EDUCATION NEWS

TENNIS TRIUMPH
Congratulations went to Westholme’s Year 3 and 4 tennis superstars who were recently crowned champions for the second year running! After a slow start, the team soon leapt into action and sailed through to the final round on most points scored. The team were delighted to hear that they held on to their title of champions from the previous year.

A TRUE LEADER
Westholme Sixth Form student, Sam Hall was recently presented with the Bronze ‘Spirit of Leadership’ award in recognition of 50 hours of volunteering, as part of a scheme supported by Sports Leaders UK. Well-done Sam!

NEW SCHOLARSHIP
Giggleswick School has launched a new academic scholarship to help deserving students in the local area join its sixth form. The scholarships are open to all children who live within 25 miles of the school who have predicted GCSE grades between 7 and 9 and at least a grade 8 in subjects which they intend to study at A Level.

SPECTROSCOPY WORKSHOP
St Mary’s College chemistry students recently participated in a spectroscopy workshop run by Lancaster University. Students were given the challenge to make their own sample of paracetamol and test it against a pre-made specimen. First they had to combine reactants and filter this through a funnel, then they used an infrared spectrometer to determine what functional groups were present in their samples.

NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE
Westholme Sixth Form student, Ben Tinniswood has been offered a place on a National Youth Theatre backstage lighting summer course. Ben will be working with industry experts for three weeks at London’s International Drama School, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in Kent, to become a member of the National Youth Theatre. What a fantastic opportunity!

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
BA (Hons) Blackburn College photography student Martin Wilson has secured a major exhibition at the prestigious Manchester Museum, showcasing the ‘Red List’ of rare and endangered insects within the UK. Martin is delighted with the prospect of seeing his work exhibited at Manchester Museum from November 2018 to March 2019.

EVENING CELEBRATION
Last month QEGS re-opened its doors just before sunset with an invitation to all to celebrate the breaking of the day’s fast during the season of Ramadan. Around 150 parents, pupils and friends arrived at the school for the evening feast. Everyone looked forward to being given the all clear to eat drink and make up for lost time!

GOING FOR GOLD
QEGS’s Mr Langley recently competed in a Home Nations Hockey Tournament and earned himself a gold medal! Mr Langley and his England team currently hold titles for being World Champions, European Champions and now Home Nation Champions! Following this recent success, Mr Langley has been selected for the team that will compete in the World Cup which will take place in July in Barcelona!

LEAVERS MEAL
This year’s Oakhill leavers meal was held at the Fence Gate. Pupils arrived by various modes of transport ranging from a Rolls Royce, two red Ferraris and an original 1966 MGB Roadster. After enjoying a beautiful meal Head Girl and Boy and Deputy Head Girl and Boy thanked staff.

SCHOOL OLYMPICS
Year 1 and Year 2 children at Oakhill School recently participated in their own Olympic Games. They competed against schools from Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley. The children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and it resulted in Oakhill being crowned overall champions. Well-done to everyone who took part!

TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TO WORK DAY
BAE Systems at Warton and Samlesbury, opened its doors to 112 local young people. The company’s UK annual ‘Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day’ supports a global initiative designed to offer young people an insight into work opportunities and to find out more about their parents’ working life. This year, more than 250 14 to 16 year olds are expected to visit BAE sites across the country.

CHARITY FUN RUN
Bolton Boys Sixth Form donned an array of unusual attire for their annual charity fun run. They made their way around the course three times to raise money for Wipe Your Tears. Dylan Feingold in Year 13 explained: “We chose this charity because we hadn’t raised money for a children’s charity yet this year. It’s a great cause as the money will go towards helping ill children.”

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FESTIVAL
Burnley College recently held an amazing Science and Technology Festival! The free family friendly event returned for a third year and delivered an exciting range of live experiments and hands-on activities. The many unusual attractions included, create your own rocket, virtual reality experiences, make your own slime and a science themed photo booth. A great day was had by all.

LIFE IN THE RAF
Year 6 and Year 8 girls at Bolton School were given a fascinating glimpse into a career in the Royal Air Force (RAF), when an interactive roadshow visited the Girls’ Division. The dynamic young team of demonstrators impressed the audience with their presentation, which used gaming, video clips, VR and a fun flight simulator to help girls understand about training and the different career opportunities.

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