Yet another very busy week here at Glasgow Kelvin, the Orchard Project went ahead on Tuesday this week and both Electric Honey and the Fashion Collective have students involved in various activities.
We have also had students involved in fundraising activities and cycling events so its been all go.
Read on to find out more.
The Fashion Collective Goes Quizing
This week 9 fashion students from both the Fashion Business and Fashion Design & Manufacture HND’s were chosen to present their range plans and design collections to a panel of judges at Quiz Clothing HQ in Glasgow City Centre.
Students were given a design brief at the beginning of the year for this amazing opportunity and have been working hard ever since with the aim of securing the top prize of a summer internship at Quiz HQ!
All of the students were fantastic and did the college proud. The Quiz staff were very impressed with the design work and range planning as well as the professionalism of the students.
The winning participants were Caitlin Davidson and Kirsty McLeod they are now looking forward to their summer internships at Quiz!
The fashion department would like to thank Rebecca Jones and the rest of the Quiz staff for organising this fantastic opportunity for the students, as well as express how proud they are of their students who took part. Well done everyone!
Young Enterprise Scotland Design Competition
Students from the fashion department also got the opportunity to take part in yet another fantastic collaborative opportunity, this time with Young Enterprise Scotland.
They were tasked with creating a design concept for the Young Enterprise Scotland Festival in May.
7 students participated in presentations to YES Programmes Management Representatives Alan Gordon, Mark Armstrong and Lisa Wardlaw. The judges were very impressed with the design work and professional standard of the presentations from the students.
3 winners have been announced with them being asked to combine their design ideas for a final product. The winning students were Maia Winton, Lauren Clancy and Lorna McCormack. Well done we look forward to seeing the finished product being manufactured!
A special mention to Ellis Bird, the judges were very impressed with her designs and wish to collaborate with her on a future project!
The department would especially like to thank Alan Gordon for all of his hard work and support to the students.
The Orchard Project – Planting for Posterity
This week, the College was delighted to be taking part in the planting of a community Orchard at its Springburn campus. The aim of the Orchard is to create a legacy, whereby fruit grown can help to promote the importance of healthy eating, build a sharing community and support nature.
The original design and plan came about from collaboration between the College’s Support for Learning lecturer, Ian McIlroy, and The Orchard Project’s Glasgow Project Manager, Fergus Walker.
Key to this were the important ideas and contributions from two groups of students within the Support for Learning department (Volunteer Award Level 3/4; and Skills for Learning, Life and Work Level 2).
The planning process provided students with numerous learning opportunities, including working as part of a team, gaining knowledge about fruit tree species and their vital role in creating habitats for increasing biodiversity, and, very importantly, developing the design of the Orchard.
The planting day was a great success, with at least 20 fruit trees and bushes, including Apple, Plum, Pear, Raspberry and Saskatoon(!) planted by over 30 students and members of College staff. Fergus told the group that it would probably be about 10 years before the fruit trees reached full maturity, although the fruits of labour would arrive a little bit sooner!
Saskatoon wine, anyone?!
MADE Raising Mental Health Awareness
Sammy is a barber at Rebel Rebel, our partner at Made Academy.
On Tuesday the 26th of March he gave a live cut in the middle of Glasgow Central Station to help raise awareness of #timetochange, a campaign aimed at changing how we think and talk about mental health.
The opportunities a career in barbering can present are pretty amazing!
Focus On A College Community Learner
The College is delighted to note that SCQF have focused on one of Glasgow Kelvin's learners for the Case Studies on their website. Nicole started as a community learner with Oasis at Wallacewell, part of the John Wheatley Learning Network, where she began her Community Achievement Award. Since then, she has gone on from strength to strength and is a great example of lifelong learning.
Congratulations go to Nicola and to all Kelvin staff who have supported her. In addition, thanks go to the team at Wallacewell for the amazing work they do in the community.
Read more about Nicole's journey HERE
Employability Sponsored Walk
As part of their course, Employability & Citizenship and Steps to Employment classes at Easterhouse, took part in a 5K sponsored walk on 20th March 2019, through Seven Lochs Wetlands Park.
They were fundraising for Comic Relief 2019. They raised a brilliant £335 on the day. Well Done!
Creative Industries Exchange Programme
Glasgow Kelvin College’s Creative Industries students have enjoyed a very successful exchange programme this week with the French print studio students from Lycee Saint Geraud, Aurillac.
Music Business Management students worked very closely with our French visitors in the design of screen-printed posters and t-shirts for 2 gigs from Electric Honey Records artists, Nicol & Elliott, Flew The Arrow, and Chris Greig & the Merchants to celebrate the release of this year’s recording projects on the label.
Live gigs took place at the West Campus where the Sound Production students did the sound for the acts while our film students filmed the proceedings. The sell-out show at The Hug & Pint proved a huge success for the acts and was a great social occasion for the both the students and staff of Glasgow Kelvin College and Lycee Saint Geraud.
Electric Honey Showcase @ The Hug & Pint
Lycee St Geraud Students' Work
Further photos sent by Michael Hassard, 2nd year Music Business student
The first photo is a group photo of all the Electric Honey artists that played at the showcase (L-R: Chris Greig and The Merchants, Nicol and Elliott, Flew the Arrow), there are also a couple photos of them playing at the gig they held in college at lunch on Wednesday
First Dr Bike Session at Easterhouse Campus
Our very first Dr Bike session at Easterhouse campus took place on Wednesday 20th March at lunch time, in collaboration with On Bikes.
This event provided students and staff with the opportunity to get a FREE maintenance check on their bikes by a skilled mechanic.
5 bikes have been checked and we engaged with about 10 people. It was a very positive event! Thank you everyone for taking part of it!
There will be many more sessions, including on the other GKC campuses. Stay tuned!
As usual, if you have any suggestions or comments, please be in touch with Sandra, our Campus Cycling Officer at email@example.com
Fund Raiser for Poverty Awareness Month
April is the month we use to raise awareness of poverty.
On the 17th April, some brave staff members from Glasgow Kelvin College have volunteered to fast for 24 hours to raise money for the Trussell Trust who aim to eradicate hunger in the UK. They have five food banks in the north east of Glasgow.
Please support Gary Sharp, Patricia Currie, Lesley Lang, Tracy MacKenzie, Shaun McLaughlin, Josephine Smith, Nicki Campbell and Gemma Cummins by donating what you can and giving supportive messages.
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Polish Students Visit Springburn
The College welcomed 38 students and 4 teachers from No.1 High School in Mielec, Poland.
They are here on a school trip to explore Scotland and to visit schools and colleges. The High School has done this for a number of years, but this is the first time that it has visited Scotland.
Glasgow Kelvin College was delighted to welcome them and to show them around the college. During the tour, they met one of our students from Poland and visited classes in fashion, photography, sound production and automotive engineering.
They were a pleasure to host and we hope we can welcome them back one day.
That's us finished for this week, and we will be having a couple of weeks off for the Spring break.
If you have anything you would like included, in future Blog updates, please email the details to Tracey on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will makes sure it is included.
Have a great couple of weeks off and remember classes resume on Monday the 15th of April.