Christmas Fund Raising

Pendleside Hospice

On the last day of term, Friday 19 December, Unity College held a Christmas themed non-uniform day to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.  Many students and staff really got into the Christmas spirit with Christmas jumpers, Christmas fancy dress including snowmen, elves, reindeers and Santa outfits and the college raised the fantastic amount of £1045! Thanks to all who donated.

Unity College Invests in Rugby Development


5 years ago Unity College became the first school in Burnley to have a rugby pitch on its school fields since the 1960′s and this week Unity College continued breaking new ground and spent more of it’s All Schools Award funding from the Rugby Football Union, to create a second pitch.

Cerys Ellis, Lancashire U15 rugby player, who has also just qualified on her rugby ready and scrum factory courses said about the new developments ‘With all the rugby that goes on at school we needed another pitch’. Cerys is part of a growing section of girls who have excelled after taking up the sport. Cerys, along with Emma Wall, Macey Durkin, Polly Bell and younger sister Willow Bell will take part in the North of England rugby trials after playing regularly for Lancashire and Burnley.

Mr Williams, teacher in charge of rugby at Unity, commented ‘The pitch was an important part of our development plan for rugby as soon as we heard the news that we had been awarded £10,000 over three years from the RFU. On one pitch we have managed to host the first ever girls rugby game against St. Augustines, the Ruffs friendly league and the first ever Burnley Schools championships. The second pitch will allow us to continue to lead the way in rugby development and provision in Burnley for students at our school.’

Unity U12′s and U13′s boys teams are in action over the next couple of weeks in the East Lancashire All Schools tournament and the U14′s take part in the next round of the Emerging Schools Cup. Boys and girls training takes place as usual every Tuesday and Thursday after school.

Pictured are some of the players at training on the new pitch.

Unity College Swimming Gala


Before Christmas students took part in the annual Unity College Swimming Gala, held at St Peters Centre.  There was a highly energised and electric atmosphere around the pool. All students showed the ultimate support for their House. It was a very competitive gala, with friendly rivalry between the Houses and individual success across the board. Students and staff cheered the competitors on in every race.  Many races going down to the milli second making the events even more compelling to watch.  All students from each of the four Houses did their House proud, with their effort and enthusiasm both in support and in their performance in the pool, in front crawl, breast stroke, back stroke and the relay.

In the end, the overall winning House was East House with Samuel Murray and Natalya Irvine getting the fastest times on the day.  Congratulations also to Lydia Cryer and Chloe Waddington for winning Gold in their individual events and Gold in the year 7 relay, both from East House.

Well done to South House who made the best progress from last year’s results.  Also congratulations to Ryan Connolly from South House who won Gold medals in back stroke and breast stroke.

All Students showed exceptional commitment including Kim Sykes and Kim Burrell from West House, Rachel Kay, Georgia Ashworth, Emma Wall from South House and Regan Burnie and Harvey Fletcher from North House.

Dragons Den Initiative

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Over the last few weeks students from all year groups have had the opportunity to come up with a viable business idea.  Students then presented their idea to the rest of the students in their House.  The two best ideas from each House were then chosen and put forward and the students had to present to Mrs Anne Kelly/Chair of Governors, Mr Mick Oakley/Technical Director of Scoped Solutions and Mrs Penny Sutcliffe/Deputy Head.

All presentations were excellent and it was a very tough decision for the judges.  Scoped Solutions supplied the first prize of an iPad Mini and due to two ideas being exceptional Mr Oakley very kindly decided to supply a second prize of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.  Both winners are very proud to have won against some strong competition. 

First prize went to Katie Larter for her H2O Purifier and second prize went to Will Ashton for his Convenient Cane.

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Mrs Kelly presenting Katie with 1st Prize

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Will came in second place with his Conventional Cane.

Well done to all the students that took part and for coming up with some amazing ideas!

Inter House Christmas Competition


This was an inter house Christmas Competition. All students from each of the houses where asked to create something with a Christmas theme - 







Decoration or Card

The overall winners would be given a place on the Easter Alton Towers reward trip: plus 100 Vivos for all entries.

The entries where so good that just one winner could not be selected so Mrs Cryer decided that there would be more than just one winner. Here are the names:

Halle Abbott

Chloe Ingham

Micheal Winnard

Dylan Manning

Megan Brooker

Arianne Limmer

Jasmine Ozel

Joe Dickenson

Jessica Jolly

Well done to all students who took part.

Careers Fesitval at Nelson & Colne College

A&T Day at N&C

Able & Talented day at Nelson & Colne College

Students got a taster of what life would be like at College or University giving them a chance to start thinking about the professional options that are open to them.

The day involved students having the opportunity to have a question and answer session with Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson.

The students also attended a number of lectures including one by Professor Peter McClintock on Physics.

Anti Bullying Ambassador Conference

Unity students take part in Anti Bullying Ambassador Conference

Ten Unity students applied to be part of the new initiative launched within College. The selected students applied to take part in the conference run by The Diana Award Charity, held at Blackpool Winter Gardens on Wednesday 12 November 2014.

The conference consisted of a number of different workshops through which ‘bullying’ was explored. Our students participated in Graffiti Art, Drama, public speaking and photography workshops. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of bullying within in schools and to provide the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors with the tools they needed to work effectively within their school setting.

There were a number of celebrities there to support the cause and work with the students from across the North West such as Fresh Rae, Bars and Melody from Britains Got Talent, Gilly a professional choreographer, Emily Middlemas from Xfactor and Facebook representatives.

Within the Graffiti Art event the students created an excellent piece of work, which will be proudly displayed at Unity.


WW1 Trench

Unity College’s Auditorium was transformed in November to commemorate the start of the First World War.  As the normal seats and performance space became a real trench!

Students were then brought down in their Humanities lessons to watch a short film of real life footage from the War, whilst they heard and saw the bombs exploding all around them.

A number of students commented after the experience:

“I loved how you sat in the trench”

“It made me proud”

“Helped me understand what World War One was really about”

“With all the lights and sound it was very realistic”.

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Mock Exam Timetable

A reminder for students and parents that mock exams begin on Monday 17 November and run for two weeks.  Students need to make sure they bring all relevant equipment, including pens, pencils and ruler.

Mock Exam Timetable November 2014

The Muddy Choir

Year 10 Unity College students were provided with the opportunity to watch an original piece of theatre commissioned by the Theatre Centre, London,  to commemorate the beginning of  the first World War.  Afterwards students quizzed the actors about the different pathways into working professionally in the theatre.

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