The start of summer saw Accrington and Rossendale College enter the final phase of its £4million campus transformation. The college, which became part of the Nelson and Colne College Group in 2018, predominantly continued its teaching and learning operations online. During that time, improvement works on the college’s campus continued to progress.
Pupils, students, parents, carers and staff rallied together for the first ever QEGS ‘virtual’ fun run. Those in school, including key worker children took part in one-mile events through the day. Meanwhile, pupils and students who were at home were asked to run their own one mile and share photos and videos from their run, jog or walk! The event raised money for Breast Cancer Now and Children with Cancer UK. Over £600 has been raised so far.
Oakhill took part in the Mother Tongue, Other Tongue competition. This is a national Laureate Education Project, run by Manchester Metropolitan University and this year, they received a record number of entries. Oakhill was delighted to learn that Year 4 pupil, Emily Wood, has won the Year 4, 5 and 6 age category. A fantastic achievement!
Westholme School came together to support the NHS and its community in a number of different ways during lockdown. The Blackburn-based independent school donated hundreds of gloves, safety glasses and scrubbing brushes to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and local GP surgeries. The 3D printer and laser cutter at Westholme School worked continuously to create visors and mask clips.
Isabelle McCarren, a Year 5 pupil in the Junior School of Bolton School Girls’ Division, is celebrating winning the Wombles Eco-Schools Primary Competition. Pupils across the land were tasked with producing a cartoon strip which emphasised the dangers that animals in the countryside and wildlife face from discarded litter.
St Mary’s College in Blackburn recently held their first ever Virtual New Student Day to welcome all new students before starting college life in September 2020. This was a great introduction into all things St Mary’s. Attendees had the chance to take part in engaging activities from A Level and vocational provision and explore a range of courses that can be combined to create a blended learning experience. Other activities at the event included the opportunity to explore the campus through video tours and to virtually meet the teachers.
Rossall School Upper Sixth International Baccalaureate students celebrated the release of their Rossall Diploma results and their International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) results. Although unable to sit their official IBO, they nevertheless revised, prepared for and sat the school’s internal Rossall Diploma examinations. The students achieved an average of 35 points.