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4K at the Zoo

4K at the Zoo

Posted by Laura on November 16th 2017

As part of KS4's Variation and Adaptation unit in science, KS4 took a trip to Bristol Zoo. 4K observed the animals and researched how different animals are adapted to their habitats. Pupils were keen to ask one of the Zoo Volunteers, Cathy, questions about what gorillas eat in the wild - they eat vegetables. They were eating cauliflower when 4K were there! The penguins were a hit, especially the glass tunnel where you can watch them swimming - but be prepared for the smell! Everyone enjoyed the trip and learned a lot towards their accreditations.

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Christmas Shopping at Avalon

Christmas Shopping at Avalon

Posted by Laura on November 15th 2017

Key stage 4 and Sixth form have been busy in their enterprise lessons preparing Christmas cards and stocking fillers to ease your Christmas shopping. For your Christmas cards contact Sixth form who have been busy designing and making cards since September. There are 4 designs to choose from. 4K have been making gifts with the lavender they harvested from the school garden some months ago. There are gift sets including Lavender soaps, bath tea bags and lavender bags ready to buy or order and this week they will be making lavender bath bombs. 4EM have been busy making luxury hot chocolate pouches. So before you hit Clarks village or go online check out what handmade goods Avalon has for sale!

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Fundraising at Avalon

Fundraising at Avalon

Posted by Laura on November 6th 2017

As part of Citizenship, which includes community and volunteering, all pupils are taking part in a whole school charity project this half term and the beginning of next. Each class has chosen a charity to support and has also been allocated a link pupil from the KS4 Level 1 English group. These KS4 pupils will help the class teacher to organise fund raising and, in the process, will be accredited for their Level 1 speaking and listening units. There have already been some fantastic ideas suggested: a danceathon, a waterwalk and a staff car washing enterprise to name just a few. Watch out for more details in the next few weeks, as the pupils will be writing letters and producing fliers to tell you more about their ideas.

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Singing Workshop

Singing Workshop

Posted by Laura on October 31st 2017

On Tuesday 31st October, Saffron, a music specialist, visited Avalon School to run a singing workshop with some of our students who attend the lunchtime singing club. Saffron focused on developing the students’ singing skills. The students worked very hard with her and successfully sang 3 different parts of a song in unison! Look out to hear the singing club at the performances coming up this half term.

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Marshmallow Buildings

Marshmallow Buildings

Posted by Laura on October 13th 2017

3A's DT project this half-term was to look at structures and how we can build and adapt these to make them taller, stronger, wider etc. The pupils carried out an investigation to find who could make the tallest stricture. Using spaghetti and marshmallows, they set to work in two teams of 3 pupils. The whole class was enthusiastic and it was a great opportunity for the pupils to work together, share ideas, listen to others suggestions and adapt their design together to make the tallest tower. The pupils tried lots of different ways, but eventually decided that they needed to have a wide base and lots of supports - great team work!

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Macmillian Coffee Morning

Macmillian Coffee Morning

Posted by Laura on October 1st 2017

On Friday 28th September we held our annual Macmillan’s Coffee Morning. We had a great time playing Macmillan’s Bingo and Guess the height of a tower of cakes. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful families that supported this event by either joining us for the fun, making yummy cakes to sell or simply buying cakes on the day. The morning was a great success and we raised a total of £107.83 for Macmillan Nurses. Thank you

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Picnic Planning by 3A & 3B

Picnic Planning by 3A & 3B

Posted by Avalon School on May 26th 2017

3A and 3B have spent the last two weeks planning and making a picnic. Last week they planned their picnics and made their shopping lists. This week they went to the supermarket and made their picnics, carefully labelling them so there were no mix ups! Yesterday they packed up the minibuses and headed out to Burnham-on-Sea to eat their picnics and buy postcards. The sun was shining in Burnham and they enjoyed walking on the beach and going to Apex park. Everyone bought a postcard, and today they’re busy writing and posting them. So watch out in the post for postcards from the 3A and B jet setters!

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Kilve Court

Kilve Court

Posted by Laura on May 23rd 2017

This month 3D and KS4 went to Kilve Court for an action packed residential. They crammed in lots of exciting and adventurous activities on their two nights away, including abseiling, archery, crate stacking, pond dipping, low ropes and bush craft. All the young people were excellent ambassadors of Avalon, trying lots of new activities and working together as a team. Well done to all who tried something new and made this residential so successful and fun! Click on this story to see lots more photos of the fun they had!

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Haynes Motor Museum

Haynes Motor Museum

Posted by Avalon School on May 19th 2017

Our cross curricular theme this half term is ‘Transport’ and in 3D we’ve been studying the development of transport in our history lessons. To support our learning we had an amazing visit to Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford with exclusive use of their education centre and activities lead by their Education Manager. We were given a guided tour of the museum and allowed to touch, and in some cases sit in, some of the vehicles on display. After a picnic lunch we had the opportunity to ride around the museum track in a Bentley limousine.

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World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day

Posted by Laura on April 6th 2017

On Friday 3rd March pupils took part in World Wildlife Day, an international event which is organised locally by Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Highbridge. Many pupils and staff dressed in animal-themed clothing and the day was filled with activities focusing on our pets and favourite animals. There was also an opportunity for pupils to meet some real-life animals. Many thanks to all the animals who came to visit us and their owners. The day ended with an assembly in which pupils sat on tables in mixed class groups, sharing their photos and talking about their pets. We have a beautiful mosaic in the hall, which is made from pupils’ paintings, pastel drawings, collages and prints of animal skins and markings, as a reminder of the day.

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