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Reaching Great Heights

F1 National Finals - 27/06/2012

Congratulations to our Year 5 racing team the ‘BodyRockers’ who came second at the national finals of the F1 Challenge in Birmingham on Wednesday 27 June. The four girls had worked very hard to design and make their car and to produce a presentation and display. They also had to respond to an additional design challenge on the day.

Mr Pascall describes their achievement:
“The girls made a brilliant team. Jessica designing the car parts, Penny making them, Ellie producing the presentation and Lucy marketing the ‘BodyRocker’name. They all helped each other and came together fantastically when they made their presentation to the judges.”

All the Year 5 pupils started the challenge and worked with the design software and cutting machine. Five teams of four then went to the regional finals on the 21st of May where the ‘BodyRockers’ came third. Since then the girls have given up much of their own time to improve their performance.

This really is an example of aiming for the stars and reaching great heights.


Silverstone Trip Prize!

Following the girls' achievement in Birmingham they were invited to attend the opening day of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday 6 July. Mark Hughes, Operations Director of the Yas Marina F1 racing circuit in Abu Dhabi and friend of the Academy, organised the tickets as a surprise prize for the team! Academy parent governor Scott Watson who knows Mark pointed out the May article about the ‘BodyRockers’ in the Halifax Courier. Mark has followed and supported the girls’ progress since then.

Waved off by Mrs Bennett at 7am the girls eventually made it to Silverstone on the 6th of July. The traffic chaos near to the racing circuit which made the national news made the outward journey last six hours, and five for the return home! Despite this the girls had a great time at the event and did manage to see over two hours of Formula One action.

Penny said, “I was amazed just how fast and loud the cars were!”
Lucy added, “Our ear defenders looked cool but were really useful too!”

Mr Pascall, who accompanied the girls said, “It’s a tribute to the team spirit of the girls that not even 11 hours stuck in a minibus could dampen their spirits! They sang songs, told jokes and talked about Lewis and Jenson all the way home!”



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