Unity College Residential Trips 2015-2017

When organising residential and outdoor education we make sure they all provide the framework for a broad range of learning opportunities.  Classroom topics that to some students may have seemed abstract or irrelevant can take on substance and significance; new interest, hobbies and abilities are acquired; greater understanding of self and other is gained through meeting personal challenge.

Out of doors, the environment itself becomes part of the learning process.  Through coming face to face with the world rather than via books or other media, new appreciation and understanding are often achieved.

For many young people, it is there first and perhaps only encounter with an environment that is significantly different from that of home.  Indeed it may be their first ever experience of going away.

Such trips can broaden the interest and understanding of group members in many different ways.

Foreign travel experience gives young people a basis for choosing holidays in the future, especially after leaving school.  With the current growth in recreation and travel, it provides a valuable addition to their range of leisure options.

Living and working together as a group helps young people come to terms with the views and feelings of others, away from the often unquestioned certainties of home.  It can lead to greater tolerance, consideration and understanding, as well as helping to develop social abilities.

Such novelty is also a powerful stimulus to self-expression.  A trip provides situations in which young people become eager to talk about their experiences.  It also provides many opportunities to develop both their oral and their written use of language.

See the timetable below for all residential trips running for 2015 to 2017.  Other day trips may also be available through the academic year and other residential trips both in the UK and abroad may be offered at a later date.

Residential Trips 2015-2017 [pdf]

Italy 2016 [pdf]

New York 2016 [pdf]

PGL 2017 [pdf]

Undefeated Champions!

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The Unity College year 7 girls team won the rounders tournament between the other local high schools to be undefeated Burnley Champions!  Well done girls!

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Lydia Cryer, Holly Nicholls, Holly Marsden, Morgan Duckworth and Chloe Howarth.

Front row, left to right:

Ellie Smith, Jennifer Todd, Ariane Limmer, Rhianna Doogan, Ruby Hawkes and Kelsi Hardie.

 

Unity College Science Success!

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Unity College is celebrating scientific success.  Five year 10 students at Unity College are embarking on exciting challenges in the next few weeks. 

Jade Roper has been awarded a Lancashire physicist of the year by the Ogden Trust, the award will be conferred at UClan in July.  Jade will be eligible for a range of support and benefits provided by the Ogden Trust as she continues her studies in Physics and Maths.

Four students will be studying at prestigious Russell Group Universities this summer. Beth Pattison will be attending Cambridge University, Jakob Cade has won a place at York University, Ryan Connolly and Robbie Wallwork have won places at Manchester University.  All four students will  study Chemistry with other talented chemists from across the country organised by the Salters Institute.

Wish upon a Star Charity Collection

On Friday 1 May we held a non-uniform day to support the charity “When you wish upon a star”.  Students supported the charity and came in non-uniform for the day and made a minimum donation of £1.00, with many students and staff giving more.

Shona DeanSarah and Shona Dean with one of the many collection buckets. 

This charity is close to their hearts and the college raised

the fantastic amount of £960!

RE Inter-faith Trip

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On Monday 27 April Unity College students went to Blackburn to visit the Jamia Ghosia Mosque and Blackburn Cathedral as part of an inter-faith trip. 

Students were able to explore the features of the mosque and one student had the opportunity to experience the role of the Imam and guide the other students in understanding the positions of prayer. 

Later in the day we took part in a trail around Blackburn Cathedral where students were able to find the links between the Cathedral and the Lancashire cotton mills.  Students were invited to try on a variety of religious clothing and had the opportunity to address the church from the pulpit.

Student comments:-

“I liked both of the visits because I learnt a lot of things about the Cathedral and Mosque” – Kiera.

“I enjoyed trying the robes on in the Cathedral.  I learnt how Muslims pray in a mosque and about the Muslim religion”  - Beth.

 

The Headteacher, Mrs Cryer, received the following letter from the Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn:

I am writing following the visit of your students to the Jamia Ghosia Mosque and Blackburn Cathedral last Monday, just to let you know how superb they were. They were polite, knowledgeable, interested, interesting and an absolute pleasure to spend time with.

With Year 7s its often like pulling teeth as no-one wants to admit to knowing anything about religion in front of their peers. Your students asked really sensible and in depth questions, readily answered questions and many had extremely detailed knowledge to share which was very impressive. Their behaviour was impeccable throughout what was a long day, with not one pupil stepping out of line even once. You should be very proud of them as they were an absolute credit to the school.

I do hope you choose to visit the Cathedral again next year.

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Sugar and Spice Party Time!

Y7 and Y8 Unity College students invited KS1 students from Springfield Community Primary school and Cherryfold Primary school to a Sugar and Spice themed party. 

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The students had lots of fun participating in a variety of games and indulging in some special party treats.

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All the KS1 students were presented with a selection of gifts hand made by Unity College students.

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Easter Gift Visit to Towneley House

As part of their Community PSHE lesson Y7 and Y8 Unity College students, along with residents of Towneley House, participated in a variety of Easter themed crafts and games.

Each resident was presented with an Easter card, plant and an Easter egg (kindly donated by Sainsbury’s, Burnley)

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The afternoon finished with a raffle with a chance to win several large Easter eggs.

Easter Egg Competition

PD group South 3 all decided to enter their own Easter Egg design competition.  The designs that were entered looked great and you can tell that lots of hard work and patience went in to making them.

The winning design was Mermaid by Jasmine Ozel

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The Egg Factor by Chantelle Tattersall was 2nd

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and Easter Eggs by Stephen Taylor came third

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See some of the other egg-cellent entries below:

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UnityVersity Inter House Competition

South 10 and South 3 both won their respective UnityVersity Inter House competition trophies. Well done to all teams that entered!

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South 10 team – from L to R Sasha Brennand, Zahra Akhtar, Ocean Odudu and Ryan Connolly

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South 3 team – Alfie Jennings, Callum Feber, Michelle Condliffe and Tia Canavan

Solar Eclipse LIVE on 2BR!

On Friday 20 March 2BR broadcast live from the Science department, with Tim Littlechild and Sarah Maine.  The clouds cleared so that we could watch the Solar Eclipse – see the 2BR website and twitter account for more pictures and news on the eclipse.

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Total eclipse…

26 mins

95% totality…

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Tim interviewing Abigail Brierley, Lancashire Physicist Of The Year

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Tim trying out the climbing wall!…

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Spirella the bearded dragon on the radio with Abigail Brierley and Mrs Hargraves

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Tim chatting with Joe Dickinson and Alex Lord

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Tim and Sarah taking part in the Solar Eclipse quiz….

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