Our secondary phase Open Evening went really well last week with well over 800 visitors to our temporary (two-year) site at Beaulieu Drive, Pinner. It is clear that, in spite of being only in our fourth year, the very positive reputation of Avanti House School is spreading fast.
Visitors; prospective parents and students, from across Harrow and beyond, left the evening buzzing with enthusiasm, having been particularly impressed with our student volunteers. It occurred to me that our students are so incredibly mature, committed to their school and dedicated to their learning – we really could leave the ‘marketing’ of Avanti House to them. We have well over 100 students showing families around the impressive facilities at Pinner and dozens of assistants also helped in faculties – mathematics, English, languages, PE, dance and drama. Coupled with our four volunteers – topping and tailing my own presentation in the hall – four times in the evening to packed audiences, the memories that visitors will be left with will be exactly as they should be – how impressive are Avanti House students!
One of a Family
Our visitors learned about how Avanti House School is one of a growing family of Hindu-designated faith schools – open to all, regardless of faith (or no faith). In common with other Avanti Schools Trust schools, our is a values-led organisation, with three pillars – each as important as the other and which are brought together to create an unique curriculum for our learners – from 4 to 19. The evening’s presentation can be found by clicking here: [Open Evening Presentation]. Our online prospectus (on our website) can be found by clicking here: [Online Prospectus] – a good deal more can be found on our website and that of the Avanti Schools Trust. Information and updates regarding our two year tenure at Pinner and our early October planning application for our exciting Whitchurch build can be found here on this weekly blog. I would like to thank all our visitors for showing an interest last week and of course our staff, students, Governors and PTA (Friends of Avanti House) for making the evening such a roaring success.
From now until when the applications must be submitted (to the local authority) – on 31st October – I and members of my Senior Team will be available to show individuals and groups of parents/carers around during the working day. Officially, our Open Mornings are next week – but we are already taking appointments for the three weeks after this. It is a momentous decision that parents make, the high school for their child – and the best way of making sure it is the right one is to have all of your questions answered.
Information regarding making an application – on or before 31st October 2015 – as well as the Admissions Criteria for 2016/17, can be found by clicking here Getting into Avanti House
Sports Day and Maths Challenge
An exciting, if exhausting, week ended with a fantastic drop-down day on Friday, for our first Sports Day at Pinner. Although only part of the fields were used (the autumn should bring the rollers out to make good the surface), the sports hall, tennis courts and other spaces were all put to good use for a really enjoyable and exciting day of sporting activity. Mr Hindes and his teams of staff put together a fantastic and really well-organised day. The winners will soon be announced.
Sports Day was enjoyed by years 8 – 10 whilst year 7 had a more cerebral activity than physical one, with a mathematics challenge in the hall all day. Again, enjoyed by all, we look forward to hearing the results – and the winning house, early next week.
Finally, last week, we celebrated, in some of our assemblies, the festival of Radhastami – or the birth of Sri Radha – the feminine aspect of Krishna and perfect devotee.
I end with an inspiring prayer conceived by His Holiness Indradyumna Swami – in praise of Srimati Radharani
“O all-auspicious Krishna! May You be victorious! You perform all kinds of sweet pastimes. Let my
name also be there when You count Sri Radha’s associates. This is my prayer. Although I am covered by material consciousness I can still aspire for this. O Lord, may my prayer be fulfilled.”
– His Holiness Swami