Displays of Talent and Skill!

A beautiful sunny, warn week here in Glasgow and a lovely, busy week here at GKC.  Lots to tell and show so lets get started.


ESOL Awards

ESOL students at Kelvin recently took part in a competition called All Write!  Their task was to write about a journey they had been on or an object that was important to them.

Students wrote amazing stories about places around the world like Sweden, Egypt, Sudan, Sao Tome, Portugal and the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow.  They also wrote about objects like photographs, necklaces, cologne and a bag like a London bus!

Some stories were sad and some were happy, but all were heartfelt and fascinating.  There were prizes for the best stories too.

Students received certificates and read their work in Springburn on Tuesday the 10th of May.  Students at East End will do the same on Friday the 13th.


Fashion Show

Thursday the 12th of May saw our end of year Fashion show, which was held at St Andrews on the Square.

The afternoon kicked off at 1.00 pm precisely, by Iain Abercrombie, and the guests were treated to a feast of fabulous fashion and millinery delights.

The themes this year were: Glamo Camo, hats from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, Bombay Mix, Nauticaluxe, Game On and Fantasy (Good and Evil). The designs were bright, fresh and showed immense talent.

Students from other areas (TV and Sound Production, Hair and Beauty) were also involved and helped to make the show a faultless production.  These students also took part in the modelling of the clothes, something they weren’t used to, but we think, secretly enjoyed.

There were further shows later in the day, at 6.00 and 8.30 pm.

Congratulations to everyone, it was a great success.

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Name the Teddy

untitledThank you very much for your kind donations to the Guess the Teddy’s Name competition in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Charity.  We managed to raise £177.  Please could you also pass on our thanks to your students who donated also.

The winner of the teddy is Lorraine Jardine, Library and Flexible Learning Officer who chose the correct name which was Hamish.


Post Natal Circuit Class

Students from our HND Health, Fitness and Exercise second year are looking for participants to take part in a post-natal circuit class at Petershill Leisure Centre on Tuesday 17 May 2016.

Participants do not need to be post-natal or necessarily female.

The class is FREE so if you are please go along and take part in some exercise.

Contact Sean on seancosgrove141@glasgowkelvin.ac.uk for more information.


Forest Adventures

Forest AdventuresLearners from NQ Applied Science, Level 5 and NQ Applied Science, Level 6 put their map reading skills into action during a two-day expedition in Queen Elizabeth Forest, Aberfoyle as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Practice.

The group walked for a gruelling 7.5 hours on Thursday with a full kit, and successfully set up a wild camping site to cook a warm meal. The expedition was completed on Friday with a 4.5 hours’ route along the banks of Loch Ard. The expedition was a challenge for all learners, and required a positive group mentality.

We are all looking to the final expedition in August!


Football Success

One of our Year 1 Football students, Lee McGarrity, 1st year Football Coaching student, has secured a placement with Glasgow Celtic and has recently returned from Australia and New Zealand.

Lee has provided us with a brief outline of what he was doing below.

I went away with the Celtic International Soccer Academy to Australia and New Zealand for 4 weeks, with 3 weeks in Australia visiting Cairns, Sydney and Canberra and 1 week in New Zealand visiting Napier.

I was sent over by the club to take camps at partner clubs, which ran from 9am to 3pm, I also took an evening session with teams. I gained a huge amount of experience while over there and learned a few things to bring back with me.

Overall the trip was a great success and look forward to doing more work with the club.


Muhammed Ali & Ibrahim Ibrahim

Muhammed and Ibrahim started college in session 2015 – 2016 on a multi trade Building Services programme where they achieved NPA units in plumbing, joinery, painting and bricklaying. Muhammed and Ibrahim enjoyed the bricklaying aspect of the course and progressed to the NPA in bricklaying in 2016-17.

Muhammed and Ibrahim have both shown excellent practical skills in bricklaying this session and were always very keen to participate in more demanding practical models similar to apprentice work which they excelled in. They both were one of the first to pass the CSCS trainee card and were very enthusiastic to represent the college in the Pre-vocational bricklaying competition which was sponsored by the Incorporation of Masons Glasgow. This was hosted by South Lanarkshire on the 6th May.

On the day, the judges faced a very difficult task in marking all the practical models due to the high quality of work produced by all the competitors.

Muhammed won the competition and Ibrahim was runner up. They were presented with certificates by the Deacon of the Incorporation David Bannerman. Muhammed will receive the Quaich, Lady McDonald medal and a £100 cheque at the Incorporation Dinner which will be held in September.

There was further good news for Muhammed as he secured an apprenticeship in bricklaying with Barratt Construction (Scotland) and will start in August.


Breast Cancer Care Pink Ribbon Night Walk

Lyndsay Moynes, from Breast Cancer Care, is looking for volunteers to participate in their cheer squad on 25th June for the Breast Cancer Care Pink Ribbon Night Walk in Glasgow.

If you would like to volunteer then, then please visit  https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/pink-ribbonwalks-volunteers  for more information.

They are also looking for volunteers for other cheer squads on the 28th and 29th May in Edinburgh and also 5th June in Bellahouston.


Mental Health Awareness Week May 16 – 22 May 2016

mental health awarenessEvery year, thousands of supporters across the UK take part in Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the week will take place from May 16 – 22 on the theme of relationships.

Healthy and supportive relationships are key to good mental health. Join the Mental Health Foundation in celebrating the people and connections in our lives that add to our wellbeing and help us thrive.


Upcoming Shows

We have a few end of year shows coming up.  Why not go along an see how great the students performances are.

Blackout and Illyria – 17th of May

Two one-act plays by NC Acting & Performance students.

Blackout by Davey Anderson – Inspired by the true stories of a young off­ender from Glasgow, a 15 year old who had committed a violent crime. A hard-hitting play about ‘getting bullied, fighting back, trying to make a name for yourself, turning vicious, doing something stupid, losing everything, then finding your way again.

Illyraia by Bryony Lavery – A play about war, its futility and machinations…the journey towards forgiveness and peace.

Dracula – 19th to 20th of May

This is by Liz Lochead. We all know what this is about. With the cast of the 1st year HND Acting & Performance.

Dance Show – 24th to 26th May

With the cast of the Final year and 1st year HND, and NQ Professional Dance Performance students hosting this show, you are sure to enjoy a number of spectacular dance performances.

All shows will be held in Platform, Glasgow. Tickets are £8.


We are finished for yet another week, see you all again next Friday.

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