Prospective Parents’ Evening

Prospective Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 5 October 2016, 5.30-7.30pm.

Parents and students will be able to look around the school, meet the staff and students and see a range of displays and activities which will give examples of the work, aims and standards of the school. Prefects will be on hand to give guided tours of the school throughout the evening.

Copies of the school prospectus will also be available on the evening and representatives of the Local Authority are available to answer any questions about admissions procedures.

Winners of the Burnley College Debating Competition

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A team of Year 10 and 11 pupils from Unity College competed in the annual Burnley College Debating Competition this week. Despite strong competition from the other local schools involved, including: Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar, West Craven, Shuttleworth College, and Bowland High, Unity College won this year’s trophy.

Will Ashton, Bobby Beswick, Arran Bridges, Shannon Finnegan, Billie Kenyon, Io Limmer, Freddie Long and Tanya Ruliova made up the winning team.

Their dedication, enthusiasm, team work and sheer talent resulted in them winning each round of debates. The Unity College team had a strong points lead going into the final and beat Bowland High to be awarded this year’s trophy. 

A special mention must be made for Will Ashton who was voted Best Debater by the panel of judges and the Debaters’ Debater by the other students taking part. Mrs Allen, who accompanied the team, was impressed by the commitment and performance of each member of the team.

Lancashire Physicist of the Year

Congratulations to Gemma Collins who has been awarded Lancashire Physicist of the Year at UCLan. Gemma is the 3rd Unity College student to win the award.  Gemma is now eligible for bursaries towards her studies in physics at University.

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Unity College Pharmaceutical Industry Taster Day

The pharmaceutical industry develops and produces the medicines we rely on. Unity College students had the opportunity to become pharmaceutical engineers for the day at St Christopher’s, Accrington.  The students spent the day making the active substances in some of the drugs we see on the shelves in pharmacies and learning about the chemical process behind them.

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Students involved were:  Sam Brenkley, Jordan Clarke, Alicia Heywood, Abbie Lord, Olivia Johnson, Reuben Khan, Gemma Collins, Abigail Graham and  Anaya Cunningham. 

Year 11 Blackburn College Visit

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Year 11 Textiles and Fine Art students visited Blackburn Colleges annual art exhibition ‘Made Great in Blackburn’. The students were given the opportunity to speak to students and staff to ask questions and to develop ideas for their own personal projects.

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Macmillan Cancer Fund Raising

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This year South House have raised £370.84 for Macmillan Cancer.  Each individual PD Group did their own events to raise money.  Some of the events included: Name the Teddy Bear, a Chocolate Hamper Raffle and Bake Sale’s within school and in the community and lots more.

Well done to the whole of South House! Thank you also to everyone who donated money to the fund raising activities.

Dragons Den Competition

 Dragons Den

Over the last term students from all the Houses have been working on a ‘Dragons Den’ initiative, which has been a huge success.  So many students benefited from having the opportunity to work on their project, and to present to an audience throughout the project which has been invaluable for them.

Mr Oakley of Scoped Solutions donated the winning prize of an iPad Mini with accessories.  Mr Oakley was also a judge on the panel along with Mrs Kelly, Chair of Governors and Mrs Sutcliffe, Deputy Head.   Mr Oakley gave the students an insight as to how business works and also gave a lot of very good advice and pointers.

The winner was Lucy Smith from 7W3 and she designed a visibility stick called ‘walk bright at night’. Her pitch included detailed costings, fabrics and materials and detailed technology such as a GPS signal so that users of ‘walk bright at night’ can be found easily in case of danger, lights located all down the shaft of the stick and larger lights located near the bottom for further visibility.

Other entrants were:  Ellysia Ainsworth-Cookson, Tanith Ellis, Blake Morris, Liam Holden, Milli Hargreaves, Rachel Kay, Harrison Folley.  A big well done to everyone involved!

U14 Handball Team

Congratulations to our U14 Handball Team.  They have recently qualified to represent Burnley in the Lancashire School Games final at Stanley Park, Blackpool in July.  Well done!

Unity Student awarded the Young Citizen Award 2016

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Adam Broxton, a Unity College year 7 student, was commended in the “The High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen Award 2016” in recognition of his selfless attitude.

Adam moved into his terminally ill grandma’s house to care for her, giving up spending time with his friends and his own home comforts and luxuries.

Adam, who enjoys playing rugby, was presented with his award in a ceremony at the Lancashire Police Headquarters in Hutton.

Amanda Parker, High Sheriff of Lancashire, said: “The Young Citizen of the Year Award promotes young people’s achievements, highlighting the valuable contribution they make to the communities in which they live.

“We were delighted with the number and variety of entrants for this year’s prize.”

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Schools drama competition highlights road safety issues

Unity College were celebrating after being named runners up in finals of the Lancashire “The Beats” competition that was held at Preston Guild Hall on Tuesday 8 March 2016. 

The college qualified for the final of this competition where they had to research, develop and perform a piece of drama highlighting the issues of road safety. 

The year 8 students were the youngest team in the final and focussed their drama piece on peer pressure and risk taking behaviour near roads.  They performed to an audience of over 500 people and battled with stiff competition from schools and colleges across the whole of Lancashire with the other students being mainly GCSE and A level students,  to be awarded runners up in this prestigious competition. 

The competition is organised by Lancashire County Council and supported by Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire Fire and Rescue.  The students were awarded a prize of £250 for the college. 

The Beats Team

The Unity team were Emily Hughes, Joe Dickenson, Katie Jackson, Ariane Limmer, Ruby Hawkes, Halle Abbott and Lydia Cryer.

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