Blackburn College has launched its Advance Employability Programme for 16 to 18-year-old learners. The programme will facilitate the improvement of professional skills, ensuring learners are prepared for work and further study and are developing the attributes needed to excel in their careers. Gillian Cairns, Education and Workforce Lead at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to support the Advance Employability Programme. We want to work with the college to enable young people to be successful when applying for jobs.” Among the students involved in the Advance Employability Programme are Katy Barton (Childcare), Aamir Patel (Construction), Natasha-Leigh Hedley (Motor Vehicle) and Patrick Maynard (Health and Social Care Cadet).

Westholme Infant and Junior students unleashed their inner elves in December by dressing up to raise money to support the Alzheimer’s Society. One of their students in Year 3 has previously raised money for the charity. The students dressed up in various outfits to support a very worthwhile charity whilst also bringing festive cheer and magic to all.

Westholme School had a ‘spotacular’ day raising money for Children in Need. The students and staff at the Infant and Junior Schools took part in dressing up for the occasion with painted coloured spots on their faces, Pudsey the Bear ears, tops, socks and more! The day was a great success as they raised £2,170 for this great cause!

Congratulations to Stonyhurst pupil Niamh (Year 2) who completed her Brownie Guide #ActYourAge challenge in partnership with Children in Need. Niamh cycled a challenging seven miles from Pendleton to Worston to Downham and back again. The weather wasn’t the best and it wasn’t helped by some very large puddles. However, Niamh’s ‘Quant Je Puis’ attitude was very evident even when she had to cycle with a very soggy foot! Niamh has raised a good amount of sponsorship too, well done!

During lockdown, Oakhill pupils took part in the national Great Exhibition at Home Competition which got pupils thinking about what they would invent to benefit the world. There were some amazing ideas and 19 pupils received certificates of commendation. However, Thomas Pugh in Year 10 impressed the judges with his fantastic GymGenerator idea and was awarded a Special Commendation prize as his entry was one of the top entries across the whole of the country! This was an amazing achievement and Oakhill is extremely proud of him.

Students from both Westholme Junior School and Westholme Senior School took part in their Inter House Cross Country. Each year group ran separately staggered across a week to adhere to their year group bubbles, keeping them safe. The PE staff mapped out a course that took the students around the school grounds and fields that surround Westholme in the beautiful countryside. Students from Year 1 through to Year 13 got involved and they thoroughly enjoyed being outside and taking part in a fun-filled race!

Rossall School has announced that Millie Bright, England Lioness and Chelsea defender, is to become the ambassador for the school’s brand new Girls’ Elite Football Programme in partnership with League One football club, Fleetwood Town (FTFC). Rossall has enjoyed a collaborative partnership with FTFC since early 2017 when the Boys’ Elite Football Programme was established. The success of this programme has been quite extraordinary, with membership of the programme growing from three pupils to nearly 40, who are selected from over 20 countries internationally. The programme has now expanded to include the Senior Girls’ Programme, which Millie will be supporting. From September 2021, this will run alongside a new Junior Programme for girls and boys. Both Rossall and FTFC are committed to building upon the success of the existing Football Development Programme, which provides elite coaching, outstanding training facilities, and competitive fixtures against leading academy teams from across the UK and beyond. 
Millie said: “It’s a huge honour to be asked by Rossall to become an ambassador for the new Girls’ Elite Football Programme. I am really excited that they are offering scholarships for talented and hard-working girl players. I am where I am today through my work ethic and I would encourage everyone to follow their journey and dreams like I did mine through hard work, commitment and passion for the game.”

Last term Upper Elements (Year 6) at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall honed their curatorial skills through a series of remote lessons devised and delivered by the College Curator, Dr Jan Graffius. The sessions looked at museum skills, using the college’s extensive collections, and featured a variety of practical exercises. The pupils learnt about potential damage to artefacts from light levels and inappropriate handling. They examined the problems caused by insects in museums, from moth, to bookworm to the voracious woolly bear grubs. Another recent session examined the college’s stunning collection of Shireburn family portraits, asking questions about what we can learn from hidden symbols in these paintings, including paintings which boast about the sitter’s intellect or marriageability, or demonstrate loyalty to the Crown in the aftermath of the disastrous 1715 Jacobite rebellion. The pupils then created their own symbolic portraits, based on elements of their own lives, from pets to people and hobbies.

As part of World Kindness Day in association with the Kindness Coach, QEGS launched their very first Kindness Month. Across the month, they worked with Blackburn-based John Magee and undertook the 30 Days of Kindness Challenge, which included a range of activities across the school including reflection, tasks and discussions on what it means to be kind and how kindness can feature in every area of school life. The school also installed a Random Acts of Kindness post box in the main reception where staff, pupils and students could anonymously let the school know what acts of kindness they have shown, or have been shown, and these were shared each week. Parents and carers were also encouraged to email in the random acts of kindness that they have seen or done.

Children’s Hospital Pyjamas are a UK based charity, who collect donations of brand new pyjamas, which are then donated to hospitals, hospices, school hospital teams and women’s refuges up and down the country. These are then given to poorly or less fortunate children who are inpatients. Moorland School have raised donations to be able to provide more than 30 pairs of pyjamas in varying sizes and age groups. The children at the school bravely took part in a, slightly poorly timed, pyjama day, turning up to school in a wide range of onesies and pyjama based outfits! Some even managing to combine dressing up as their favourite characters in their pyjamas! The children all had an excellent day, with donations allowing the school to contribute another 10 additional pairs from donations kindly received from students and parents. The support shown for this great cause was heart-warming and as part of the Moorland family we thank everyone.



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