We hope you all had a good week off and have returned this week refreshed and ready for the weeks ahead.
Our students and staff are back into the swing of things and as usual have been taking part in various activities and events.
Read on to find out what they have been up to.
Skills Scotland Event At The SECC
Glasgow Kelvin College staff held a stall at the Skills Scotland Glasgow event at the SECC on the 24th and 25th of October. This is the regions largest free jobs, skills, and apprenticeships event for 14 to 19 year olds.
Our stall allowed staff and students to participate in a crime scene investigation, which proved to be very popular.
Learner Journeys Beyond Kelvin
So it is with former HN Music Business student, Susan Montgomery, whose successful journey features in 'Glasgow Lives' and where she praises the influence of our own Ken McCluskey.
We're delighted to have been a part of this and wish her, and all alumni, the very best!
Susan Montgomery is third from the left in this photograph. She is pictured at Resonate with some volunteers including GKC students.
Read more at.. Susan, 25, Riddrie, music publisher with 23rd Precinct Music
BBC Sounds – With Rona Dougall
BBC Radio Scotland last week featured an appearance by Kelvin's own Monica McKerlie, Head of Services to Support Learners, on the Rona Dougall Morning Show.
The show carried an interview with Scottish Author, Joanna Bolourie, who had been an adult returner to learning and, through Colleges Scotland, the programme invited Glasgow Kelvin on to outline the challenges and benefits for adults returning to learning. Monica's contribution reflected some of Joanna's own experience and, as you'd expect, included a host of helpful and encouraging information for would-be returners.
Listen here at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0000q0b 93 mins in.
A splendid, confident and positive performance!!
Afternoon Tea At Platform
Students gain immeasurable experience from serving at these events and all enjoyed their time with the Platform staff leading the way.
For many of our students this was the fourth experience of this kind and they look forward to the next tea dance in the springtime!
Mental Health Awareness Talk
On Wednesday the 10th of October, during the colleges Mental Health Awareness day, the 1st and 2nd year Actors were introduced to Reece Hayes, a graduated Acting student who now does mental health talks and has been nominated for a Pride Of Britain Award (amongst others).
Reece delivered an engaging and heart felt presentation on his experiences of mental health, how the college supported him at the time, and the work he now does with the Princes Trust. Following the presentation, question and answer session, we are now looking forward to meeting more candidates from the Princes Trust.
The learners were particularly keen to have career talks regarding starting up their own businesses...
A Life Changing Experience – Romania Trip
Robert McCahill, a 1st Year Acting and Performing Student recently returned from doing some wonderful voluntary work. We are all proud of him.
Here is Roberts first hand account of the experience.
On 11/09/18 I travelled to Cernevoda in Romania as part of a team of voluntary workers with Scottish charity Stand International. We would be working with a charity based there called Nightingales, which supports five people with learning disabilities, four of whom also have HIV. These people were abandoned when the Romanian orphanage tragedy came to light in the early 90s.
The charity also supports young people in danger of becoming involved in the sex trade, which is a huge problem in the area due to poverty and lack of prospects. Ben, aninspirational guy who runs the charity, and his wife Louisa, made us incredibly welcome, even giving up their home for the two weeks to let us stay there. Most of what we were doing was quite heavy manual work, putting up guttering, concreting, building a partition wall, all things I would have said I couldn't do before travelling. To be honest, I struggled to hang a picture before I went, but with support and encouragement, and through teamwork and perseverance, we met all of our targets.
I came away with a new set of skills, and a realisation that sometimes the only limits I have are the ones I place upon myself. Because of their fairly recent emergence from communism, many Romanians live in poverty and there is a lack of a welfare state. This really reinforced to me just how lucky I am. Despite the countries problems, the people have an amazing outlook on life, and the people we helped showed so much gratitude and respect for us all that it was truly humbling. The five people living at the project, Adriana, Vali, Baba, Elana and Turkyan in particular left an impression that will last a lifetime. Outwith the charity they have no one, they have very little in the way of possessions, and they face immense challenges with their health conditions, yet I only ever saw them smiling.
It would have been impossible to come away from the trip without realising just how grateful I actually am for the people, things and opportunities I have in my life. It was a life changing experience. If anyone has the opportunity to get involved with something like this, I would really encourage them to seize it.
Musical Theatre Successes
Some of our former Musical Theatre students have had some fantastic successes, read about them below.
Gary, a Musical Theatre graduate, is a newly appointed Cruise Director on a top cruise liner.
He also uses his performance skills by joining in with the shows as a singer and dancer.
David, also a Musical Theatre student at GKC, was our Student of the Year 2 years ago and he gained a place at the prestigious Trinity College in London where he just graduated with a 1st class Honours degree.
He has just been offered his first professional job as Assistant Director in a London West End production.
Scott has secured a principal role in Panto after a successful couple of years performing abroad and two sell out one man shows at the Palace Theatre, where he performs with many groups of young performers form the local community passing on his skills.
Congratulations to all!
Bike Breakfast At Velocity Cycle Hub
Feel free to pop in at Glasgow Kelvin Velocity Cycle Hub to enjoy free hot drinks and pastries! Don’t forget to bring your reusable cup.
Beginner or Advanced cyclist – Everyone is welcome!
Please note that hot drinks and pastries will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop Sandra our Campus Cycling Officer a line at email@example.com
Activities will include
- A recital of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" in the College Singing Garden
- Creepy Hot Chocolate Stall
- Ghostly Cake sale
- Dookin for apples & reaching for donuts
Price of entry is 50p and everyone is welcome!
Preparing for the E-Bike Revolution!
The College is delighted to learn that it has been awarded funding from Transport Scotland’s first E-Bike Grant Fund to support its Sustainability Agenda and recognise the work being done with the GK Velocity project at the Springburn Cycle Hub.
The E-bike Grant Fund is aimed at local authorities, public sector agencies, community organisations, colleges and universities. It also targets Home Energy Scotland advice centres, active travel hubs and community centres so that more people can test ride e-bikes.
Glasgow Kelvin College is grateful to have received £5,700 to help provide three new e-bikes, including a trike, which will be available soon for use by arrangement with the Cycling Officer, Sandra Lavergne.
The plan is that staff may use these for sustainable inter-campus travel and they will also be available for led-rides with students and local residents through their community organisations.
So get on your bike – there’s no excuse!!
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Have a great weekend and see you all back here next week!