Students and staff alike were involved in a few activities over the past week and we have all the updates for you here. Plus news of an upcoming event and a reminder about Go Green Week.
Don't miss out on the cakes!!
Read on to find out more.
Diversity Week At GKC
Hospitality and ESOL Culinary Event
On the 7th February in the Rowan Restaurant there was a culinary event organized by Hospitality with ESOL students.
Each learner prepared a dish representing their country. The students were supervised by our lovely and experienced chief Mari-Claire McNairney.
Some of the students were in the Rowan Restaurant getting it ready for the event, supervised by our marvellous teacher Jacqueline Simpson.
Barbara Bain was appointed to work behind the bar on that day.
The restaurant looked really wonderful. All the students preparing the restaurant had done a good job, students from level 5 and level 6 were involved.
At exactly 12.00pm the restaurant's doors were opened, and all the guests were let in. The dishes were brought in to the buffet and arranged and prepared with the utmost care. We had about 30 guests, all delighted with the food and service.
The person responsible for preparing the restaurant and service on that day was our colleague from level 6 Kasia Ciruk. She should be really proud of herself, she did a great job.
The biggest 'thank you' for everything goes to our English teacher Martin Law because he was the initiator of the event and one of the most involved people in this challenge. A big 'thank you' to him from all of us because without his idea the 7th February 2020 would have been nothing but another day in College
All Write Festival
On 12 February around 200 learners from East End, Springburn and West Campuses came together. Learners had been taking part in the ESOL writing festival, All Write, and had written about various aspects of their culture following the brief "This is Me!". The learners led a Language Exchange, took part in Poster Making and demonstrated and participated in some very energetic national dances including the Semba de Angola, the Polish Polka, a Sudanese group dance and of course a riotous Scottish Strip the Willow! They brought more delicious food to share and some came in beautiful national dress.
The All Write festival culminated in an event in the lecture theatre where learners from Literacies to National 5 read their interesting pieces of writing to an audience of their classmates and teachers. A true celebration of what makes us different and summed up by a quote from one of the learners, "living in a diverse culture changed me from a provincial resident to a citizen of the world. I've learned how to be open, kind and considerate and don't have any racial or cultural bias. Also I've learned that diversity makes us stronger."
Stand Up’ from Kelvin Staff Member
After being so Mispunderstood last year, Iain MacDonald (Scotland’s Prince of Puns- John Beattie, BBC Radio Scotland) has found himself in a state of utter Pundemonium! An hour of quick fire one-liners from one of the country’s most prolific joke writers and finalist of this year’s UK Pun Championships, this is a show not to be missed!
Material featured in The Sun, The Daily Mirror, The Metro, BBC3, STV2, BBC Radio Scotland.
‘Understands the importance of a clean, clear set up as well as the killer pun-chline’ Sabotage Reviews
‘A phone directory-sized pile of… better jokes’ Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke
‘You have to admire the execution’ Chortle
Scottish Apprenticeships: Be a Part of It in Scottish Apprenticeship Week
In the build-up to Scottish Apprenticeship Week on 6th March, Skills Development Scotland are partnering with Wheatley Housing to stage an event which focuses on encouraging disabled, care experienced and ethnic minority people into Modern Apprenticeships and employment.
See attached poster for details.
Everybody Wins Through Sporting Partnership
Local partnership creates a striking new approach to learning.
Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Sport have established an innovative Partnership Agreement which sees both organisations working in partnership to deliver a co-designed industry relevant curriculum for aspiring football coaches.
The programme, HND Football Coaching and Development, targets potential students who have a specific interest in Football coaching and development. It provides them with supervised experience of work very early in their programme where they spend 1.5 days per week working alongside staff from Glasgow Sport Football Development Department.
This employment designed experience creates the opportunity for project-based learning and assessment throughout the students’ programme of study, giving them a rounded understanding of coaching and development. The programme is designed to help students develop the relationships and expertise to support them as they progress in their career, be that through university or employment.
The already successful relationship between the College and Glasgow Life is now being formalised and, at a signing ceremony, Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Derek Smeall, Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College, came together to ratify the agreement at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council Councillor David McDonald said:
“Glasgow Kelvin College has worked closely with Glasgow Sport over the last few years and our new Partnership Agreement provides a framework and formal commitment to that relationship.
As a Host City for UEFA Euro 2020, Glasgow’s Sport Football Development is focussed on leaving a legacy from the City hosting this major event, ensuring schools, clubs and communities feel part of the experience. The Football Development team work closely with the Scottish FA, Education Services, key stakeholders, funders and the city’s grassroots clubs to improve the game on a local level. The team works with over 100 football clubs across the City and deliver coach education and continuous coach development to 1000 candidates per year.
So, if you’re inspired by the opportunity to work with industry experts in sport and football development, I would urge you to seize this opportunity and apply for a place on HND Football Studies at Glasgow Kelvin College.”
Principal Derek Smeall added:
“This exciting new initiative is ensuring our students gain face-to-face experience of the coaching world and equips them with the personal and sports skills that will give them the edge in a competitive sector. It also ensures that we are addressing the skills needs that Glasgow Sport wants from the sports coaches of the future. We’re delighted to enter into this partnership and look forward to developing the programme further.
We are already seeing very positive outcomes from the programme, with several students securing part-time jobs both with Glasgow Sport and elsewhere. Another of our students has received a university offer for next year. In fact, one of the Glasgow Sport full-time coaches, Liam Pattie, is himself a former student from the College’s HN Football Studies programme.
It is evident that this type of employer engagement really works and we are grateful to our valued partners, Glasgow Sport, for helping us to give our students these amazing opportunities.”
Sports Coaching students Craig Campbell, 22, from Barrhead and Dylan Connel, 24 of Royston both spoke about the programme.
“If I had to pick one thing from it I think it would be the overall experience of learning and working alongside my peers, the Glasgow Life coaches and the College lecturers which has been a true highlight. I have done my best to be a sponge and soak in anything I can from these guys due to the extensive knowledge they can provide us with. It has definitely helped with my confidence when coaching.”
“The full course has been fantastic and the lecturers are great but working alongside an employer is something I have really enjoyed. It has given me a taste of what it is like in the real coaching world and I have also gained a part-time paid position from it. The benefits are that (the course) really gives you a chance to improve and show your coaching skills.”
Councillor McDonald and Derek Smeall are pictured above with staff and students from Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Life.
Let’s Celebrate Go Green Week 2020!
We are very excited to celebrate Go Green Week at Glasgow Kelvin College! We’ll be running a series of sustainability activities from Monday 24th to Thursday 27th of February 2020.
Monday 24th February – Exhibition stall
10-1 pm – Springburn campus
Join us at Springburn reception area and have a chat with organisations such as On Bikes, Home Energy Scotland or Woodland Trust.
You’ll have a chance to try out an electric bike, if you haven’t done so before and/or to have fun on a smoothie bike!
Tuesday 25th February – Health Walk & Social led ride
12-1 pm – Springburn campus
Want to clear your mind at lunch time? Don’t miss out the chance to enjoy the outdoors and take part in a Health Walk with Sandra or a Social Ride with Olga.
Free refreshments will provided.
Thursday 27th February – Social led ride
11.30-12.30 – East-End campus
Want to stay active and meet new people? Join Olga at East-End campus and enjoy a nice and pleasant ride.
Free refreshments will provided.
More information available here.
Due to limited space available, you have to book your place by contacting Olga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 27th February – Community Litter Pick
2-3pm – Springburn campus
Want to be part in a positive movement and help reducing the impact of litter in the Springburn area?
Come along to our community litter pick and make Springburn cleaner!
Free refreshments will provided.
More information available here.
If you are interested in taking part with a group of students, please contact Sandra at email@example.com.
We encourage you to wear comfortable footwear and dress adequately for the weather for each activity.
All of the events and activities are FREE and everyone is WELCOME!
That's us finished for this week, but the Blog will be back next Friday, so if you would like to include anything please email the details to Tracey on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will makes sure it is put in.
Have a great weekend!