Walking, Chatting and Trolling!!

Welcome to our last blog update before the Spring break, we have a lot of news for you this week so we will get straight into it.


A Fond Farewell

A fond farewell to our lovely French students who have been with us for 4 weeks on work placement and leave to go home on the 31st of March.

They have been helping staff with daily admin duties and supporting students in the Flexible Learning Centres.

We have to say goodbye to them as they head back to Marseille. Bon voyage!!


Funderprise – A Chilli, a Can and Song ….

Level 6 Professional Cookery students held a fun, fund- raising event on Wednesday, with a target to sell 100 meal deals at £2 in the lunch hour, however, after lunchtime they had manage to sell 60 portions. The team put their heads together and quickly decided to chill the remaining food and managed to sell another 45 portions as a carry out at reduced price. Giving a total of £165 raised for the Veterans garden, plus beating their target by 5.

Nathan McDermott, from the music department, joined the Professional cookery students and gave a fantastic performance, to make this fund-raising event extra special, with everyone that passed by smiling, tapping their feet or shaking their maracas.


SkillFridge Regional Heat

Six Glasgow Kelvin College Air Conditioning & Refrigeration students took part in the SkillFridge Regional Heat at Springburn campus.  Sponsored by Toshiba UK, the competition will reveal a representative who will go forward to the national SkillFridge competition in November to be held in Birmingham.

All was quiet in the workshop as the students focused on the job in hand, demonstrating their skills to the adjudicators.  Additional resources for the day had been very kindly supplied by Kooltech and Fujitsu, giving the students industry-standard kit to work with.  The successful student will be revealed at the end of the day and our good wishes are with each and every one of them, as well as the teaching staff who are supporting them through the competition.


Engineering Fundraising

Last week (week beginning 20th March) our HND Civil Engineering students took part in a fund-raising exercise combined with a site visit to at the new Huntershill sports complex in Bishopbriggs. All of the students had visited the site during construction phase & this was a chance to see the (almost) completed project.

The students are raising funds to support one of GKC Civil Engineering’s innovative ideas; Survey Camp 2017 – a residential project workshop taking place near the end of term. This event will involve all 3 first year classes (some 60 students) and is a follow-up to our successful first Survey Camp last term..

We will be giving out prizes to the student or students who made the best efforts on the day and want to thank GKC students and staff and Robertsons Construction for giving us the opportunity.

We are fundraising via Justgiving, the link is: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/GKCSurveyCamp2017


German Collaboration

Lee Coutts (CM Business & Administration), visited the B9 Business & Administration vocational school in Nuremberg, Germany this week (28th and 29th of March).

The purpose of the visit was to develop our relationship with the school and to begin discussions about future exchange trips between Glasgow Kelvin and Nuremberg.  We already have 4 German students from the vocational school visiting Glasgow after the Easter break and who spend time working with our NQ Administration students on a number of different activities.   T

he photograph shows Christina Plewinski and Dr Dieter Metzger from the Office of International Relations, Nuremberg, along with Lee Coutts from Glasgow Kelvin College during his visit this week.


Fashionable Walkers

Well done to all who took part in the sponsored 5k walk, on the 29th of March, at Glasgow Green in aid of Make Love Not Scars.

The heavy showers did not dampen the enthusiasm of our NC and HND students and fashion staff.

We have raised £595 through our Just Giving page but it is not too late to contribute. Easy to do…… just follow the link www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sandra-thomson-1


Supporting Football

One of our Supported Learning Students, Daniel, who was has been out at Murray Park as part of his Work Placement. On the 29th of March he worked with some of our ‘Coach of Tomorrow’ Students and staff from Glasgow Rangers.

Daniel has been working as Colin’s assistant – supporting  him at Murray Park as part of his work placement Unit and the Employability Award. He will  work with Colin beyond his arranged time. This is what Daniel had to say.

“I really enjoyed being at Murray Park with Colin. I learned how to organise equipment for the game and how to play football  drills and passing and goalkeeping.

I met some of Rangers main coaches. It was really good. I am happy to be there.”


Tuesday Morning Chat

ESOL students at Springburn are taking part in an English speaking club at Tuesday morning breaks.

Morning classes get together and have a chat in English or choose from topics like current affairs, food, films, books and free time.

We hope this is something that students from other areas of the college would like to get involved in too, so that ESOL students get the chance to communicate with native speakers.


Students Provide ‘Me Time’ for Young Carers

A group of 8 students from Level 5 and HN1 Beauty Therapy used some of their own time, on the 29th of March, to provide some ‘Me Time’ for local young carers from Glasgow Association for Mental Health.

GAMH Young Carers Project promotes the mental health and wellbeing of young people (12 – 18 years) caring for a parent and/or living with an adult who has a mental health problems.  It offers a safe environment for young people to meet others in a similar situation and provides opportunities for some time-out in a social, creative and learning environment.

At Springburn Campus Salon on Wednesday, a sizeable group of Young Carers (including two males) were pampered with a range of treatments, including Facials, Lip scrub and mask, Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage and File & Polish, all delivered by our enthusiastic students.

The group enjoyed the experience so much they have requested a return visit, which we will hopefully be able to accommodate prior to the summer holidays.

Events such as these are excellent experience for students as it expands their communication, teamworking and citizenship skills, as well as bringing a quality service to deserving local community organisations.  Thanks go to the students who were involved, as well as to the staff whose skills and talents supported them in delivering such a well-appreciated event.


Flying Friend

This is a racing pigeon and he’s (we assume boy) been hanging around West campus all week. Everyone has been looking after him and feeding him and he’s making himself at home.

Staff members, Jackie and Tricia, have been in touch with the registry from his tag with his number to let them know he’s here in case anyone is looking for him.

They can’t decide on a name though, Tricia likes Eric but Jackie likes Lambie.


Be a Troll

Some of our Hair & Beauty students will be working during the holidays to support PEEK’s pop-up cinema event where they’ll be screening ‘Trolls’ on Friday 7th April at the Calton Heritage Centre.

Our students (and friends) will be making-up local children’s hair and faces to turn them into the craziest Troll Audience ever!   So there’ll be 150 trolls watching ‘Trolls’  –  looks like a real fun event!

Make up starts at 11am and the screening at 1pm.  What better way to spend the holidays!


That’s us finished for another week.

We will be taking a couple of weeks break over the Spring holiday, so make sure you check back here on Friday the 21st of April.

Classes resume on Tuesday the 18th of April.

Enjoy your time off!!

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