Aquila House

Head of House - Mr G Cookson

House Colour: Aquamarine
Location: Northern Hemisphere
Right Ascension: 20h
Declination: 05°

Welcome to Aquila! Aquila became the Academy's seventh house on the 1st October 2012. Aquila along with the other houses is a star constellation and is seen in the sky as a flying bird

The story of Aquila

In the ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures, the constellation Aquila is seen as the shape of a flying bird. The pattern contains three prominent stars that can be seen to outline the wings of a bird, but are also the focus of quite different myths in eastern and far eastern cultures. In Indian mythology the three stars are said to be the footprints of Vishnu, the god who preserves the universe. In the mythologies of China, Japan and Korea, Altair, Aquila's brightest star, is part of a myth related to another bright star, Vega, in the configuration known as the Summer Triangle. Altair represents a royal herdsman and Vega represents the Sun king. The herdsman falls in love with the king's daughter and marries her, but they are banished to opposite sides of a "river" (the Milky Way) for being so in love that they neglect their duties. They are said to be able to reunite when birds span the river. The birds associated with the myth are magpies, but may have been inspired by the two bird-shaped constellations, Aquila and Cygnus, that appear in this area of the Milky Way. This love story is still celebrated by a Japanese festival.

Achievements

Throughout the year Aquila students have taken part in all Interhouse competitions and events. The Aquila students should be congratulated for their efforts shown throughout both the subject and sporting competitions. Everyone involved in Aquila will work hard to encourage even more to participate in these enjoyable events throughout the year. Aquila have had particular success this year, winning the interhouse quiz and finishing in the top 3 in numerous interhouse competitions. In addition to this we saw our overall participation in sports day increase, with more students entering more individual events.

As the interest and enthusiasm for the competitions continues to grow, we are sure to succeed in many more areas during the coming years.

Winning Quiz Team 2015/16

Photo from Left to Right

Mr G Cookson, William O'Carroll, Connor Armstrong, Daniel Snell, Lucy Cragg, Alexandra Bartholomew, Mr S Moon.

Sports Captains:

This year’s two talented sporting students who will help in the organisation of teams involved in the inter house competitions are:

Vice-Sports Captains:

The Students supporting the Sports Captains this year are:

Aquila House Prefect:

This year we are proud to have two more of our outstanding students to assist in the organisation of Aquila. The Aquila House Prefects for 2016/2017 are:

The Aquila Prefects For 2016/17

The Aquila House Council For 2016/17