Staff Honoured for AoC Award
Staff and students celebrated as the College was awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Staff Development in Further Education.
The College was presented with the award, sponsored by City & Guilds, by Lord Willis, President of the AoC Charitable Trust, at the AoC Beacon Awards National Presentation Ceremony at the Institute of Civil Engineering in London on Wednesday 5 February. The College was also congratulated by Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, who was present at the ceremony.
Pictured is Shelagh Legrave being presented with the AoC Beacon Award by Lord Willis, President of the AoC Charitable Trust, alongside Sheila Thorpe (Professional Development Manager), Sally Challis-Manning (Assistant Principal), Andy Green (Deputy Principal), Gary Nixon (Lecturer in Teacher Education) and Mark Voar (Professional Learning Coach/Deputy Head of Learning).
We won the award for the way we have embedded an excellent lesson observation process to support the high quality development of teaching and learning. The College did this by creating an expert observation team as part of the ‘License to Observe’ project, which is committed to the development of excellent teaching, learning and assessment.
Whilst at the ceremony, College staff had the opportunity to observe the other winning Beacon projects and show off the prestigious success of the Staff Development award through a series of displays.
They were welcomed by Dame Pat Bacon, Chair of the AoC Beacon Awards, in the Telford Theatre, she said: “The winning entries this year are all fantastic examples of the ways in which colleges are demonstrating how thoroughly they understand and respond to the needs of their learners, wider communities and employers.”
Professional Development Manager for the College, Sheila Thorpe, said: “The atmosphere was full of pride and celebration. Chichester College is truly honoured to be presented with the best award that can be offered nationally for staff development.”
We celebrated the Staff Development Beacon award at our Annual General Meeting last month with dignitaries from City & Guilds and the Aoc and prestigious residents of the Chichester area attending.
The College is now in the process of sharing our expert knowledge with others and will be holding a conference at the College on March 7. The College are also making plans to turn the ‘Licence to Observe’ project into an accredited course!
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Students Kick Start Career at College Event
A fantastic example of collaborative working, the successful careers fair gave employers the opportunity to come together and offer our students information on the different career paths available to them.
The event was co-ordinated by the Positive About Futures team and they received fantastic feedback from all the companies and organisations that attended. In fact, they were so impressed with the careers event, they have asked if they can return next year and also to be invited to any other careers events held at the College.
Amongst the wealth of employers present were the Army, Barclays, Clarins, Butlins, Sainsbury’s, Goodwood, Rolls-Royce and Guardian Angel Careers. The fair was held in Coasters on Tuesday 4 February and offered students the chance to walk around our ‘career zone’, providing them with an insight into a variety of professions. The careers event not only offered an insight into different aspects of work, but many of the companies who attended offered job vacancies to some students such as Sainsbury’s, Butlins and Goodwood.
Marcus Cogger, Student Experience Champion for the College, believes showing career opportunities to Chichester College students is essential, he said: “The event is invaluable for our students to gain an insight into careers within different industries and sectors and at the same time speak to experts representing them. It also gives an opportunity for companies to advertise any job vacancies that they may have, which is very attractive to our students.”
The same careers event took place at Brinsbury on Wednesday 5 February and proved to duplicate the same success as the Chichester campus.
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The Only Way Is Essex Star Opens Hair & Beauty Fair
The Only Way was Chichester for TOWIE star Maria Fowler as she opened the College’s Hair and Beauty Fair. The event was officially launched on Wednesday 5th February at the College in conjunction with promoting Maria’s new tanning products ‘Amazing Tan’.
By 10am, the corridors and stairwell were flocked with students and members of the public eagerly awaiting the arrival of the TOWIE star. The well-known face of reality TV soon arrived and was greeted with an applauding audience as she cut the ribbon to officially open the event. 16 – 18 year olds came from far and wide bearing camera phones for their chance to grab a snap with Maria. Many were star-struck when they met their favourite celebrity and left with an autograph and a smile.
Alongside the TOWIE star, many other exhibitors attended to promote their products and give advice to College students on potential career paths and educational courses, such as Spray Tanning, that could add flair to their CVs. Other companies included Paul Mitchell Hair Products, Mavala Nail Care, Tropica Skincare & Make Up, Herbal Life, Sally’s Hair & Beauty Supplies, Babyliss Hair Care and Clarins.
Maria Fowler said: “I love visiting Colleges to not only promote my new tanning product, but because they are the younger generation who will soon be in the beauty industry themselves. They could be freelancing, working as a Beauty Therapist, or running their own company.”
A student from the College who is studying Beauty Therapy said: “It was amazing to meet Maria and learn about her tanning products. I think it is important for us as students to get the chance to meet a range of Beauty Therapists, whether they are famous or not, and this Hair and Beauty Fair is an amazing opportunity to do just that.”
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Chichester College Young Gardeners go for Third Win
The Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year 2014 competition, in collaboration with the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Community, will see Horticulture students from Brinsbury Campus compete against other top horticultural colleges around the country to design and build the best show garden at this year’s Ideal Home Show at Earls Court.
Brinsbury students, who were the 2012 and 2013 champions, led by their tutor Mark Howard, will compete in a garden build challenge – in just one week! Their creations will be seen by a quarter of a million people at the Ideal Home Show.
Here is a sneak preview of the design. One of the main features of this creation by Level 3 Horticulture students is the use of recycled and sustainable products. A panel of experts, including Diarmuid Gavin will judge the gardens on the 14 March, and visitors to the show will have the chance to vote for their favourite.
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'Women into Engineering' Evening
Liz Taylor, Head of Learning for Hospitality and Tourism, brought her girl guides group into College last month and held a ‘women into engineering’ evening.
Ten girl guides attended with three leaders and they all had a fabulous time. The College’s Facebook pages have been full of their comments on what a great evening it was and the best part is all the girls want to come back again. The guide group were at the College for two hours and the staff who were involved were Martin Smailes, Alison Gray, Andy Chater and Mark Voar, who were more than ably assisted by three Engineering students Serrita Millis, Angela Rogers and Nattanan Hall.
The girls got to try Electronics, 3D Machining and Laser Cutting. It was a very busy evening and they were very enthusiastic with all the activities, particularly when they figured out that they could laser ‘One Direction’ onto their badges! Adella one girl guide said: “It was absolutely fabulous.” While Jess said: “I love my yellow guide badge key ring.”
The Engineering team really appreciated the card from the girls guide group, and the chocolates!
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Where Are They Now?
Meet Derek Bowerman BSc Hons F.R.I.C.S., surveyor and auctioneer and one of the very first Chichester College 1964 students.
Derek started his Surveying Part 1 Certificate as the College doors first opened in September 1964. In a recent meeting Derek reflected: “The drive down to the front of the College was still incomplete, which was a great practical exercise for our group of surveying students who were straight out measuring and getting to grips with using a theodolite; the refectory was situated where the A level unit is today and the gym was a central point for students to meet before games of rugby or football.”
Derek’s pre-college education was at Chichester Boy’s High School but, being keen to do a practical surveying qualification, he made the decision to come to Chichester College and join what was then a small construction area. He was one of about 8-9 students who started the 3 year surveying course and of that 1964 group, Derek is still in touch with six other students who, amazingly, still manage to meet up for an annual dinner and catch up; all but 2 of them, have built enduring careers around the surveying skills they first learnt at the College (the other two have moved into hospitality and cattle ranching in the US).
Derek recalls that the course involved input from business subjects as well as surveying, maths and general construction theory and, under direction from lecturer Ian Stamp, he learned all the fundamentals needed to start his professional career, as well as making some lifelong friends. After three enjoyable years at College, Derek started work with Wyatt & Sons, completed his professional qualifications and then moved to Stride and Sons. During 1978-1990 he was heavily involved with the cattle market as an auctioneer, as well as doing valuations and surveying work. Following the closure of the cattle market in 1990 Derek switched his focus to more planning and valuations work, running farm auctions, agricultural and property consultancy, which he is still heavily involved in; he is also an expert witness on building disputes.
Outside of work Derek has been a keen rugby player, supporter and follower of Chichester rugby club.
Today, Derek’s connections with the College continue through his daughter, Michelle House, who works in Information & Funding and his granddaughter, who is at First Steps.
As a 1964 alumni, Derek is looking forward to joining his fellow surveying students and other alumni at the 1960’s staff and student dinner in September: this will be the first of several welcome back 50th Anniversary alumni dinners, planned to take place throughout the 2014-15 academic year.
Calling Alumni from the 1960s and 70s
If you went to Chichester College in its early days please let us know as we’d love to hear your memories too. Contact: email@example.com
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Halls of Residences in Fundraising Competition
The College’s three Halls of Residences are battling it out to be crowned the Number One Charity Raiser. Not only are they raising money for their chosen charity, but are also learning about the work they do.
For Woodlands, our under 18 Residence, their chosen charity is Sidlesham Cat and Rabbit rescue centre.
Monique from the charity came and spoke to the students in January and there are visits to the centre to see the work carried out there planned for later in this term.
On Saturday 1 February the first charity event took place in the halls. Students paid to be able to stay up through the night. Staff were all on hand to make sure things went smoothly. There was a tombola, a raffle, pizzas and cakes on hand to keep all going. The students are pictured above at midnight waiting expectantly for the raffle to be drawn!.
On the night, the students raised approximately £150 for the charity and this will be kept going all through the year.
It is now getting competitive between the halls and the chosen charities are:
- CRED chosen by Westgate Halls
- Snowdrop chosen by Stockbridge Halls
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Fundraising Event by Foundation Degree Students for Foresight
This year’s Foundation Degree Hospitality and Event students kicked off their fundraising events for the year with a lunch organised in Goodwood for the charity, Foresight.
Originally formed by the government in 1921 to help WW1 veterans who had suffered blindness or severe damage to the eyes through action during the war, Foresight is now an official charity in the West Sussex area, whose aim is to help anyone who has been diagnosed as blind or partially sighted. Volunteers give advice on equipment, benefits, support networks and social activities, so those who are losing or who have lost their sight can live as normal a life as possible.
Event organisers, Jordan Hawal, Cryssi Bronzzkowski and Blair Mckay-Clarke chose this charity to support because they felt was little known but a very worthwhile charity.
The trio organised a very buzzy, successful lunch for around 45 diners. Food was prepared in the kitchen by chef lecturer Michael Oliver and his Level 2 Professional Cookery students and was served by the FDA students, who also ran a raffle to raise additional funds.
The Aldingbourne Trust is the next charity to benefit from a carnival themed event organised by Gemma Canton and Charlotte Paynere. This group delivered a three course meal and carnival games in aid of the trust who support adults with disabilities.
The FDA students have further lunch events planned and members of the public are very welcome. You can find out more in the Goodwood Restaurant page.
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Activities of a Horticultural Apprentice
An amazingly successful day with apprentices and members of staff took place at Brinsbury recently, showcasing the skills of the Horticulture apprentices.
Steve Millam, David Hammond, Sue Reed and Hannah Vaughan in commercial services team gave help and advice to the apprentices, while giving them top tips on Horticulture within a workplace environment.
Steve delivered an informative knowledge session on tools and pruning. Steve also took the functional skills sessions in the morning. All apprentices now have access to BKSB (The College’s interactive Maths and English online platform) and they can now independently work on their Maths and English. The apprentices know they need to achieve a minimum of level 1 in Maths and English, but there are some who are recognising the value of Maths and English, and are pushing to achieve level 2.
In the afternoon, Sue delivered a practical session around designing a garden. The apprentices produced some outstanding work and the designs included scale drawings. The Horticulture apprentices found the activities entertaining as well as educational and hope to now show off their new skills to their employers.
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