Archive for September, 2016

Dragon Boat Race

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

As part of the effort to raise money to help get Ben home many of the Avening School pupils got active by taking part in dragon boat racing at South Cerney. Here is the report of the day by Eddy.


On the 25th September 2016, over one hundred Avening residents headed to South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre to take part in a dragon boat race to raise funds for Best 4 Ben.

It started with the children’s races and the first team, Benny the Brave, took to the water and paddled to the start line. We didn’t do very well, losing both races to Gloucestershire Scouts, but there was still our other boat, named South Cerney Outdoor, a mixed ‘scratch’ team made up of Avening children and children from other schools. They ended up winning the junior competition, and we are looking forward to displaying the shield in school soon! We did enjoy it though, even if we got rained upon and raced twice rather than three times.

Avening also had three adult teams: The Hootie Tooties, the Avening Avengers and the Grumpy Old Men (my dad and brothers were in that team). The Grumpy Old Men only had ten competitors, but they did very well, and came 3rd out of 12 teams. Avening Avengers  came a respectable 6th and the Hootie Tooties (my mum’s team) came last and nearly capsized twice.

It was great fun, lifting one shield and getting two sets of medals.

It was all in a good cause, and we raised over £1300 for Best 4 Ben through the boat race. If you would like to donate go to or

“It was absolutely brilliant and I am very tired,” said my exhausted mum.

“Our team were brilliant, and your team were rubbish,” gloated my dad.


By Eddy

Bring Ben Home Non-Uniform Day

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Everyone at Avening School wanted to help their classmate, Olivia, get her Mum’s partner back home after he broke his neck while on a family holiday. At the moment he is in Salisbury Spinal Unit meaning Olivia, her sister and her mum have a 3 hour round trip to see him. They are raising money to complete the alterations to their house that they need to allow Ben to be able to live at home again. The children decided to have a non-uniform day to give as much help as they could. So far they have managed to raise £600!

If you want to find out more you can follow this link.

Best for Ben

Bring Ben Home

Bring Ben Home Non-Uniform

FGR Ambassadors

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Our ambassadors have been busy supporting FGR as they begin their season. Eddy has written a report for the match against Bromley and they will continue to keep everyone informed during the rest of the season.


On the 17th September, FGR played Bromley at the New Lawn, FGR’s stadium, in the Vanarama National League.

There’s always a bit of humour at a football game, whether it’s banter from the players or peculiar speeches from commentators, but this time the funniest thing was a player getting soaked through by a sprinkler ( revenge of the sprinkler!). Also slightly amusing: a shot deflected by a Bromley defender went over the away changing-room and out of the ground.

In the first half it was very slow and sloppy, and both sides missed some opportunities, but FGR were eventually getting into the game with a couple of corners in their favour.

The second half wasn’t a great deal better, but good enough to bag a bottom corner goal from Keanu Marsh-Brown in the74th minute. There were also two penalty appeals, not given by the referee. “We played more like Bradford than Barcelona,” commented my less than impressed Dad.

It was 1-0 to Forest Green in the end as Mark Cooper’s men lead their way to another victory.

By Eddy

Tour of Britain

Friday, September 9th, 2016

The Activity Council went to Selsley Hill to support the Tour of Britain as they raced through Gloucestershire. They really enjoyed supporting all of the cyclists and were trying to spot Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. Everyone at school watched the race through Stroud on the television and were trying to spot the Activity Council!! Having the opportunity to see Olympic medal winners in our local area was inspirational to everyone and raised the profile of cycling in school. A full gallery of pictures is on the school website.

Supporting the Tour of Britain

Supporting the Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain

The Activity Council

Friday, September 9th, 2016

This year we have created an Activity Council who will be helping everyone at Avening School become more active and have a healthy lifestyle. They have already come up with some fantastic ideas for clubs to run during the year and this term we are going to try active photography! Hopefully, they will also be able to help us introduce lots of ideas to make us more active everyday and suggest new activities they would like to take part in.

The Activity Council

The Activity Council

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