Pulling Together and Supporting Others!

Welcome to the last blog update of 2017, we have quite a lot to share with you this week, so let’s get stuck in.


Helping Hands Across the Teams

A fine example of teams pulling together…

When the washing & sterilising equipment for the College Science Labs at Springburn failed recently, it was declared irreparable and the College could have been looking at a bill of around £9k for a replacement.

Step in, the intrepid HVAC (Heating, Venting & Air Conditioning) Service & Maintenance crusaders to set things to rights.  Lecturer, George Blacker, set two of his students on the task who diagnosed the problem, helped order the new part and fitted it under the watchful eye of their tutor.

The result – a fully functioning and effective piece of kit to complete the Science Lab equipment!

The two expert students, Maigan McKenna (an apprentice with Mitie) and Martin McNab (from Richard Irvin) were very pleased with their work and delighted to get in some good hands-on experience.

Maigan came to College through an online advert.  She was interested originally in electrical engineering but the course was full when she applied.  However, Glasgow Kelvin College Admissions stayed in touch with her and contacted her to let her know that there was a possible place available on the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems course which she was delighted to take up.  An apprenticeship opportunity arose through close links which staff have with employers and she began her HVAC Modern Apprentice journey 3 years ago.

The College is very keen to encourage young women to take up building services engineering skills  and other trades areas where women are under-represented.

“Being at College has certainly helped me build my confidence, with presentations and talks to the class,“ says Maigan.

“The guys in class have been really great and we all support each other – a little help goes a long way.  I’ve had brilliant support from staff, even when I’m not attending College they are there for me to email.  I’m really interested in the ‘green energy’ side of things and it’s an exciting time to be developing our careers in this sector.”

Martin agrees.

“The support from lecturers has been great and we’re constantly learning new things as the industry develops.  We get excellent support from our employers and we’re both looking forward to progressing in our trade.”

Both young people are to be congratulated on their skills and professionalism, due in no small part to the role their tutors have played in their learning.  Well done to all.


Phoenix Community Centre The Christmas Fayre

The Christmas Fayre on the 6th of December at the Phoenix Community Centre in Easterhouse was a big success.

The fayre was a collaboration between the HND Acting and Performing students, NQ Musical Theatre and Supported Learning Students.

Members of the local community popped in and enjoyed a production of Shrek and Little Red Riding hood by the drama students and visited Santa’s Grotto. They also had the chance to buy some hand made Christmas arts and crafts.

The students raised over £200 for the Phoenix Centre and SENSE Scotland.


College Foodbank

On the 18th of December Kayleigh, Melanie, Kieran and Filip worked hard to get their food bank up and running, this project is part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

This foodbank is for students, and will be run by students.

Any students needing assistance can speak to guidance about coming along.

If you would like to make a donation, there is a box in the reception at our Springburn Campus.


Seasons Greetings from Glasgow Kelvin College

Christmas card designed by Jessica Whitestone, NC Art and Design


Certificates of Achievement

Well done to the nominated NQ, 1st and 2nd year Actors, and Dancers who were awarded their Certificate of Achievement for the following:  Going above and beyond, supporting others, having good attendance and timekeeping and being a positive example to others. The winners were nominated by peers and teaching staff.

Well done – Annie Laurie Scobie, Kelsey Wilson, Sabrina  Mandulu, Amy Sinclair, and Ann Marie Keith.

Musical Theatre students still to be announced.


Fashion Festive Get Together

GKC Fashion staff and students celebrated their recent fundraising efforts for SAMH with a festive get together with enough cake to feed the entire college.

A big thank you to all who supported our recent craft/bake sale and hamper raffle. They raised a phenomenal £1,024.50

They will see you all in the New year for the build up to another exciting fashion event with plenty of fundraising events along the way.

Merry Christmas


Time For A Change

Learners from Rosemount Lifelong Learning ‘Time for a Change’ on successful completion of their programme.

A great achievement and well done to everyone involved!


That’s us covered everything this week, we hope you have enjoyed this updated and others throughout the year.
College classes resume on Monday the 8th of January 2018, so enjoy your break and we will see you all back here in the New year.

Merry Christmas!!

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