Another week into the year and yet again our staff and students have been busy, from working towards creating gardens and orchards to opening an awards ceremony with a dance performance.
Read on to find out more.
Institution of Civil Engineers Visit
She spoke to the Year 1 HN students about the benefits of becoming students members of ICE, and about professional development in general.
It was a very informative session, and thanks to the lecturers who gave up some class time (and a class room) to help make this lunch-time session happen
The Orchard Project
This area will consist of around 24 fruit trees including apple, plum and pear trees. We are wanting to make this exciting event open to everyone, to help with planting.
The Orchard Project will supply the tools needed to plant but we need as many people as we can get to help out. If you can please spread the word and and if you have time yourself to help out, it would be appreciated.
This is a fantastic legacy for the College as it will supply free fruit for everyone including foodbanks, local care homes, College restaurants etc, once the trees have matured. The orchard will also be a place to encourage wildlife to blossom and an area to be enjoyed by all.
Dance Students Open the SSF Awards
SSF (Scottish Sports Futures) is a charity aimed at working with deprived areas of Glasgow (East End) and developing the futures of youngsters through sport/dance.
The event took place at the Radisson Blu in the City and was attended by circa. 500 people.
The dancers opened the show.
Wild Flower Power
As part of the Level Two Personal Achievement Award Learners have been working towards their SQA Community Award and the John Muir Award by helping to develop the College Garden Area around the GK Velocity Cycling Hub.
Learners within this class have been working with Glasgow City Council Countryside Rangers learning about Wild Flowers (See Glasgows FlowerPower Programme) and the Health Benefits attached to being active outdoors. In the attached images some of the class can be seen constructing a a small rope fence around the Wild Flower Garden at Springburn. In addition to the fence they have also been erecting a beautiful 'Wild Flower Garden Sign'.
This has been a joint effort with Iain Gordon and staff from Estates have helped with the project. In the images we can see Chris (Estates Team) talking to the learners about the type of concrete they will use when installing the posts for the rope fence and sign. The Wild Flower Garden Sign was created by Olly (Joiner from the Estates Team). Olly also helped to shape the small posts that were sourced for free and painted by our learners.
It is anticipated that the Wild Flower Garden will act as a platform for future projects around the college and foster further departments working together towards a common goal.
World Book Day 2019
Next month, the Library will be celebrating World Book Day (Thursday 7th March).
As part of a display in the Library, we will be collecting book recommendations from staff and students. If there is a book that you have enjoyed and would recommend to others in the College, send an e-mail with the title and author to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 27th February.
You also have the option to include a short comment (2-3 sentences max) on why you like the book. It can be a physical book, eBook, or audiobook, fiction or non-fiction.
Recommendations may be displayed in the Library, depending on available space. No names will be attached to the comments.
‘Football Focus’ for Simon in Northern Uganda
Photographer and lecturer at Glasgow Kelvin College, Simon Murphy, has just returned from a trip in Northern Uganda to document aid being distributed by Scottish charities.
Simon has been travelling to countries such as South Sudan, Ethiopia, Liberia, Colombia and Bangladesh over the past 12 years and while there distributes football tops that have been donated by friends and family. Although completely unrelated to the work of the charity, which this time around was SCIAF, Simon believes that football can unite people and common ground can be found anywhere in the world based on the beautiful game. Simon's friend and long term Fraserburgh FC fan, Ally Ruan, gave him some tops to take over for this trip and the first to be given out was his prized red tartan Fraserburgh shirt.
"I met a young girl, Edea Iren, 10, in the Palorinya refugee camp close to the border with South Sudan. She wanted to be in some of my pictures and when I gave her the Fraserburgh shirt as a thank you she couldn't hide her joy" says Simon.
Football is a universal language, anywhere I go in the world, I can connect with people over football
To witness the work of the charities that I travel with is incredible, even though there are a lot of hardships, the resilience of the people puts life back here into perspective. Giving out football tops won't change anyone's life or alleviate the suffering experienced, it's just a gesture to help connect with people."
Simon is hoping to put on an exhibition of his African work at some point in the not too distant future.
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