Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Students from Unity College are celebrating after completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Bronze Award requires each student to complete a volunteering, physical and skills section for at least 3 months; and a challenging two day self-supported expedition. 29 Unity College students have successfully completed the award, and currently 39 year 9 students are working to achieve the award this year. Some of the highlights include the following individual successes; representing Lancashire playing Golf, supporting Junior Parkrun, performing at Burnley Youth Theatre and organizing events around Burnley such as “The festival of Making”. The students all showed dedication
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Visit to the University of Manchester

On Friday 27th April, 12 year 10 students toured the University of Manchester. We met with current maths, medicine and biotechnology students and asked them about what university was really like. We were surprised about the range of courses on offer, the huge number of students and how many different buildings there were. At the University of Manchester there is a quidditch team! There are also lots of other clubs and societies. We also found out about student finance and loans, although the amount of debt you graduate with is huge, we found out that we only have to pay
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Irish Wrestling Champion

David Siko W3 – travelled to Ireland on 27th April 2018 to compete in the Ireland Wrestling championship for Lancashire and was undefeated. He became Irish Wrestling Champion. A massive achievement, well done David!
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MFL Activities

A visit from a local business On Thursday 9th November 2017 a representative from a local company, Veka, and 3 German employees of the company, visited the MFL department at Unity College to talk with GCSE German students in years 9, 10 and 11. It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to practise their German speaking and listening skills, whilst also learn about the life and culture of young people in Germany. Students were keen to participate in the event and suggested that they would love to meet more German natives in order to maximise their understanding of the
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Careers Guidance

Good careers guidance connects learning to the future. It motivates young people by giving them a clearer idea of the routes to jobs and careers that they will find engaging and rewarding. Good careers guidance widens students’ horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations. It provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life. At Unity College our Careers provision is highly effective. We measure ourselves using the Gatsby Charitable Foundations Benchmarks. The eight benchmarks provide us with a framework that helps us to identify our strengths and find areas that
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Lesley Garrett Performance

The Unity College Choir were recently invited to perform with Lesley Garrett at the Guild Hall in Preston for a Northern Christmas Prom. Students were joined by another twoother schools from across the North West to sing a range of Christmas carols and songs with Lesley Garrett and the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra. Students had a fantastic time and were able to meet Lesley after the performance for a chat, autographs and photos.
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European Day of Languages

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.
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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 grandad Frank Cant was the Mayor in 2012-2013 she was part of the fundraising team and contributed over £400 by
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Restart a Heart

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.
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