Show Racism the Red Card Competition Winners!

Congratulations to…

Rosie, Josie & Akshaya from Year 9 who have won the Show Racism the Red Card
School Competition 2021 for the Year 7-9 Artwork Category.
Judged by an independent panel I’m sure we can all see why this fabulous entry was voted the winner!
A fantastic achievement,  well done Rosie, Josie & Akshaya and well done to all of the other AHS entries which were all fantastic!

On Monday 14th June, we received this heartwarming email from a gentleman who one of our Duke of Edinburgh expedition groups came across at the weekend.

‘I would like to offer my thanks to a group of young ladies who were on their Duke of Edinburgh near Dunsmore around 10:30am – 11:00am on Sunday 13th June.
I was on a mountain bike ride with my best friend and his son when my friend had an accident and hurt his wrist. The girls came across us very shortly after and I have to say were a huge credit to both themselves, AHS and their parents.
My friend was in a great deal of discomfort and subsequently we discovered he suffered a bad break requiring surgery.
The girls were hugely helpful, caring and attentive – they were able to offer a first aid kit with pain killers and with one young lady offering her rucksack to support my friends head – they hung about till we were able to get my friend off to A&E.
I hope you can identify the girls, please pass on my huge thanks to the girls and let them know despite having a plate put into his wrist my friend will be back on his bike asap.’
So proud to say we’ve identified these Year 10 students as Lucy, Georgia, Liliana, Avni and Katie, known to us as DofE group 2.

Well done to all of you for showing such care and skills. As the gentleman has said you are a credit to AHS, your parents and most importantly yourselves. Thank you. 🌟

Show Racism The Red Card

We were inundated with brilliant entries to this competition – thank you to everyone who engaged. You can see the shortlisted pieces here and in more detail on our Celebrating Diversity page

House Drama

‘The show must go on’ as they say, and with Year 9 being invited to take up the 2021 House Drama challenge – it is in safe hands! The competition naturally had to be re-thought this year to maintain year group bubbles and social distancing and so we entered the English Speaking Union’s ‘Performing Shakespeare’ competition. Instead of the usual group pieces, each participant picks their own 2 minute Shakespeare monologue to learn and perform in addition to explaining why she chose it, what was it that she was inspired by and what does she hope to convey and express in the performance.

Over 30 students are involved from all Houses in Year 9 and are ably supported by the team of Drama Ambassadors who meet with them each week for a coaching session. The next stage will be internal video submission and then a school-based panel of judges will decide which entries are put forward to the national competition! We are delighted to be able to offer a semi-normal event in these difficult times and hope to reveal the finalists towards the Easter holiday!

Mrs Rachel Hughes, Drama Subject Team Leader

Identity and Diversity

Thank you very much to everyone who joined our latest ID meetings on Thursday.  Our Year 12 ID Ambassadors are leading some exciting work on educating our community on topics such as challenging discrimination, learning about Ramadan and the history of black hair.  They are also working hard on developing the student diversity page on our website, so please let us know if you have any ideas.  Next student ID meeting – first Thursday of the month – all welcome.

Christmas Concert

We are so pleased that we can bring you a taste of what our music groups have been working on since our clubs restarted at half term with our virtual Christmas Concert. A selection of recordings from our a cappella vocal groups, wind band and string ensembles will be available to stream from 16 December.  We have very much enjoyed putting this together – we hope you enjoy it too!

House Drama

The show will go on!  Calling all Year 9 students  to get involved in this year’s adapted House Drama event.  Come along to the Drama Studio next Thursday lunchtime to find out more and to start the battle of the Shakespeare monologue!  The winning entry from each form will go on to the AHS final and gain entry to the national competition.

Wear Red Day

As all of our staff continue their training with Show Racism The Red Card, we are proud to have raised over £860 to help fund their fantastic anti-racism education.