AVS Newsletter July 08 2016

Fortnightly News July 8th 2016 MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD TEACHER Dear Parents and Carers School has been very busy this week - and the end of term seems to be accelerating towards us! On Wednesday the school was joined by a group of ‘Rising Stars’ who visited us from three of our primary feeder schools. The Year 5 pupils involved were thrilled to spend the day at Avon Valley and really enjoyed the aspirational activities that had been arranged for them. They took advantage of the opportunity for a guided tour of the school and were keen to try to spot older siblings and cousins. A big thank-you to Mr Mushing for organising the event. A real highlight of the year is our annual Awards Evening and this year’s event went particularly well. The evening opened with some lovely singing from the choir with an excellent solo from Alex Hawkins in Year 7. One hundred and thirty students assembled to receive awards and to listen to our guest speaker Paralympic skier Anna Turney. Anna gave an inspirational talk about her personal journey to overcome severe injury to compete with team GB and shared with us the importance of self belief, aspiration and hard work to enable you to fulfil your dreams. The audience were also wowed by a performance of the recently formed band ‘Encrypted Minds’ who played their new track ‘Bacon Hallucinations’ with great gusto! Thank-you to all parents and carers who came along to support the event – you helped to create a fantastic atmosphere and a really enjoyable evening. Next week we look forward to meeting our new Year 7 students on induction day and visiting our Year 10 students on their work experience placements. ‘Good luck Year 10’, I hope you really enjoy your work placements and look forward to hearing all about them in the last week of term. Alison Davies Head Teacher AVS BAKE-OFF Students from all year groups recently had the opportunity to put their baking skills to the test and enter our themed House Bake-Off Competition. The criteria for the competition meant that each cake had to have a sporting flavour and represent either the European Football Championship, currently being held in France, or the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In addition each cake entered into the competition had to reflect at least one of the British Values as identified by the Department of Education, which include: democracy, tolerance, the rule of law, mutual respect and individual liberty. A high number of entries were submitted by students and staff, from all four of our houses. The overall competition winner was Apollo House’s Kuba Kucharczyk who created a well decorated football themed cake. In addition Year 8 student Will Padun was highly commended for his effort. Slices of cake were sold for the House charities with the proceeds going to Zoe’s Place, Warwickshire Air Ambulance, Myton Hospice and Teenage Cancer Trust. A brilliant effort made by all! Don’t forget to follow @AvonValleySch on Twitter and AvonValleySchool on Facebook for up-to-date information and news