Farewell to Weedon Rd
To celebrate the start of a new beginning for AVA, the academy hosted a celebratory ‘Picnic on the Green’ for the last ever teaching day at the Quarrendon site.
The Great Balloon Race
To celebrate the start of a new beginning for AVA, the academy hosted a celebratory ‘Picnic on the Green’ for the last ever teaching day at the Quarrendon site. The afternoon was filled with games, music and a history montage for students and staff to reminisce, later followed by a picnic of sweet goodies whilst time was spent reflecting on the past and visualising the exciting times for what future lay ahead. As the heat of the summer gave us joy and warmth we prepared for a whole school balloon release. With the help of FAVA (Friends of Aylesbury Vale Academy), students and staff each released a balloon representing their college colours.
Over the students long 8 week summer, emails and return slips came flooding in to say balloons had headed northeast towards Luton. Some were even reported to have landed as far as North Essex and Norwich.
The winning balloon however belonged to staff member Mr Burns who’s balloon travelled to Norwich, a whopping 122 miles. Followed closely in second place by Miss Lu, who’s balloon travelled to Suffolk, 110 miles. The winning student balloon however had travelled as far as Essex, 88.5 miles and belonged to Jasmin Ellison. Jasmin is now the proud owner of a Nook E-reader, well done Jasmin.
After the competition ended and the winner announced in the October, a late email came through from a neighbouring country to say a balloon had been found over the summer but due to translation issues it took a while to get the information to us. One of the AVA balloons had been found in Cuxhaven in north Germany and that said balloon belonged to a current year 8 student, Najmal Hadi. Bad luck Najmul for missing out on the Nook E-reader but congratulations for reaching Germany, that’s one phenomenally persistent balloon! An even more impressive 412 miles.
If you would like to see where all the other balloons ended up then visit the atrium, just inside the student entrance is a display showing all the returns for the balloon release and their destinations.