EDUCATION NEWS

EUROPEAN DAY
The annual European Day was recently held at QEGS for Year 8 pupils. The day started in the traditional way with a continental breakfast. Pupils then listened to talks about the European Union and had the chance to ask any questions. Students then watched a fascinating presentation about Brexit and took part in a European quiz, had an introductory lesson to Russian and worked in teams to write a European themed poem!

TOP YOUNG FOOTBALLERS
Two of the UK’s top young international footballers have joined the Academy of Sport at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre to tap into its coaches’ professional expertise. Advanced Level students Sadie Mitchell and Naomi Hartley are perfecting the skills that they hope will take them to the highest level in the professional game alongside former Burnley FC players and experienced coaches.

TEA PARTY
Westholme Junior School recently opened their doors to a group from Age UK, Blackburn with Darwen, who were served afternoon tea by Year 6 pupils. There was a welcoming atmosphere as they enjoyed sandwiches, a selection of cakes and tea and coffee. The students were fantastic hosts and made everyone welcome by taking the time to talk to the Age UK group and sing traditional songs. A great day was had by everyone!

OPENING OF NEW MUSEUM
The opening of the Old Chapel Museum at Stonyhurst College is the culmination of five years’ conservation work and research. It brings together an extraordinary gathering of artefacts, from many millennia BC to the 21st century, which reflect human history and culture, art, music, science and the flourishing of knowledge and spirituality. This exciting new resource provides an unparalleled opportunity for education and discovery for local, national and international audiences.

YOUNG STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Nelson and Colne College student Sophie Ainsworth, was presented with the Young Student of the Year Award. The national prize was awarded to Sophie by the BBC’s Steph McGovern at the Annual Conference Awards at Birmingham ICC. Sophie suffers with Lupus, a chronic and complex autoimmune condition, which causes joint pain, breathing difficulties and extreme fatigue. This is the second year a Nelson and Colne College student has won the award!

STEAM PROJECT
Students from Sedbergh Prep School, St Cuthbert’s Primary School and Stramongate Primary School recently enjoyed STEAM day. The children spent the day learning how to design, make, launch and then test their own rockets learning about all elements of STEAM: Science – investigating rocket thrust through explosions and how to control them, Technology and Engineering – assembling the rocket and exploring the use of parachutes, Art – investigating rocket design and shape and Maths – trigonometry and calculating the height of projection.

LIFE DRAWING WORKSHOP
The Royal Academy of Arts in London recently visited St Marys College to provide a full day Life Drawing Workshop for AS and A Level Art and Design students. This was an amazing opportunity for students. The session was challenging but gave the students valuable experience that will look great on their university applications and CV. Some amazing skilful and creative work was produced by students, who thoroughly enjoyed the day!

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