Friends of Avanti House are pleased to announce that they have managed to raise a net total of £5,715.35 from the Summer Fair. In addition to the £6,103.40 FOAH have in the bank account, from other fundraising so in total they have is raised towards the minibus appeal is just short of £12,000 – a fantastic achievement.
The Walk-A-Thon itself – led by primary pupils with a small contingent of secondary walkers – raised £3,531.12. The primary team also did well with the Tombola and Arts and Crafts stall which on its own raised a net amount of £194.69. The core team (shown to the right) have done so well and on behalf of the Governing Body, the staff, parents, students and pupils I would like to thank them for all of their efforts this year – culminating in this amazing achievement.
To Families and Friends
As we end my first year at Avanti, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to all our friends and families for their unrelenting support, faced as we were with the difficult challenges around premises and the need to rebuild leadership from the ground up. Partly because of that support, but also through the supreme efforts of a dedicated staff and simply wonderful students, Avanti House is in a much stronger position and on much firmer footings than when it was back in September. This is as true in the primary phase as it is in secondary. All of the new appointments we have made this year, teaching and non-teaching staff, have been superb; each and every one of them has added real value to and strengthened the Avanti House family. Added to this, the excellent fundraising work of the FOAH as mentioned above, the generous support of the PSAG (Parent & Staff Advisory Group) and of course the hard work and vision of the Regional Governing Body and the Avanti Schools Trust have made for an excellent third year in the still very young life of this fine school.
As of last week, all of the planning applications for our primary site (Common Road) have now been successful and the contractors are in the house, beginning the year-long £2.5 million uplift and extension. Formal pre-planning application meetings for Whitchurch are schedules – feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly good and surveyors have been on site already. Although the Council and the EFA are still in lengthy discussions around the terms of the lease on Whitchurch, I am as confident as I can be that, subject to a successful planning application, building will begin in the first half of the new year; just as we settle the secondary school into the far more generous surroundings in Pinner – for the next two years.
Standards of teaching and learning – already securely good – are improving further, as we put the greatest emphasis on our core business of teaching, learning and outcomes for children. Our first set of KS1 results alongside EYFS Profiles and phonics results were really excellent – well above national averages and above the targets we set for ourselves. Our year 9, who embark upon their first year of GCSEs next year are already on track to top the league table in Harrow in two years’ time – if they continue, as they will, to make the outstanding progress that they are currently making.
We say goodbye to a number of staff this year – the majority of whom are moving on to promoted positions or career changes – ranging from being headhunted to teach SEN at the Harrow Public School, through to a change in direction and a teaching role in a special school. Many of the staff we say goodbye to have been here from the very first day and they have dedicated themselves to the challenge of getting the school off the ground. They have all contributed so very much and deserve our sincere gratitude and very best wishes. From secondary we say goodbye to teachers Susi Pinkus, Fiona Dunckley, Kavita Patel and teaching assistants Ed Arghebant and Rachel Rickayzen. From primary we say goodbye to Bhavisha Vaghela, Laura Khan, Jemini Patel and Anjna Bhojani. We wish them all well on behalf of Governors and parents. I now look forward to introducing families to our new colleagues – both those who are replacing former staff and of course, expanding the school further still as we expand to well over 700 students from September.
As we embark upon our complicated ‘house’ moves over the summer break, on behalf of the Governing Body and the staff of Avanti House, I wish all families a wonderful summer and look forward to welcoming students and pupils back – primary to Common Road and secondary to Beaulieu Drive, early in September.
Start of the Year
Year 1, 2 and 3 pupils in the primary phase should arrive at Common Road, for day 1, Thursday 3rd September according to the following schedule (parents will receive more information, from Mrs Morris and Mr Halliday, about the structure of the school day at the Primary Sports Day on Monday):
Thursday 3rd September
Year 1 – arrive later – from 7:30 but by 8:00am
Year 2– arrive early – from 7:15am but all in by 7:45 am
Year 3 – arrive early – from 7:15am but all in by 7:45 am
There will, as usual, be a phased return for our new Reception year – more information to follow.
In the secondary phase, identical to all previous years, as we get ourselves used to yet another new building, will be staggered – with year 7 only arriving on day 1, followed by all students on day 2; according to the following schedule.
Thursday 3rd September – Year 7 Only on this day – Gates open 7:30am for a prompt start of the day at 8:00am
Friday 4th September – ALL students on this day – Gates open 7.30am for a prompt start of the day at 8:00am
The secondary phase will also soon be in touch to say more about the offer of a Breakfast club. A reminder to parents that there is no vehicular drop-off, on-site at Pinner. Those who arrive by car should park safely in unrestricted areas and children should walk into school. Of course, for Year 7, parents/carers can accompany their children on foot, to the front door of the school where a member of staff will pick them up.
Have a wonderful summer and thank you for all of your support this year.
A final thought as we end the year, for the family and friends of our wonderful and so very badly missed little boy, Parv Patel, who was taken from us earlier this academic year. There were no words to explain or to bring solace for the loss of this young man, who brought so much joy to so many in his all too short life.
As we move the primary school to its final building and when we landscape the grounds, at the end of the building project, we shall return to Parv’s family and ask how we might remember him