The visit by the giant Man Engine to Liskeard on 26th July will be a unique event. The Cornish Times has linked up with the organisers to host a photographic competition of the event. You could capture a winning photo of the giant mechanical puppet when he visits Liskeard.

The theme of the competition will be 'The Spirit of the Man Engine in Liskeard'. You may enter as many photographs as you wish, but your picture should show something of Liskeard and the fun and excitement of the mechanical giant during his visit to The Parade from midday on Tuesday 26th July. The best photograph will be featured in the Cornish Times, together with the winner's name.

During the 1980s the BBC Micro was the most popular school computer and helped inspire the first generation of computer programmers.  The BBC has decided to repeat this success and has given every Year 7 pupil in the UK their own mini-computer, the micro:bit.  These small devices can connect to a PC using a USB cable or to a smart phone using Bluetooth.

Year 7 students at Liskeard School and Community College have all been issued with their own micro:bit and are learning how they can program these devices.  Students are finding out how to create images and display scrolling text on the 25 LED lights, create mini-games, and utilise the on-board compass and temperature sensor. 

For the past two terms over sixty more able Year 4 and 5 students from local primary schools have attended over six different master classes at Liskeard School. According to one Year 5, learning about chemical reactions in science ‘made my brain hurt.’ Students applied their understanding to produce a test tube of rainbow colours which was great to see. In computer science students learned how to code and programmed both a tank and a drone to make manoeuvres of their choice! Spanish Café was definitely the tastiest of the master classes, with students working as a team to produce tasty plates of paella and then shortbread with ice cream. A Year 6 student summed this master class up in one word ‘Maravilloso!’

Former Liskeard School and Liskeard Sixth Form student, Jessica Crosbie, has been rubbing shoulders with the stars after appearing on hit TV show The Voice USA.

Jess moved to America after completing her education at Liskeard Sixth Form to work for a year as a nanny before a friend, knowing how talented a singer she is, secretly sent a video of Jess performing to the show.

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