Another week and another update full of news for you.
From donuts and homemade soup, to football and the joys of learning in your 90s, we have it all.
So let's get started.
Proposed Garden at East End Campus
It is hoped that these facilities will compliment the College's approach to health and wellbeing for students, staff and the community as well as supporting our environmental agenda. The development is also expected to provide practical hands-on experience for students in a wide variety of areas.
Find out more by clicking HERE.
It’s Never Too Late To Learn!
- It’s never too late to learn, according to 94 yr old Jim.
- College learning centre helps Jim and his friends to develop archive.
- Glasgow Kelvin College creates access for everyone at the John Wheatley Learning Network.
Jim Gall, one of Glasgow Kelvin College’s most senior students, aged nearly 94, with friends Billy McMaster and Bernard McArdle attend the College’s Easterhouse Campus Flexible Learning centre most weeks. Jim said:
“It was 10 or 12 years ago when I started attending what was then, John Wheatley College, based in Shettleston. I’d originally started attending because friends from my Rotary Club had suggested this. I had a personal interest in the computerisation of patient records in dental practice and from my time working in dental hospitals. I’d also introduced computer classes at Coatbridge College as I was lecturing nursing students at the time and I saw the value of this for the students.
I started off doing ECDL, but then needed a year off for a hip operation, but thanks to the support of my College tutor, Jan Barr, I’ve achieved a lot and in recent years, my friend Billy has supported me using Movie Maker to compile family pictures and turn these into short films.
I’ve always had an interest in recording history through photography and film making and I’ve 8mm ciné film stretching back to the 1950s and I’ve created a live family history from 1950 to 1980. I’ve previously had support from students at the College to convert my ciné films into DVDs and also add sound. This is important for me, as I feel I’m archiving this history for my family, so they can see their history.
As I was part of the World Association in Dentistry, I’ve lectured all over the world and so became friends with lots of people. I continue to communicate with people via Skype and FaceTime. I also have a daughter in Australia, so this means I can keep in touch with her too.
The social side of learning is important to me. By coming here to Flexible Learning at the College, I know I’ve got Billy to work alongside and we support one another and this maintains our contact.”
Billy agrees, saying that meeting up with Jim every week and using the College’s Flexible Learning facilities and accessing the tutor support available means:
“I would do more coming here than I would if I was at home. Everything is going online; I Google everything now from how to put a washer on a tap to how to put a hinge on a door.
I like to come to Flexible Learning as I learn at my own pace and I can ask for help from my tutor, Jan.”
Billy, Bernard and Jim all agree that there is always more than one way of doing things on computers and coming to the College helps you to learn this.
Jan Barr, tutor says:
"It has been a pleasure to teach Jim, Billy & Bernard. They have all worked hard and progressed well. This is Life-Long Learning in practice!"
The Flexible Learning Centre at Glasgow Kelvin’s Easterhouse campus is one of 37 state-of-the-art community learning centres which are scattered throughout Glasgow. They form the John Wheatley Learning Network which creates access to access digital skills and computing resources for residents in some of Glasgow’s more excluded communities.
Through the John Wheatley Learning Network, Glasgow Kelvin College is the key provider of community-based learning in the North East of the city and has been a pioneer in the tutor-supported delivery of ICT skills and digital inclusion, working in partnership with a range of organisations including Wheatley Group, Glasgow City Council Community Planning Partnership and other community organisations.
The College is delighted to welcome Jim, Billy and Bernard when they drop in at times which suit their own busy schedule. These students are young at heart and are using their skills to create a legacy for their families and for their communities. Network learners gain much more than just IT skills and qualifications by coming along to the learning centres in the community or at College campus buildings.
For anyone interested in developing their digital skills, all are welcome to attend Glasgow Kelvin College Springburn, Easterhouse and East End campuses between 9.30 and 4pm Monday to Friday, where a member of Library and Flexible Learning staff would be very happy to help.
More information on Flexible Learning can be found at: www.glasgowkelvin.ac.uk
Donut Day 2018
The event was a great success and they sold nearly 300 donuts during the morning break, making £190. This money will go towards resources and a trip for the students relating to one of their units.
Thanks to everyone who supported us and we hope everyone enjoyed their donuts.
Electric Honey News
Electric Honey are pleased to announce Electric Honeys latest signing GKC performance student Toni Woods.
Toni had her debut radio play, on the 8th of May, on Roddy Harts BBC Radio Scotland show. Listen in around 1hr 32 minutes.
She also had a review in the Funky Beast music Blog, under Artist Spotlight.
Electric Honey Showcase
The Electric Honey Showcase will take place on Thursday the 31st of May 2018 at Oran Mor.
Doors open at 7.00 pm and tickets will be £8.
Performances by Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, Toni Woods, The Nickajack Men and Paque.
See the new video of Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5's track - Peace, Love & Mustard
ESOL All Write!
ESOL students took part in All Write! our annual writing festival yesterday. This year’s topics were: A special place or a favourite food. Students wrote poems, memories and stories about places in Scotland, Poland, Spain, Iran, Sudan and many others. Some were big cities or famous places like Warsaw, London or the Nile. Some were places that were new to them and had become special like Rothesay, Loch Lomond and the local café where you’re always made to feel welcome. Others were places that hold fond childhood memories, like a beloved grandmother’s house.
There were also many recipes. Some were familiar to Scots, like lasagne and burritos! Others were new and fascinating: napoleon cake, pierogi, cassava, date-filled Libyan biscuits and Georgian candle sweets.
Hospitality students and their lecturer Sean joined us and would like to try making some of the new recipes they heard!
Photography and Beauty Working Together
Frank McAllister one of our Photography (level 6) students at our Easterhouse campus had an assignment to produce a image using only frontal lighting within a studio environment, at the last minute his model cancelled, so in a moment of panic, as he only had they use of the studio for a limited time, he rushed up stairs to the beauty department to see if any of the students would sit for him.
Thankfully the wonderful Courtney Paterson (level 6) agreed. As Frank set up the studio lighting the beauty class worked on Courtney.
These photographs are the result of 20 mins hard work from both classes.
Rain Doesn’t Stop ‘Pay’!
A great effort from Level 6 Sport and Fitness students who organised a 5-a-side tournament at Petershill Stadium with a range of teams playing to raise funds for our partners, British Heart Foundation Scotland.
Unfortunately, bad weather intervened and the tourney was reduced a bit in size. However, undeterred, the entrepreneurial students toured the BHF bucket round the Springburn Campus to add to their excellent fundraising and finally collected the impressive sum of £59.78
Well done to them and to the staff concerned!
Students Fundraise For End Of Year Trip
Level 1 and Level 2 Personal Achievement Award students within Support for Learning have two event planned for next week and would be grateful if you could support them by coming along to see what they have on offer.
Both of these activities are to help raise funds for end of year student trip.
Love Crafts - Handmade Crafts for Sale
This will be on Wednesday the 16th of May from 1.00 to 3.00 pm, at our Easterhouse Campus Reception Area and Bridge Café.
I Love Soup - Homemade Soup for Sale
This is also on Wednesday the 16th of May, from 1.00 to 2.00 pm, in our Easterhouse Campus Reception Area.
It will be £1.50 for soup and a roll/
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Have a great weekend!