EDUCATION NEWS

UCLan announces exciting new partnership
An innovative partnership between UCLan and a growing sports website has been launched to help journalism students get their first step into the industry. The link with Prost International will give students an opportunity to improve their writing and editing skills, putting into practice what they learn on their degree course. They’ll then have their work published and promoted by the site which is based in England.

LAL’s family learning is a lifeline
A mum-of-two from Thornton Cleveleys has praised Lancashire Adult Learning’s new home-schooling offer as a lifeline. To support working parents who are balancing professional and/or caring commitments with schooling their children from home, English and Maths classes are being offered online free of charge and flexibly by year group by LAL’s expert Family Learning team, ensuring children don’t fall behind in their education.

Marathon for mental health
Two students from Westholme School, Tilly and Lucy, walked a marathon on Thursday 18th February 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 and an incredible achievement as the students raised over £7,000 for a wonderful charity.

World Book Day
In March, Kirkham Grammar Junior, Infant and Pre-School pupils attended school dressed in their pyjamas to celebrate World Book Day with the theme ‘Bedtime Stories’. They had an action-packed day making a puppet theatre, creating a turn of turtles and smash of jellyfish, sharing and reviewing favourite books and producing enthralling iMovies. The pinnacle of the day was the sing-along around the fire pit with marshmallows.

Top tennis team
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 to be held later this year. The annual Tennis Lancashire Awards were held in February and winners were revealed in an online awards ceremony on Lancashire Tennis Award’s social media. 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.

Myerscough alumni win
Myerscough alumni Mate Okros and Amari Williams helped the Drexel Men’s Basketball team capture its first Colonial Athletic Association Tournament Championship in school history. With it, they now book a trip back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years. Okros scored a team-high 14 points with four 3-pointers in the 63-56 win over eight-seeded Elon, who made an improbable run to the championship game.

Life in the cold
Students in Year 2 at Oakhill School in Whalley, have been learning about life in the polar regions. This inspired pupil Darcy to channel her artistic skills and use her artistic flair to make a polar bear collage at home with tissue paper. Her smile says it all. Great work Darcy!

Standing out from the crowd
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 and was surprised to hear it was their first ever competition.

Role models in sport
The SPAR Lancashire School Games recently called for girls and women across the county to take part in motivational activities for International Women’s Day 2021. The main goal for the games was to ensure it was a fun way to stay active and make the games inclusive for all young people, especially girls.

Wild about Myerscough’s Leading Lancashire
More businesses are benefiting from Myerscough College’s Leading Lancashire management programme. One recent success story is Alexandra Davies. Alexandra works at Wild Discovery at Ribby Hall Village, who found the course looked at different sides of management and training. The project is already making a difference to Lancashire employees ensuring they gain the necessary skills to either become first-time managers or lead a team.

School children go back in time for new project
School children in Lancashire discovered how life has changed in their neighbourhoods thanks to a new research and public engagement project from the University of Central Lancashire. To coincide with the upcoming national census, pupils from St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, in Preston, and Kirkham St Michael’s Church of England Primary School looked at previous censuses and created stories about what life was like in previous times.

Novelist judges girls’ World Book Day competition
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. She has since written another eight novels as well as short stories, blogs and non-fiction articles.

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