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, animal displays, 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 on Eastern Way, Daventry on Saturday 10 October between 10.00am-1.00pm.
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 pupils succeed.
Wealth of education opportunities
Around a dozen local schools and colleges – with more still to confirm – are taking part in this year’s festival, to promote the wealth of education opportunities on offer to young people in Daventry and the surrounding areas. They include Parker E-ACT Academy, Daventry UTC, Northampton College and Moulton College, as well as primary schools including Falconers Hill, The Abbey, Welton, Newnham, Badby, Weedon, Woodford and Kilsby.
Visitors will also be able to find out more about Daventry Hill School, the new school for four to 18-year-olds with special educational needs, which is due to open its doors in September next year.
Activities are currently being lined up for the event, with Northampton College confirming a series of practical displays inlcuding arts and crafts and biscuit-decorating, hair extensions and nail art, tyre-changing and paint spraying demonstrations and a branding challenge. Engineering activities and a 3D printing demonstration are among those being organised by Daventry UTC with Moulton College planning activities around courses at its Daventry campus including animal care demonstrations and carpentry.
This inaugural event is organised by the Daventry Schools Matter group – local education providers and partners including Daventry District Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Daventry Town Council.
Unique activities and displays
Daventry District Council Leader, Councillor Chris Millar, who is Chairman of the Daventry Schools Matter Group, said: “We’re delighted that local schools and colleges are getting involved with their own unique activities and displays and making nominations for the Young People Awards.
“The festival promises to be an interactive and informative celebration of Daventry’s education opportunities, offering something for everyone.”
The Festival of Education is supported by a variety of partners including Daventry District Council, Daventry Town Council, Northamptonshire County Council and NEP.
To find out more about the festival, awards and the diverse range of educational offer in the Daventry area, visit www.daventryschoolsmatter.com, follow @DaventrySchools on Twitter or visit the DaventrySchoolsMatter Facebook page.
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