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Students rock their Geology exams

TWO Priestley students put in a faultless performance in Geology papers scoring 100% on questions about global tectonics.

Matthew Allen and Daniel Owens then went on to achieve 90% and 83% respectively in the second module putting them on course for a stunning A-Level result next summer.

“I thought it was a tough paper so I was very surprised by my results,” said Matthew, who previously studied at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.

Matthew, who also studies Maths, Chemistry and French, is planning to read Geochemistry at the University of Manchester after finishing his A-Levels.

His 100% score came in a module exploring earth movements on a global scale, plate tectonics and the origins of the world.

This week Matthew, who also speaks Chinese, said the beauty of studying Geology was increasing his understanding of the world around him.

“When you go to the beach or see a hill in the countryside what I love is that Geology tells you how those things were formed,” he said.

“I chose to study Geology of Geography because the more scientific approach of the subject suits my way of thinking.”

In his second module Matthew scored 90% while Dan, who previously studied at Sir Thomas Boteler, also impressed with 83% when taking into account coursework results.

Artists make a lasting impression

IT was supposed to be a trip to inspire their creativity, but in the end it was the students who inspired others.

More than 30 Art Foundation students from Priestley College stayed at the Boggle YHA and left a lasting impression on Andy and Peta Nugent.

The hostel managers wrote to their operations manager and head of Impact within YHA and the college principal Matthew Grant to praise their visitors’ character and achievements.

“We get so many young people staying with us, but these were incredible. Not only were they very talented but had so much passion and were just so nice,” Andy wrote in his letter to Art Tutor Steve Lane.

“We get so tied up in our job sometimes we forget why we do it. It was a real pleasure to be reminded of this by your students and colleagues.”

Andy said it was only the third time in 20 years he had felt compelled to write after a visit.

As a thank you for the hostel’s hospitality, students Jessica Morris and Olivia Kubiak gave Andy and Peta pieces of artwork they had created during the stay.

It wasn’t just the hostel managers who were inspired by the young people from Warrington.

Primary school children also benefitted from time spent with the teenagers who volunteered to help them with a project.

“They really inspired the small primary school we had in, so much so they plan to return at the same time next year and do an activity together.. a very rare and beautiful thing,” wrote Andy.

The Art Foundation trip had been organised by Priestley College as an affordable trip that gives them the chance to draw inspiration from the landscapes around Whitby.

They produced some great art including some pieces using materials collected from the beach.

“I didn’t want to leave,” said Alex Mooney, a former pupil at Great Sankey High School.

“At times it was raining and our paper was getting wet, but that just added to what we were doing and became part of the overall effect.”

Musicians catch a glimpse of the future

ONE of the world’s leading manufacturers has asked students from Priestley College for feedback on their next piece of technology.

Two representatives from Yamaha brought the new instrument to college to get the opinions of those on the Music and Music Technology courses.

“We are not allowed to say anything about the piece of equipment, but I can say it was different to anything I’ve seen before and used the latest technology,” said Priestley Tutor Michael Grainger.

Yamaha Senior Planning Specialist Kevin MacManus was joined at Priestley by Nozomu Fujiwara who had flown in from Japan to work on the development of the new instrument.

Around 50 students gave their thoughts including David Hindle, who studies BTEC Music Technology.

“It was an eye-opening experience,” said the former Birchwood High pupil. “It felt like they really wanted to listen to what we had to say and there could even be a chance we could see some of our ideas in the final design.”

Priestley was chosen to take part due to its connections with Steinberg – a leading producer of music recording, arranging and editing software.

Last year the college was named one of only 16 training centres for Steinberg in the country and the company is wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation.

The partnership sees Steinberg accept feedback from Priestley on the products it produces for the education sector.

“It was an incredible experience for the students who used it to find out more about research and development, how to get into the industry and the importance of consumer feedback,” said Michael Grainger.

‘Radio 1 is not in tune with us’

A JOURNALIST quizzed Warrington students about their listening habits this week in the wake of the falling popularity of Radio 1.

Phil Pegum asked students at Priestley College about how they consume music and their answers will not have made easy listening for radio bosses.

They appeared to back up recent findings that showed Radio 1’s flagship programme, helmed by Nick Grimshaw, had slumped to its lowest level on record.

Only one of more than 20 students was a regular listener to Radio 1 and many had never heard of Grimshaw.

“We tend to listen to our music through Spotify and YouTube,” said former Wade Deacon pupil Alex Highcock, who studies BTEC Music and the Extended Project.

“We like to listen to our own playlists and the problem with Radio 1 is they play the same songs all the time.”

The Priestley students’ comments are due to be used on Radio 4’s Feedback show on Friday (November 10).

The Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw pulled in 4.93 million listeners a week in the third quarter of 2017, down from 5.5 million in the second quarter and 5.25 million in the same period in 2016, according to the latest figures released by audience research body Rajar.

When asked how they discover new music Priestley’s students said they did so through recommendations from the likes of Spotify. The majority also opted out of listening to radio because they had no interest in hearing from a DJ.

“I prefer to listen to songs and not people talking,” said Abigail Bamford, a former pupil at St Peter & Paul Catholic College who is studying BTEC Music and A-Level English Language and Literature at Priestley.

“Radio 1 doesn’t stray from the charts and we all have a wider interest in music than that.”