Young sailor Rhys Chandler, a Year 10 student at The Marches School in Oswestry, Shropshire, is currently competing in the International Topper Class Association (ITCA) series which includes five regattas, the most recent of which were held at Grafham Water and Rutland Water in East Anglia. Rhys has been enjoying great success in the series so far, including finishing an impressive 58th out of 178 at Grafham, with a best result of 11th, his highest placed performance to date.
At the latest event, at Rutland Sailing Club, Rhys secured 25th place in the ITCA series and then, following a recent call up by the Welsh Yachting Association (WAY), helped Wales secure third place in the Eric Twiname Event. Rhys, who trains on Bala Lake and has only been sailing since August last year, was competing against many GBR Topper squad members in the competition.
Rhys said: 'My goal for this year was to finish in the top 50 per cent overall at a national series event. Having now achieved this, I am now aiming to finish in the top 30 per cent at a national series event.'
Rhys's next ITCA event is in July at Derwent Sailing Club, and he will be competing in the nationals in August, held over six days in Pwllheli. He is also competing in the Welsh CYRC events held at various locations across north Wales over the summer period, and the Welsh zones at Pembroke Sailing Club.
Says Rhys: 'My plans for the future are to gain a place on the Topper Welsh National Squad for 2015 and then who knows where next - maybe the Americas Cup or around the World!'
Aspiring medics, vets, dentists and keen biological science students are being invited to sign up for Moreton Hall’s Bio-Medical Science training programme, which takes place at the school during August. The course has been specifically designed for strong scientists who will have just completed their AS Levels in Biology and Chemistry, and who are planning to apply for university places as they commence their last year of A Levels.
'The course is laboratory based, giving students hands-on experience of techniques in biomedical science beyond the A Level syllabus,' explains course Co-ordinator, Dr David Kelly. 'With access to our high level biomedical science equipment and the Keele University Medical School, this course offers insight into academic research which would normally only be available to undergraduate degree students.'
Run in partnership with Keele University Medical School, the 10-day course is open to any boys and girls and includes personal statement workshops, sessions with the Keele University Medical School’s admissions officer, and seminars on the different vocational paths for those with a keen interest in life science.
A nine-year-old Chester schoolgirl has won third place in a Merseyside and Cheshire-wide maths competition – for pupils aged up to 13.
Raka Chattopadhyay, nine, of Great Sutton was placed third in the Mathematical Education on Merseyside Challenge 2014 competition, seeing off around 1,800 competitors. Raka, a Queen’s Lower School pupil, will now attend a prize-giving ceremony in Liverpool along with fellow Queen’s pupil Madeleine Ashby, 13, from Tarporley, who won a certificate of merit in the competition. Charlotte Enevoldson, 14, from Parkgate, won the best in school award for the Mathematical Education on Merseyside Senior Challenge competition
The Queen’s School’s head of maths, Janet O’Donnell, said: 'Raka’s interest and ability in maths means that while she has the majority of her lessons and playtime at the Lower School with her friends, she is taught maths at the Senior School. She has no problem keeping up with the work and to have been placed third in the region competing against children four years older is a fantastic achievement. We are all very proud of her.'
For more information visit www.queens.cheshire.sch.uk or call 01244 321507
A local photographer and a wildlife artist from Shropshire have got together to make a wildlife film which they hope will inspire youngsters in primary schools through the region. Tim Mitchell, a photographer based in Oswestry, started filming in 2013 driven by a passion to show off the wildlife on our doorstep and get children involved on a daily basis with the natural world.
'We've got such a fantastic array of wildlife in this area, much of it people are missing, and I really want to show that wildlife is accessible to everyone and in particular to get children involved,' says Tim. 'As soon as you point out the wildlife on our doorstep, children are instantly fascinated. The film is shot in a local nature reserve but highlights the wildlife around us in our own gardens and what we can do to enjoy it and protect it.'
A need for a film presenter led Tim to contact Ben Waddams, the renowned wildlife artist. Ben was equally enthused with the project and both he and Timare doing this work in their free time.
The film is being provided free to schools in Oswestry initially. It is expected to reach children of all ages right across Shropshire and be available for download via social media.
For more information visit www.timmitchellphotography.com or call 01691 654089
For the fourth year running, students from the Visage Hair and Beauty Department at Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) have had great results at the World Skills UK Regional Heats. Every year, the students have been placed within the top three for their category in this competition, which aims to drive excellence in workplace skills. This year is no exception, with a first and second place for Aromatherapy Massage for Level 3 Spa Therapy students at the Midlands Heat at Newcastle-under-Lyme College.
Natalie Powles won the heat and was given excellent feedback. It is hoped she can go all the way and represent the UK in the European World Skills Final. Cherida Lauriello was placed second and was over the moon, as she has now been placed in the top two for the past two years.
Sharon Cooper, head of Commercial Services at WNSC, said: ‘This is an outstanding result as we have been placed as a College for the fourth consecutive year in the UK Skills Regional Heats. It highlights the quality, standards and dedication of both our learners and our teaching team as we compete against larger, outstanding colleges from across the UK.’
Following the success at Newcastle, the team went to St Helens College for the North West regional heats for the Level 2 Intermediate Beauty Therapy category, where Yasmin Richards obtained third place.
As well as entering competitions and operating the commercial salons within the College, Visage students also participate in community events such as performing treatments on patients and staff at the Orthopaedic Hospital and giving parents of patients at Hope House much needed relaxing treatments.
Applications are still being taken for both Hair and Beauty for September 2014. Students can study at Level one, two and three in both disciplines. You can apply now via the website at www.wnsc.ac.uk or call admissions on 01691 688080. The Visage Salon is open term-time to the public, to make an appointment, please contact the salon directly on 01691 688060.
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