Talent and Skills Throughout The College!

As we rapidly approach the Festive Season and a well deserved break for both staff and students, you would think that things would slow down a bit, but not for our students.

Everyone is still involved in a multitude of activities, here are just a few of the things they have been doing.

GKC Fashion Department Open Day

On Wednesday 29th November GKC Fashion Department hosted a schools open day inviting students from Kirkintilloch High, Lochend High, Turnbull High, Springburn Academy, Bearsden Academy, and St Mungo’ Academy into the department for a tour as well as some fun fashion related activities related to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh theme the department are following this year.

The students all thoroughly enjoyed learning about the courses on offer as well as learning about the possible careers in the fashion industry, some are even hoping to join the department when they leave school!


Fashion Craft Sale

Tuesday the 12th of December saw the start  of the Fashion departments Craft Fayre.

There were some fantastic items up for sale displaying the many talents of our creative students.

On the last day of the craft fayre they had cakes on sale made by our NC students.

All proceeds of this sale will be donated to SAMH, watch this space for a final  total.


Building Skills For The Future

Glasgow Kelvin College was delighted to welcome some very important guests earlier in the week to its Springburn Campus; a group of inquisitive and enthusiastic 4 and 5yr olds from Sighthill Nursery School nearby.

The youngsters were very excited to be given a gift by the College of their very own health and safety kit.

As well as touring the Automotive, Joinery and Bricklaying workshops, the children got to try out bricklaying for themselves and helped to construct a garden planter.

They were treated to a masterclass in bricklaying from first year apprentice bricklayer, Nicole Carlin, before getting the chance to build their own mini walls.   Nicole progressed from an NPA Construction Skills programme at the College and has secured an apprenticeship with local employer, Cruden.

Joinery lecturer, Tracy Burns, then helped the children to construct a planter which they will use in the nursery garden.

For the full story visit our News page


Dance Workshop

On Friday the 8th of December, our dancers led a jazz dance workshop at Smithycroft Secondary School just along the road from our campus.

We currently deliver higher dance to Smithycroft pupils in our schools programme so we enjoyed working with some of the other pupils and giving them an insight into the dance courses.

We worked with 3rd to 6th years and had a great morning.


Board of Management Dinner

A big thank you to the Level 5 Hospitality and Level 6 Professional Cookery students at East End Campus who cooked and served a delicious 5-course Christmas themed Dinner to our Board of Management and esteemed guests on Tuesday 12th December.

The students were supported by lecturers Ross Baxter, Drew Murray, Brenda Anderson and Jacqueline Simpson.


Christmas Fever – Easterhouse Campus

A big thanks to our Level 4 Hospitality, Level 5 & Level 6 Professional Cookery students at the Easterhouse and East End Campus have who cooked and served a whopping 325 Christmas lunches this year!

For many of our customers (the vast amount being from the local community) coming to the Training Restaurants for this special celebratory 4-course meal is the highlight of their year.

Students were supported in the kitchen by lecturers Drew Murray and Ross Baxter and in the restaurant by Brenda Anderson and Jacqueline Simpson.

Just a reminder that the Training Restaurants will re-open in January.  Bookings now being taken!


Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh

Photography Lecturer Simon Murphy has just returned from Bangladesh where he produced images to highlight the plight of the Rohingya refugees who have escaped ethnic cleansing in neighbouring country Myanmar.

Simon spent time in the overcrowded camp where almost 1 million people live in desperate poverty and degrading conditions.

“The living conditions are some of the worst I have experienced anywhere in the world” said Simon,

“but despite the difficulties the people face, the human spirit clings on for hope of something better. As I walked through part of the camp I heard the voices of children coming from a large tent and realised it was a makeshift school. It reminded me how valued education is in countries around the world and how it can change the lives of all of us.”

Images from the trip will be published in newspapers from the 18th of December and will accompany reports on STV news by journalist Chris Harvey.


Contemporary Exercise and Fitness

This project allows students to come to Glasgow Kelvin from a combination of EDC Secondary Schools, the students are from a variety of backgrounds and educational needs, with an onus on vocational skills development in sport!

One of the students, Marco who is from Finland on an exchange visit, loved the peer learning, technique support and correction, reflection on correct loads, intensity, sets, reps and alternative exercises to overload certain muscle groups! Nice

meeting you Marco and thanks for your feedback!

The project results in all students becoming gym members, all having personal programmes and all becoming leaders!


Limited Edition Cards

HND 2 art students have handmade Christmas cards for sale.

These are limited edition lino prints, 6 inches square designed and printed at West and £1 each or 5 for £4 with envelopes. They are fundraising for a London trip next year.

If interested please contact Nancy at nancydocherty@glasgowkelvin.ac.uk.

That’s everything for this week, but we will return next Friday for the final blog of 2017.

Have a great weekend!

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