Our students have been showing the community spirit this week, by working collaboratively to help decorate a care home and getting involved in helping to welcome new residents to Glasgow.
We also have news of a competition.
Read on to find out more.
Our Fantastic 2018 Graduation Ceremony
A hugely successful Graduation Day this year at City Halls, once again. With a packed house for each of the two sessions, our 2017/18 students had a day to remember receiving their diplomas in front of their proud family, friends, loved ones and staff.
Across the two sessions, over 80 staff and Board Members attended – ushering, spectating, photographing, networking and delighting our students by taking part in the Academic Procession.
Our Guest Speaker, Dr Vanessa Collingridge, was inspirational and entertaining, delivering a motivational address on the advice she would have given herself on graduating. We were thrilled that she was able to take time from her busy schedule to share the event with us and she created a real buzz at the gathering. Vanessa also showed her support of our students by wearing an exclusive outfit designed by Ineta Joksaite, one of the HND Fashion and Manufacture students.
And the whole event was rounded off by two spectacular songs from the Glasgow Kelvin's Musical Theatre students Choir which had the audience on its feet!
Another resounding success – our students thoroughly enjoyed it and thanks go to all those staff and students who worked hard to make the day a very special one for everyone involved. Well done!
Some of these pictures were sent by staff and students, others were taken by Aldo Ferrarello, HND Photography. To see more fantastic photos from Aldo, visit our Facebook Graduation Album
Staff Mini Celebration
It was a double celebration as Scott was Graduating from University on the Thursday (15th November) and it was also his 1st year anniversary as Team leader for Admissions and Funding.
ESOL Discuss Cycling Opportunities
Sandra, GKC's campus cycling officer, joined by Riccardo and Nina from local charity Bike for Good, popped in to the National 2 elementary ESOL class at West Campus on Tuesday, the 13th November, morning.
The visit was organised to give the students speaking practice and the visitors shared information about the range of cycling opportunities available on and outwith campus including free bike loan, led rides, support with bike repairs through the Velocity Hub at Springburn Campus and starter cycling lessons for complete beginners.
Students took the opportunity to participate in a wide ranging, informal discussion with the visitors who brought cycling equipment, route maps and photographs. Sandra and Nina also shared some personal information about their home countries and their experiences learning English which was much appreciated by the ESOL students.
Hopefully their visit will lead on to a student cycling group.
Site Induction For Civil Engineering Students
The Civil Engineering team had Morgan Sindall as guests recently, carrying out a Site Induction for our HN Year 1 students. Without induction, and other health & safety measures, site visits would not be able to happen.
Morgan Sindall are the main contractor at the Sighthill Regeneration site, near to Springburn campus, and have been working closely with GKC Civil Engineering on activities and site visits.
Once complete, the £250 million Sighthill Regeneration project will be the biggest of its kind in the UK outside of London and includes a new school campus, a footbridge across the M8 - creating a ‘street in the sky’ - a new road bridge to link Sighthill and Port Dundas and more parkland for the whole area.
The site visits are programmed over the next month
Civil Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship First Site Visit
Our Year 1 Civil Engineering Foundation Apprenticeship students recently went on their first site visit of the year. This was the site of the new Hampton by Hilton hotel at Hamilton Race Course, being built by Robertson Construction.
GKC Civil Engineering has built up a partnership with Robertson over the years and this is our 2nd visit this term. In fact, one of the Year 2 FA students actually has a work placement working for Robertson Construction at this site this term.
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.
ESOL Halloween Party
On Thursday 1st November, ESOL National 5 Stage 1 students hosted a Halloween party. The students were a bit apprehensive at first about organising the party but also enthusiastic. They shared their ideas with each other, made decisions together and organised everything with hard work. Two students volunteered to go around the ESOL classes to hand out invitations.
On the morning of the party, the whole class helped decorate the room with tombstones, cobwebs and fake spiders. Many students wore different costumes, mask and hats, and they welcomed guests with a scary doorbell when they entered. Everyone joined in with activities like bobbing for apples and a mummy game. A highlight of the party was then Conal, the ‘ghost catcher’, asked students to look for ghosts around the class in exchange for a prize. At the end of the party there was some scary Halloween music and some students were dancing with the teachers. Everyone agreed it was a good chance to meet other students and have fun.
Badminton Club Sessions
Good fun was had by all at Monday's Badminton club session at Springburn Campus!
Why not go along and take part in this great sports, 3.30-4.25 pm every Monday in the Games Hall.
Outstanding Achievements Rewarded
Congratulations to GKC Fashion students Kayley Molloy (left) and Kirsty MacLeod (right) who attended the glamorous Incorporation of Tailor's choosing dinner as guests of Bob Primrose (pictured centre), on Friday the 9th of November, in Tradeshouse.
Both students were rewarded for their outstanding achievement in their studies last year and were awarded with a membership to the Incorporation and a cash prize to support their future studies. Kirsty was awarded the Advanced prize and is currently studying on the BA Hons course at GKC whilst Kirsty won Non-advanced and has now progressed on to HND Fashion Design and Production.
Congratulations and we cannot wait to see what you produce this year !
More Joy at SQA Star Awards
The SQA Star Awards saw Glasgow Kelvin College celebrating once again this year with a series of accolades.
Our students, Stuart and Leah, both received ‘Highly Commended’ in their categories.
- Stuart Patterson from Easterhouse in the SQA Star Award College Learner of the Year, one of last year’s Access to Humanities students.
- In the new SQA Star Award for Young Person of the Year which marks the Year of Young People, Leah Cairns who is currently on the HN Working with Communities programme.
Huge congratulations to both – well done, to them and all the staff and partners who have supported them.
In addition, the EVIP (Enhanced Vocational Inclusion Programme) which Glasgow Kelvin helps to run in partnership with Glasgow City Council Education and Glasgow Clyde College, won the SQA Star Award for Promoting Inclusion.
This is a resounding accolade for the programme, which has involved many of the College’s talented staff and learners over the years – congratulations to everyone who has played a part in this ground-breaking initiative which provides opportunities to vulnerable young people in the city.
Glasgow Clyde, our sister college, went on to win the Pride o’ Worth Award, which is the overall prize for SQA Star Awards, and we offer our heartiest congratulations to them for this recognition.
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