Archive for 2018

The Lunch Bunch Bakery

The Lunch Bunch Bakery

Posted by Laura on September 13th 2018

Sixth Form have been busy working on their bread recipe ready for the launch of their new pop up cafe and bakery delivery service... The Lunch Bunch. Today they successfully tested their bread recipe, filling the school with a delicious aroma. Look out for dates for The Lunch Bunch on tour when they will be 'popping up' in Stawell, Bawdrip and Moorlinch.

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Leavers Prom 2018

Leavers Prom 2018

Posted by Laura on July 9th 2018

On Wednesday 27th June, KS4 and 6th Form students partied the night away at the Leavers’ Prom, this year to a film and film awards theme. Student's arrived to a fizzy reception, in their prom outfits, in cars, on motorbikes, in a tractor, in a lorry and in a 'princess horse drawn carriage'. Students enjoyed an evening of food and dance, with a buffet, ice cream bar, photo booth and disco. Showing their best moves on the dance floor and poses in the photo booth. Students got glittered and sparkled so that they were disco ready before DJ Greg Mason spun his best tunes and kept the dance floor full all night long! A big thank you to Bob Burns (Burns the Bread bakery) for kindly donating a delicious buffet and to Brookside School for donating the use of their fabulous marque - Prom's never had such a glamorous location. Also, many thanks to Selworthy School who at the last minute delivered us air conditioning units - so that everyone could dance all night with out their glitter running!

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Fun Friday raises £974!

Fun Friday raises £974!

Posted by Avalon School on June 25th 2018

On 22nd June, a very sunny Friday afternoon, Avalon School held its annual Fun Friday event to raise funds for its Hydrotherapy Pool appeal. This event was open to the local community as well as students and parents. Students delivered flyers to neighbours and were glad to welcome them. In addition to the usual range of fun activities, music and food there were also a selection of products to purchase made by the students. These included body scrub in 3 scents, artwork prints and mugs, play slime, greetings cards, plant pots and plants. There was also a meet and greet opportunity with the local fire and police services with their emergency vehicles. The school would like to thank all that supported the event, either by attending or giving donations, in particular we would like to thank Steve the Burger Man, the Pete Wagstaff band, Lovingtons, and Screwfix. The total raised was £974.00

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Brue Boys Choir Visit

Brue Boys Choir Visit

Posted by Nev on June 22nd 2018

On Wednesday 20th June, we were thrilled to invite Brue Boys Choir back for another exciting performance. We all enjoyed their singing and thanked them for their kind donation which we used towards our whole school ‘Lions of Zululand’ day. Here are just a few of the many positive feedback comments from the visit. ‘It was emotional – different voices made me engaged and focused’. ‘Kind to take time out of their busy day’. ‘Good singing, it was good to interact with them’. ‘I liked the singing, it sounded like lions’. ‘I loved it’.

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Talented Avalon Artists selling £1,000 of art work in a week!

Talented Avalon Artists selling £1,000 of art work in a week!

Posted by Laura on June 13th 2018

Avalon School in Street started an art enterprise group on a Friday lunch time lead by Laura McCathie, which has had unexpected results. The work the students produced was so outstanding staff began commissioning them to produce artwork for them; it soon became clear that they could not keep up with demand. As a result, the school is having prints made in a range of sizes from Limited Edition canvasses to post card size prints, which can be purchased framed or unframed. It is now branching out to produce mugs, cards and soon tote bags, all printed with the art work.

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Celebrating Local Businesses

Celebrating Local Businesses

Posted by Laura on June 13th 2018

Avalon School in Street is pleased to announce the launch of its business awards scheme. This scheme celebrates and thanks businesses that have been contributing to students’ learning for life, through their partnership with the school. On Wednesday 6th June the first Business Celebration Event was held.

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Somerset Environmental Youth Award Winner!!!

Somerset Environmental Youth Award Winner!!!

Posted by Laura on June 4th 2018

On Friday 1st June some Key Stage 3 pupils were VIP guests at the Bath and West Show to collect Somerset's Environment Youth Award. Pupils accepted the award on behalf of the school for their contribution to local environmental projects and their conservation work on site, the video beneath highlights just a few of the projects pupils have worked on over the last year. The school was awarded a certificate, a hedgehog shaped trophy and prize money of £250, to be spend on conservation and environmental work. Well Done everyone at Avalon for this prestigious achievement! Following the awards ceremony pupils were able to enjoy the attractions at the Bath and West Show, from seeing and stroking a range of young farm animals [the goats and lambs were a favourite] to going inside fire engines and on police motorbikes.

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Sixth Form Preparing Lunch

Sixth Form Preparing Lunch

Posted by Avalon School on May 21st 2018

On Monday 21st May, Sixth Form students prepared a tomato salad and Italian pasta for visitors attending a meeting in our school. We were delighted by the positive feedback: ‘I absolutely loved my pasta and salad. Great flavour and very welcomed. Thank you!’ ‘Pasta salad was fabulous but next time please can we have a bigger spoon – I couldn’t get enough of it on my plate!’ Pasta and salad was very tasty. I loved the feta, olives and dressing on the pasta’. ‘Delicious salad and pasta, well presented. Can I have the recipe for the salad dressing please?’

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Sixth Form help run PFSA Coffee Morning

Sixth Form help run PFSA Coffee Morning

Posted by Avalon School on May 16th 2018

On Wednesday 16th May, 6th Form students helped Angela (PFSA) to run a parent coffee morning in Sixth Form flat. The students greeted and served refreshments to parents, demonstrating communication, maths and life skills.

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'Lions of Zululand' visit to Avalon School

'Lions of Zululand' visit to Avalon School

Posted by Avalon School on May 14th 2018

On Wednesday 9th May, the ‘Lions of Zululand’ visited Avalon school as part of their UK tour. The ‘Lions of Zululand’ arrived from KwaZulu Natal, South Africa for their 13th annual UK tour in April and will be performing in schools nationally every day until the end of July. We are extremely grateful to ‘Happy Days’ charity and the local ‘Brue Boys’ choir who have kindly provided funding to enable Avalon students to access this unique, musical experience. The day began with Zulu musicians bursting into our school hall wearing traditional Zulu costume and performing an impressive show to our students. Throughout the day, the whole school participated in a carousel of workshops including; singing, dancing, drawing and painting artefacts and exploring the Zulu culture and language. We ended the day inviting parents to join us in the hall for a celebratory performance of the song and dance we had all been learning throughout the day. Avalon staff, students and parents have clearly been moved by this magical experience: ‘A student moved closer to the performers at one point to see better’. ‘A student did a ‘high five’ with one of the performers’. ‘It was inspiring and uplifting’ (student). ‘I enjoyed the dancing and singing. The show was brilliant’! (student). ‘It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen in a school’. ‘I honestly don’t think I’ve seen anything as exciting as the group performance at the end with the parents joining in as well. There was a real sense of unity. I think the pupils will remember it for a long time’. ‘That was so energising and inspirational’. ‘It was great to see the whole school involved’. ‘A student sat at the very front, dancing in her seat, laughing and joining in. Even when the musicians were really loud with the drumming, she was able to calmly put her ear defenders on and stay in her seat’. ‘Students were laughing and smiling, very obviously enjoying all the music and dancing’. ‘The Lions of Zululand did not stop singing from the time they got off the bus until they left. Their enthusiasm in working with our students really shone through and bought out a huge amount of exuberance from Avalon. The best music day experience I have seen during my time working at Avalon’.

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Sixth Form Volunteering

Sixth Form Volunteering

Posted by Avalon School on May 14th 2018

This term, Sixth Form students have returned to Red Brick Building to continue volunteering with Jean Rees students. They have been working hard to improve the garden areas and creating and planting new garden beds. Students have also been maintaining existing planted areas; weeding and re-potting plants. Avalon students have enjoyed working collaboratively with Jean Rees students to support their local community.

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Sixth Form Work Experience

Posted by Avalon School on May 14th 2018

On Thursday 10th May, some of our Sixth Form students demonstrated their food safety and catering skills, serving hot drinks and refreshments to visitors attending a meeting at Avalon School.

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Sixth Form Work Experience

Posted by Nev on May 14th 2018

On Thursday 10th May, some of our Sixth Form students demonstrated their food safety and catering skills, serving hot drinks and refreshments to visitors attending a meeting at Avalon School.

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Kilve Court Camp

Kilve Court Camp

Posted by Avalon School on May 11th 2018

On Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th April, some students from KS3, KS4 and Sixth Form went on camp to Kilve Court. Students had a fantastic time participating in a range of activities including; climbing wall, beach visit, circus skills, sensory trail, night walk, shelter building, abseiling, crate stacking, archery, Tropiquaria visit and disco. Avalon staff were very proud of how well the students coped with the physical challenges and soggy weather! A big thank you to all the staff who supported this residential visit. ‘I liked going to Kilve Court. I haven’t been before. I enjoyed archery because I got a bullseye’. ‘I liked archery. I’ve done it before. I was dancing at the disco. I had fun’.

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Sixth Form Work Experience

Sixth Form Work Experience

Posted by Avalon School on May 4th 2018

This week some of our Sixth Form students were given the opportunity to experience working in the hospitality sector. Click on Read More to see some entries from their work diaries.

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Bag 2 School Collection

Posted by Avalon School on April 24th 2018

Thank you to all our parent/carers, staff and friends who donated clothing for the Bag 2 School partnership. Your efforts have raised £156 towards the Hydrotherapy Pool Appeal.

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Qualification Awards

Posted by Avalon School on April 17th 2018

Congratulations to some of our Sixth Form students who have successfully completed their Level 1 Food Safety & Hygiene qualification.

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Strode College Links

Posted by Avalon School on April 17th 2018

Throughout the year, Sixth Form have experienced taster sessions at Strode College. This term, our students will be participating in a ‘cooking and catering’ unit. The students have been discussing potential hazards and hygiene expectations when working in a kitchen. This week the students learnt how to make cookie dough.

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Sixth Form Pop Up Cafe

Posted by Avalon School on April 12th 2018

On Thursday 12th April, Sixth Form ran a pop up café at Avalon School for visitors. Students displayed excellent cutting skills preparing vegetable soup, laying the table and serving the meal.

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Hydrotherapy Pool Appeal makes headline news

Hydrotherapy Pool Appeal makes headline news

Posted by Avalon School on April 12th 2018

Our race to raise the final funds needed to build a community hydrotherapy pool features as the leading story in today's edition of the Central Gazette. It highlights our push to raise the final £247,000 funds needed to build the facility and the enterprising ways our pupils are helping, including creating original artwork and prints now on sale to the public. Our aim is for the community in mid Somerset to have access to the facility so that as many people as possible can benefit. Friends of Avalon PTA, our fundraising charity continues to seek donations from residents and businesses to make the dream a reality. Donations can be accepted through the school or via www.givey.com/friendsofavalonpta Click on the 'Read More' link below for the full story as featured in the Central Gazette.

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Buffet Lunch for Visitors

Buffet Lunch for Visitors

Posted by Avalon School on April 9th 2018

Today Sixth Form students used their food preparation skills to produce a cold buffet lunch for visitors attending a meeting at our school. The students worked hard to prepare a range of sandwiches and snacks for our visitors.

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Tesco 'Bags of Help' Award

Posted by Avalon School on April 9th 2018

Thank you to all who have voted for the Hydrotherapy Pool appeal in Glastonbury Tesco during January and February. We are thrilled to announce that our project came second in the public vote and has been awarded £2000 from Tesco towards our appeal. Brilliant News!

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World Water Day

World Water Day

Posted by Laura on March 22nd 2018

Pupils took part in World Water Day on Thursday 22nd March. 4EM looked at the difference between clean and dirty water. They realised how lucky we are to be able to get clean water from a tap, when people in other countries like Africa have to walk for miles just to collect water that is dirty. 3H thought about what it would be like to carry water on their heads for miles and 3G learnt about the Simango school in Zambia, where pupils had to walk to a snake-infested river to wash and drink until WaterAid paid for a borehole and water pump for the village. In assembly at the end of the day, 4EM shared their work about clean and dirty water and twenty pupils tried the pipeline challenge, attempting to transfer the water from one container to another by pouring it along a long line without spilling a drop. We didn’t quite manage it and it made us realise how hard it would be to have to carry our water, rather than getting it from a tap! All pupils have been taking part over the last five weeks in our Walking Challenge for WaterAid. The grand total of steps completed by the whole school was a fantastic 818, 489! This is equivalent to 102 water trips made by a woman or child in Africa who does not have a well in their village. Thank you to those of you who have already sponsored your child for the walking challenge – there is still time to do so, by returning the sponsor form via the home-school book.

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Parent Coffee Morning

Parent Coffee Morning

Posted by Avalon School on March 21st 2018

Sixth Form served hot drinks and refreshments to parents during a parent coffee morning at Avalon School. Students enjoyed asking the parents for feedback about our service.

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Sixth Form Pop Up Cafe

Sixth Form Pop Up Cafe

Posted by Avalon School on February 20th 2018

Today Sixth Form ran another successful ‘pop up café’ in the community, serving hot drinks and refreshments to clients at Southlawns care home.

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Member of Parliament’s 'QuestionTime' in 4L

Member of Parliament’s 'QuestionTime' in 4L

Posted by Avalon School on January 15th 2018

On Friday James Heappey, MP for the Wells constituency, visited Avalon. 4L grilled James with questions about being an MP, uncovering parliamentary secrets, such as why the seats are different colours in parliaments houses to how much free time James gets - not a lot, they found out that MPs have to work long hours! 4L then presented information about the Friends of Avalon hydrotherapy pool appeal. They had prepared a PowerPoint presentation to share with James and answered all his questions about how they have raised money so far. Everyone enjoyed James’s visit to the school and were grateful for his support! Thanks James - look forward to you visiting us again soon!!

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