While you have a nice relaxing time on the first day of your long weekend, why don't you catch up on what has been going on in and around the college over the past week.
Find out what has been happening by reading on.
Electric Honey Is Pleased To Announce The Release Of “Lipstick”
Electric Honey Records are pleased to announce the release of “Lipstick” the new E.P. from Glasgow based Indie – Rock band Chris Greig & The Merchants . The band known for their energetic crowd pleasing live performances comprise of:
- Chris Greig - Lead vocals and rhythm guitar
- Chris Johnston –Lead guitar and vocals
- Donald Russell-Bass guitar
- Daniel Jack-Drums
Having built up an enthusiastic following recently witnessed at a sold out show at Glasgow’s legendary King Tuts, the band’s latest recordings display an immediate breezy pop feel with catchy hooks and memorable choruses.
These factors should help garner radio play over the summer months following in the footsteps of former stable mates Belle and Sebastian, Snow Patrol, Biffy Clyro and more recently Be Charlotte and Pronto Mama. Chris Greig and the Merchants will be performing at this year’s Electric Honey showcase for the West End Festival at Oran Mor, Glasgow on Thursday the 30th of May alongside this year’s signings:
- The Nickajack Men
- Nicol and Elliott,
- Flew the Arrow
- Toni Woods
Charity Quiz – St Andrews School Link Group
The schools group from St.Andrews Secondary School in Carntyne have been working for months on raising awareness about the brilliant charity - Simon Community.
This charity work hard to combat the cause and effects of homelessness and believe everyone should have a safe place to live and access to the support they need. Their representative, Louise Burke, came along to say a few words after working with our students over the months to help students understand the amazing work this charity can do!
So they came up with idea of a quiz to bring supported learning students together - from EH, SB and Haghill campus - and they raised a total of £60 for the cause.
One our students Ammarra was our DJ for the event and they all done amazing.
Froglife and Students Work to Build Minipond
On Tuesday the 21st of May we had a visitor from Froglife, Louise Smith, who is working in conjunction with the students from Personal Achievement Award level 2 and the Steps to Employment students to build a pond in Springburn campus Singing Garden.
Here are some images of the students working hard in the garden to create our first minipond....
Dr Bike sessions in May
It’s been another busy week at Glasgow Kelvin College! Our Free Dr Bike sessions took place at Springburn, West-End and Easterhouse campuses in collaboration with Bike for Good, Lambhill stables and On Bikes respectively.
As usual, students, staff and the local communities were given the opportunity to get FREE maintenance checks on their bikes, delivered by skilled mechanics.
Those events were, once again, very successful and about 15 bikes have been checked.
Police Scotland, also, provided Free Bike Registration services to help students and staff to protect their bikes from theft.
Don’t miss out our very last sessions of the academic year 2018-2019:
- West-End campus – Monday 10th June – 12-1
- Springburn campus – Tuesday 11th June, 11.30-1.30
- East-End campus: Thursday 13th June, 12-1
Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook @sustainGKC and on Twitter @GkcSustain!
If you have any suggestions or comments, please be in touch with Sandra, our Campus Cycling Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Young People Celebrate ‘Gateway’ to a Career in Engineering
Glasgow Kelvin College is delighted to be involved with another key partnership which benefits local young people.
Eleven youngsters from Trinity High School, St Mungo’s Academy and Stonelaw High School have been participating in the annual ‘Gateway to Engineering’ initiative, run in collaboration between Robertson, Clyde Gateway, Glasgow Kelvin College and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
The pupils gained an SCQF Level 5 Gateway to Engineering qualification, supported by Glasgow Kelvin College who have worked hard to achieve accreditation for the course in the last year. The pupils were presented with their certificates by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business Fair Work and Skills at a celebration event hosted by Clyde Gateway. The event comes as the Scottish Government published its ‘New Housing and Future Construction Skills – Adapting and Modernising for Growth’ report, which outlined the importance of STEM partnerships between education and industry in ‘futureproofing’ the industry.
Minister Jamie Hepburn made a speech at the graduation event. He said,
“Well done to all the pupils who are graduating today – the first ever participants of this innovative course to complete the qualification. I wish them all the best on their next steps. The collaboration between the Robertson Group, Glasgow Kelvin College, the University of the West of Scotland and Clyde Gateway schools to involve young people and employers exemplifies our vision for a joined-up education and skills system to deliver our ambition to develop the young workforce and reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021.”
The course involved academic and practical insight into engineering, including several visits to Hamilton Park Racecourse where Robertson Central West is building a new £10 million Hampton by Hilton hotel. The hotel is being built with a combination of traditional and modular techniques. The group also had the chance to use construction software such as 3D scanners and surveying instruments.
Gemma Gourlay, Robertson’s director of social sustainability said,
“This year’s ‘Gateway to Engineering’ programme has a real focus on impact-led engagement, providing the pupils with tangible learning outcomes to support them on the next steps of their journey and assist them with making informed decisions on future careers. We had a brilliant mix of pupils taking part, and it’s been fantastic to watch them gain an understanding of the different disciplines engineering offers over the ten weeks.
This is the sixth time we’ve supported the programme, and the first that the group will get a tangible qualification at the end of it, boosting their CVs and their skillset. The pupils are now equipped with the right knowledge to make informed decisions about their future in engineering with some of the pupils already securing Foundation Apprenticeships and exploring university courses.”
Natalie Phillips, Clyde Gateway’s project manager for education, business & community growth added,
“The Gateway to Engineering programme has long been one of our flagship programmes, helping young people with their education as well as improving their job prospects. It is an initiative that we are incredibly proud of and a great example of how we aim always to ensure local residents, whatever their age, are the focal point of our regeneration efforts. The programme continues to evolve, grow and develop year upon year, enabling us to play an active and important role in a range of policy areas such as the Scottish Government’s STEM Strategy.”
Embracing Diversity Competition – The Results
Well done to everyone who took part, the entries were of a a really high standard and lots of discussion ensued before a final decision was reached.
The regional final is in Riverside Campus, City of Glasgow College on the 6th June.
Sharing Best Practice for Care Experienced Young People
Glasgow Kelvin’s own intrepid Community Learning & Development team are on the conference circuit at this time of year, sharing their own practice and gleaning best practice examples from other practitioners. The first of these was the CELCIS Education Conference.
Speakers, including John Swinney, MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, highlighted the fundamental impact of trusted relationships and the need for a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to improve outcomes for Looked After children and young people.
Aligning College policy to that of the Scottish Government in raising attainment for care experienced young people, Fiona Templeton, ably assisted by students Leah Cairns and Caitlyn Strain, presented at the Conference. Fiona will also be joined by Maggie Murphy in delivering to the Holyrood Conference’s ‘Improving Attainment for Looked After Children’ event at the end of May.
Leah and Caitlyn have already been exemplary in sharing their own learning journeys and are a real testament to the positive impact which the partnership approach of the Transitions to Learning and Work programme can have on the lives of young people in challenging circumstances.
“Having that time in Transitions, to figure out what I wanted to do and having the support from the youth workers helped me go forward in Further Education. For me, it was more important to work on my soft skills like confidence building and self-esteem.
“Having that routine and actually learning was important because I hadn’t been attending school. The youth workers helped me feel more relaxed and I knew with the lecturers I could get my qualifications.”
We wish them both luck in completing their HNC Working with Communities course and continuing on their positive journeys.
The photos are of the CELCIS event in the historic Trades Hall in Glasgow and include our fabulous hard-working students, Leah and Caitlyn.
Toni to Debut New Single at Electric Honey Showcase
Glasgow Kelvin College HND Music Performance student, Toni Woods, is featuring in the Scottish national press - the Daily Record – as she’s set to take the music industry by storm when she launches her second single, ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Your Friend’ on 31st May 2019.
Music journalist, Rick Fulton, has given Toni a glowing write-up as she prepares to debut the single at the Electric Honey Showcase in Oran Mor on 30th May. Part of a dynamic line-up of Electric Honey artists like The Nickajack Men and Flew The Arrow, Toni, from Easterhouse, is fulsome in her praise of staff and students alike at Glasgow Kelvin College.
Toni recorded the song at the college’s Springburn studio supported by the production skills of Melanie Dutton, a Sound Production student, for release on the trailblazing Electric Honey label. This is Scotland’s first student-run record label, managed by HN Music Business students, which has played a key role in launching the careers of Belle & Sebastian, Biffy Clyro and many other headliners over the years.
This is excellent recognition of a young and undoubtedly talented artiste and the College wishes Toni, and her fellow performers, all the best for an exciting and sensational gig on 30th May at Oran Mor.
Electric Honey Sessions – May 2019
Performing at the Oran Mor on the 30th of May 2019. Doors open 7.00 pm and tickets are £7
Any student or member of GKC staff can have free entry if they email Michael at email@example.com to be put on the guest list
- Toni Woods
- The Nickajack Men
- Chris Greig and the Merchants
- Flew the Arrow
- Nicol and Elliot.
Go along to this fantastic showcase, a great night is guaranteed.
That's us finished for this week, so enjoy the rest of your weekend - remember classes resume on Tuesday the 28th of May.
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Have a great weekend.