Sharing, Caring and Supporting

Our staff and students are working hard towards Christmas, with a lot of them involved in raising funds for charities, putting on performances and getting involved in college activities.

It all goes towards creating a very interesting week.


Stephen Shares His Skills

fballstephgallacher1116Former student, Stephen Gallagher, took time out of a busy schedule to come along and talk to this year’s HN Football Studies students at Glasgow Kelvin College Springburn Campus.

Stephen is Community Manager with St Mirren FC and, while focusing on football, uses it in his work with local young people in Paisley.  He heads up the Streetstuff project, a diversionary programme which aims to engage with vulnerable young people who are dealing with the challenges that exist in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas.

After his three years at college, Stephen went onto a post with Glasgow Life and joined the St Mirren coaching team seven years ago.

He maintains that what he learned throughout his college journey has stood him in good stead.

“Many of the skills learned are not just about football coaching, but are about people.  These are key transferable life skills.

Many of the young people I work with are confronting challenges such as poverty and domestic violence and the skills they learn through football help them to remain resilient, building their confidence and instilling a team spirit.

I enjoy coming back to talk with college students and I hope that I can focus their mind by helping them recognise the broader view of the sport, the benefits of what they’re learning and the wider use of the skills they’re acquiring.  It’s about understanding the person, not just the game.”

College staff and students are delighted and grateful that Stephen could come along as he, and St Mirren FC, make such a valuable contribution to the learner experience.


Celebrating our Big Lottery Scotland Support

leah-cairns-white-ribbon-designThe College was delighted to take part in the social media celebrations for #BIGScotland this week.  Big Lottery Scotland help to support the College’s Transitions to Learning & Work programme which targets vulnerable and care-experienced young people, providing them with a range of vocational and core skills in a supported environment.  The students often progress to vocational College programmes, gaining qualifications and setting goals for their future development in work and life.

Earlier this session, Several of them worked with other students and the Student Association to undertake White Ribbon Scotland training, signing the Pledge against domestic violence and helping to design a logo for the campaign.  The fabulous featured design is from Leah Cairns.

Our thanks go to the Big Lottery Fund for their continued support of our learners.


Cash For Kids – the Mannequin Challenge

engineersThomas Nicol, Engineering Lecturer, recently asked his students if they wanted to do a little thing for Cash for Kids. It was a unanimous ‘YES’ and said they wanted to do a mannequin challenge.

They all donated a pound or so each, (they are employed learners) and the lecturers topped it up to £40.  This 5 minutes was well spent as it means the £40 will get a toy for a child or put electricity or gas into the family meter.

engineers2It took 90 seconds to organize and the students were happy that they contributed to a good cause and the fact they are getting some attention.

Maybe they have started a wee craze. The students were actually asking can they do another version of it next Friday.

Thomas will see if they can fit it in before the end of their block.


ESOL reading challenge.

National 2A and National 3 ESOL, Springburn have been enjoying a reading challenge with library.  They read a book every week and write comments.

There are prizes for the best entries.


Tea at GKC

esol-teaThe second “Tea at GKC” of the year was held in Springburn Campus attended by ESOL Students and students from Music. Everyone agreed that it was a really enjoyable experience. Comments included “a great chance to meet and chat with Scottish students and “…enjoyed the craic”. There was even talk of an “international jamming session”. Yet again Zeyad from the Learner’s Association excelled himself providing an array of fruit, soft drinks and pastries.

If anyone is interested in being involved in future “Teas”, please contact George Gillen or David Walker.


Scottish Sports Futures Award

winner-scottish-sports-futures-partnership-for-change-award-2016Wednesday, the 30th of November, saw recognition of the impact of Marie Woods’ work to support credit-rating of the Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) Education Through Cashback (ETC) modules when she won the Partnership for Change Award 2016 for the College at the Scottish Sports Futures Awards event in the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.

The first anyone in the College knew about the award nomination was when the email came through to say that Marie had been shortlisted.  The Award “recognises a partnership in a local authority area which has enabled the success of the SSF programme, supporting young people through working together to achieve a common goal of changing lives through sport”.

The nomination was made by the local Active East partnership.

For more on this visit our website.


Supporting Act

Our dance students performed at the Marriot Hotel on Wednesday (30th November) night for the Scottish Sports Futures award night.

The girls were dressed in tartan skirts and performed 3 Scottish themed dances, since it was St Andrews day, to open the ceremony.

They had a great time and were very professional representing the college, we are all very proud of them.


Barnardo’s Secret Santa Gift Appeal

We appreciate that there is a lot going on in the college with regards to fundraising, but his particular event will mean the difference of a gift at Christmas for local children who otherwise will not receive one.

Please, if you can, donate a small gift or a couple of pounds into the collection boxes based in each Reception.

In this case every little really does make a difference!!!

We would like to thank you all for your generosity in advance , I know you will all do your bit to help us make this a great fundraiser.


GKC Christmas Fayre

xmas-fayreThe Glasgow Kelvin Christmas Craft Fayre this year, will be held from the 6th to the 8th of December.

Stalls will be available in the Springburn, East end and Easterhouse campuses.

Go along and see the fantastic items for sale and maybe pick up a Christmas present or two.


Crafty Animal Treats

Some of the SfW Retailing school’s group are selling Doggy Bags (a selection of dog toys and treats) and Catty Bags (a selection of cat toys and treats) at the Craft Fair at East End Campus on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

They also have a catalogue of goods, so that customers can have bags made up to their own requirements.  There will be a copy of the catalogue at East End and Springburn all of the times that the craft fairs are running and orders can be taken.

All profits are going to Barnardo’s


Bad Girls the Musical

GKC HND Musical Theatre presents – Bad Girls the Musical, which is performed by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd and is based on the main characters from the first three series of Bad Girls on TV.

bad-girlsShowing at: Platform, 1000 Westerhouse Rd, Glasgow.

  • Wednesday 11th Jan 7pm
  • Thursday 12th Jan 7pm
  • Friday 13th Jan 7pm

Tickets will be

  • £8 (Adult)
  • £5 (Child),
  • £4.50 (Student) – 1 ticket per student on production of GKC Student card

Try and get along to this fantastic performance, you wont be disappointed.


January Courses

general-slim-1We have a number of full time courses starting in January 2017.  They all run from January to June.

A new year and a new start.  Maybe we have a course to suit you.  Have a look at our January Start Course List.

Apply NOW and start in June.


Finished for yet another, see you back here soon and have a great weekend.

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