On Thursday 15th March students from Enderby’s Brockington College took part in this year’s BBC School Report.
BBC School Report is a journalism project for students aged 11 to 18 and spans the length and breadth of the UK.
Students ‘make’ the news and upload it to their website that is linked-to via a BBC interactive map. This means that contributors news is accessible to a worldwide BBC audience.
Student’s news programmes are showcased across BBC programmes in the UK on News Day which was Thursday, 15 March 2018.
The Brockington students created a 15 minute programme with eight student’s covering topics including The Holocaust, women’s right to vote, social media, the 200 Word Challenge and Book Club, Stephen Hawking’s death and plastics waste.
Students from Brockington College in Enderby took part in a special event held at local development New Lubbesthorpe to learn more about the housebuilding industry.
Hosted by David Wilson Homes, the eight students involved gained practical, supervised experience of construction skills such as bricklaying, plastering and carpentry.
The aim of the visit, which was organised by Jo Ling, Employment, Skills and Training Coordinator for Blaby District Council in conjunction with the developer, was to demonstrate to the students the different skills and processes involved in building a new home and to inspire them to progress their studies to the next level or pursue a full-time career in house building after leaving college.
Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said:
“We were delighted to be involved with this innovative initiative to help strengthen the employability of students within the District. Thanks to David Wilson Homes, students from the Enderby College have been able to gain a practical insight into the construction sector, and open up options for a career in the housebuilding industry.”
The students were given a tour of three ‘stock plots’ to give an overview of what trades are involved at the development, before splitting into two groups to have a go at bricklaying.
There was also a question and answer session with the Site Manager, where students were able to explore more about how to get into the industry.
Daisie, a student at Brockington College said:
“I have learnt just how many trades are involved in completing one house. I know I want to get site experience and I can do this through an apprenticeship.”
David Wilson Homes are one of the housebuilders currently involved with the Beggars Lane development.
John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said:
“We’re always on the look-out for the homebuilders of the future, and we wanted to give local students a glimpse of what it’s like to work on a new homes development like New Lubbesthorpe. We hope that the students at Brockington College had a good day with our team and that they all took away some useful information.”
To find out more and register interest in apprenticeships and careers at New Lubbesthorpe, contact Jo Ling on 0116 272 7583 or email email@example.com.
South Leicestershire MP, Alberto Costa, has visited Brockington College in Enderby in order to meet with senior staff, tour the school and take part in ‘Coffee With Costa’, a specially organised question and answer session with pupils and teachers.
Mr Costa had previously visited the school in 2015 alongside the then Education Secretary, the Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, when on this on that occasion he met with pupils to discuss his role as an MP and gave tips on how to enter a career in politics.
Mr Costa said,
“It was a delight to visit Brockington College for their very aptly titled ‘Coffee With Costa’ Q & A.
I enjoyed facing a particularly inquisitive bunch of pupils and it was great to answer their questions on a very broad range of subjects from Trident Renewal to votes for 16 year olds”.
Mr Chris Southall, Head Teacher of Brockington College, added,
“We were delighted to be welcoming Alberto Costa to Brockington College.
“He has always been of real support to the college and other Blaby schools, taking a genuine interest in the work of the college and inspiring our pupils to learn more about our democratic system.”
Miss Bearne, More and Most Able Coorinatorsaid:
“Mr Costa, or Alberto as he insisted we call him, was extremely personable and excellent at making students feel comfortable enough to ask any questions they had.
“His public speaking skills have inspired some keen debaters who will be competing in a local event this October.
“His visit has engaged more students in politics as he encouraged them to find (and use) their own voice, to be active members of their community.”
Mr Costa concluded:
“I’m very grateful to Miss Bearne and Mr Southall for their kind invitation to visit the college.
It’s always excellent to speak to young people with such a fervent interest in politics, and I look forward to returning back to Brockington soon and to face more questions.”
‘The best performance yet’‘great variety’‘a slick, unique concert to the highest of standards’
These were just a few of the comments received by Lesia Smaditch, Musical Director of Musical Village, following the two performances of their Concert performed on 10th and 11th December 2016 at Brockington College in Enderby.
As a conductor and musical director, Lesia has developed and leads a number of community choirs around Leicestershire.
Lesia (a full member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians) offers community members, both young and old, an opportunity to explore the joy of choral singing.
The theme this year was ‘Christmas Around the World’ and both choir and audience enjoyed a variety of festive songs in English, Spanish, French, German,Italian,Swahili, Macedonian to name but a few!
Special guests were ‘Mriya’ a Ukrainian Choir based in Manchester who entertained everyone with their lovely traditional songs.
Musical Village was first established by Lesia in 2008 to fulfill her passion and ambition to bring communities together through the love of singing.
The reputationof the choirs has gone from strength to strength and in addition to appearances at local events, concerts, weddingsand funerals, they have been delighted to perform at many prestigious events.
These include the Reinterment of King Richard III and performing with Russell Watson in both his 2015 and 2016 UK tours.
This coming year looks equally exciting with 9 confirmed bookings to support X-Factor winner Sam Bailey in her ‘Sing My Heart Out UK Tour 2017’.
‘Musical Village’ is made up of a family of choirs catering for people of all ages and abilities in Leicester and Leicestershire. A warm welcome awaits all who love singing and want to share the enjoyment and fun with the community.
The comprehensive repertoire includes world music, spiritual, pop classics, contemporary, folk, light classical and show hits.
Currently choirs meet in Enderby Village,Leicester Forest East, Enderby Brockington College andMarket Bosworth.
A FREE session is offered so why not give it a try and perhaps the joy of singing will be life changing for you as it has been for many current members!
Leicestershire Waste Partnership have announced their next cookery sessions.
The fun, free, practical sessions, headlined as ‘Love Food – Hate Waste’, provide the ingredients and the know-how to make the most of leftovers, so anyone can reduce food waste and save up to £60 a month on their food bill.
Participants in the free sessions can gain some inspiration and take home tea with a free, love food hate waste recipe book, so they can carry on with the good work. All ingredients and equipment will be provided.
The average family could save £700 a year, simply by throwing away less food.
The next sessions are due to be held at Brockington College, Enderby:
The Leicestershire Waste Partnership is composed of the seven borough and district councils of Leicestershire, and the County Council. (Leicester City Council is an associate member as it has made its own arrangements for future waste management). The partner authorities have come together to deliver a joint strategy.
Leicestershire is pursuing a clear vision for sustainable waste management and resource use.
Through the collaborative efforts of the Partnership, a majority of Leicestershire’s waste will be recycled by 2017, growth in waste production will be in decline and local communities will be taking responsibility for the waste they produce.
Note: These sessions are open to Leicestershire residents only. Unfortunately this excludes Leicester City residents.