Welcome to the last Blog update of this academic year. We have a very full and interesting read for you, with updates on a lot of recent activities and loads of photographs.
Find out what has been happening by reading on.
Bike Week 2019
It’s been another busy week at Glasgow Kelvin College!
We were excited to celebrate National Bike Week UK! It was a great opportunity to highlight the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling.
The College took part of this national event by running free Dr Bike sessions on 3 campuses, at West-End, Springburn and East-End.
As usual, students, staff and the local communities were given the opportunity to get a FREE maintenance check on their bikes by a skilled mechanic.
These events were, once again, very successful and more than 15 bikes checked over. Sandra, our new Active Travel Officer, was also able to engage with staff and students to raise awareness about cycling and active travel.
A huge thank you to those who attended the sessions over the last few months and who are supporting cycling activities at the College! Thanks to Lambhill stables, Bike for Good and On Bikes for their collaboration.
The Dr Bike sessions will return at the beginning of the new academic year 2019/20, stay tuned!
A Successful Finish To The Year
After two successful fashion shows at West campus last week, the fashion department welcomed Gerard McKenzie-Govan from homeless charity The Blankfaces back in to collect the final cheque.
The final total raised was £3,113.60.
Well done to all of the fashion students for their fundraising efforts throughout the year.
Gerard has told the group that this money will directly fund the manufacture of their latest t-shirt collection, from which sales go to the homeless person who created the initial design.
See a few shots of the Fashion show below, including some from behind the scenes.
CRAFTEX 2019 GKC Fashion Winners
Congratulations to fashion students David Hay and Mitch MacFarlane who received prizes at Tradeshouse on the 7th of June.
David who is in the final stages of his HND and is moving on to study at London College of Fashion after the summer, won second prize in the Skinners and Glovers Award.
Mitch from NC won the Non Advanced fashion category with an insect inspired dress which has beautiful beading detail.
We are very proud of you both and that all of your hard work has been recognised.
Congratulations also to all of our students whose designs were chosen to be exhibited.
The EVIP Construction Group Get Constructive
The EVIP Construction group have constructed three picnic benches for others to enjoy an area to sit outside and enjoy their breaks at the East End Campus.
All the benches were built using recycled timber from other projects that had previously been completed within the joinery section.
After designing and constructing the benches the group stained them to give added protection.
Electric Honey Sessions Success
Here are some photo's from the Electric Honey Showcase at Oran Mor on the 30th of May in collaboration with the West End Festival.
Electric Honey also launched Toni Woods new single "I don't Wanna be your friend" on the night.
Students, staff and the audience enjoyed an excellent night featuring Toni, The Nickajack Men, Chris Greig anfd The Merchants, Flew the Arrow and Nicol and Elliot.
Young Programmer At Glasgow Youth Film Festival
GKC student Matthew McCaffrey has been selected as a Young Programmer for this year’s Glasgow Youth Film Festival. The annual festival is curated by young people, under the guidance of the organisers Glasgow Film Theatre, and aims to enable younger audiences to experience the best international cinema, from mainstream crowd-pleasers to groundbreaking art-house experimentation, with filmmaker guest appearances, interactive workshops and discussion panels.
Applications for the Young Programmers committee are open only to invited groups of young people, and the Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative & Digital Media class was such a group this year. Matthew’s application was successful and he will help choose the films and organise the events at this year’s festival. SCM in Business & Creative Industries John Clarke said,
“We’re working a number of projects in partnership with Glasgow Film Theatre, so we’re delighted that Matthew’s application was successful. It’s a great opportunity for a young person to be involved at a high level in an event with such a profile, and to develop real skills in a professional environment, which is the main goal of the Foundation Apprenticeship.”
Festival organiser Becca McSheaffrey from GFT added,
“Our GYFF Young Programmers are a group of young people from all over Glasgow who come together to co-curate a three day film festival with the Glasgow Film Theatre team. We are delighted to have Matthew on board and excited to see the group’s final programme"
Civil Engineering Survey Camp 2019
Last week saw a successful Survey Camp 2019 taking part in mostly sunny conditions.
Survey Camp 2019 was a project-based residential workshop for our Year 1 HND Civil Engineering students and took place for the second successive year at Lapwing Lodge, near Paisley. 35 students and 4 staff members took part in the event from 3-4 June and it was another great success.
The students were doing practical surveying exercises during the course of the 2 days and there was also an enjoyable High Ropes activity on Monday evening.
Thanks to all the staff who helped organise, facillitate and cover classes so this could go ahead.
Volunteering For The Community
Govan Help (Home and Education Link Project) is a family education support project that aims to improve the educational attainment of children and their families. They work with primary schools in Govan and their volunteers provide a range of services to the community.
Working in partnership with GKC has allowed volunteers to undertake their Community Achievement Awards, with learners completing SCQF Levels 5-6 for their work as Parent Helpers in local primary schools.
Volunteers here were receiving their Community Achievement Awards and for those who have just begun their volunteering/CAA the organisation provided a Commitment Awards.
College Performance Highlights
Our very talented students put on two excellent performances during May.
I Sing, a new musical, was performed by HND Musical Theatre students from the 15th to the 17th of May.
Also, Art in Motion, a dance show, was performed by our HND Professional Dance students from the 22nd to the 23rd of May.
Both shows were outstanding, you can see some highlights below
Art in Motion
That's us finished for this week.
We will be back in August to start a fresh new year, so if you would like included please email the details to Tracey on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will makes sure it is put in.
Good luck to all the students leaving us this year, we are sure you will be successful in whatever you do next.
Have a great weekend and summer break when it comes.