Our students are well into the swing of things now and are actively taking parts in fundraising, trips away and workshops, all of which enhance their academic learning.
Read on to find out just what has been going on over the past week.
Fabric Buying Trip To London
The second year HND Fashion group have just returned from an exhausting, but inspirational trip to London.
The main aim was to buy fabrics for their collections and evening/bridal garments. The selection available in Berwick Street and Goldhawke Rd did not disappoint.
The group also visited the costume department at the V and A and flagship stores which will support their Store Design retail unit.
First Site Visit For NC Civil Engineering Students
First Year NC Civil Engineering students went on their first site visit of the year this week to Hamilton Race Course. This was the site of the new Hampton by Hilton hotel, which is being built by Robertson Construction.
GKC Civil Engineering has built up a partnership with Robertson over the years and we hope to visit this site a few more time this term; it has a rather unusual method of construction, where the rooms are manufactured in China before being shipped to site and assembled modular-style on site.
We hope that this type of activity complements the academic side of their studies and gives the students a taste of working in the industry.
The group visited the Academy to see how we engage with industry and how we involve our students in the evaluation process of their course, they were wowed!! 4 participants - Serge, Philippe, Stephane and Claude returned the following day to be treated to hair cuts and beard trims by our barber trainees.
Not only did our french friends receive wonderful customer service from our fast progressing students they are now sporting very cool cuts while learning a wee bit of 'Glasga patter' to take home #greatfunlearningallround
As temperatures started to fall in Scotland the outdoor education section set off in search of warmer climes and guaranteed water levels to complete an intensive period of National Governing Body awards that would see students gain a portfolio of certification in Sea Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, White Water Kayaking, White Water Rafting and White and Water Safety and Rescue.
The first part of the residential had no water level issues being based at the quiet coastal town of Villa Nova il Geltru, an hour long train ride along the coast from Barcelona. With the summer crowds gone the clear beach area and access to the equipment and resources of the Roc Roi Adventure Company, as GKC’s local partnership organisation and placement/ employment provider for past and present students, meant long days on the water and concentrated practice and consolidation of skills in a safe and supportive environment.
The group then split into two with the more experienced HN2 group relocating 4hrs north to base themselves on the River Pallaressa, a dam released river in the Pyrenees, giving guaranteed white water levels and a wide variety of river features and rapid grades to satisfy the demanding criteria of the White Water Safety and Rescue course, Raft Guide course and 3-star White Water Kayaking proficiency award.
The students threw themselves into the programme, literally (as evidenced by some of the pictures below!) and their application and work ethic were quickly noticed and admired by the college staff and external examiners working with the groups. The course participants were highly motivated often delivering sessions prior to breakfast, participating on two river based sessions then returning to the campsite pool to practice rolling and rescue skills till the daylight faded and hunger drove them to stop!
Electric Honey Influenced Glasgow’s Music Scene
The college's Electric Honey record label was referenced on the BBC website last week, in an article discussing the influence of art schools on UK music. Electric Honey was mentioned, alongside Glasgow School of Art, as having profoundly influenced Glasgow's thriving music culture.
The article was a follow-on from an on-air feature on the BBC 6 Music breakfast show.
To see the full article. visit the BBC website story - Which Art School has shaped British music the most?
Achieve More Scotland
Achieve More, a charity based across North Glasgow, provides dance and sports coaching, and employability training, for children and young people, as well as creating employment opportunities as coaches and assistant coaches. Kiera, herself GKC alumni, leads a dance team that already includes other former students of the College. On her visit, she talked about her journey from student to Head of Dance, and also invited current learners to join the organisation’s freelance coaching pool; a great opportunity for our learners to get paid work and fantastic experience.
Further joint activities are planned for the near future to further solidify the partnership between the two organisations.
EVIP Christmas Food Donation
Items accepted include: pasta, toys, soup, tins of food, nappies, wipes, biscuits, sweets, crisps, jelly, custard, sauces, rice, butter, crackers, tea, coffee, sugar, wrapping paper, cereal toiletries and any item that has a long expiration date.
Donation boxes are located at Glasgow Kelvin College Easterhouse at Reception, he Bridge Cafe and in the staff room on the 3rd floor. If you would like us to collect your donation from you directly just let us know. All donations are welcome.
We would like to thank you in advance for your generosity.
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Have a great weekend and see you all back here next week!