We hope everyone has returned from their October break refresher and enthusiastic for the next part of the year.
As usual we have plenty of items for you this week, so we will make a start.
New Staff Member
The skeleton returns from the East, chauffeur driven across town by Stevie our technician in the front seat of his dad’s jag.
Outdoor Education – The Year So Far
It has been a busy few weeks for the Outdoor Education department, but they have sent us a quick update on what they have been doing.
Spey Descents – Both our NC Outdoor Education students and our first year HN students completed a 4 day canoeing expedition from Aviemore all the way to Spey Bay just under 100km of paddling.
These trips were organised and led by our current second year HN students. They arranged this as part of the unit Managing a Sport or Fitness related event; the trip consisted of paddling a tandem canoe loaded with all equipment required for the duration of the trip, including tents, stoves, food and clothing.
As well as completing this journey, the students also engaged in ‘Leave No Trace’ sessions which ensure they are aware off and follow the guidelines to ensure we have minimal impact on the environment. All students involved will now receive a certificate for this course.
HN1 Dates: 11 – 14 September 2017
NC Dates: 9 – 12 October 2017
In between these courses all HN2 students attended a 10 day paddling trip to Spain. This included 4 days kayaking on the Pallaressa River, which culminated in the students achieving both their 3 star White Water Kayaking Award and their White Water Safety and Rescue Certificate. These awards highlight that they are proficient in paddling in this environment and also have the skills and knowledge to provide safety cover and assist with rescuing others.
They then conducted 4 days White Water Rafting training, which involved them developing their skills as Raft Guides. All of the students involved gained a higher qualification than they previously held, all are now able to gain commercial employment in this sector.
Finally, these students then departed the Pyrnenees and headed to Villanova, to undertake their 3 star Sea Kayak Award. Again this indicates their proficiency in paddling within the sea environment.
Our first year HN students also travelled to Villanova, Spain to undergo 2*Kayak/Canoe Award and Foundation Safety and Rescue Training for 5 days. This is the basic training required for them to undertake their first National Governing Body coaching award which commences Tuesday 24th October 2017.
On return from Spain, our HN2 students completed their BCU UKCC Level 2 assessment. This qualification allows them to work as an unsupervised coach in kayak and canoe, further enhancing their employment opportunities.
Drug and Alcohol Awareness Seminar
All students studying Hospitality and Professional Cookery at the East End and Easterhouse campuses attended the nationwide ‘Drug and Alcohol Awareness Seminar’ delivered by the London based Hospitality Action. Dr Andrew Brownrigg, a former professional footballer drew parallels between the cultural behaviours and high stress factors of sport and the hospitality industry. He gave an honest account of his addiction to alcohol and recreational drugs and the negative impact on his wellbeing, career and his family relationships.
Brenda Anderson, lecturer in Hospitality said “This was an excellent session, arranged by Jacqueline Simpson, all about raising awareness amongst the students that they are entering a higher risk industry, to break down stigma and expose stereotypes of what they think addiction is”.
BA HONS Creative Project
Pop along to the fashion department to see their latest exhibition of creative garments manufactured from unconventional fabrics.
Can you pick out the garments made from wallpaper, shower curtains, chamois cloths, dusters, thermal insulation, grip mats, sack cloth, table cloths, Ikea bags and bubble wrap?
Excellent effort all round
Additional information/resources are also available on Moodle:
https://learning.glasgowkelvin.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2860 (Please click on the orange tile at the right hand side).
Eastend Carers Halloween Lunch
Level 4 service industries, teamed together to help Eastend Carers with their Halloween lunch on Wednesday the 25th of October.
This was an event working in partnership with Eastend Carers to provide a well deserved Halloween themed treat for hard working east end carers.
The level 4 students from Service Industries, Hospitality and Evip Beauty got fully involved by producing and serving the lovely food, providing file and polish, face painting and glitter tattoo’s. Some even joined in the dancing with the carers.
A great time was had by all.
Angela Dickson would like us to remind you that there is still a donation box in the Easterhouse reception for the Trussell Trust foodbank.
There will also be a donation box in the same place for warm clothes (jumpers, jackets, hats, scarves and gloves) for the Refuweegee Charity based in Glasgow.
Zombie Night Gig
They have a great night planned, celebrating Halloween with some live music from our students.
Doors open at 7 pm and entry is FREE!!
You can see the Facebook Event here.
Cake and Sweet Sale
There will be a cake and sweet sale on Tuesday the 31st of October, during Lunchtime at the Reception area in our Springburn Campus
The Personal Achievement Fundraising class are raising funds for Children in Need and are looking to attract lots of lovely customers to the stall!
Items on sale include: – Unique Halloween Lollypops, Eyeball Empire biscuits, Halloween sweet bags and much more…
– all for only 50P each!!
That’s everything for this week, but make sure you pop back next Friday, when we will have an update on our Graduation ceremonies.
Have a great weekend!