Aldridge Cricket Academy Students Successful Tour Of South Africa
On 11 February 24 sixth form students from Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy left for a grond-breaking Cricket Tour to South Africa. The students are members of the Aldridge Cricket Academy (ACA), a programme that enables 16-19 year olds the opportunity to develop cricket skills alongside their academic qualifications.
On Tour the ACA players formed two teams with the Academy's top girls in the starting line-up alongside the first team boys.The teams played local competition to improve skills and gain experience in a different climate and on new pitch conditions, winning six of their eight games. A record the current England World Cup squad may envy!
The students were also immersed in the culture and historic sites of South Africa, especially exciting for the players who were abroad for the first time. They also shared their knowledge and skills through coaching local children. This is the kind of opportunity that students in fee paying schools sometimes have, but one which is rare for players attending state schools.To make the tour a reality, students contributed to numerous fundraising activities that raised nearly £50,000 for the tour.
Darwen Vale's Ionika Voted Outstanding Student at BAE Challenge
Darwen Vale High School Year 9 student Ionika Redugo was named as the 'Outstanding Student' from amongst 136 students from across Lancashire who took part in The BAE Systems 'Make it!' Enterprise Challenge. Winner Ionika was joined by seven of her classmates at the competition on February 10th.
The event was one in a series of manufacturing challenges that The Manufacturing Institute and BAES Systems collaborate on as part of their 'Make It' campaign, which aims to attract bright young talent into the manufacturing sector. To make their manufacturing business a reality, the Darwen Vale students had to decide upon a managing director and a number of team roles before creating their brand and prototypes.
They then pitched their idea to the BAEs Systems managers and a number of other local and multinational employers that the school is partnered with. The Darwen Vale team was ranked very highly by the judges and Ionika was recognised as the 'Outstanding Student' at the event.
Ionika said: "I was very surprised and happy to have won this award, but I could not have done it without the team. I want to be a top engineer in the future so winning outstanding individual was a huge honour."