Up and away for great bal­loon race

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

YOUNG­STERS re­leased hun­dreds of bal­loons into the air to see which would travel the fur­thest while rais­ing money for their school.

St Ber­nadette RC Pri­mary School held its sev­enth an­nual bal­loon race on April 24, partly to mark the Feast Day of St Ber­nadette, which was cel­e­brated on April 16.

Hun­dreds of pupils aged three to 11 were joined by their teach­ers, par­ents and car­ers for a loud count­down to the bal­loon re­lease.

They cheered as the blue and yel­low bal­loons – which matched the school’s colours – soared east­ward, each car­ry­ing a la­bel giv­ing the name of the child who re­leased it and the school’s ad­dress, in Long Lane, Uxbridge.

The pupil whose bal­loon is found fur­thest away will win a prize.

Last year’s fur­thest­trav­elled bal­loon made it to the Nether­lands, while in pre­vi­ous years bal­loons have been found as far away as France, Ger­many, Bel­gium and Den­mark.

Head­teacher Catherine Moss thanked mem­bers of the Friends PTA com­mit­tee, who vol­un­teered be­hind the scenes through­out the morn­ing, fill­ing the biodegrad­able bal­loons with helium and ty­ing rib­bons on each one.

She said: “A big thank you to our chil­dren, ev­ery­one who do­nated and man­aged to come along, and all our hard-work­ing helpers on the day.”

She added: “A few stray bal­loons ended up in a nearby tree and had to be res­cued and sent on their way. The chil­dren are wait­ing to hear how far the fur­thest bal­loon trav­elled.”

Ev­ery child do­nated £1 for their bal­loon.

The money will go to­wards ex­tra ed­u­ca­tional and fun op­por­tu­ni­ties at the school.

n TAKE OFF: Pupils at St Ber­nadette RC Pri­mary School, in Long Lane, Uxbridge, re­lease hun­dreds of bal­loons into the air

Photo by Lalita Scott

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