EDUCATION NEWS

VIP VISITOR
Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) was delighted to welcome the Secretary of State for Education for a wide-ranging discussion on post 16 education and training and a tour of some of its outstanding education and training facilities. During the visit, the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP visited the College’s cutting-edge maritime and offshore facilities at Fleetwood Nautical Campus and Blackpool Build Up.

CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congratulations to the Penwortham Girls under 15’s cricket team who won the district round of the indoor competition on in February. The team are now through to the Lancashire finals in March. There were superb performances throughout the day with impressive bowling and batting by all the players. Well done, girls.

SPRING CONCERT
Penwortham Girls Year 10 and 11, GCSE Music and Year 11 Drama gave outstanding performances in their spring concert. The aim of the evening was to give every individual the opportunity to perform in front of a supportive audience prior to them completing their exams for their GCSE’s in these subjects. Whilst the girls were very nervous, each and every one of them gave a performance to be proud of.

BARNARDO’S CHORAL COMPETITION
Bolton School’s Senior Chamber Choir has been in full swing with rehearsals ahead of their trip to the Royal Festival Hall for the national final of the Barnardo’s Choral Competition. The choir saw off much stiff competition in the ages 12-18 category and, having made it to the final, they will compete against six other secondary schools and 18 primary schools.

OFFICIAL OPENING
Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC)’s new Lancashire Energy HQ has been officially opened by Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP. Lancashire Energy HQ is a £10.7m dedicated education and training facility. It offers training for future employment in the industry as well as opportunities to renew accreditation and licences. Fittingly, the week launch event for Lancashire Energy HQ was held during National Apprenticeship Week and the National Year of Engineering.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Students from Rossall School took to the stage to perform the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. Leading lady, Georgia Oldham as Belle invited the audience to be their guests, with an all singing, all dancing extravaganza – complete with live orchestra. Aryan Tamakula shined in his first ever role in a school production, playing Beast, despite only taking over the role late after the fellow peer had to drop out.

ADULT LEARNING
A Chorley mum-of-two has completely transformed her life through achieving Functional Skills qualifications with Lancashire Adult Learning. Louise Draper recently passed her Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2 and has secured a Care Assistant role at Gillibrand Hall Nursing Home. Louise has been nominated by LAL for a Festival of Learning Award and will be undertaking a NVQ in Health and Social Care through her job, with her eye firmly on a career in nursing.

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