Special day as academy hosts youth conference
Young pupils excited by bishop’s visit
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.
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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