Employer Engagement Visit

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This week we invited the RAF, The Royal Navy and BAE Systems to college to talk to year 7 and year 8 students.  We found out that only 10% of the engineers in the UK work force are female! The Unity College Science department want to inspire all of our students to be the very best they can be, especially if they can have really great careers in science and engineering!  We would love to get more of our female students interested careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Firstly we explored the world of drones, the technology behind them and the multifarious uses that they are currently put to and their possible uses for the future. Then in part two we focused on computing and control systems that all modern technology is built around. Fun creative demonstrations helped to demystify the subject for students and help embed learning that they will encounter in school. The final part of the show featured a very special robot and students were given the chance to pitch their wits against her.

We would like to thank the presenter, BAE systems, The Royal Navy and the RAF for coming to talk to us.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

IMG_3394 (2)Thanks to all the year 7 parents who attended our coffee morning on Friday 29 September.  It was a great success and we raised £350 on the day!  Plus we are still raising money on our raffle table which ends tomorrow.

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The year 7 students did a great job in preparing, serving and tidying up!

Jamming with Raspberry Pi and Scoped Solutions!

During our transition period year 6 were lucky enough to work with a local specialist software company called Scoped Solutions, to learn how to code.

Scoped Solutions gave students an insight into the real world of Computing and the importance of learning how to code. Year 6 were required to use their problem solving skills to debug errors in code and then learn how to develop it to make a Piano!

The Raspberry Pi’s were used to show students how they can control a device through the use of code. Scoped Solutions demonstrated how the Raspberry Pi can be used to develop programs and create a device for a variety of different purposes.

Students were engrossed for the whole session and it was really difficult to tear them away from the Raspberry Pi’s. The year 6 students have definitely caught the coding bug! A massive thank you to Scoped Solutions for working with our year 6 students and donating the prizes.

The Star Students of the Day went to – Elle Windle, Hanif Shah, Holly Peters and Matthew Smith.

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Burnley Literary Festival

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Year 9 student Sophia Redjeb has had a high profile role in helping to promote this year’s Burnley Literary Festival and has this week recorded a radio advert for 2BR to promote the Festival to young people.  The advert will run for 4 weeks and has gone live today!

Sophia was extremely professional when she visited 2BR’s studios and has done an excellent job with the advert.  Sophia found the experience really useful as she’s interested in radio as a potential future career opportunity.  Well done Sophia!

Burnley Colour Dash!

burnley colour dash 2On Sunday 10 September three Unity College students lined up with hundreds of others to run the Burnley Colour dash.

Aaron Lundie (Year 11) Sophie Ashworth (Year 9) and Chloe Daniels (Year 7) were running to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.

Sophie was the first girl to finish the 5k course and Aaron was second junior boy. All three had a fun and enjoyable run whilst having paint thrown at them!

Unity College GCSE Results

resuts day 2017 165This is a fantastic day for everyone at Unity College. There is a relentless drive to achieve the best possible GCSE results for all the students and praise must go to the outstanding teaching and support staff at Unity College who go the extra mile for the students every day.  The results are down to sheer hard work from the students and staff and the continuous support from the governors of the college. 

Special thanks must go to our parents, who have worked with us every step of the way with these fantastic young people over their five years at Unity College.  Today, everyone should be very proud of what the students have achieved.

All the students should be congratulated for their GCSE results, they have worked incredibly hard and they can now enjoy their well deserved rewards.  Particular recognition goes to the following students for their achievement in their GCSE’s:

Jake Blakey, Thomas Bradley,  Kieron Brierley, Matthew Brooks-Silcock,  Rowan Dobney, Marcie Ewens, Michelle Lam, Alicia Longbottom,  Mia Rutherford,  Billy Smith and Artiom Zuromskij.

Unity College PE Kit

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Following concerns from parents please be advised that the official authorised Unity College PE kit is readily available from local suppliers. Parents should only buy the official authorised PE kit as shown above.

It is parents’ responsibility to ensure the correct style of uniform and PE kit is purchased. PE kit that does not match the official authorised PE kit may not be allowed and retailers may be unwilling to accept returns. If you are in any doubt about the style of the official PE kit please contact college where a sample is available to view.

Boat Race Challenge

IMG_9645aIn June twelve Unity College students travelled to Nelson & Colne College to compete and participate in the Boat Race Challenge ‘Selection Day’.  Set up by Nelson & Colne College, the Boat Race Challenge is a programme designed to challenge and develop  students to progress onto top universities. 

Working alongside four other secondary schools, the ‘Selection Day’ consisted of a variety of challenges.  These included team building, leadership and problem solving exercises.  Each student had prepared a presentation in which they performed to a panel of three judges, outlining why they would like to participate and what skills they would bring to the programme. 

The six successful students will take part in the three year programme that will include an activity each term, with opportunities to compete against the other schools involved in the programme.  Everyone that participated thoroughly enjoyed the day and this opportunity encouraged them to think about their future earlier.

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Junior Police Cadet Award

IMG_6338Well done to Adam Broxton who has recently been awarded The Best Junior Police Cadet of the Year.  Congratulations Adam!

Unity Year 11 Leavers Prom

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The 2017 Unity College Prom was held at The Fence Gate, Fence for 150 students.  It was time for the girls to put on their beautiful prom dresses and the boys to get their very smart suits on for their end-of-year prom. Students posed for pictures before heading off to celebrate with a three course meal and disco.
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Student and staff awards were given out during the evening, which included:

Most likely to recieve an Oscar – Caitlin Sturgeon
Mr Happy – Brad McLean
Cool Dude of New York – Mitchell Radcliffe

Duct Tape Award – Mrs Hodgson (for being able to fix anything!)
Couple of the Year Award – Mrs Anderson & Mr Pip

The evening was enjoyed by all!  We look forward to seeing you all in August for GCSE results day.

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