What a busy and successful week our students have had raising money, visiting roadshows, coming up with fantastic business ideas and holding sell out Fashion Shows. All of which has been encouraged and supported by staff.
Lots information and pictures to share this week, but we will start with a value.
College Values – Being Supportive
The College has defined ‘Being Supportive’ as:
‘Creating a collaborative and inclusive environment which inspires and nurtures everyone to do their best to achieve individual, team and college goals.’
Throughout the week we sent out various information, guides, hints and tips, on how you could be part of a supportive College community. We also highlighted some of the existing policies and procedures that are designed to help create a supportive working environment.
This Value tied in with Mental Health Awareness week.
As mentioned above we decided to tie our Being Supportive Value with Mental Health Awareness week.
As part of this a representative from See Me visited us and had a stand in our Springburn Campus to help create awareness and give out information to staff and students.
The See Me programme aims to end Mental Health Discrimination and works with young people between the ages of 16 and 25 to help put a stop to the mental health stigma people face.
Renewable Energy Roadshow Trip
Our Heating and Ventilation SVQ Students from 1st 2nd & 3rd Year all attended the SECC “All Energy” Renewable Energy Roadshow last Wednesday (6th May 2015) with their lecturers Tommy Nicol, Stuart Barnett and Tom Forrester.
Students engaged with manufacturers, politicians, suppliers, designers and attended a lecture from Industry Specialists on District Heating.
The experience will bode them well when they undertake the Renewable Technologies Unit as part of their Modern Apprenticeship.
On Friday the 8th of May, Keri McNeill some of her HND Year 2 Administration and IT classmates raised money for Yorkhill Children’s Charity by doing a 5k sponsored walk round Hogganfield loch.
The group members that took part were Keri McNeill, Caitlin Houston, Daniel Borowiec, Agnieszka Galor, John Blair, Kamila Kaczmarek, Katarzyna Olszewska and Christopher Watson
So far they have raised a total amount of £378.40, but their Just Giving page is still active and people are still donating so hopefully of raising some more. If you would like to make a donation please visit the Just Giving page.
Pitch to Rich
The following is a short piece by one of our students.
My name is Carolyn Henderson, I would love to open a business that will provide a social platform for people with Mental health problems, that would offer support through support groups/events & workshops/alternative treatments and classes.
As medication only helps with one aspect of the body “neurotransmitters” it does not help with diet, sleep, muscle tension, physical alignment, and relationship strain and so on
This is why psychotherapy, lifestyle changes and alternative treatments are important for managing mental illness and to provide a more fulfilling life.
My goal is to open a centre to reduce the increasing number of people with mental health illness through a combination of awareness, education and alternative therapies.
I have entered the Virgin Business competition late on in the competition, there is now only 3 days of voting left running from Monday the 18th May until the 20th May.
Winning this competition could change the lives of thousands of people within the UK. This would be a great opportunity to tackle this huge growing concern that could make a difference in the UK and beyond.
Please could you vote for me and share my link, and help me raise awareness of mental health by visiting the Pitch to Rich page.
Fashion Show Success
Wednesday the 13th of May saw the Fashion students holding their end of year Fashion Show in St Andrews in the Square venue. This lovely old building provided the perfect backdrop for the students work.
The NC and HND Fashion students worked hard on their pieces and were rewarded with a sell out show. It was so successful people were tweeting about it how fantastic it was.
“Proud to be hosting @GKCollege fashion show. Truly blown away by the talent of the students. From gorgeous gowns to leather and spikes! Fab!”
“@GKCollege Fashion Show at St Andrews in the Square. Spectacularly splendid and glitteringly gorgeous!! Well Done!”
“Great seeing the students work @GKCollege fashion show in St Andrews in the Square this afternoon. Thank you for inviting us!”
Well done to everyone involved in this event.
What Are GKC Students Up To Next Week?
Scottish Modern Apprenticeships Week
Taking place in the Hub (ground floor, just along from reception), the event will be running from 10am to 2pm, and is open to anyone who might be interested in finding out more about apprenticeships and talking to some employers who might be looking to take staff on.
Wellhouse Housing Association along with Glasgow Kelvin College and other organisations have a day of fun activities planned on Thursday the 21st of May.
Connect A-Llots is having an Open Day from 10 am until 2 pm and you will be able to go along and take part in activities such as Cake Decorating and Planting Seeds.
Who’s Fundraising at GKC?
A quick note to remind you about donations being gathered at the Development 1 class’ stall on Wednesday 20th May, from 10am to 12.30pm, across from reception at Springburn campus.
Here are the items being sought:
Pencils / sharpeners / coloured pens / rubbers / pencil cases / notepads / backpacks / skirts, t shirts, shorts for children aged 4 – 12 / tennis balls / toothpaste / toothbrush / soap
If you cannot get to the stall, donations can be left at Martin Law’s desk in Easterhouse campus or in the SFL work room in Springburn campus.
General College Information
GKC Advice and Guidance Information Stand
The Guidance Team are running a lunchtime information stand in the main entrance area of college campuses to help students with their progression plans:
Springburn Campus – Monday 18th May
Easterhouse Campus – Tuesday 19th May
West Campus – Tuesday 19th May
East End Campus – Wednesday 20th May
City Campus – Thursday 21st May
Support to students is available from the College Advice and Guidance Team who can offer a wide range of information on;
- finance for future study
- welfare issues
- looking for part time or full time work
- help with CV’s
- details of the College itself
They will be pleased to help with enquiries and refer learners to other agencies if required. All enquiries are dealt with confidentially and individual interviews can be arranged by appointment.
Impartial Careers Guidance is offered by Qualified Careers Advisers. Remember we’re here to help.
That’s us again for the week, thanks to all of you that have submitted pieces or sent us information to be included, it helps to make it more interesting for everyone.
See you all next week!!