STAND OUT IN CROWD
Over 300 visitors of business leaders and community figures recently joined staff and students at UCLan’s Kaleidoscope Event. Wearable robotics, a virtual reality universe and the first graphene coated unmanned aerial vehicle wing were among a range of exhibits on display to highlight the very best of UCLan. Other exhibits included research into antimicrobial resistances and new antibiotics, bringing the dead back to life through forensic anthropology, and the development of a lightweight and portable ECG machine.
PUPIL BAKE OFF COMPETITION
The final of this year’s Kirkham Grammar Junior School Bake Off Competition took place at the senior school boarding house kitchen. The junior school welcomed BBC Great British Bake Off contestant, Dorret Conway as their guest judge. The lower junior children made scones with the winner being Rosie Helliwell and April Wright won first prize from the upper juniors, who made chocolate cake. Each were presented with a KGJS Bake Off winners’ apron and a Mary Berry ‘Baking Bible.’
NUMBER ONE SCHOOL
Highfield Priory School is delighted to announce that it has maintained its ranking in The Sunday Times League Tables as the top Independent Preparatory School in Lancashire and the north west. It is now ranked 13th in the country, rising from 14th in 2015. This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved. The school provides a nurturing and stimulating learning environment in which all children thrive and grow. Parents are invited to visit to see what makes it so successful.
STUDENTS REWARDED FOR HARD WORK
Blackpool and Fylde College engineering students have recently achieved success at an international nuclear energy company’s annual awards ceremony. Westinghouse Springfields Fuels Ltd held its annual skills awards day at its site near Preston. They recognised young employees who have earned their apprenticeship or achieved academic success in higher education during the past year. The college performed well throughout the 13 categories. Westinghouse Guild Trophy for the Apprentice of the Year went to the 21-year-old Tom Woods.
It’s that time of year again, AKS Lytham will be holding its annual entrance examinations on the 14th January 2017 with scholarship assessment days for aspiring year 7 and sixth form as follows: sport, 9th January; art, 10th January; music, 11th January; and drama, 12th January. Scholarships remain with students throughout their time at AKS Lytham and can be up to 10 per cent of school fees. Good luck to everyone!
LANDSCAPING APPRENTICE BEST IN UK
Myerscough College, landscaping apprentice Jacob Botting, has been named the best in the UK after winning gold at the world skills UK finals. Second year Jacob, initially impressed the judges with his build at the RHS Tatton Flower Show, where he competed alongside the other finalists from across the country to make the final as part of the annual skills show at the NEC in Birmingham. Well done Jacob!
Preston’s College’s badminton doubles competition proved to be a great success. Players from across the north west descended upon the college’s sports hall in St Vincent’s Road. The event is held annually and is organised by Mohammed Kabir Sharif and his son Abbas Ali Sharif. The purpose of the tournament is to bring different communities and religions together to enjoy a great day. The winners were Azam Ali Sharif and Rashid Riaz who overcame Sam Gorrell and Ashlin Augustin in the final!