A Refreshing Week!!

Yet another busy, busy week at Glasgow Kelvin College, we’ve had Fresher’s Week and been involved in Family Days, not to mention the great articles we have had in the press.  Here is just a sample of what’s been going on.

Today – Wear It Orange For The MS Society

Wear it Orange

Students are invited to take part in Challenge MS 2015 Wear it Orange at Glasgow Kelvin College TODAY!!

You don’t have to go as far as the Orange Wig, (unless you’ve got one lurking around), but the aim is to wear anything orange, a tie, nail-polish, a t-shirt today (Friday 11th September 2015) and raise awareness of the MS Society charity.

So don something orange and take your picture and send to tborland@glasgowkelvin.ac.uk and we will tweet it for you so it shows up on the MS Challengers wall.  We’ll also put a selection up on next week’s blog so you can see what went on.

We have a Just Giving page set up so you can make a donation to this worthwhile cause.

Oasis at Wallacewell Family Fun Day, Saturday 5th September

Outside Family Fun Day - from FacebookOasis at Wallacewell held a Family Fun Day for the local community and were able to showcase a lot of the great work that is going on there.  Take a look at the great photos on their Facebook page.

Bike StationOasis at Wallacewell is one of 6 Community hubs across Glasgow where the Bike Station Academy will be based and young people aged 15-21 can come along to their Academy between 3.30pm-7pm on Thursdays.  Young people will be offered training in bike maintenance, learning to deliver cycle training and leading bike rides, and the opportunity to certify their learning with a City and Guilds Bike Mechanic qualification.

Urban Roots came along with their “Interactive Smoothie bike” so young people were able to make their own refreshments.

The “Urban Oasis” Community Gardening team meet with the community to promote volunteering opportunities in the garden and workshops every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30-2.30pm for people to learn how to grow their own fruit and veg, reduce food waste, learn how to compost, learn to cook and learn about food from different cultures. Jacqueline Ferguson, “Climate Challenge Champion” and “Project Manager” said they were also working in partnership with Zero Waste-Wise Glasgow and Home Energy Scotland, who also deliver workshops.

Urban OasisPictured, are “Garden Volunteer Champion”, Kateryna Sydorova who is the lead volunteer and has been supporting the project since inception and recently completed her Glasgow Kelvin College Community Achievement Award Level 5. Next to her is Andrew Nugent, “Energy Champion/Volunteer” placement student from Glasgow Caledonian University.  They were both letting the local community know about their projects, how they could get involved.

Learning Network Partnership Officer, Sarah Barnes, attended the event and let people know about the Oasis at Wallacewell learning centre, which is part of the John Wheatley Learning Network and has 13 PCs and a printer all linked up to the Glasgow Kelvin College computer network and therefore has free Internet access, printing facilities and Wi-Fi available during the week. There is an IT Class on Monday nights from 7-9pm for everyone from complete beginners with the opportunity to gain College certificates, ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) and SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) awards.  The timetable for the centre, including the learning centre, may be found here.

Community GardenFor more information about what’s going on at Oasis at Wallacewell and how you can get involved please contact the centre on: 0141 558 4466 or call into the centre at: 57 Northgate Road, Wallacewell, Glasgow, G21 3QT.

Recycling Project

Unwanted photo frames, magazines, books and trainers required for student recycling projects.

Donations of any of these items will be greatly appreciated by students on the Personal Achievement Course at Easterhouse (Support for Learning classes).  They are undertaking a unit on Eco-Awareness.

Items can be left on Angela Dickson’s desk in the lecturers’ workroom on the 3rd floor at Easterhouse or in the donation box at the Easterhouse Reception.

Music Department Event

The 16th of September 2015, 2.00 – 5.00 pm, will see the first Master Class of the series presented by rock legend Ted McKenna https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_McKenna

This session is open to all but is aimed at the Music, Sound, Music Business, Events students, however anyone who attends is guaranteed an entertaining, informative and educational few hours.

MCR Pathways

The College is delighted to announce its involvement with the MCR Pathways scheme – a pioneering partnership  which provides mentors for young learners, particularly those with a background in the care system.  Founded by entrepreneur Iain MacRitchie, the scheme already works with the ten local secondary schools and anticipates the provision of taster sessions for young people to help break down barriers to learning.  Glasgow Kelvin student, Nicole Quinn, is an ambassador for the scheme.  If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in training as a mentor, please contact info@mcrpathways.org

You can see an great article about this scheme in The Herald.

Fresher’s Week

This week saw our students taking part in Fresher’s Week.  From the 7th of September all of our campuses hosted stalls on different days.

Stalls were held by various organisations, including; Weigh to Go, The Wise Group, Glasgow Taxis, Breathing Space, Respect Me Scotland, Nil By Mouth, Campus, Infertility Scotland and Fixers.

We hope everyone enjoyed this week and going by the pictures, they seemed to.

Daily Life at GKC

We have added an album to our Facebook page to try and give an overview of what happens at GKC on a daily basis.

We plan on showing you staff and students in GKC doing what they do and we would be delighted if you would contribute.

Simply send pictures of you at work, in the office / class, making something, a production in practise, the general scenery to tborland@glasgowkelvin.ac.uk  with your name and where you are and we will post to Facebook and Twitter.  Or you can tweet it yourself with the hashtag #GKCLife and we’ll pick it up there.

You can see what we have already by visiting our Facebook Album.  Let’s build a full picture of life at GKC.

All finished for another week, but be sure to come back next week to see what has been happening at GKC.

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