Head of House - Mr G Cookson
House Colour: Aquamarine
Location: Northern Hemisphere
Right Ascension: 20h
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.
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.
Throughout the year Aquila students have taken part in all Inter-house 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, finishing the highest in the inter-house table since the house's inception in 2012. 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.
The students working hard to increase participation in Aquila are:
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 2018/2019 are: