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School is back in session, and we've rounded up the latest news from the classrooms of Cheshire.

New Addition At Abbey College 

Abbey College, Manchester recently welcomed Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester to officially open its new facilities. A £250,000 investment has allowed for major expansion to the college’s amenities on both the ground floor and basement, creating several extra classrooms together with a brand-new science laboratory, student services area, computer facilities and a ‘chill- out’ area.

This is an exciting new phase in the college’s development and further cements its position within the vibrant and dynamic local community. It also demonstrates its commitment to being a significant employer in the city.

Staff and students were delighted to welcome Mr. Burnham back to the college to officially declare the facilities open— he first visited the college several years ago as an MP.


Marvellous Matt Visits Queens

Staff and pupils at Queen’s lower school in Chester were left feeling inspired and enthused after a visit from acclaimed author Matt Haig.

Matt, spoke to the girls in years three to six about his career, his latest book Father Christmas and Me and also made time to take questions from the pupils. Mr Haig, who is a number one best-selling author for adults, has also won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and has been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal for his short stories, for children and young adults.

His titles for children include, Shadow Forest, The Runaway Troll and The Last Family in England. Everyone really enjoyed the visit, the girls jumped at the opportunity to get their booked signed and it was a fantastic way to further enhance the children’s love of quality literature.

(L to R: Mrs Leighton, Olivia Zazzi-Smith, Emma Yang, Matt Haig, Clara Cummins, Mrs Yousaf and Adithi Rachapalli)


A Helping Hand At The Firs

The Firs School in Chester held a special assembly hosted by head teacher Mrs Davies and attended by Ian McDougall from Cheshire West Foodbank.

Mr McDougall spoke to the children about the need for the foodbank in the area and how it helps thousands of Cheshire residents. Ian explained that the foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balance emergency food supplies and support to local residents, in crisis.

The children learnt the importance of helping others and also collected food during the assembly to help the support the foodbank. The school managed to collect an amazing 175kg of food in total, the equivalent of nearly two baby elephants!