Learning and Winning!

Welcome back after the Spring break, hope you all had a great time off and have returned refreshed and renewed.

A few items for you this week, so we will get started.


Red Nose Day

Skills for Learning Life and Work level 1’s recent ‘FUNDRAISING’ task for Red Nose Day (at the end of March) went down well with the students at the East End Campus.

The students designed Red Noses & managed to raise £11.08 in the process.

A great success!


Winning Photographer

It’s a big well done to April Hutchinson winning the 2016/17 Young Reporters Scotland Competition. April is one of our level 6 photography students at Easterhouse and took first prize and a GoPro camera at an awards ceremony in Stirling on the 30th of March.

Her winning image of the litter pick at Crammond Beach was part of her reportage project. One of this years standout reportage submissions – this award is very much deserved and nice recognition for all April’s hard work and effort this year.

See the full story in the Kirkintilloch Herald


Adult Learning Party

On Friday 24th March the North East Glasgow Adult Learners’ Forum hosted an Adult Learning Party within Platform@Bridge aimed at showcasing the vast and varied learning opportunities for adults across the north east.  It included information stalls, taster sessions and workshop based activities.

The event was arranged in partnership between Glasgow Kelvin College, Thriving Places Easterhouse, Glasgow Life, Platform and members of the North East Glasgow Adult Learners’ Forum.

More than 150 people attended giving the opportunity to learners across the north east to comment on adult learning whether giving their suggestions, sharing their experiences or providing peer support and encouragement into adult learning.

Students from the College supported the event by giving nail file and polish treatments and there was a massage therapist also on site.  The day ended with a performance provided by the Young at Heart Singing Group featuring one of the members from our very own Adult Learning Club and Adult Learner Forum.


Launch of the UK India Year of Culture 2017

Glasgow Kelvin College had the honour of being the only Scottish college to be invited to the launch of the UK India Year of Culture 2017 at Buckingham Palace at the end of February. Hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie, the event was a celebration of the cultural links between the UK and India and marked the start of a year long programme across both countries. As well as Glasgow Kelvin College, a host of guests from the worlds of sport, showbusiness, fashion and the arts were in attendance.

The College’s invitation recognised the growing profile, credibility and importance of its partnerships in India. Indeed, such is the level of interest that Princess Eugenie introduced one of her supported organisations to the College with a view to developing a partnership with them. This organisation, based in Kolkata, supports the empowerment of disadvantaged women and children and reflects directly the social justice priorities at the heart of the College’s India programme. Since the event, further communication has taken place with this organisation with a view to agreeing a partnership framework.


Construction EVIP

EVIP Construction were involved in a few projects just before the Easter Break. They have been building up their hand skills for the past 7 months and wanted to be involved in some meaningful  projects where their work could be fully appreciated.

1st Project, the group worked alongside the Skills for Learning group and constructed a garden arbour with side planters for the Sensory Garden. Some honey suckle and Ivy were planted in them and will be maintained by the Skills for Learning Group for the years to come.

2nd Project, The group constructed a seating area with planters for the Science Garden, where the Applied Science Group (EEC) will use this area to cultivate plants for use on various practical experiments like photosynthesis, pollination and understand cell ‘construction’.

3rd project, the group were asked to ‘brighten’ up the area over looked by diners using the Rowan restaurant.  The catering department were looking for various planters so that various colours could be brought into an otherwise very grey area.

All projects were gratefully appreciated and as you can see in the photos all their hard work certainly paid off. It is hoped that each of these will be very useful for many students for years to come.


Cycling Challenge

John McGregor completed his challenge of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, on his own, in 9 days. With a few wrong turns, which meant adding on extra miles, his total mileage was 996!

There were a lot of ‘ups and downs’, both literally and metaphorically!

His fundraising page is still open for donations, should any staff wish to make a donation (link below). Any donations would be much appreciated. https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/donate.html?fundraiser=johnmcgregor21


EastEnd Carers

You may remember we recently told you about students from HN Health & Fitness and Easterhouse’s Level 5 Professional Cookery and how pooled their talents to deliver a suite of taster sessions for Glasgow EastEnd Carers at Academy House in Shettleston.

The students collaborated to organise the entire event, dealing directly with EastEndCarers, putting together promotional and information materials and setting up the equipment ready for the stream of intrigued and appreciative clients who arrived on the day.

We have a video of the day to update you on how it all went.


That is  us finished for another week, but before we go we’d like to let you know about an upcoming change to our blog ….. it will be moving and taking up residence on our website.  We don’t have a date for you yet, but will keep you posted in the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend!


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