School news in and around Cheshire

Education Life compiled by Emma Mayoh

A taste of SpainBudding chefs at Pensby High School for Girls were given a master class in Spanish cuisine. Eirian Lunt, head chef at Lunya, a new Spanish restaurant and deli at Liverpool One, held a series of one-hour sessions demonstrating how to make tortilla de patatas, a Spanish potato omelette, and saut�ed Catalan chorizo with morcilla, a Spanish version of black pudding. Students were also encouraged to taste some authentic ingredients which Eirian sourced from Spain.

A German exchangeSpecial anniversary celebrations were held at West Kirby Grammar School to mark three decades of student exchange trips between the Wirral school and Freiherr-vom-Stein Schule in Germany. A collection of photographs, which spanned the 30 years, formed part of festivities when 30 German students and teachers including headteacher Herr Michael Protzel, made the trip from Gladenbach, near Frankfurt. German consul Dr Ulrich Pfeiffer and Wirral's deputy mayor Councillor Alan Jennings also attended along with former pupils and teachers from West Kirby including Gertrude Wright. She was the school's German teacher when the exchange programme began.

Peter's new honourA man who has been a governor at The Queen's School for 21 years has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Chester. Peter Roberts, a former chairman of governors, was given the doctorate in recognition of his many years service to the university.He received his doctorate from the Chancellor of the University, the Duke of Westminster, at a ceremony in Chester Cathedral.

Hitting the high notesAn 18-year-old King's School sixth form student has successfully auditioned for a place in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. King's has always had a tradition of supplying students to the training choir with a further two students joining last year but Zara Fyfe, of Pontybodkin, will now progress into the main National Youth Choir. She has also been awarded a place at Trinity College of Music in London to study voice.

Bede's go westMore than 40 St Bede's College pupils enjoyed the opportunity to play extras in West is West, a sequel to multi award-winning film East is East. Production company Assassin Films took over the college for a weekend. St Bede's College was transformed into a fictitious 70s mixed secondary modern school in Salford. Students Joe McMylor, Ben Sharrock and Mattie and Phillippe Lopeman won pivotal parts in the film as school bullies who target a new pupil Sajid Khan, played by actor Aquib Khan.

Striking a beatWithington Girls' School's 12-hour non-stop musical marathon is set to raise thousands of pounds for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.The Musathon, a round-the-clock programme of music involved 249 Withington pupils and members of staff. The event, originally planned as a fundraiser for the Parent Teachers' Association, was changed so the bulk of the proceeds will go towards supporting relief efforts on the shattered Caribbean Island.Headmistress Janet Pickering said: 'It was such a perfect day - an amazing tribute to the depth and breadth of musical talent at the School. It was Withington at its absolute best.'

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Dark skies show a bright futureA budding photographer and Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College student has snapped a winning entry in the youth section of the Landscape Photographer of the Year National Competition.Chris Moseley, 16, from Hadfield, received a Highly Commended award for his photograph, Dark Skies over Romiley Station. It was the first time he had entered a competition and he attended a winners’ reception at London's National Theatre where all the winning entries will be exhibited.  He said: 'To say that I'm over the moon is an understatement. I am exceptionally happy that my work has been recognized sufficiently to be included amongst the work of many talented photographers.  This has really given me a boost and will certainly help in my pursuit of a career in photography.'

A Haiti heroLocal hero Simon Cording visited Altrincham Preparatory School to talk about his 10-day search for survivors in devastated Haiti. As well as thanking the boys for their �1,313 donation raised for the Haiti appeal through a sponsored silence, Simon, a volunteer for Urban Search and Rescue based at Stretford Fire Station, also took a question and answer session from the school's senior boys. He was on the road with nine other volunteer fire fighters just three hours after the earthquake hit.Simon said: 'We took part in two successful searches. One for a two-year-girl called Mia and another for a 39-year-old woman. You concentrate on working as a team, you eat together, sleep together and resolve your issues together. I am proud of what we achieved out there, but it really is only the beginning.'

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