Schools news round up (including white water rapids adventure for Ashlyns students)

Ashlyns students take on the rapids at Lee Valley White Water Centre
Ashlyns students take on the rapids at Lee Valley White Water Centre

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White water rapids adventure for students

George Jackson

George Jackson

Students from Dacorum braved the rapids at Lee Valley White Water Centre, the world-class venue that hosted the London 2012 Canoe Slalom event.

Berkhamsted’s Ashlyns School represented the borough at the fourth annual Lee Valley White Water Centre Schools Festival.

Its pupils were among 500 children from across London, Hertfordshire and Essex who rafted for free on the same rapids where Team GB took gold and silver in the Games.

Chief executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Shaun Dawson said: “The legacy of the Games is all about young people and they are central to our work.

Bovingdon Academy has a new minibus

Bovingdon Academy has a new minibus

“For many of the youngsters, it’s their first experience of this adrenalin sport and we hope that this will be a springboard to getting into white water sports and becoming the stars of tomorrow.”

The event - held on Wednesday, July 9 - was part of a series of ‘Schools Festivals’ being held to get young people interested in sport.

Mr Dawson said: “We will be running Schools Festivals at our other two London 2012 legacy venues on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Lee Valley VeloPark and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – in September, giving hundreds more children the chance to take part for free in sports activities in inspirational world class venues.”

Last Wednesday’s Schools Festival also offered the young people a chance to try other sports and activities provided by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and partners including Canoe England, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the Lawn Tennis Association.

The students took part in kayaking on the lake, cycling Wattbike challenge, mini tennis sessions, multi-skill football sessions as well as team-building activities such as the Water Wipeout, where teams race against the clock to be the first to tackle the inflatable obstacles.

Lee Valley White Water Centre is in daily use with a number of successful legacy projects ongoing and the water is shared by participants of all levels, from complete beginners to elite athletes. It is one of dozens of venues run by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority along the 26-mile long Lee Valley.

The venue recently launched a new resident club, Lee Valley Paddlesports Club, which welcomes all paddlers over the age of nine, from absolute beginners to Olympic champions across the whole range of paddle sports.

For information about Lee Valley White Water Centre, visit or call 08456 770 606.

Design award for George

The Furniture Makers’ Company Design Award For Excellent Coursework - GCSE Product Design has been given to Hemel Hempstead School Year 11 student George Jackson.

His prize was a design book.

His design work and final product impressed his teacher and gained him very high marks in his coursework. George hopes to continue his Product Design studies at A Level in September.

Head of technology Alison Walker said: “Congratulations George, and we look forward to seeing your next innovative designs.”

School fayre a success

On Saturday June 21st, The Hemel Hempstead School staged its first summer fayre and dog show. The weather was incredibly kind and drew in an excellent crowd.

The dog show, run by and in aid of The Retired Greyhound Trust, proved very popular with dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages.

There were performances on the outdoor stage from both school and local groups throughout the afternoon and stalls and activities to suit all tastes.

The school’s annual Art & Technology Exhibition was held at the same time, allowing visitors to the school to see students’ amazing work.

There were happy, smiling faces all around as children and adults participated in, or viewed, the many activities.

The school is now hoping that the event will grow year on year to include more participants and visitors from the local community.

New minibus takes centre stage at school’s fete

The pupils and staff at Bovingdon Primary Academy were delighted to be presented with their very own minibus, courtesy of ​The West Herts Charity Trust ​and a generous donation from Bovingdon Academy Parents Association.

John Masters, Paul Sansom-Timms and Mike Humphreys pulled out all the stops to get the minibus to the school in time to take pride of place at the summer fete on Saturday, July 12.

The school is very grateful to receive the minibus which will be put to good use in a variety of ways, including taking sports teams to matches.

Plea for funds as playgroup nears 40th anniversary

The Leverstock Green Playgroup will celebrate its 40th anniversary two months from now and to celebrate, children and their parents are invited to a party on Saturday, September 13.

Pupils past and present and their families and those who have worked at or being associated with the facility are encouraged to attend.

The playgroup is a charity and committee run organisation, so a raffle will be held during the event to raise much-needed funds to mark the 40-year milestone.

Spokesman Janice Lardner said: “We feel this is an amazing achievement!

“We would be extremely grateful if you would be able to support us in this.

“If you could donate a raffle prize or indeed offer some form of sponsorship for the event you would make a considerable difference.

“In return, we will use every opportunity to advertise your support. Thank you for your attention on this matter and we look forward to hearing from you.”

The playgroup’s number is 01442 266270.