Year 7 student claims gold medal in West Midlands Championships.

A Year 7 student, from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College, has won a gold medal after competing in a gymnastics championship competition held recently in Stoke-on-Trent.

Garrick House student Harry Lynch, won gold in the floor and vault category of the West Midlands George Finney Championships 2018. Previously, Harry has won three bronze, and three silver medals and was delighted to have been presented with his first gold medal.

Harry, who trains twice per week with Rugby Gymnastics Club, said “I was really surprised, at first we couldn’t hear who’d won, and when I found out it was me I was really shocked. I was given a gold medal and trophy to take home.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “I am delighted to hear about Harry’s success at his latest gymnastics competition. As a school we encourage all students to aim high in all aspects of their lives, Harry has certainly done this and has been rewarded with a gold medal.”

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Production brings the reality of The Great War into school

Students at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have recently had opportunity to watch and hear about the life of a First World War soldier when they were visited by musician, playwright and performer Peter Gill who bought his solo performance ‘Meet Tommy Atkins’ to the school’s stage.

The production allowed the Year 8, and Year 10 GCSE History, students in the audience to follow the story of Tommy Atkins, a reservist, who is immediately called up to serve his country when, on August 4th 1914, war is declared between Britain and Germany. Within weeks Tommy sees his first action in the fields of France and subsequently experiences the full scale of life in the Western Front trenches of the First World War. During the hour long production the students saw the horror, the pain, the misery, the boredom and even the moments of joy witnessed by Tommy during his wartime experiences.

The play was written in 2014 by playwright, and actor, Peter Gill to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of The First World War. Since then the show has received a generous educational grant and has been performed at theatres and schools around the UK.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “This wonderful performance has given our students a valuable insight into the life of a Great War soldier. Our students learn about the First World War in their history lessons and seeing this performance has really brought this piece of history to life.”

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Year 10 student’s involvement with local football team celebrated

A Year 10 student from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College has recently picked up a local sports award in recognition of her efforts and commitment as a young volunteer.

Chloe Raine, who belongs to the school’s Garrick House, plays for and regularly volunteers with Rugby Town Girls’ Football Club. Chloe was nominated by her football club in the category ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ in the Rugby Sports Awards. Chloe, who is already her club’s young volunteer of the year, was nominated in recognition of the time she gives up to coach younger children at the club.

Each year Rugby Borough Council, the Rugby Advertiser and Rugby FM team up to recognise and reward the Borough’s most dedicated and talented sports people with the ‘Rugby Sports Awards’. This year’s award ceremony was held on 28th February 2018 at the Benn Hall with England cricketer Ian Bell as the guest speaker.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “It is always nice to hear about our students’ success whether it be in, or outside of, school. It is therefore wonderful to hear about the award Chloe has received for her football coaching.”

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Deputy Headteacher pedals over 7000 miles in a year

In January 2017, Darren Walden, a Deputy Headteacher, from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College, chose to support the British Red Cross’s efforts in Syria by setting himself, and embarking on, an epic twelve-month cycle challenge.

Mr Walden’s initial goal was to cycle 5480 miles, the approximate distance from his home in Warwick to the conflict stricken Syrian city of Aleppo and back again. However, after achieving this distance in early September, Mr Walden upped his distance target to a staggering 7000 miles.

As a keen cyclist Mr Walden is no stranger to physical challenges. In May, he, along with a small group of friends, conquered one of the toughest cycling tests by completing the Fred Whitton Challenge, a gruelling 112-mile route in the Lake District, a ride which is widely recognised to be the hardest cycling sportive in the UK.

Throughout the year Mr Walden’s friends, family, colleagues and students have recognised the size of the challenge and the commitment needed to complete it and contributed over £2,400.

Upon completing his challenge, Mr Walden said, “I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported me and made donations to my charity fundraising last year. I managed to raise £2432.98 for The British Red Cross, a fantastic amount of money that I know will be well used in supporting those less fortunate than ourselves.

Mr Walden added, “Everyone has been extremely kind and generous with support, encouragement, positivity and donations. After a short rest, I am now back on the bike and looking for some new challenges!”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “Darren set himself, and beat, a very ambitious target while raising a wonderful sum of money for the British Red Cross. At the beginning of his challenge he delivered an assembly to our students which highlighted the work done by the charity.”

According to the British Red Cross website, the Syria conflict is now in its seventh year and more than 13 million people are in need of help. Over 6.3 million people have fled their homes because of fighting and another 4.9 million now live as refugees in neighbouring countries and beyond. The Red Cross and their partners the Red Crescent aim to provide food, shelter and medical care to the people who need it most.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so via the Just Giving website: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Darren-Walden1

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