Year 7 girls at Bolton School Girls’ Division enjoyed a fascinating morning with Dr James Grime, mathematician and lecturer, who spoke to them about cryptography – the science and mathematics of codes and code breaking – including a demonstration of a genuine WWII enigma machine. After the presentation, pupils enjoyed workshops where they were the codebreakers.

For the third year running AKS Lytham students top the Tycoon in Schools leader board with team Corkin’ Mad making a staggering 285 per cent profit in the competition for young entrepreneurs created by Dragon Peter Jones CBE. The team will find out in December if they have been selected as a finalist and invited to Buckingham Palace for a glittering awards ceremony.

Blackpool-based school travel company, WST School Travel, has been named the UK’s Best School Tour Operator in The School Travel Awards for the second year running. The spectacular awards ceremony celebrated the best in the industry and was held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London in November. The ceremony was hosted by BBC’s Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce.

The opening of the Old Chapel Museum at Stonyhurst College is the culmination of five years of conservation work and research. It brings together an extraordinary gathering of artefacts, from many millennia BC to the 21st century which reflects 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.

A group of medical students who were displaced to Preston after Hurricane Irma hit their Caribbean island have been lending their support across the city. Students from the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) wanted to say thank you to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Preston for helping in their hour of need, therefore 100 students spent a week volunteering, activities have included painting, clearing rubbish, sculpting and developing a community greenspace.

Lytham Sixth Form College students were given the chance to strut their stuff in Blackpool Tower’s world-famous ballroom for a BBC Radio 5 live show on reluctant dancers. During the show, the pupils were given advice on overcoming their shyness by Dr Peter Lovatt an academic psychologist, who studies the effect of dancing on human wellbeing. They then put the theory to the test with practice sessions on the famous dancefloor.

This year Penwortham Girls’ High School contributed to the Penwortham Christmas Markets. The school held a tombola stall, organised by head girl, Kate Lund and deputy head girl, Jess Turner. All monies raised will be donated to ‘Partners in Education Swaziland’, a charity currently supported by the school’s Soroptimists which sponsors children in Swaziland and pays for them to have a secondary education which they would not be able to afford otherwise.



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