Student Shows, Fundraising and Projects

January has been a very eventful month for our students, between organising the Fashion Show, taking part in new projects and learning about the traditions of Burn’s Night.

They take is all in their stride and we are only too happy to shout about their achievements.


Burns Celebration

ESOL students throughout the various campuses in the college took part in many activities to celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns. This included taking part in the “Address to the Haggis” and in some cases a tasting! They were also able to sample Scottish dancing, learn about the bagpiper from Rona (a real piper) and taste Irn Bru and shortbread.

Several students also competed in the Burns Challenge and recited their own poetry. Each event was completed with a rousing rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”.


Moving and Handling

Moving and Handling (1024x768)ESOL National 5 Stage 1 students recently completed a half day Moving and Handling Course led by Health and Social Care Lecturer, David Carey. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Comments included “ The course is very important for life”. and “I learned a lot of things on this course for example how to move people”.


Exciting New H&V Install Project

H&V new projectThe H&V Install staff in response to learner feedback designed this Project which aims to provide our learners with workshop simulation of a real “on-site” commercial H&V installation.  The valves & fittings used were recycled from a number of our students’ employers who had no further need of them.

The 1st year H&V Install students have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of this project and its inclusion has enhanced their college learning experience.


Fundraising Teddy

Kirsty Mcconville, Jade Brindley and Louise Stevenson from NC Child Health and Social Care level 5, had a fundraiser event for Sands Stillborn charity on Thursday the 28th of January.

They organised a table with guess the teddy bears name, for the chance to win a cuddly bear, guess the teddy bears birthday, for a chance to win a cuddly teddy bear, and also how many sweets in the jar, for a chance to win a large jar of sweets!!   The guess the teddy’s name and birthday will carry on next week!  The jar of sweets was won by Tunweer Malik, who guessed 400 sweets and was closest to the answer at 377.  Well done Tunweer!!

The girls had a blast doing it and really enjoyed organising the event.  They also got to know each other a bit better during the work!!

They hope to see you all next Thursday for the chance to win one of the bears.


Spectacular Success for Students at Fashion Show

The waiting and planning was over … and our students surpassed themselves at the hugely successful Fashion Show in Paisley Abbey on the 22nd of January.  Supported by UKIERI and Renfrewshire Council, as well as our own talented staff of course, students organised the entire spectacular event.  From invitation to press photography and beyond, the show was a fabulous celebration of partnership with our Indian colleagues who were on hand to bring extra sparkle and serenity to the event.

The show drew extensive media attention, forming part of the Paisley 2021 bid for City of Culture status, and the Paisley Pattern motif took centre stage.

Students from all over the College were involved – Fashion & Design, Hair & Beauty, Hospitality & Catering, Film & TV, Music, Dance, Photography, Events Management…  the list goes on.  An event of this type is a remarkable benefit to students in terms of work experience, especially when it comes to the job/academic interview stage – practical experience really gives them the edge.

Thanks must also go to the staff who worked so hard to support the students and help organise the event.  It was all worthwhile and we are very grateful to our Indian guests from Andhra Pradesh, UKIERI and Renfrewshire Council for helping us to make all this possible.  Congratulations to all involved.

For more information on the night visit our website and read the Fashion Show article.  You can also here more on STV Live at Five (about 19 minutes in).

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Growing in India

The College’s UKIERI funded partnership with the Govt Polytechnic for Women in Guntur has been a huge success.  As you know, it culminated with a spectacular fashion show.  As our guests from Guntur prepare to leave Scotland, the college is gearing up for the next Indian visitors who arrive on the 31st January.

This project, again funded through UKIERI and managed by the Business Development Unit, brings together the college’s expertise in supported learning with the Indian Sector Skills Council for Persons with Disabilities. The partnership will develop learning materials that are accessible for people who are disabled in India and will allow them to undertake accredited qualifications. Already, there is significant employer interest in India for this programme and the Indian Government itself is watching progress closely. Social justice is a key theme of the current Indian government.

Our colleagues, Irene Quinn and Marlyn Barr, are leading this programme on behalf of the college and have prepared an exciting and informative schedule for our guests next week.


Lord Provost’s Guest Set to Visit College

The College will also be welcoming a guest of the Lord Provost to the Springburn Campus next week.

As part of a visiting delegation from Marseille, Marie Cardelli, the Principal from the College Lou Vignares will be visiting for a fact-finding tour of GKCs innovative Digital Technologies in Education resources.

We look forward to welcoming Ms Cardelli and a representative from the Lord Provost’s office.


Market Maker

As you may remember, Stay Focused, Glasgow Kelvin College’s Market Maker team for 2015 won third prize in the Gazelle competition.

Since returning the team have resumed their studies but with the support of their mentor, Anne Gillies, they have arranged a meeting with the Assistant Director of Strathclyde University’s Enterprise Academy.

The initial meeting will be with Anne and Christopher Watt, the team member who designed the prototype – you will remember the team presented a chair that would gently wake drivers who are falling asleep at the wheel of their car, the prototype uses an earpiece to do this.

The first meeting at Strathclyde is to discover if they can help to support the group by further developing the prototype by eliminating the earpiece.

The team have also entered their Car Seat Alarm System into the Scottish Institute for Enterprise competition and will find out soon if they have progressed to the next stage with a prize fund of £10,000.


World Religion Day

The rolling programme of displays in Springburn Campus Library continues this month with World Religion Day.

This well established day was initiated by the Baha’i faith and was first observed in 1950. The colourful visual display contains information on the history of religion, the most followed religions and religions in different areas of the world. The display is enhanced by a wide and varied book collection which anyone is welcome to borrow.

Come as a class or as individuals to view, library staff will welcome your feedback.

As with the previous display, this one will travel to our other campuses.


In Association With Platform

30-60-80We’re almost at the end of the first month of 2016 and if you’re feeling in a reflective mood then our next show of the season, ‘30:60:80’, will be right up your street.

30:60:80 is a celebration of three lives, collectively spanning fifty years with the women of one family and inviting audiences to consider the richness in their own maternal herstory.

Utilising an innovative form of verbatim theatre in which the testimony of each person is presented as authentically as possible, 30:60:80 is an invitation to three landmark birthdays to meet three remarkable birthday girls.  A performance created by Amy Conway which was described as ‘beguiling’ by Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman.

For more information about the performances, visit the Platform website.


That seems to be everything for this week, but don’t forget to keep sending us your news.  Check back next week for further updates.

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