Rounders Competition

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Avon Valley College entered two teams, YR 9 & YR 10, at the Level 2 Rounders Competition on Wednesday 5th June 2019. The teams competed against St John's, Stonehenge, and Pewsey Vale School.

Both teams played really well with the YR 9 team demonstrating some fantastic batting and fielding skills. They lost by only 1 1/2 rounders to the eventual runners up, Pewsey Vale. They lost to Stonehenge and the AVC YR 10 team, but managed to draw against St John’s.

The YR 10 team won the whole event winning all their games, which means they have now qualified for the Wiltshire School Games in July. An amazing team performance and well deserved.

Congratulations to: Aimee T, Lindsey A, Nicole T, Rachel A, Eleanor F, Aaliyah B, Lauren W, Megan K, Emily B, Charlotte D, Mhurron S.

Aimee M, Caitlin S, Chelsea G, Sovaia N, Nina B-M, Ellie T, Jasmine S, Grace S, Demi A, Kiara W, Franlani W.

Darcey Bussell Dance/Fitness Final

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Congratulations to the following YR 7 students who performed at Salisbury Cathedral in the Darcey Bussell Dance/Fitness final on Saturday: Jaz, Mphatso, Lily, Brooke, Emma, Elise, Rosie, Emily & Charlie. Avon Valley College were one of seven schools participating.

Unfortunately, we did not win, but the students were amazing and enjoyed the performance by magician Maddox from Britain’s Got Talent. He showed our students a trick before performing on stage and part way through he’s performance, he persuaded Jaz and myself on stage and then levitated Jaz of a table!!

The students also had the opportunity to meet Darcey Bussell (by Mrs Harries).

Democracy Week

Avon Valley College held a ‘Democracy Week’ last week, during which students found out in tutor time about how our political system works and the key elements of a democratic society. Students completed activities around this theme during the week.

Mr Owen and Ms Butterworth also gave an assembly on the Brexit debate – which prompted some lively discussion! Students who attended the assembly were asked to vote Remain or Leave – the results are now in, and were conclusive! 70% of students voted Remain, 30% Leave. Students engaged really well with this theme, and it has been great to see political discussion taking place in tutor groups and around school. The AVC result was much more clear-cut than the original referendum!

Some students were asked to give reasons for their votes…

“I voted Remain because I want to be able to work and travel easily in Europe in the future” (Year 10 student)

“I voted Leave because I want the UK to be able to decide its own laws” (Year 7 student)

“I voted Remain because I want Britain to be a welcoming country” (Year 11 student)

“I voted Leave because I want more money for our country” (Year 7 student)

Level 2 School Games

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The first ever Level 2 School Games Festival took place at Avon Valley College this week. Nathan David British Dodgeball Ambassador in the South of England who plays for the England team attended the festival and led the warm up and over saw the officials. Nathan had previously attended the last two Wednesdays and delivered sessions to the Year 8 boys during the PE curriculum PE, including
practicing techniques and discussing tactics.

Unfortunately the festival only saw Avon... Valley College enter teams, but we had four Year 8 and two Year 7 teams.

The competition was split into two—one for students who haven’t represented their school and the other for those students who have represented the school.

The Yellow team will now go on to the Level 3 Final in Marlborough on Wednesday 10th July 2019.

Mock Trial Competition at Southampton Crown Court

Congratulations to a team of Year 9 Students who took part in the regional heats of the Young Citizens Mock Trial Competition at Southampton Crown Court on Saturday morning (competing against three other schools).

They performed superbly both prosecuting and defending a case in front of a number of Magistrates, Visiting Dignitaries and the High Sheriff of Hampshire. They were commended on their team work, preparation, knowledge of the case and their conduct in court. F Gallag...her was singled out for his outstanding closing speech for the defence and S Leeves for her performance as the witness for the defendant.

Unfortunately they were beaten by the Westgate School who will go through to the National Semi-Finals but the students were all fantastic and our liaison Magistrate thought that the team won both of the trials we competed in and considering this is the 1st year that they have competed, the students were outstanding.

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