Six-year-old Joshua Blackaby said he was thrilled to find out a helium balloon he set off from his primary school in Derby last December, had travelled 10,000 miles to Australia.
It was let go as part of celebrations when his school became an academy.
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A mostly fine and dry day.
Drier and brighter today but becoming wet tonight.