Student Involvement and Success

Students and staff at GKC have once again been involved in a variety of events and activities over the past week.  Providing entertainment and helping to host events, they are gaining a wealth of experience.

Read about some of these below.


Big School Dinner Just The Ticket!

bigschdinner1116aThe Parkhead School – Big School Dinner event on Saturday at Parkhead Congregational Church was helped to a blazer-bursting success by Glasgow Kelvin College students.  A group of our brilliant 3rd year Professional Cookery students (ably supported by our intrepid staff) made sure that the event, organised by the Glasgow Buildings Preservation Trust, was a day to remember.

More than fifty guests, all of whom had memories and stories of Parkhead School in its heyday, were treated to a slap up School Dinner of Bangers & Mash, followed by an old favourite of jam and coconut sponge with custard!  The students set up, cooked and served the food to the eager diners and the experience gained has given them a real taste of customer service as well as the practical skills.

bigschooldinner1116bEach table was decorated with a beautiful small blackboard and easel which had been hand-crafted by our own NPA Joinery students too!  Diners were asked to provide their own entertaining stories to share with others alongside an array of mementos of schooldays in the 1950s and 60s.

A great day was had by all and the event was another step towards the refurbishment of the old Parkhead School building.  The students worked hard to make it a special day  –  events such as this are important in their personal and skills development as the ‘community engagement’ element provides excellent experience for the future.

A huge well done goes to everyone involved.


Top Spot Entertainment from College Students

2nd year Music Performance students, Kiki and Courtenay, provided the entertainment at last week’s SQA Long Service Awards in Glasgow.  With a varied set including numbers from Adele and Bastille, they wowed the guests.  Lucy Watson, Events Co-ordinator with SQA was delighted with their performance:

“The performance was fantastic and very professional. All our guests really enjoyed it. Well done to both of them and I wish them all the best for their future career, definitely very talented. “

Praise indeed and very well earned – congratulations to them and the staff who support them!


What a Score!

HND year 2 Photography students have hit the back of the net by scoring some top work experience placements with some of Glasgow’s biggest sporting institutes.

As part of the Photojournalism unit, student Natalie Horner was invited to Rangers football club where she photographed everything from the team training to the managers press conference before getting a chance to sit with top press photographers at the match. Rebecca Storrie an ex footballer herself and now studying at Springburn campus, focused on the ladies team at Celtic’s Lennoxtown complex.

The Photojournalism unit helped students to understand how to get started in the newspaper industry and develop the skills needed to confidently approach newspapers with images for publication.  Student Gordon MacPherson secured work photographing live concerts for The Sun newspaper and was published several times during the block.

Other students experienced events such as the Prestwick air show, being published by STV news and Photographing MSP Patrick Harvie . Lecturer Simon Murphy was delighted at the work produced and said:

“Our students have surpassed themselves this block, produced work that is already industry standard and have secured valuable real work experience that will set them up for careers in the future”.


Dance Workshop

These photos are from the NQ and HND Dance class recent ‘Fame’ workshop with the talented Sarah Wilkie.

Sarah was part of the Westend cast of Fame and came in to our dance studios on Thursday do deliver the workshop to our dancers.  They got to learn some technique and choreography from the musical then had a Q&A session with Sarah regarding working as a dancer within the industry.

The workshop was well received by everyone.



ESOL Halloween Party

esol-halloween-1On Tuesday 1st November, ESOL students at Springburn campus enjoyed a Halloween party. The National 5 Stage 1 class organised the event and prepared everything from the food and drinks to the decorations and games.

Students got a welcoming sweet as they entered, after they had pressed the skeleton doorbell. Everyone joined in with activities like ‘dooking for apples’ and pass the parcel. Many thought the highlight was when the winners of pass the parcel felt excited to open an I-pad box, but were surprised to find a toothbrush and cucumber inside!

esol-halloween-2After the games there was even some dancing, and most people agreed that George and Anna were the dancing king and queen. It was a great experience for all who attended and students will remember the party for a long time.


Latvian Students and Staff Visit GKC Fashion Department

This week a delegation of students and staff arrived from Liepajas in Latvia.

The students will be in the department for the next 2 weeks and will be learning how to draft a pattern and manufacture a traditional Victorian Corset. On Tuesday they joined our German visitors for a silk painting workshop


G12 Studio Sojourn to West Campus

g12hiphop1116The College’s West Campus is delighted to be playing host to G12 Studio on a Saturday for the next few weeks.

G12 Studio is a creative dance, drama and music organisation which delivers to young people aged 2 to 17 years old.  With an array of ballet, hip-hop, tap, singing and drama sessions the children are immersed in a warm and creative atmosphere which is fertile ground for their young imaginative minds.

Normally meeting on a Saturday in the West End, the group have been decanted to the West Campus whilst work is being done on their usual venue.  So we are providing them with a home until the end of the year.

A great project which we are happy to help.


Finished for another week, make sure you check back soon for more news and updates.  Have a great weekend!

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