We hope you all enjoyed your week break and have returned to your courses refreshed and raring to go.
There are a few good news items this week so we'll get started.
Garcon Jon Inspires Students
Students from Glasgow Kelvin College's Photography and Fashion departments were delighted to welcome world renowned "street style" photographer, Jonathan Daniel Pryce AKA Garcon Jon to deliver a motivating talk about his phenomenal career.
Starting out with only a basic camera and a tumbler blog, he set up Les Garcon Des Glasgow, photographing style on the streets of his home town. Just over 10 years later he has shot all over the world from Milan and Paris to New York, published 3 books, and boasts an impressive client list from Vogue to GQ. Jonathan spoke about his experiences breaking into the industry and offered valuable advice on dealing with rejection and harsh criticism and how he manages to turn these into positive learning experiences.
The auditorium was packed with photography and Fashion students from both our Springburn and Easterhouse campuses and each left enthused and inspired by Garcon Jon's experiences.
Lecturer , Simon Murphy, described the event as
"Such a positive and valuable visit, one that may be the spark that ignites some of our student's careers."
More of Garcon Jon's work can be found via https://garconjon.com/
Scottish Canals Project Visit
The Civil Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship students went on a recent visit to a new project being developed by Scottish Canals. Just one mile from our Springburn Campus and the city centre lies the site Glasgow’s only inner-city Local Nature Reserve – The Claypits.
Originally the home of a clay quarry used when the Forth & Clyde Canal was first built in the late 1700s, it was also the site of a foundry, glassworks and boat-building yard.
This site is being constructed by Mackenzie Construction and includes footpaths, landscaping, sustainable drainage ponds and a new footbridge adjacent to Firhill Stadium.
The FA students had a very informative guided tour around the site and the good news is that some of the students will be doing work placements with both organisations over the next 6 months as part of their course.
The Civil Engineering team hope to schedule a return visit in the near future. Thanks to Scottish Canals and Mackenzie Construction for their time.
Sustainability and Velocity News
Nextbike competition – Get the chance to win an annual Nextbike membership*!
We are very excited to announce the launch of a competition at Glasgow Kelvin College!
We are inviting all the GKC students to join this very exciting opportunity by expressing their interest in cycling and active travel.
To enter the competition, they only need to answer this simple question:
What do you like the most about cycling and/or Active Travel?
Be CREATIVE and write a short text, take a photograph or make a short video to share your passion about cycling and Active Travel and send it to Sandra Lavergne at firstname.lastname@example.org **
The selected winners will receive a FREE annual Nextbike* membership! (Nextbike provides a public cycle hire scheme in Glasgow)
Please, contact Sandra at email@example.com if you have any questions about the competition, and the Terms & conditions.
Good luck everyone!
**An entry form is also required. Please contact Sandra to get further information
A fantastic Climate Week Scotland 2019 at Glasgow Kelvin College
The College took part in this year’s Climate Week Scotland by hosting various events at Springburn campus in order to raise awareness on the impacts of Climate Change.
Thank you once again to everyone for coming along and joining us! Your support is really appreciated!
Monday 7th October
A screening of the film ‘Climate Change: The Facts’ was hosted at the Lecture Theatre at Springburn campus. This documentary focuses and explains the many phenomena climate change has caused over the last few years, all over the world.
Many topics were covered, such as the dangers we are already facing (flood, fire, extinction of animal species, etc.) and the future threats. Nevertheless, the documentary highlighted the possibilities of prevention through a radical political, social and cultural change.
It was very inspiring to share ideas with students at the end of the film; this documentary was undeniably scary, astounding and full of hope at the same time. There is no doubt that it gave food for thoughts to our students.
If you missed the film screening but were interested in watching this documentary, you can still find it in the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9WyLPgyuqo
Wednesday 9th October
On Wednesday, we hosted a Fix Your Own Bike session in collaboration with Lambhill stables.
Jenny, the mechanic, helped our students to gain confidence in fixing their own bikes and gave them advice and guidance on how to maintain a bike in good working condition.
There will be more Fix your Own Bike sessions, stay tuned to find out more!
Thursday 10th October
Our ‘Funny bikes’ were back at Springburn campus; these adaptive bikes were provided by a local cycling charity: Free Wheel North.
The main aim of this event was to show how cycling is fun and accessible for everyone.
Students and staff had the opportunity to try out tricycles, twinned bikes and many others with adaptations to suit different abilities and experience.
It was great to see so much enthusiasm from our students. Thanks again to everyone for joining us! We hope you enjoyed as much as we did!
As usual, if you have any questions or comments, please be in touch with Olga, our Campus Cycling Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandra, our Active Travel Officer at email@example.com
These events are organised thanks to the support of the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund, delivered by Paths for All.
Elegance @GKC Salons
Glasgow Kelvin College is the home of Elegance Salons, one in our Springburn Campus and the other at our Easterhouse Campus.
Both of these, student run, salons offer a variety of treatments to staff, students and the public at very reasonable prices and they are always looking for willing participants to help them with developing their skills.
To see a full list of treatments on offer, and corresponding costs and treatment days, click on the images below.
Partnership Helps Provide Support for Glasgow’s Young Learners
Glasgow Kelvin College is delighted to be working with Glasgow City Council Education Services who are putting 100 newly appointed Support for Learning Workers through a comprehensive Induction Programme with the College.
The recent event was the first of four such one-day sessions which will see Support for Learning Workers undertake a standardised training programme to prepare them for work in a range of schools and Early years establishments, ensuring individual children’s needs are addressed.
The College worked closely with the council to design and accredit a range of Level 5 assessments covering areas such as Personal and Professional conduct, Knowledge and Understanding, Working with Others and Teaching and Learning. This Induction programme will give newly appointed staff the opportunity to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in meeting the needs of Glasgow’s young learners. It will run over two years and will result in those attending gaining two units at SCQF Level 5.
It was a lively event where the Glasgow Kelvin Hospitality and Catering students prepared and served a delicious hot lunch for the 100 delegates on the day. The delegates were delighted with the quality and variety of hot food and Hospitality students gained valuable work experience especially in the field of customer service.
Glasgow City Council Senior Education Officer, Andrea Reid, said;
“Glasgow is a nurturing city where our Support for Learning workers are highly valued as practitioners, supporting and working in partnership with our learners, families and teachers. Strong effective support enables all our young people to achieve their best.
We are delighted to work in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College to deliver a programme which supports our staff’s professional learning and ensures we maintain, develop and upskill a highly effective workforce.”
Robin Ashton, Vice Principal for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement at Glasgow Kelvin College said;
“The College is delighted to work in partnership with Glasgow City Council Education Services to help design and support their Induction Programme, preparing and upskilling their Support for Learning workers as they assist some of the city’s most vulnerable young learners.
Our Early Years and Childcare teaching staff continue to do an excellent job in sustaining the partnership and we are pleased to contribute to this key initiative which will help to close the attainment gap from an early age.”
Thanks go to all the staff whose hard work made the programme, and the inaugural event, such a success.
That's us finished for this week.
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Have a great weekend!