Some of North Tyneside’s most promising students got to kick start the summer holidays by becoming musicians, beauty therapists and crime scene investigators for the day.
The youngsters, who were winners and finalists in the North Tyneside Learning Trust Star Awards, visited Newcastle College to have a taste of what it would be like to work in the music and beauty industry or uniformed public services.
Molly Nelson, 8, from Hadrian Park, Wallsend, was a finalist in the Inspiration Award category for the help that she gives to her parents caring for her younger disabled sister. Molly and friends, Rebecca Moody, 8 and Holly Amer, 8, who are all pupils at Hadrian Park Primary School, were given a tour of the College’s Lifestyle Academy and got to take on the role of beauty therapist, nail technician and hair stylist.
Molly said: “It’s been really cool. I’ve never been to something like this before. I liked painting my nails as its fun and something you can do with your friends.”
The girls were joined by fellow finalist, Jessica Wann, 14 from Longbenton, who attends Southlands School. Jessica’s mum, Michelle Pattison, was impressed with the facilities at the College and the support offered to students, like Jessica, who have learning difficulties. Michelle said: “The day has been brilliant. Jess would like to study beauty so today has been great for her. The facilities are excellent and it is definitely a possibility that Jess might consider coming here in the future.”
Singing superstars, Makenzie Dillon, Niagra Younes, Darcey Bertram and Milly Rowe impressed College staff with their talent and confidence.
Makenzie was a finalist in the Volunteering Awards for the work that she does helping out at a local farm. She invited friends, Niagra and Milly and Cousin, Darcey, to share in the experience. The ten year olds, who go to Grassmere Academy in Killingworth and St Teresa’s Primary School in Heaton were naturals in the studio.
Milly said: “It’s been really good, amazing and just the best experience so far. We found out how to use the music desk and it’s been really fun as there is so much more to music than we thought before.”
Rocking out on drums and guitar were students from the Melrose Centre, part of Longbenton Community College. Achievement Award Winner, Steven Discombe, 16, shared his prize with older brother Jordan and fellow students, Scott Johnson, 16, Dean Foley, 16 and Bradley Hunter, 16.
The last group were presented with a mock up crime scene, which involved a dead body, drugs, weapons and piles of money. Donning CSI suits, the team had to collect evidence and use it to solve the crime. For Green Award finalist, Harry Wheatley, cracking the case was not a problem. The ten year old roped in help from friends, Josh Stewart, 10 and James McKnight, 10, from Redesdale Primary in Wallsend and William McCann, 9, from St Bernadette’s RC Primary School.
Harry said: “It was a good day. It was fun and we learnt how to investigate and solve a crime. The College has good facilities and it’s been a great day all round.”
The North Tyneside Learning Trust Star Awards honours and celebrates the outstanding achievements of children and young people who attend a school supported by the trust. The annual awards are designed to inspire, recognise achievement and celebrate success.
Kehri Ellis, Chief Executive of North Tyneside Learning Trust, said: "It is fantastic to see the NTLT Star Award winners enjoying a special taster day at Newcastle College and learning about the different careers they might like to pursue whilst having so much fun."
Angela Allan, Director or Projects at Newcastle College, said: “What a fabulous day. The group threw themselves into the activities and really made such a positive impression on the staff here. We organised the taster sessions to give the winners, finalists and their friends the opportunity to enjoy some fun activities during the summer break. I think everyone has had a great time and there are some real shining stars. Congratulations to everyone involved.”