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Top of the Class Cathedral honour for college choir

Simon Parker of Coleg Cambria (left) with Michael Bywater at Kubota

Partnership with agricultural giants


bbey Gate College Chapel Choir was honoured to perform Evensong under the world-famous dome of St Paul’s Cathedral earlier this year. For the 30th consecutive year, the 45 members of the choir performed in one of the world’s most beautiful buildings to a congregation of more than 800 people. Conducted by head of music, Mr Andrews, the choir performed pieces

Abbey Gate College Chapel Choir

including Canticles in D Major by George Dyson and Balfour Gardiner’s Evening Hymn. ‘The choir were professional in both their singing and conduct, and the standard was incredibly high,’ says Mr Andrews. ‘The pupils were unfazed by the vast space and eight-second echo within the centuries-old building. It’s testament to their ability that they could cope so admirably with the challenges.’


17-year-old classically trained soprano has landed a music scholarship at a prestigious Shropshire college. Sixth-form student Rhian Jones was presented with the Walker Music Scholarship at Ellesmere College after a private performance of three songs in the college’s chapel. The scholarship was created by Tom and Margaret Walker as a thank you for the education of their two children, Rachael and Edward. ‘I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Walker for this kind award,’ says Rhian, from Mold. ‘I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Ellesmere and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that I have been granted.’ The scholarship will run for two years, supporting Rhian through the sixth form and providing her with financial support and

Rhian with Tom and Margaret Walker

mentoring connections to the global network of 7,000 Old Ellesmerians around the world. Tom and Margaret’s daughter, Rachael, was awarded a music scholarship when she attended Ellesmere College from 1988 to 1990. The couple decided to create the scholarship to help other talented young musicians after being impressed by her progress and obvious enjoyment of the whole music environment at Ellesmere.

up with one of the giants of oleg Cambria Llysfasi joined forces with a top agricultural and construction equipment manufacturing will international agricultural machinery company to give their learners a head-start on entering a career in the sector. train future workers in ‘We’re very proud to be land-based engineering. The college working with Kubota, ‘We’re offering a fantastic training has signed up to proud a new partnership programme for their to be dealership technicians with Kubota, the working throughout the UK and Japanese tractor and with Ireland,’ says Simon. ‘The heavy equipment Kubota’ programme will allow the manufacturer. Together trainees to enjoy full-time they have launched employment with their local the Kubota Apprenticeship Kubota dealership, as well Scheme, a three-year block as formal specialist training release programme that during their time in college.’ will blend education at the ‘This partnership will enable innovative Denbighshire facility us to train the next generation with on-the-job experience. of dealership technicians Simon Parker, an agricultural to the highest levels,’ adds engineering lecturer at Llysfasi, Michael Bywater of Kubota. near Ruthin, says teaming

Pupils meet creepy crawlies


hildren from the Firs Prep School in Chester had a wonderful morning recently with a special visit from The Creepy Crawly Show, who brought with them all sorts of exotic animals. The animals were introduced to the children through a story called Oliver’s Adventures. As each character appeared, the children got to meet, touch and even hold the wonderful creatures. They met a gecko, a corn snake, a Madagascan hissing cockroach and a tarantula, to name just a few. ‘The children had a wonderful time and loved meeting and touching the animals,’ says Lucy Davies, head

teacher at the Firs School. ‘Only Mrs Ankers was allowed to hold the tarantula though! ‘The children found out where the animals lived, what they ate, who their predators were and how they lived in the wild. The visit fitted perfectly with the theme of mini beasts, which the whole Early Years department are currently exploring. It was a fun morning!’

The children met snakes and spiders

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