Moorland boarding house remained open during the last lockdown and the home-from-home setting meant that everyone got to share in celebrations. The boarding house had several birthdays to celebrate, with both staff and students coming together for tea-parties which included cake, party food and lots of smiles. Finding moments of joy was paramount to happiness and well-being and this is something Moorland prides itself on.
Westholme School partnered with Thomas Franks and Blackburn with Darwen Council to support the Half-Term Box Initiative. Volunteer pupils and staff filled 250 food boxes with healthy essentials to support families in their local community during an extraordinarily difficult time. James Pate, Westholme’s Catering Manager, created some helpful recipes to accompany the boxes with help from Year 8 pupil Harriet, to video demonstrations of the recipes.
Seven pupils from Oakhill’s Year 10 recently participated in the Churchill Public Speaking Competition. This was their first ever experience of a public speaking competition and they were against schools who had all competed in numerous events before. The judges who gave their feedback, said they should all be proud of themselves as they were excellent!
SIXTH FORM HEAD
Blackburn College is delighted to announce the appointment of Asif Khan as the new Head of Blackburn Sixth Form. He will lead the brand-new, redeveloped Blackburn Sixth Form which will open in September 2021. This new, dedicated A-Level study centre will have a uniquely academic ethos, enrichment activities, an enhanced tutorial model, work experience weeks linking in with major employers and support for parents. Asif said: “I am excited to head up Blackburn’s newest Sixth Form and looking forward to helping bring a completely dedicated A-Level study centre to the Blackburn College campus.”
WORLD BOOK DAY
As part of World Book Day celebrations, pupils at Bolton School Girls’ Division Senior School have enjoyed a writing competition aimed at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. The budding writers’ entries were co-judged by former pupil and author Kate Long, who became a household name after publishing her first book, The Bad Mother’s Handbook. In the middle school category there were shortlisted entries from Sofia Macari, Connie Ambrose and Prisha Patel. The winner in this category was Caitlin Davies. The upper school and Sixth Form category saw Eve Blackmore, Aisha Yaqoob and Xena Logan all have their work shortlisted. The overall winner of this category was Ananya Ajit.
Stonyhurst and its Director of Tennis have won two major Tennis Lancashire Awards taking them through to the regional sector of the LTA National Tennis Awards. The awards are presented each year, with coaches, volunteers, clubs and other tennis venues being nominated by individuals across the county and then decided by the awards committee of Tennis Lancashire. Stonyhurst are pleased to have won two out of the three awards the school was nominated for – Stonyhurst College and St Mary’s Hall (Education Award) and Director of Tennis, David Shaw (Performance Coach of The Year).
ROLE MODELS IN SPORT
The SPAR Lancashire School Games recently called for girls and women across the county to take part in a motivational programme of activities for International Women’s Day 2021. Dominic Holroyd, Children and Young People Development Officer at Active Lancashire said: “Our main goal for the games is for it to be a fun way to be active and to ensure we are making the games inclusive for all young people, especially girls.”
MARATHON FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Two students from Westholme School, Tilly and Lucy, walked a marathon to raise awareness for mental health. They walked around Blackburn to complete the marathon in just over 10 hours to fundraise for the Mental Health Foundation. The day was a great success as the students raised over £7,000 for a wonderful charity. Westholme are very proud of their students and would like to congratulate them on an incredible achievement.
ACTS OF KINDNESS
There has never been a more apt time for spreading a little kindness and a few weeks ago three Moorland students did just that. After their parents very kindly purchased new laptops for them in order to assist with their online learning, the three sisters – Amy, Molly and Rosie – decided to donate their old ones to children who didn’t have access to online devices. The laptops have been reconditioned and gifted to students at a school in Skipton. Everyone at Moorland is very proud of the girls for this exceptionally kind gesture.
Burnley College has earned a place in the finals of the Association of Colleges’ prestigious national Beacon Awards for its innovative work with leading employers to transform the curriculum for students and apprentices and help boost the region’s economy. The college’s entry outlined how discussions within the Engineering Advisory Board had transformed the delivery of engineering courses and training. Burnley College Assistant Principal Neil Burrows, who is leading the college’s award entry said: “We are extremely proud to be recognised in the top three colleges in the country for our work with employers to benefit our students and Themis apprentices and share our expertise and innovation with the business community.”
POLAR BEAR COLLAGE
Year 2 at Oakhill have been learning about life in the polar regions and this inspired Darcy to channel her artistic skills and make a polar bear collage at home. We think her smile says it all!
TOP MARKS FOR EAL UNIT
The QEGS EAL (English as an Additional Language) unit supports pupils and students who are new arrivals to the UK and whose first language is not English. During January, the unit was recognised by Across Cultures as one of the top 20 globally for their levels of engagement. The organisation, which has over 500 member schools across the world, provides intervention for pupils and students aged six to 18, via the ‘Learning Village’ platform. Mrs Frost, Head of Learning Support, explained: “Our pupils and students work so hard and this recognition is only possible because of their excellent approach to learning. It is also testament to the dedication and hard work of our EAL staff, Mrs Qarini and Mrs Nazakotova.”