One week to the Christmas break, but it hasn't slowed down here yet and we are still during plenty of activity.
Read on to see what the week has been like here at GKC.
Bake Sale and Portrait Photography Shoot
The level 5 and 6 photography students were in festive mode at the Easterhouse campus with their bake sale and portrait photography shoot.
As part of the student's Enterprise slot - both classes produced some delicious confectionery and offered festive themed portrait sessions. Students and the general public were more than happy to take up the offer.
Funds raised will go towards the end of year exhibition and the accompanying book of images.
‘MADE’ for Success!!
Our 2nd cohort of barbering trainees at - 'MADE' The Academy for Modern Barbering - successfully exit our academy door on Friday 14th December. After 15 weeks of intense training under the eye of Rebel Rebel Alan Findlay, Graham Jack and Tracy Leavy our dedicated trainees enter the world of barbering with technical, creative and confident skills any barber would be proud to show off. Zoe, Ross, Adam, Robbie, Lewis and Jack all arrived with no previous experience but with a drive to succeed and wow they have.
Clutching a Level 2 City and Guilds Barbering certificate, enviable unique Rebel barbering skills and of course their scissors and comb they are fresh ready to make their clients 'look sharp'. We wish them every success as they embark on the exciting journey to make their name in the barbering industry and we are super proud they do so waving the 'MADE' banner - good luck guys, it's been a pleasure!!.
A New Year brings new courses to the academy with an extension to our portfolio with varied mode/target of delivery along with a 'Try Me' option to have a go before you invest in your barbering future - Exciting times!
Transitions Learners Attend A Fire Reach Course
Transitions learners last week attended a 4 day Fire Reach course where they undertook basic training with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
The young people were challenged to use communication, teamwork and leadership skills to navigate obstacles in dark rooms and rescue casualties, and learned how to connect a hose to the hydrant.
All the young people enjoyed the experience and were successfully awarded certificates for completing the course. This will also contribute to the young people’s Bronze Youth Achievement Awards at SCQF4.
Fashion Department Craft Sale
The student sold a selection of handcrafted items, which proved popular with staff and fellow students.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported their Christmas craft sale, which was in aid of The Blankfaces, a homeless charity based in Glasgow and bought their handcrafted creations and raffle tickets.
The students raised a total of £759.30.
Sleep in the Park!
On Saturday 8th December Donna Vico Linde participated in the Social Bite charity’s sponsored Sleep in the Park 2018 event in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park.
The event took place in 4 cities across Scotland on one night to raise funds and awareness to end homelessness in Scotland for good. The money raised will fund a program for 800 rough sleepers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen to get a mainstream property with wraparound support, as well as a host of other initiatives.
While Donna was cold, uncomfortable and felt exposed and vulnerable, one night in the park was nothing compared to having to sleep out night after night.
Hopefully the funds raised can make a real difference to the lives of homeless people in Scotland.
Our Bike Breakfast is Back!
To celebrate the end of the year, we’ll host a Bike Breakfast on Monday 17th December between 10 and 11am at GK Velocity Cycle Hub, Springburn Campus. On this occasion, we have been working with a local organisation, the North Glasgow Community Food Initiative to promote healthy and organic food. As we did on the previous events, you’ll be able to enjoy FREE hot drinks and nibbles!
Everyone is welcome to the event! Feel free to come along and have a chat with us!
Please note that hot drinks and food will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t forget to bring your reusable cup!
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop Sandra, our Campus Cycling Officer, a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleaning Up Springburn – Give An Hour
'Giving an Hour for Springburn' community litter pick, organised by Community Safety Glasgow in partnership with the College, took place on Tuesday 4th December. It was great to have several students, members of College staff, and the local nursery involved on the day. Our aim was to take action and clean up some of the badly littered areas around the College, Springburn Rail station, and all the way up to the local shopping centre.
It was amazing to see what could be achieved in such a short space of time by the effort of those taking part. Still, the problem of litter remains, and means we will continue to organise this community led event to tidy up our surrounding spaces in the very near future.
We hope to see more members of the local community getting involved next time. This will help to raise awareness on the issue of waste, and also increase the level of positive impact that can be achieved.
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Leah Shortlisted for British Education Awards!
HNC Working With Communities student at Glasgow Kelvin College, Leah Cairns, has been shortlisted for a prestigious UK national award.
Leah’s family, friends and tutors were delighted earlier in the year when she was shortlisted for Young Person of the Year at the recent SQA Star Awards, carrying off a Highly Commended Certificate and trophy. And now she has added another feather to her cap with recognition from British Education Awards (BEA) in the Vocational category.
BEA is a unique event where young people, their families and teachers, along with politicians, professionals and celebrities from across the UK come together to celebrate educational attainment. The Awards recognise academic results and brilliant extracurricular success.
Leah first came to the College on the Youth Access programme at the age of 12. She returned as a full-time learner on the Transitions to Learning & Work programme, during which time she began to get her life together and gave herself milestones and goals, such as working on her issues with dyslexia and gaining qualifications. Leah then completed a Modern Apprenticeship and SVQ3 in Youth Work, taking on the role of mentor to support young people in both the College programmes she had previously attended, as well as volunteering as a classroom assistant with the Support to Learn team. Now studying on the HNC Working With Communities and having gained employment as a Youth Worker with F.A.R.E. a local Easterhouse project for young people in the community, Leah is delighted at this further nomination.
The Awards ceremony will take place at the end of January 2019 in Manchester, and Leah and her mum are gearing up for the trip in the new year.
Huge congratulations go to Leah for this acknowledgement of her amazing hard work and a massive well done to all the staff who have supported, and continue to support, her during her learning journey.
Good Luck wishes from everyone at Glasgow Kelvin College!
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