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Up and away! Seven Kings pupils urged to aim high at balloon race

PUBLISHED: 17:28 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 17:36 22 July 2015

Pupils at Farnham Green Primary School took part in the schools 17th annual balloon race

Pupils at Farnham Green Primary School took part in the schools 17th annual balloon race

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Children said goodbye to their much-loved school after releasing balloons into the sky.

Pupils at Farnham Green Primary School took part in the schools 17th annual balloon racePupils at Farnham Green Primary School took part in the schools 17th annual balloon race

Year 6 pupils at Farnham Green Primary School, Royal Close, Seven Kings, attached postcards to their balloons in a race to see which ones could reach the furthest yesterday.

The winner is the owner of the postcard sent back to the school from furthest away.

The end of year tradition is in its 17th year after being introduced by headteacher Erica Quirk when she joined the school.

Mrs Quirk said: “It was a collective idea when we started.

Pupils at Farnham Green Primary School took part in the schools 17th annual balloon race. Zamzam Barqadle, six, Nabiha Aamir, six, Sifat Baidwan, six and Weronika Banicka, sixPupils at Farnham Green Primary School took part in the schools 17th annual balloon race. Zamzam Barqadle, six, Nabiha Aamir, six, Sifat Baidwan, six and Weronika Banicka, six

“We were just looking for a way to mark the end of the year for our Year 6 pupils who were leaving at the time.

“It’s good fun – it really is a community thing and that’s important for the kids.”

The headteacher, who is retiring, also said her goodbyes to the school after taking part in a flash mob dance earlier today.

She said: “It’s really hard to walk away from the school – it’s been an absolute pleasure working here.

Pupils at Farnham Green Primary School took part in the schools 17th annual balloon racePupils at Farnham Green Primary School took part in the schools 17th annual balloon race

“It’s been wonderful and I really value the support we have had from the parents over the years.”

She added: “I think the children are amazing I’m going to miss them – they’re the reason I come to work.”

Mrs Quirk, who has been a teacher for 36 years, said the end of year event helped pupils understand that “old people can still do fun things”.

In a message to pupils going on to secondary school after the summer holidays, she said: “Always do your very best and aim high.

“Have confidence and always do what you want to do.”


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