Hartlepool pupils’ balloon ends up 500 miles away in Holland

Grange Primary School's balloon release, above; pupils in class, below; and Harvey Wallace and Olivia Flanagan with a copy of the email from Holland.
Grange Primary School's balloon release, above; pupils in class, below; and Harvey Wallace and Olivia Flanagan with a copy of the email from Holland.

Astounded children at a Hartlepool school were shocked to discover that one of 101 balloons they released was picked up by a woman 500 miles away in Holland.

The clever ‘clogs’ from Grange Primary School released the purple balloons as part of a Transition Day - getting the reception kids used to the Year One class.

Grange Primary School's balloon release.

Grange Primary School's balloon release.

As they had been learning about space, they let off the festival of balloons into the sky from their play ground with individual hand-written notes attached to each one.

Several days later, the school received an email from a lady called Conny from Holland who said she had found one of the balloons from the class of Grange teacher Victoria Spence!

Miss Spence said: “We did the balloon launch last week and 101 children each let one off into the sky.

“The children attached their own notes saying ‘this balloon was launched by whichever child it was from Grange Primary School and our address and postcode’, then they asked that if it was found to please get in touch and the school’s email address was on there.

Grange Primary School's balloon release.

Grange Primary School's balloon release.

“We got an email on Tuesday morning off a lady from Holland saying she’d found one of the balloons from my class. We’re not sure which pupil it belonged to yet as she hasn’t yet responded to the email that I sent back to her.”

She added: “We couldn’t believe it. The kids were over the moon and so excited.

“We showed them on a world map how far the balloon had travelled because they couldn’t comprehend how far it had gone!”

The whole of the foundation stage and Year 1 staff were also involved in the balloon release by the four to six-year-olds including Miss Spence, Sam Musgrave, Rebecca Sinnott, Rachael Thorez, Alison Cooper, Louise Smart, Jackie Marsden and Tracey White.

Pupils from Grange Primary School who took part in the balloon launch.

Pupils from Grange Primary School who took part in the balloon launch.