Big birth­day for Hilling­don’s Meadow High

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

OF­FI­CERS with the avi­a­tion wing of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing two re­ports of a drone be­ing spot­ted near Heathrow Air­port.

The Met’s Avi­a­tion Polic­ing Twitter ac­count re­vealed at 11.45am on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 10 that of­fi­cers were re­spond­ing to the re­ports.

Tweets also high­lighted the dan­ger and il­le­gal­ity of flying a drone near an air­port.

The tweet from Avi­a­tion Polic­ing said: “Of­fi­cers are re­spond­ing to two re­ports of a drone sight­ing near the ap­proach to Heathrow. This is both dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal.”

It added in a sub­se­quent tweet: “If you in­tend to fly a drone, please have a read of the CAA guid­ance on drones be­fore take off.”

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched in April after it was be­lieved a drone col­lided with a pas­sen­ger plane near Heathrow.

But it was later ruled that the air­craft prob­a­bly was not hit by a drone.

In Septem­ber 2015, a drone came within HILLING­DON’S Meadow High School marked its very spe­cial birth­day with a spec­tac­u­lar cer­e­mony with staff, stu­dents and the Uxbridge MP Boris John­son on Fri­day (Oc­to­ber 7).

The For­eign Sec­re­tary was given no time to rest at the school Royal Lane, as he was re­cruited to cut a rib­bon, bury a time cap­sule and cut the birth­day cake.

Meadow High is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th birth­day this year and to mark the oc­ca­sion opened a new sen­sory gar­den and set up its own tem­po­rary mu­seum in­clud­ing arte­facts from the spe­cial school’s his­tory.

MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip Mr John­son said: “I want to con­grat­u­late ev­ery­body who was in­volved in the sen­sory gar­den.

“It’s a won­der­ful fa­cil­ity for the kids. There’s a great at­mos­phere in the school.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see the con­ti­nu­ity of this in­sti­tu­tion that pro­vides first class ed­u­ca­tion in this part of the bor­ough.”

The new sen­sory gar­den project was spear­headed by hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at the school Dee Len­non and her as­sis­tant Bernie Cryan. me­tres of col­lid­ing with a pas­sen­ger jet at Heathrow and, in Jan­uary last year, a

Meadow raised the money it­self, in­clud­ing a team of staff who walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall to raise £2,000.

Stu­dents had a hand in both de­sign­ing and in­stalling the new gar­den, which also fea­tures a quiet commemoration area to re­mem­ber stu­dents of the school who have sadly passed away.

A week long cel­e­bra­tion marked the school’s half cen­te­nary, in­clud­ing fancy dress days, with the high­light the visit from the for­mer Mayor if Lon­don.

Hilling­don’s Mayor, Cllr John Hens­ley, also at­tended the event.

He said: “The school has a good charted his­tory over the last 50 years and it’s gone from run­way was closed after a drone was spot­ted.

The head of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice a very small school to now a big one.

“You can see how well sup­ported the school is, which can be seen as a re­flec­tion of how the com­mu­nity views that the school pro­vides.”

Also at the event were the three daugh­ters of the orig­i­nal head­teacher Keith Everett, as was as the orig­i­nal sec­re­tary at the school Doreen Dane.

The 90-year-old who lives in Den­ham Green, Avi­a­tion Com­mand, Su­per­in­ten­dent Hendy, said: Polic­ing Chief Martin “The said: “I never would have thought it could have grown so much. “It’s re­ally fan­tas­tic.” The school opened in 1966 with just 56 pupils and has grown over the last 50 years to cater for 226 stu­dents.

While bury­ing the time-cap­sule, which is set to be un­cov­ered in an­other 50 years, it was re­vealed that an­other cap­sule buried 25 years ago has gone miss­ing. mes­sage is do not fly them any­where near air­ports or flight paths, or over crowded places such as foot­ball and other sta­di­ums.

“The po­ten­tial is there for a ma­jor in­ci­dent.

“One of the chal­lenges is to en­sure peo­ple re­alise what is le­git­i­mate and what is il­le­gal.”

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