS LinkedIn Group).
Spread The Word!
We are delighted that we now have over 2,500 Alumni contacts. However, we are aware that there are many more former students and staff that we need to include in our Alumni community!
If you are still in contact with Alumni from your time here at AHS, we would be very thankful if you could ask them to email Mrs Pexton with their contact details at email@example.com
For All Our Alumni News, Please Sign Up to Our Monthly Alumni Newsletters.
This year we started our monthly Alumni Newsletters, bringing our growing Alumnae community closer together and sharing Alumni initiatives and events.
If you have not yet received your copy via email or post, please email our Development & Alumni Relations Director, Mrs Pexton, at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our distribution list.
Previous Alumni Newsletters to download:
- April 2019 Newsletter
- March 2019 Newsletter
- February 2019 Newsletter
- January 2019 Newsletter
- December 2018 Newsletter
- November 2018 Newsletter
- October 2018 Newsletter
- September 2018 Newsletter
- July 2018 Newsletter
- June 2018 Newsletter
- May 2018 Newsletter
- April 2018 Newsletter
- March 2018 Newsletter
AHS Alumni Afternoon Cream Teas (1950s – 1980s)
We were delighted to welcome back to our Afternoon Cream Teas, Alumni from the 1950s-1980s including former staff.
Many people had come from quite far afield and had not been back to the school for some years. It was lovely to see them back at Aylesbury High School and for friends and former teachers to catch up.
Our Sixth Form students helped to host the event and spent valuable time finding out more about how AHS used to be. We were pleased to display some of our AHS memorabilia, and were very grateful that Alumni kindly offered us additional items including magazines, photographs and an authentic red beret for our collection.
Thank you so much to all our Alumni who attended, for making the events such a success!
Keeping in Contact
As a student at Aylesbury High School, you belonged to our school community and left your impression on our school whilst you were here. Now that you have moved on, we would love to hear from you and are eager to hear about what you have been up to and your news – wherever you are in the world !
By keeping in touch with AHS, former students can reconnect and maintain links with their peers, receive news of the school and our upcoming events, and also hear about our development initiatives which benefit future generations of students. It is fascinating to discover the career pathways Alumnae have chosen and their significant achievements to date. We look forward to keeping in contact with you, sharing your news, and welcoming you back to AHS in the near future for our reunions and events.
To provide us with your contact details, please complete and return this Alumni Contact & Consent Form here to our Development & Alumni Relations Director, Mrs Pexton, at email@example.com , or post to the school address.
Filmed Interviews For Our Living History Initiative
We have been delighted to welcome so many Alumni back to AHS already, and many of you have been taking part in filmed interviews as part of our 60th Birthday Living History Initiative, supporting the writing of our first AHS History book.
If you would like to be interviewed, please let Mrs Pexton know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AHS Archive
With a wealth of historic school documents and photographs and to commemorate our 60th Birthday, we have set ourselves the task of creating our first AHS Archive.
We would like to display these archive materials at our forthcoming 60th Birthday celebration event in July and would welcome any archive contributions from our Alumni (on loan).
Our ‘Women Who Inspire’ Initiative
We have been delighted to receive such a positive response to our new ‘Women Who Inspire’ initiative and would like to thank all our Alumni for their contributions to date.
Some of you have already visited AHS for student linked projects and we are very thankful for your support.
We aim to celebrate the success of our Alumni and to share your achievements with our current students, parents and wider community. The inspiration which motivated you to make your career choices could help our students decide theirs and influence their ambitions and aspirations.
If you would like to take part in ‘Women Who Inspire’ initiatives, please email Mrs Pexton at email@example.com
Our 60th Birthday Fundraising Campaign
Our 2019 ambition is to transform the ten 1959 Tower Block classrooms into modern, attractive spaces for the best possible learning.
Building work will start on 28 May 2019 and we anticipate the project will be completed by the Autumn Term.
With your generous support, we hope to raise £75,000 to contribute to the costs!
How can you help?
We are asking our parents, Alumni and friends of AHS to support us with our 60th Birthday fundraising, by donating to campaigns of their choice:
Set up a regular donation
‘Buy’ A Commemorative Plaque for the Memory Wall
Alumni are being invited to ‘buy’ a commemorative plaque for a £100 sponsorship to permanently remember their time here at AHS. These plaques will feature on a bespoke AHS display board in the Main Reception Area.
Please click here for a plaque donation form.
‘Buy’ a Number: Click here to find out which numbers are available
‘Buy’ a Country: Click here to find out which countries are available
Country and Number Donation Plaques will be put up in the completed Tower Block to commemorate this significant 60th Anniversary project. With your donation, you can have your name displayed for future generations!
Why the Tower Block?
- It is the highest priority on our Premises Improvement Plan
- It presents a real opportunity to enhance teaching and learning
- Maths and Geography are core subjects, so every student benefits
- The Tower Block classrooms are the smallest in the school
What will we do?
- Improve room layouts
- Update IT facilities to fit in with 1:1
- Install interactive display screens (with the kind help of AHSA)
- Optimise storage facilities
We will also have:
- New storage walls and better lockers
- New heating
- New lighting
- New flooring
- Better fire security
Please remember, every donation of whatever size helps, and every penny is put to good use!
Would You Like to Purchase Your AHS 60th Anniversary Keepsake?
To celebrate our 60th Birthday, we have designed a keepsake for Alumni, parents and friends of AHS to purchase as a keepsake.
Our AHS 60th Anniversary mugs are now available to purchase through the AHS Uniform Shop.
(Please note that these are for collection from AHS only)
RAFFLE PRIZE APPEAL
COULD YOU (OR YOUR COMPANY) DONATE A GIFT FOR OUR RAFFLE?
We really need your support to find some exciting raffle prizes for our fundraising!
Please contact Mrs Pexton firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Shopping and an Amazon Customer?
Whilst you are shopping on Amazon, please donate to our Aylesbury High School Fund by clicking here: https://smile.amazon.co.uk .
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Aylesbury High School Fund every time you shop, at no cost to you.
Amazon will give 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT and other shipping fees) of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Aylesbury High School Fund when you shop, so please support us.
Maximising Your Donations With Gift Aid
Aylesbury High School is a registered charity (No 1058760) and can reclaim tax on all donations that UK taxpayers make under the Gift Aid scheme, increasing the value of the gift to AHS and decreasing the cost of the gift to donors.Through our charitable status, your donation can be boosted through Gift Aid!
When you complete your AHS School Fund Donation Form and sign the Gift Aid declaration, we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC for every £1 you donate.
Please sign the Gift Aid section of your donation form – it makes a big difference to us! For further information, please contact Mrs Pexton email@example.com
Already parents are adding new companies to our Matched Giving List. Thank you!
Matched Giving is when a company matches the amount of fundraising an employee gives to a registered charity, as part of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Many companies help charities through a matched giving scheme and some will match pound for pound the donations made by its employees to registered charities.
Please check with your employer if they will match your donations to our AHS Fund!
If you are donating to the AHS Fund, your donation may be matched by your employer through Matched Giving. Please enquire with your HR or Payroll department or contact Mrs Pexton for a list of companies we know participate in Matched Giving.
Leaving A Legacy, Supporting Future Generations
Legacies are another way in which you can make a real difference to Aylesbury High School.
All legacies, no matter their size, make a difference to the school and our students and staff.
If you do decide to leave a gift to Aylesbury High School, you simply need to include the following information in your will:
- Our full name: Aylesbury High School
- Our registered address: Walton Road, Aylesbury HP21 7SX
- Our charity reference: Registered Charity number: 1058760
It is best for Aylesbury High School if gifts are made unconditionally because this allows the school’s Board of Governors to consider carefully how to make the best use of each gift to meet the changing priorities of the time. Of course, we completely understand if you would prefer your gift to support something specific at the school. If this is your wish, we recommend that you get in touch with us to discuss your intentions, so that we can ensure that the wording of your will allows us to use our gift as you intended.
For further information about making a will, we recommend that you seek the professional advice of a solicitor.
If you would like to discuss leaving a legacy to Aylesbury High School in confidence, please contact our Development and Alumni Relations Director, Mrs Pexton.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the AHS School Fund
Over the years the generosity of parents, Alumni and friends of Aylesbury High School has enabled us to achieve significant development projects for our school.
Recent projects funded through grants, revenue funding and donations include:
- The Sports Hall
- The Library
- The Sixth Form Centre
- The Science Block
- The Dining Room
- Netball and tennis courts, and lighting
- History and Languages classrooms
- Sound and lighting in the Main Hall and Harding Hall
- Boiler and roof replacements.
We are very thankful for every donation we have received and appreciate your continuing funding support for our school.
Update on the ‘Elements’ co-funded refurbishment of the S17 Science Laboratory
We would like to thank everyone who sponsored an ‘element’ on the Elements Periodic Table, for their kind support of the refurbishment of S17.
On our 60th Birthday Celebration Day (Saturday 6th July), the Elements Periodic Table will be available for sponsors to see – proudly displayed outside the refurbished S17 laboratory.