Beauty and the Beast by Unity College

European Day of Languages

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Unity College students were recently involved in celebrating the ‘European Day of Languages’. PD groups took part in a quiz and discussed the role of languages in the wider world. Year 7 Modern Foreign Languages students also took part in a whole college competition to design a poster following the theme of ‘My Sports Language Role Model’. The Languages department were overwhelmed with the effort the students put into the competition and 10 entries were chosen to be sent to Aston University in Birmingham.

Duke of Edinburgh Fundraiser

Aimee Shearer, a student at Unity College, and granddaughter of former Mayor, Councillor Frank Cant, is using her fundraising experience as part of her work towards a Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. “It’s a good way to meet different people,” said Aimee. “There’s no reason why young people can’t get involved in fundraising and help others.”

Aimee has been fundraising for a number of years but this is the first time she has been allowed on the committee. When Aimee’s granddad Frank Cant was the Mayor in 2012-2013 she was part of the fundraising team and contributed over £400 by doing a Mile Swimathon by herself when she was only 10 years old.

Mrs Shearer said “if it wasn’t for her Duke of Edinburgh she wouldn’t have had this opportunity to get involved in this large scale fundraising and she has thoroughly enjoyed doing it. We are extremely proud of Aimee.”

Restart a Heart

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Over the last week all students in year 7, and many staff, were involved in Restart a Heart training run by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS). Volunteers from NWAS, Lancashire Fire Service, Lancashire Constabulary and Royal Blackburn Emergency Department worked with students to train them in life saving skills including CPR, using an AED and the recovery position. Students thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and felt they had gained some important life skills.

Unity College Sporting Success 2017

Year 7 girls netball team, participated in the Burnley High Schools Tournament competing against Shuttleworth, Hameldon, Burnley High School, Sir John Thursby and Blessed Trinity. Both teams did exceptionally well, group 1, took first place, and group 2 took seconds place. A great start to the netball fixtures ladies.

Unity College netball teams from year 7 & 8 took part in a large netball tournament held at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form. This was a successful afternoon where over 100 students from across Yorkshire, Pendle, Burnley and Blackburn participated in the event.

U13’s girls Football team competed in the Premier League Stars tournament, run by Burnley Football Club. There were over 8 schools involved from across Burnley and Pendle. Unity College came 3rd overall.

U13 girls Rugby team, travelled to Grasshoppers in Preston to compete against other Lancashire Schools. The girls had a fantastic afternoon, playing and training with other squads from across the area. Unity College came second in the whole of the tournament.

Unity College took 72 Students, to attend Burnley’s Cross Country race. The College took the town by storm, gaining fantastic team and individual scores. These being:

Year 7 Girls team came 1st overall, with three of Unity Colleges girls coming in the top 8 student. Kelsey Jackson came a spectacular 1st position, followed by Megan Rodrigez coming 3rd and Eve Waters coming in 8th place.

Year 7 Boys team came 2nd overall, with four of Unity Colleges boys coming in the top 8 overall. Matthew Jackson coming in 2nd place, Will Woodruff in 3rd place, Dillion Whittaker in 7th place, followed by Jake North in 8th place.

Combined year 8 and 9 Girls team came 4th overall, with Sophie Ashworth fantastically taking 1st place for the whole girls category for this year group.

Combined year 8 and 9 Boys team took 1st place overall with 4 boys getting into the top 8 boys, these being: 1st place Jackson McKay, 2nd place Lennon Jackson, 3rd place Kian Reid and 8th place Harrison Heaton

Combined teams from years 10 and 11 Girls took 1st place overall, with 3 girls gaining a position within the top 8 girls. Liberty Thompson came in 2nd place, Willow Bell in 6th place and Amber Day came in 7th place.

Combined teams from years 10 and 11 Boys took 4th place overall, with Charlie Ball taking 3rd place overall.

Year 7 Boys’ Football, travelled to North Halifax Grammar in the second round of the English Schools Cup, winning the tie 6-4.

Year 8 Boys’ Rugby competed in an emerging schools tournament at Preston Grasshoppers, showing great potential early in the season and only narrowly losing one game against Garstang.

Over half of the Burnley Rugby U13 training squad was made up of Unity College students as the school and club continue to develop their relationship. Many have begun playing for the squad at various age groups on Wednesdays and Sunday.

Football Winners!

Girls u12 Football team played Ormskirk School last Friday, winning 2-1. Megan Rodriguez secured 2 goals overall, one in the first half and another in the second half of the game. The girls U12 will now go through to the second round of the Lancashire Cup. The teams Goalkeeper, Isobel Halton obtained the player of the match. A fantastic result ladies!


Picture from your left to right on back row; Charlie Candland, Ella Devers, Madison Larnach, Front row left to right; Leah Rowley, Isobel Halton and Megan Rodriguez.

Dancing Partners

Olivia Hickey and Jodie-Leigh Weller gave up a Sunday afternoon to spend entertaining the elderly people at Dove Court Nursing Home.


Both girls are classical sequence dance partners and wowed everyone with their performance. They also spent time talking and dancing with the elderly people and staff at the nursing home. Everyone had a lovely afternoon, well done girls!

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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