Lost Property

Please remember that all items of uniform, PE Kits and students’ equipment for college should be clearly marked with the student’s name.

We currently have a variety of lost items including coats, hoodies and PE kits that have been left behind at college. All lost property is displayed every morning in the main canteen area – please speak with your child about looking for their property.

Unfortunately, due to space restrictions, we are unable to store students’ belongings indefinitely.  Each term we will send any unclaimed items to local charity shops.

Easter letter from the Headteacher

The Easter letter from headteacher, Mrs Cryer, is available below.  Please also read the attached Towards Outstanding 2013-2016 and Holiday Dates information.

Easter 2014 [pdf]

Towards Outstanding 2013- 2016[pdf]

Holiday dates 2014_2015 [doc]

Students sponsor education for children in poor countries

Unity College students are proud to be sponsoring two girls to go to school.

Sibongire photoStudents from West and North are proud to be sponsoring Sibongire to go to school.  Sibongire is 11 years old and she lives in Kasungu in Malawi with her two brothers and her sister. Both her parents are peasant farmers. Sibongire and her family are very lucky, they have access to a borehole which has clean, safe drinking water and it’s only a 30 minute walk away – 55% of people in her area have to get dirty water from streams.  They do not have a toilet, instead they have a pit latrine – they are lucky, 75% of people in her area do not have any toilet at all. If Sibongire or her family members were ill, it would take two hours to get to the nearest clinic.  Malaria is a huge killer in Malawi and only 20% of children have nets to sleep under, so they don’t get bitten by mosquitos. 8% of children in Sibongire’s area die before they reach their 5th birthday. Only 5% of children in Sibongire’s area finish primary school, even less complete secondary school – these are mostly boys. In Sibongire’s class there are 99 pupils and 1 teacher. The biggest problem for girls, other than a complete lack of education, is forced marriage.  Families often force very young girls in arranged marriages. We are Sibongire’s only hope of finishing school.

Senovia photo

Students in South and East are proud to announce that they are sponsoring Senovia from Bolivia to go to school. Senovia is 13 and lives with her three sisters and her parents, who are peasant farmers.  Senovia walks for an hour each day to collect water from a stream, she lives in a stone house with a shingle roof.  She attends primary school and walks 30 minutes every day to get there, in her area only 65% of children finish primary school and only 31% finish secondary school.  With our help Senovia will be able to finish school.

College open as usual on Strike Day

Teacher Strike Day – Wednesday 26 March 2014

The College will be open as usual for students.

Unity swimming champ through to Nationals

Callum Taylor

Callum Taylor, Yr11 recently won an amazing two gold medals and two silver medals at the England Schools Disabled swimming competition.

Callum was also successful in securing himself a place at the Nationals in Sheffield.

 

Girls Rugby Update

Team pictureA little piece of history was made on Friday the 7th of March. The first ever girls rugby game was played at Unity College between Unity College and St. Augustines under 13 sides. With Unity having played in. and qualifying from. the Emerging Schools Competition the previous wee,k we were looking to continue our impressive start in this activity.

Having had girls practicing regularly at school and club level, the team consisted of newly appointed captain, Macey Durkin, who lead Ellecia Farnworth, Tabetha Burrell, Willow Bell, Alex Crossley-Small, Amelia Waddington, Abbie Lord, Louise Berry, Olivia Johnson, Holly Parker and Mia Rutherford out for their match.

Ellecia in attack

The game began evenly matched with tries and tackles from both sides before Unity College settled into their game and running in tries from Amelia Waddington, Ellecia Farnworth, Mia Rutherford and Macey Durkin. The final score 35 – 15 to Unity College.

Half time talk

The U13 and U15 Unity College girls teams will now compete in the area finals of the Emerging Schools competition on the 21st March at Broughton Park, Manchester.

Science Rocks!

science rocks1 On Wednesday 5th March 2014, to mark International Women’s Day, the University of Manchester hosted a Science Rocks evening event for 11-14 year-olds where students were able to:

  • Get hands on with laboratory activities involving radioactivity, fossils and gemstones
  • Hear from and talk with leading scientists working in geology and earth sciences

Unity students, Abigail Brierley and Olivia Birchall, took the opportunity to quiz Prof Katherine Morris, BNFL Research Chair in Geological Disposal, about their upcoming GCSE coursework.

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World Book Day

gt-bannerThursday 6th March is World Book Day!

Win one of 5 VIP family trips to see the brand new West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, including a chance to peek backstage at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, enjoy pre-theatre dinner plus travel and an overnight hotel stay at a Hilton Hotel in London.

What do you have to do to win?

It’s simple – All students are being given a £1 World Book Day token which they can swap at a bookshop for one of the 11 £1 books (or get £1* off any other book costing £2.99 or more).

Complete the entry form on the world book day website http://www.worldbookday.com/golden-ticket/ , including the LUCKY NUMBER (that’s the 13-digit ISBN) from the back of the book you have swapped your World Book Day book token for.

Then cross your fingers and see if your lucky number is picked from Mr Wonka’s top hat…

Parents will be notified by email if you have won.

The final date for entry is 30 March 2014.

Age and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions on the world book day website http://www.worldbookday.com/golden-ticket/

If you’re not a winner the first time, just try again (using the same LUCKY NUMBER) every week till 30 March for more chances to win!

One step closer to Twickenham

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Both our U13 (pictured above with rugby coach, Mr Williams) and U15 girls’ rugby squads have qualified for the Area finals for the Emerging schools competition on the 21st March. The top team in each age group from the Area Event will then progress to the National Finals Day at Twickenham on Saturday 3rd May, alongside the Army v Navy match.

Good Luck Girls

Unity raises £820 for Ramp up the Red Appeal

Jessica Harrison 1st Place

Unity raises £820 for British Heart Foundation

Staff and students at Unity College raised £820 for the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Ramp up the Red’ appeal.

Money was raised,throughout the week before half term, through cake sales, sales of valentines and red coloured cards and a huge tombola with over 140 prizes.  Students also rattled collection buckets before and after performances of the college’s production:  Fame-The Musical.  There was also a raffle for a signed football shirt, donated by Steele Ford and Newton Solicitors, and football boots donated by Kieran Trippier, the BFC player.

Unity staff and students competed in the Unity ‘Bake off’ competition. There were over 35 very creative entries from both staff and students.  Results of the bake off were

First place – Jessica Harrison, West 2
Second place -  Io Limmer, South 3
Third place – Tracey Brewer, South 3
Fourth place -  Jasmine Ozel, South 3

Some of our Year 11 boys also ‘volunteered’ to have their legs waxed for charity.

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