EDUCATION NEWS

Fun and fitness
Over the holidays, Kirkham Grammar School organised a fully residential four-day summer hockey camp, delivered by Susannah Townsend, Olympic gold medallist with current GB Hockey and Fiona Pocock, world silver medallist with England Rugby. The camp, open to girls in the first year through to the fifth year, included technical hockey sessions with Susannah and strength and conditioning and fitness sessions with Fiona. The camp was a huge success and will take place again in August 2020.

Cutting edge
Head boy, Sam Chatburn from Oakhill School undertook a three-day summer school in Materials Science in London. The residential course was for Year 10 pupils and fully funded by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and held at St Paul’s School. He undertook lots of practical activities, using equipment and methods, which are cutting edge that pupils would never have the chance to normally use in a school environment with Materials specialists.

Recognition for MP
Old Westholmian, Seema Kennedy MP is to receive an OBE in Theresa May’s resignation honours list. The school were delighted to hear that former head girl, Seema Kennedy (nee Ghiassi), will be awarded an OBE in recognition of her work as an MP for the South Ribble constituency for the Conservatives. Seema has returned to Westholme on several occasions including as a prize presenter at the annual prizegiving awards at King George’s Hall in 2016.

Celebrations all round
Successful graduates who studied at University Courses Burnley, their lecturers and dignitaries attended a prestigious graduation ceremony at the Mechanics Institute. The special day marked the inaugural graduation ceremony of industry-focused University Courses Burnley, based at a £100 million campus in Princess Way, Burnley. It was a day to remember for proud graduates who marked the end of their degree studies in a range of subjects, all with close links to industry.

Big welcome to student life
Thousands of undergraduates and postgraduates arrived to start their new lives as UCLan students in Preston recently. Circus acts, bands and a DJ were among the entertainment acts who performed throughout the day while help to move their worldly possessions into their rooms came from a variety of sources including the University’s dodgeball, kung-fu, trampolining, fencing, American football and netball teams.

Pupils consider cyber security careers
Students from the Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions of Bolton School enjoyed a presentation from Emma Kirby of SANS, an information security training, certification and research company. SANS has linked up with the government National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to encourage pupils to look at careers in the cyber security sector. Emma went on to tell how the number of jobs in this sector has rocketed and globally there are at least three million cyber security jobs without people to fill them.

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