EDUCATION NEWS

TEA FUNDRAISER
Sixth Form students at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School raised over £1000 in just two hours! An afternoon tea fundraiser was held and all proceeds will be donated to the Good Samaritan Primary School in Uganda, when the students visit in July this year. This is just one of many fundraising events the students will be involved in before their visit.

GYMNASTIC MABELLE
Mabelle Dawson, a Year 7 pupil at Bolton School Girls’ Division, was delighted to learn that following her sixth placing in the GB National Gymnastics competition held in Guildford, she has been selected to join the GB Home Nations squad. Hopefully she will pass her level one grading at the beginning of February, which will then mean she can compete in the British Championships.

DREAM CAREER
Burnley College adult learners who changed their lives in 2018 are now looking forward to a fresh start in 2019. Louise Melloy from Padiham is currently completing her Foundation Entry Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, alongside vital Maths and English qualifications. She is preparing to start a three-year degree in Paramedic Practice at university this year.

ENGINEERING FUTURES
Engineers of the future gathered at Nelson and Colne College to put their skills to the test in the college’s annual ‘Engineering Because Challenge’. Students competed to design, manufacture and test prototype vehicles that were self-propelled using string and a weight. Winners were St Christopher’s, who also won the award for the Best Portfolio of Designs. NCC students won the Most Innovative Design prize and Marsden Heights won the accolade of Best Group, demonstrating good communication and teamwork.

PERUVIAN ADVENTURE
During the summer of 2018 a group of Oakhill School parents, pupils and staff travelled to the Amazon region of Iquitos, Peru, to work on an educational project and help with teaching English and other subjects in a girl’s orphanage. The group also spent time in the Amazon jungle and met some of the wildlife there. The trip was challenging but an experience of a lifetime!

BOXING BROTHERS
Two brothers from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School are enjoying boxing success. Rory May (Year 13) came home with a silver medal and Nathan May (Year 10) with a gold from the biggest boxing cup competition in Europe. Rory progressed through to the semi-finals with a unanimous decision. Nathan eased to victory after beating an Algerian boy on points then fended off a tough Albanian opponent – the judges gave a unanimous decision for a win. The May brothers are now looking forward to competing this year at the British Boxing Championships.

E-SPORTS ADAM
Adam Eccles (18), from Burnley, was among a handful of elite gamers to take part in Gamerz – the world’s first live e-sports reality series. During his time in the Big Brother style house, former Blessed Trinity RC College pupil Adam took part in online ‘Counter Strike’ tournaments with team-mates from across Europe. Adam is also part of a thriving e-sports community at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre. Discover more about the exciting range of extra-curricular activities, including e-sports, visit: www.burnley.ac.uk.

BEST ACTORS
Five of Kirkham Grammar School’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’ cast members attended the prestigious NODA District 2 Awards Evening at The Grand Hotel in Blackpool. KGS had received seven nominations in five different categories. Fifth year pupil, Reuben Bond, won ‘Best Actor’ for his assured and confident performance in the role of Ratty while first year pupil, Joshua Horton, won ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for showing his vulnerability as the innocent and sensitive Mole. Many congratulations on this fantastic achievement.

OXFORD FOR OLIVIA
St Mary’s College student Olivia Bourne had two unexpected visitors whilst at college equipped with balloons, flowers and an acceptance letter from Brasenose College, Oxford University. Her parents, Emma Kearney and Colin Manford, received a large letter addressed to their daughter, they knew it was a positive result and the ecstatic couple made their way to college to inform Olivia of the fantastic news. She now has an offer of acceptance to read Biochemistry at Brasenose and in the future wants to delve into the intricacies of gene therapy.

PRE-SCHOOL ADDITON
Giggleswick School is marking a new chapter in its history with the opening of its own pre-school for two to four-year-olds in April at the fully refurbished Mill House, within Giggleswick Junior School’s campus. Offering a stimulating learning environment with play at its heart, the facility will be open from 7.30am to 6pm, split across three sessions, five days a week. Mill House Pre-School will work alongside the Junior School, recently applauded by the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) and recently rated one of the UK’s Top Ten Best Value Prep Schools by The Telegraph.

COLLEGE OPEN EVENING
No matter what your age or current life situation Blackburn College has a course that can improve your career prospects. Whether your goal is a better job, a top university or a total career change, you can find out more about the courses including A-Levels, technical, vocational, apprenticeships and degrees with full-time and part-time options. Learn how studying can fit around your life. Blackburn College Open Evening will be held on 13th February from 4.30pm to 8pm.

PRINGLES CHALLENGE
Westholme Sixth Form students took on the Pringles Challenge. This challenge required them to post a single Pringle which should arrive back to school in a fit state to eat and unbroken. Mr Barnett, a member of staff, kindly volunteered to post them from America – a whopping 7400 miles away! The first two packages were unfortunately in pieces but the final package arrived fully intact. We were delighted to receive the packages on our return to school and the students opened them with great anticipation. A fantastic experiment and great fun was had by all!

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