Thursday, 28 September 2017

Local Schools

It has been a good news week for our local schools. I was pleased to read about students from Camborne Science and International Academy, who have just travelled almost 7,000 miles to take part in the Singapore International Science Challenge. CSIA has done some great work on international exchanges in recent years, and it is always clear that they are so beneficial to the students involved. Back in 2013, CSIA became the first school in Britain to host the International Student Science Fair. The decision to do so was a great credit to the school, and it has paved the way for continued excellence in science.

Meanwhile, at Hayle Community School, students teamed up with Rowe’s Cornish Bakers to launch a Cornish pasty into space. Very much bringing science lessons to life, the experiment coincided with a space project being undertaken by students. In another space adventure, Pool Academy’s school mascot was sent 20 miles up into the edge of space on a helium balloon by students, in order to take pictures and video clips.

Elsewhere, Redruth School has been named the best state secondary school in Cornwall by the Real Schools Guide. So all in all, a good couple of weeks for our schools and congratulations to all of those involved.

There was also some further good news on unemployment locally with more people in work than ever before. Unemployment is at its lowest level since 1975. Over 3 million more people are now in work since 2010. Here in Camborne and Redruth, the number of unemployed claimants has gone from 3.8% of the economically active population in 2010 to 2.2% now.

On a more sombre note, I was saddened to read about the tragic events in and around Mexico City. Cornwall has close historic links to Mexico through the mining industry, and we recently welcomed a delegation from Redruth’s twin town of Real Del Monte.

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