School’s net is set for bal­loon race

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PUPILS at Bolling­ton Cross Pri­mary School be­gan a bal­loon race with a dif­fer­ence on Mon­day.

In­stead of re­leas­ing he­lium bal­loons into the air, chil­dren re­leased vir­tual ver­sions onto a web­page to travel around a vir­tual is­land.

Ev­ery hour each bal­loon trav­els be­tween 1km and 20km and at the end of the race on Satur­day, July 2 at 1pm, the re­sults will be an­nounced at the school’s sum­mer fair.

PTA Trea­surer Kelly Harris said: “The pupils were very ex­cited and re­quested daily leader boards and even a screen in the main hall to mon­i­tor the re­sults.

“One pupil told me they thought it was even bet­ter than a real race as you could see ex­actly where ev­ery­one was and cheer your bal­loon on.

“They have given the bal­loons some great nick­names too – Sun­shine, Fairy Fairy, Su­per Trev and Mini Mess, and have even at­tached mes­sages to them such as Come on Eng­land, For Nana, and Aim High.”

In the run-up to the fair, as well as the bal­loon race, pupils have taken part in a host of other fun ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a bear for cake sale where peo­ple can ex­change a bear for a cake, and a dress down day to col­lect choco­late for the tombola.

They have also taken part in salt dough sculp­ture, bak­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tions.

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