Volunteering, Singing and Fundraising!!

There has been a lot going on this week.  Exciting news from former students, visits from MSPs and fundraising activities all go towards a full and informative blog update.


The Art of Charity

Gordy chequeVisual Arts Degree graduate Gordon Livingstone was delighted to donate £510 to Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

Through his business, ‘Boom Punk’, Gordon designed his own t-shirts and sold these donating a percentage of sales from his recent exhibition.


The Voices of GKC

Not one, but two of our HN Music students have succeeded on the talent show ‘The Voice’, both here and in Ireland.

On The Voice UK, former HND student Laura Begley sang on Saturday’s (20th February) ‘blind auditions’ to earn the final place on Team Boy George with her amazing rendition of The Smith’s ‘Ask’.  A truly original performance of a well-loved classic.

Laura, from Stirling, left college last year and is now developing her unique talent, studying and gigging down south.  She is grasping the opportunity with both hands and says, “Bring on the Battles!”.

A great support to her classmates, Laura was a class rep during her time at GKC.  The whole of Central Scotland will be glued to their TVs on a Saturday night to watch her progress and wish her well

As well as Laura, another former GKC student, Donna McDade, continues her singing career after Glasgow Kelvin. The footage available on YouTube shows Donna and Michael Lawson sing the Guns N’ Roses track “Patience” at the Battles on The Voice of Ireland.

Well done to both participants!  Everyone at GKC is rooting for them both and keen to cheer them on in their exciting journey.


Cabinet Secretary Presents Community Achievement Awards

Thursday the 25th of February saw Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance present Community Achievement Awards to thirteen community volunteers in recognition of their work in supporting others in their local community. The Awards were handed out at a ceremony in Oasis at Wallacewell, a church-based community project in the North of Glasgow.

Organised by Glasgow Kelvin College, Education Scotland and the Project Leaders at Oasis, the ceremony was attended by Ms Constance, the twelve successful learners and representatives from the several partner organisations across the city where they volunteer.

Organisations which deal with youthwork, health information, homelessness, addiction issues and other challenges have benefitted from the Community Achievement Awards through witnessing their service users’ success and progression.  The Awards help learners to build their confidence, develop their planning, reflection and evaluation skills and support them in their efforts to progress to further study or employment.

This recognition underscores the importance of our Community Achievement Award in supporting delivery of the Scottish Government’s strategic objectives and its Statement of Ambition for Adult Learning in Scotland.

To read the full story visit our website news page.


Best Drama Short – FilmG Short 2016

A’ Chuairt a short film by Gaidhlig student, Hannah Malone, and her sister, Alice Malone, has been short-listed in the Gaelic Short Film Competition.  It was screened at the annual Film G Awards last Friday (19th February) at the Fruitmarket.

This short film has been adapted from the Thomas Hardy poem, The Walk. The poem continues themes of guilt and sorrow throughout.

The film also features the music of, Irish singer/songwriter, Orla Gartland whose song ‘Empty Man’ fits perfectly with the setting of the film.

Here’s a link to the film – http://filmg.co.uk/en/films/1285/


Vokera Visit

VokeraThe Building Services team played host to senior staff from Vokera this week to prepare for the H & V News Awards competition where the successful partnership between Vokera and GKC has been nominated in the Training Partnership of the Year category.

Alan Aitken and Neil Mattock from Vokera met with our own Heating & Venting staff to finalise their slick presentation for the Gala Awards ceremony which is set to take place in April.  Watch this space!


Help Our Food Banks

food bank flyerNC Employability and Citizenship and Development 2 (Springburn) are collecting for NE Food Banks, in Parkhead.

We are looking for a whole variety of different foods. We have included a suggested list below. We are really trying to help people in crisis. These Food Banks make a huge difference to lives. Even one little item can really help.

  • Cereal
  • Tinned meat, vegetables, tomatoes
  • Rice, Beans
  • Essential toiletries
  • Tea, coffee, sugar
  • Biscuits.

There are three places you can bring items:

  • The box at the Reception Springburn,
  • Room 028 – Springburn
  • At their stall outside the canteen – Springburn  Monday pm

All food must be collected by the 7th March. Please make sure that all food is in date. Please give generously.


What is Fairtrade and What Does it Do?

Fairtrade FortnightDrop in to our display in the library at Springburn campus and find out a bit about Fairtrade and Learn what Fairtrade hopes to do for small farmers and communities.

Come and see our display at Room 100, Library, Springburn Campus from the 29th of February until the 13th of March.  Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.


Another Blog update finished at the end of another great week.  Join us again next Friday for more fantastic updates and stories.


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