Spe­cial day as acad­emy hosts youth con­fer­ence

Young pupils ex­cited by bishop’s visit

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

FAL­LI­B­ROOME Acad­emy wel­comed an ex­plorer, jour­nal­ist and cli­mate ex­pert at its spe­cial­ist youth event.

The guests were in­vited to take part in the TEDx Youth@Manch­ester con­fer­ence, an event or­gan­ised by Fal­li­b­roome Acad­emy in con­junc­tion with the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Tech­nol­ogy, En­ter­tain­ment, De­sign (TED), which is de­voted to pro­vid­ing a plat­form for schools and busi­nesses to share ideas.

Around 450 stu­dents and teach­ers from Fal­li­b­roome and other schools, in­clud­ing All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege, Mac­cles­field Acad­emy, Ea­ton Bank, Con­gle­ton High School and Chetham’s School of Mu­sic, came to­gether to hear talks and artis­tic per­for­mances re­flect­ing the theme of ‘Per­spec­tive’.

The five guest speak­ers at this year’s con­fer­ence were Alas­tair Camp­bell, for­mer Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Labour Gov­ern­ment; Ever­est Moun­taineer and Na­tional Ge­o­graphic film maker Matt Dick­in­son; po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic jour­nal­ist for Scan­di­navia’s big­gest daily news­pa­per, Ka­trine Marçal; English lec­turer, Dr So­phie Coulombeau BOLLING­TON St John’s was de­lighted to host a very spe­cial vis­i­tor when Bishop Libby came to the school.

The Bishop, along with Canon Veron­ica Hy­don, joined the school for lunch and then had a lengthy meet­ing with the ethos groups from both schools of the fed­er­a­tion, which in­cludes Pott Shrigley and St John’s.

Bishop Libby spent more than an hour chat­ting to the chil­dren and an­swer­ing all their ques­tions. And be­fore she left, she showed the whole school her Bishop’s cross, ring, mitre, cas­sock and crosier and ex­plained the sig­nif­i­cance of each item.

Stu­dents Tom Mur­phy nine, Hol­lie Eyre, nine, and Pro­fes­sor of Cli­mate Science and En­ergy Pol­icy, Dr Alice Bows-Larkin.

Stu­dent speak­ers at the event were Rory Walker, Ge­or­gia Parkes-Rus­sell, Char­lotte Ham­mer, Naomi Ker­shaw, Corinne Salt, Char­lotte White, James Chasty, Sam Thomas and El­lie Payne. The short talks were in­ter­spersed with TED Talks videos, video shorts and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment from Fal­li­b­roome stu­dents Jodie Buck­land and El­iza Beres­ford, and Elsa McLel­lan nine, Fynn Lovick, 10, and Har­riet Holmes, nine, were lucky enough to hold the Chetham’s stu­dent Vladimir Anisi­mov.

The morn­ing was brought to a close by the Buf­falo Broth­ers.

Dur­ing the af­ter­noon, Fal­li­b­roome stu­dents were given the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend work­shops run by the speak­ers and made best use of time with the ex­perts by de­bat­ing sub­jects as wide rang­ing as fem­i­nism, cli­mate change, iden­tity, men­tal health and lead­er­ship.

Peter Ru­bery,

Fal­lib- pre­cious items.

Me­lanie Walker, head­teacher, said: “It was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, roome’s ex­ec­u­tive prin­ci­pal, said: “We are hon­oured to be part of the re­mark­able TED com­mu­nity and cre­ate such won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties for our stu­dents to en­gage with the TED mis­sion to spread ideas.

“All our speak­ers and per­form­ers were very im­pres­sive and the feed­back we have re­ceived con­firmed that this was a very spe­cial event.”

All the talks have been up­loaded to Youtube. an in­spi­ra­tional visit and we were very lucky to have the op­por­tu­nity to meet the bishop.”

●● Chil­dren from the Fed­er­a­tion of Pott Shrigley and Bolling­ton St John’s schools wel­comed Bishop Libby Lane to Bolling­ton St John’s

●● Tom Mur­phy, Hol­lie Eyre, Elsa McLel­lan, Fynn Lovick and Har­riet Holmes try the bishop’s spe­cial cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories for size

●● Fal­li­b­roome Acad­emy hosted the TEDx Youth@Manch­ester con­fer­ence in Mac­cles­field

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