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PTA balloon race 2021
PTA balloon race 2021

Prizes to be won!

This virtual balloon race, took off at12pm on the 2nd June from Westminster Abbey. The race was real but totally online. Balloons cost £3 each and the race was based on real time weather patterns.

Being totally virtual, it has many advantages; you could decide on your balloon's thickness, how full they are, how they are decorated and, of course, it is kinder to the environment than a race with real balloons.

The PTA winners are in! They all travelled over 51km, with Milo's winning balloon travelling a circuitous 51.74km to end up north of Chelmsford near Great Waltham.

The winners have been awarded their certificates and WH Smith vouchers from the PTA:

  • 1st place, Milo B in class MN
  • 2nd place, Ruby S in class ED
  • 3rd place, Maya Y in class NS.

There were great prizes to be won from the organisers and from the PTA – double chances!

Eco Racing Prizes are:

  • 1st £500
  • 2nd Apple iPad
  • 3rd 10 x £10 book tokens

PTA prizes are 3 x £15 WH Smiths vouchers for the 3 furthest-travelled PTA balloons.

This year we have not been able to hold any in-person events so have had to find new ways to raise money for the school. 

Full race guide can be found here:

You can download the PTA poster here.

Coeliac awareness week
Coeliac awareness week

Ted is shining a light on coeliac

Ted from Class RJ has committed to cycling 50km in support of the #ShineALightOnCoeliac campaign. He wants to raise awareness and funds that will help support children and young people living with coeliac disease. The campaign is organised by Coeliac UK

Ted says that since his diagnosis he misses lots of food that he used to love but, most of all, he misses eating party foods at friends' birthday parties.

He’s now almost half way through his 50k cycling challenge with riding to and from school this week, and has already smashed his £150 fundraising target but is still hoping for more. He is very grateful for all the support so far, but if anyone else would like to support him his page is

Well done Ted. We're proud of your positive attitude.

Get Set Tokyo
Get Set Tokyo

We're on our way to the Olympics

This is a fun activity for the whole school community to join in with. To celebrate the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we're encouraging our families to get active with the virtual Travel to Tokyo challenge. This is Team GB and ParalympicsGB’s free programme for children aged 5–11 and their families.

Can we meet the challenge and travel the full 47,349km together? 

Here's the latest progress update from 20th June: 

Hurray! All teams have now completed their journey to Tokyo, covering a massive 230,141km in distance with 5148 hours of activity! The PTA has raised £432 and has sold 72 medals. What a phenomenal effort from all involved! Medals will be handed out through school.

Travel to Tokyo challenge

Record your activity

In school, we all belong to one of four ‘Travel to Tokyo’ teams (Butterflies & Bumblebees, KS1, LKS2, UKS2). We will be making a 47,349 km virtual journey to reach Tokyo in time for the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games on Friday 23rd July. At home, all you need to do is get active as a family and record your activity on this easy-to use Log Activity page.

You can get started by trying some fun Travel to Tokyo activity ideas. All the physical activity the children and their families do will count towards their team’s journey. You don’t need lots of equipment or space – playing in the park or having a dance off to your favourite song – if it gets your heart pumping, it all counts!

You can keep track of your team's progress on our School Dashboard to see our journey across the world! We will update the children in our weekly assemblies on their progress and their current location as we travel round the world.

Our virtual journey to Tokyo

Raise funds for school

The PTA are hoping that we can raise some much-needed funds at the same time. These always go towards projects that enhance school life for all our children.

As a special token to remember taking part in the Get Set Tokyo Challenge the PTA has designed a special medal. This can be purchased for £1.75 using the PTA's online website. Medals are available to purchase from Friday 7th May until Monday 21st June. They will be handed out by class teachers in July. The medals come complete with a ribbon in Team GB colours and engraved with Saltford School on the back. Please refer to the Facebook group page Saltford School's Get Set Tokyo Challenge 2021 here for more details and a picture of the medal.

The PTA has set up a fundraising page so you can ask your friends and relatives to sponsor your activities. Follow the link here: crowdfunding to Saltford School PTA as part of the Virtual travel to Tokyo! on JustGiving.

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