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St Albans School on song in Young

Musicians from St Albans School enjoyed a highly successful day at the finals of the St Albans Young Musician of the Year 2014, winning five awards. The jazz band and barbershop

Girls from Bruton school have secured places in the South West regional final of the Routes into Languages Modern Foreign Language Competition. Imogen Tate, Claudia Lavender and Naivasha Prat-Jarvis earned their places by delivering a short presentation in their chosen foreign language in competition at The Royal High School, Bath. Imogen (14) was the only competitor to atempt Japanese for the competition, while Claudia (15) gave a speech about pole vaulting in Romanian, and although still only 15, Naivasha took part in the key stage 5 section, competing against some 20 sixth-form students. The regional finals take place on 25 June at the University of Bath.


Concord School maths teacher John Bernasconi has broken the world record at the British power lifting championships. Bernasconi (51) lifted a record- breaking 207.5kg in the bench

press, beating the previous record for the over-50s category of 202.5kg. The twenty-two-stone teacher is now waiting for the statutory ratification from America, including the results of compulsory drug tests, before he is issued with a certificate confirming his world record. Neil Hawkins, principal of the Shropshire school, said: “We are all so proud of John for this remarkable achievement. Not only is it a wonderful personal achievement, it’s also a wonderful inspiration for Concord’s students. John has shown us all what can be achieved with hard word, dedication and determination.”

group won the awards for best secondary band and vocal ensemble respectively, beating off other competition that had gathered to perform in St Albans Cathedral. There were also three solo awards:

Theo Gill (second form) won the secondary strings category; Nicholas Springthorpe (fifth form) the secondary voice; and Thomas Dilley (fourth form) was the winner in the secondary wind/brass category. This year the competition was

judged by Robert Max, a finalist in the BBC competition in 1984, who is now pursuing a varied career as solo cellist, conductor and chamber musician. “It was a fantastic day,” says Mick

Stout, director of music at St Albans School. “Such a range of awards shows the strength of our pupils’ talents and the variety of music being taught at the school. To win five awards and all but one of the categories that we entered was a wonderful achievement and should act as a great fillip to all of those that were successful.”

New resources to help support children with

CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, has launched an innovative new guidance pack designed to help teachers support children with cancer. The ‘Cancer and School Life’

resource contains advice and a lesson plan which can be used by teachers in a school where a pupil has been diagnosed with cancer. The pack also includes a DVD featuring children who have had cancer and their school friends speaking about their experiences. The pack has been designed to help

teachers communicate confidently with schoolchildren about childhood cancer as well as help pupils understand the illness and how they can support their classmate. The pack contains details of a teaching session, information about childhood cancer

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