Hopes and dreams go sky high at Ormiston Venture Academy

  15 January, 2020

The start of another new year marks another new world record attempt for the students at Ormiston Venture Academy, in Gorleston.

Students and staff at the academy are eagerly waiting to hear if they’ve achieved their goal of holding the world record for having the most paper aeroplanes flying at once.

In 2019, the academy became Guinness World Record holders for the most double high fives with a mascot. Venture was keen to take on a completely different attempt this time around.

The attempt was combined with our Student Training Day based around the theme of ‘20:20 Vision’ and students and staff made their paper aeroplanes using pieces of paper on which they had recorded their hopes and dreams for 2020.

Students were shown a video clip of another school in the USA attempting this record, who did well to achieve 600 planes in their school hall. But with over 850 students at Venture and by braving the cold outdoors, students and staff knew a new world record was well within reach.

Every year group was involved, and students also added names to their planes to allow Venture mascot ‘Vinny the Raptor’ to select five at random to receive a prize, once they had all been collected in.

The final count is yet to be made, but with around 750 students outside, a new unofficial record seems safe.

Director of Learning Cultures, Spencer Doggett said:

“It was good fun to see our students thinking about their futures and combining their hopes and dreams with a Guinness World Record attempt. We are confident that we have beaten the existing record and look forward to confirming this.

“We are privileged to see our students achieving success in the academy each and every day and we look forward to seeing what 2020 brings for all the young people we serve.”


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