AHS Alumni: Our Growing Community

Alumni Tickets Are Now Available for House Music on 11 and 12 February

Alumni are warmly invited to two concerts celebrating our annual House Music Festival on Monday 11 February and Tuesday 12 February at 7.00 pm in the Main Hall.

The festival incorporates the competition and the concert in one evening (Tuesday 12 February).  The Monday concert is a dress rehearsal and the audience will vote for their favourite House performance which will also be announced on the Tuesday evening.  The judging and feedback will be made straight after the concert takes place that evening. 

We have three judges this year ranging from alumna Anouska Stahlmann (currently studying music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire), ex-AHS Pastoral Assistant Rachel Ray, and strings expert and teacher Julie Boulter.

There is a limit of 300 seats per night so please secure your tickets early by confirming to apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk Tickets are £5.00 each, to be paid for and collected by Alumni on the door 

We do hope that you will be able to join us for what always proves to be a fun evening full of high quality music making.

 

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Twitter: @high_alumni 

 

Spread The Word!

We are delighted that we now have over 2,000 Alumni contacts. However, we have recently discovered 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 apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk

 

For All Our Alumni News, Please Sign Up to Our Monthly 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 apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk to be added to our distribution list.

Previous Alumni Newsletters to download:

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. They could also share what life at AHS is like now and the changes in education and aspirations for women.

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 everyone who attended, for making the events such a success. We have many more reunions organised for the future, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

 

AHS & AGS Joint Alumni Party at AGS

We were very pleased to reconnect with Alumni from both schools on Saturday 1 December at our first joint Alumni event. It was lovely to catch up with our Alumni and to find out more about how closely our schools’ Alumni keep in contact.

As our AHS Alumni community continues to grow we welcome the opportunity to strengthen our links with Aylesbury Grammar School Alumni and together celebrate our AHS 60th Birthday this academic year.

 

Celebrating Our 60th Birthday Together!

 

We are delighted to confirm that we now have a full calendar of 60th Birthday Celebration events we are inviting our Alumni to participate in, culminating in a 60th Birthday Festival on Saturday 6 July 2019. We hope to see you again and welcome you back to our school at these events!

Over the course of the next weeks we will be releasing ticket information about our forthcoming celebration events. If you would like to express forward interest in any of these before the ticket release dates, please contact Mrs Pexton at apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk 

 

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 apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk , 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 apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk. 

 

 

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).

Whilst we are working on the project for a July 2019 launch, HERE are some old and not-so-old photos to jog your memories, and information about the History of AHS,

 

 

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 apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk  

 

 

The ‘Aylesbury High School Former Students and Staff’ LinkedIn Group

AHS now has its own LinkedIn Group for Former Students and Staff which updates you with our Alumni initiatives, news of the school and our upcoming Alumni events

If you are on LinkedIn and would like to join our Group, please ‘connect’ with our Development & Alumni Relations Director, Alison Pexton, (who will then send out an invitation for you to join the Group).

 

Building A Brighter Future In Our 60th Year

As we enter our Sixtieth Year, we are inviting former students and friends of the school to contribute to our Building a Brighter Future Campaign, with the aspiration of refurbishing our Tower Block classrooms in the summer of 2019, subject of course to having sufficient funds. 

The ten classrooms in the original 1959 Tower Block are all in need of significant refurbishment to improve the learning environment for the core subjects of Mathematics and Geography.

These rooms are very intensively used for lessons and as form rooms, so investing in them will greatly benefit the maximum number of students. 

The plans include: replacing all the lighting, storage, heating and flooring, installing large interactive display screens to replace data projectors, relocating lockers to free up more teaching space, refurbishing the circulation spaces, and stairwells, again with modern LED lighting and improving recycling facilities

We would welcome any donations to help support us with this project. Please consider whether you can play your part in providing the best possible facilities for generations of AHS students to come. 

 

We are now also able to receive donations electronically via My Donate (please click on this button ). Alternatively, please email Mrs Pexton for your AHS Donation Form or download it HERE.

 

Every donation of whatever size helps, and every penny is put to good use, ultimately benefiting the education of every student at AHS, now and in the future, so please do take the time to consider how you can help. 

 

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 apexton@ahs.bucks.sch.uk

 

Matched Giving

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