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Author Visits School
Children’s author and illustrator Debi Gliori visited Westholme School recently. She is the creator of many wonderful books, the ‘Mr Bear’ series, ‘No Matter What’, ‘The Trouble with Dragons’ and ‘Stormy Weather’. She talked to Reception, Year 1 and 2 about her new book, ‘The Bookworm’, about Max, a young boy who is desperate to be allowed to have a pet.

County Champions
Stonyhurst College’s First Team became County Champions at U19 netball recently, coming out victorious against tough rivals Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and Newman College. The team put their hearts and souls into each match, giving their very best and were rewarded with an outstanding result. An unbeaten tournament sees the Stonyhurst girls through as winners who now go on to represent Lancashire in the regional round in January.

Annual Prize Giving
November 2019 saw the academic, sporting, dramatic and other achievements of past and present Oakhill pupils being celebrated at their annual prize giving ceremony. As they celebrated this year’s excellent GCSE results, head boy, Sam and head girl, Phoebe, impressed everyone with the conviction and confidence in their speeches. Guest speaker was past head boy, James Rawlinson who entertained with a video and speech and who tirelessly handed out the prizes.

Academic Excellence
Highfield Priory School enjoys a long reputation of academic excellence. This is the ninth year running in the top 30 of The Sunday Times Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools in England and its second year in the top 10. Highfield Priory School is currently sixth in England and first in the north west as of November 2019. Congratulations to all pupils and staff.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Winners
Outstanding former students from Burnley College Sixth Form Centre headed to Buckingham Palace, London, to receive their prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards which they earned during their time at college. All students were involved in volunteering projects, with some working in charity shops and others raising vital funds for the college’s chosen charity, Oliver’s Neuroblastoma Appeal. They also took part in weekly fitness sessions, playing sport or visiting the gym, and attended drill sessions where they learnt how to march.

Shortlist Announced For National Book Competition
UCLan Publishing has unveiled the 25 authors who have been shortlisted for The STEAM Children’s Book Prize 2020. Now in its second year, this is the first prize to concentrate solely on STEAM in children’s books and covers all ages from early years to young adults, as well as all genres and subject matters. The winners will be announced at the Lancashire Science Festival in June 2020.

Engage With Professionals
Students at Nelson and Colne College relished the opportunity to engage with industry professionals during a career focused A Level Conference Day. All year one and year two A Level students attended sessions spanning A Level curriculum areas including Art and Design, Business, Humanities and Languages, Health, Social Sciences, Maths, Computer Science and the Sciences. Pastoral sessions were laid on for students, including social media, mental health and creating a personal statement for university applications.

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