dsm for news storyYoung people and their families can try their hand at a variety of free activities, challenges and workshops showcasing local schools and colleges at next month’s Daventry Festival of Education.

Science experiments, English and maths challenges, craft and beauty sessions and engineering workshops are among the many activities being planned alongside information stands at the event, which takes place at the iCon Innovation Centre in Eastern Way, Daventry on Saturday, 10 October from 10am to 1pm.

The event will also include the first Daventry Young People Awards with accolades celebrating students’ academic achievements, community work and enterprising or entrepreneurial skills, as well as an award recognising teaching staff who go that extra mile to help students succeed.

librarian lynn goodman with library assistant tom hewittStudents at Northampton College have helped land a top award after taking part in a national drive to get more people reading.

The Six Book Challenge, organised by The Reading Agency, aims to promote literacy by getting people to read a minimum of six books and note down their thoughts on what they have read.

More than 600 Northampton College students signed up for this year’s challenge and 238 successfully completed the task, earning the college a national Gold award to recognise its success.

2436402314All the world’s a stage for former Northampton College student Vanessa Fisher, who is returning to the town that trained her for theatrical success by performing in Hairspray at the Royal & Derngate.

23-year-old Vanessa studied a two-year course in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) at Northampton College in 2011. She’s now playing one third of girl group the Dynamites in the production, which launched two weeks ago in Leicester to standing ovations. It hits the Royal & Derngate before continuing on a national tour currently booking until May 2016 – not bad for Vanessa’s first professional role!

Northampton College’s professional approach aims to prepare performing arts students for careers on the stage, and Vanessa certainly credits its teaching with her current success.

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