Just weeks after finishing his Honours degree in Social Work, Ashley Harper was offered a great job, helping autistic people build lives for themselves within the community. The ex-Burnley College pupil has progressed further in his career and now works with autistic children at a residential home and school in the Ribble Valley, mentoring and supporting them to develop essential life skills. Ashley graduated with an Upper Second Class BA Hons degree and is considering further study, to Masters level.

Bodybuilder Alex Standring from Clitheroe who donates her spare time to giving talks to local schools on issues such as bullying and personal motivation, continues to impress with a second place finish in the NAC Open UK Championships. Alex says: “I hope that my success will inspire others to find something they love, stick to it and set goals. It’s amazing what you can achieve.”

The Westholme Year 6 netball team recently enjoyed a superb season on the courts, which culminated in them being crowned League One champions! Having won all their previous matches, the girls went into the final match in a great position. They won the first of their final matches 5-0 against Lower Darwen before taking on QEGS in the last match and winning 5-2. Having won all nine league games, they were delighted to be overall champions!

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is celebrating after winning a national education award for helping the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) in their hour of need. UCLan opened its door in September 2017 to 650 medical students and staff who were displaced after hurricane Irma hit the island of Saint Maarten. The AUC students used the Preston Campus’ academic facilities while accommodation was found in numerous halls of residence and houses.

The biennial Westholme School Careers Convention was recently held which welcomed many students along with their parents to school who took the opportunity to talk to experts in their field. Exhibitors represented a varied range of careers including Journalism, Law, Medicine Accounting and Veterinary Medicine. Careers presentations were also held in the Sixth Form Centre. A number of local universities were also in attendance, which proved to be useful for students to ask those all important questions.

Kirkham Grammar Junior School Charity Triathlon recently took place with over 40 pupils and staff taking part. The annual fundraising event, raised money for Brian House Children’s Hospice. The event started at eight o’clock in the morning with the swim at Kirkham Baths. All competitors swam 10 lengths before heading off to UCLan Sports Arena in Preston to complete a one mile run and three mile cycle. All competitors received a medal upon completing. Everyone performed superbly in all three disciplines!

Rossall School recently celebrated 40 years of senior girls at a special afternoon tea held at the school during its annual Old Rossallian weekend. Former students and staff joined the head, Ms Elaine Purves, and current students and staff for an afternoon of reminiscence. There was much hilarity as guests recounted stories of mischief from their school days. Visitors also enjoyed looking through old school photographs and memorabilia.

A huge congratulations to Oakhill Year 6 pupil Poppy, who has been offered a place at the Royal Ballet Summer School. This is a unique opportunity for Poppy who will attend a residential course at White Lodge in Richmond Park. Over 2,500 boys and girls apply to attend this prestigious vocational training course where the pupils are trained by Royal Ballet staff and renowned international teachers.

St Wilfrid’s Primary School, Blackburn recently won their football league and came second in the County Cup. The Year 7 boys were privileged to play Darwen Vale on Ewood Park thanks to the generosity of Blackburn Rovers. The boys played fantastically well as a team and won 5-0. Goal scorers were Ethan Eccleston, Lewis Eccles and Elliott Brindle. Congratulations to the St Wilfrid’s boys!

Former St Mary’s College student James Dryden is currently on the big screen in the new science fiction, virtual reality themed hit ‘Ready Player One’, directed by influential film maker Steven Spielberg and based on Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel. James who is from Clayton-le-Moors, bagged a speaking role in the blockbuster film after his agent secured him an interview just over two years ago. He auditioned, then two months later was notified that he had got the part!

The Senior School Student Council at Oakhill recently held a photography competition with the theme Being You at Oakhill. There were many fantastic entries at a very high standard. Jack Monk won first prize for a characterful photo of his two sheep, Isabelle Pugh came second with her photo of Blackburn Cathedral where she sings in the choir and Georgia Lee came third with her atmospheric lakeside photo. The competition entry fee has raised funds for Will’s Wishes, a local cancer charity.

Budding engineers of the future pitted their skills against each other in a day of ‘Enjoy-neering’ hosted by Themis at Burnley College. The teams were tasked to work against the clock to design, cost and manufacture a mini Formula One racing car. In a nail-biting time trial, the fastest car on the day was produced by Marsden Heights Community College. The team from West Craven High School was awarded the Enjoy-neering Trophy for the best overall performance on the day.

A Dogs of Rossall Calendar 2018 was the initiative of Rossall School’s digital executive, houseparent and dog lover, Miss Amy Campbell. She suggested that any money raised from the selling of the calendars should be donated to Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary whose aim is to rescue and re-home unwanted, neglected and stray animals. The calendar which features staff members’ dogs, raised £577 for the local charity. Representatives from Easterleigh came to the school to meet some of the doggy stars.

Last month St Bede’s RC Sports College hosted the Blackburn with Darwen Year 5 and 6 girls’ football competition. This year the competition consisted of an impressive 27 schools from across the borough. The semi-finals saw QEGS take on St Francis and Feniscowles played Cedars. QEGS came out on top, which meant the final was QEGS against Feniscowles. Both teams played great football but QEGS hung on to claim the 2018 title!



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