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In December, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) hosted a range of charity and sports events in the Richmond upon Thames College Community Sports Centre and facilities, in association with The Change Foundation and the Bryan Habana Foundation

The Change Foundation engages with marginalised and at-risk young people, facing some of the world’s toughest challenges through the power of sport and dance. The foundation’s newest programme, Team Habana, develops the next generation of young leaders through the values of rugby, using the philosophies and support of Rugby World Cup winning Springbok legend Bryan Habana.

The ‘Team Habana London Cohort Residential’, brought together 7 young leaders to take part in the programme - which started with a 3 day residential run at Harlequins Rugby Club in Twickenham. The organisation focuses upon group leadership training, one to one project development support, mentoring and leadership residential retreats. South African rugby union player, Bryan Habana, who founded the organisation, also made a personal appearance.

Mark Brough, Richmond upon Thames College Sports Centre Manager, said “The Change Foundation and the Bryan Habana Foundation chose RuTC as one of their hosts for their London Cohort Residential because of RuTC’s close proximity to Harlequins. We often support Harlequins bookings and events, as well as offering external organisations the use and hire of our sports facilities.”

70% of the Team Habana leaders are young women who have become role models for 100s of children in their communities, breaking down stereotypes of women in leadership positions in sport.

The project helps increase young people’s confidence and competence in a range of leadership behaviours for them to fully discover their leadership potential through volunteering within their local communities.

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On Wednesday 13th December (2017), the Richmond upon Thames Girls’ Football team played in the Surrey FA Futsal Tournament at Woking Leisure Centre. The team won the tournament, conceding only 1 goal and losing just 1 game out of 6 teams.

Sports Centre Manager, Mark Borough, spoke about the development of the Girls’ Football team and their introduction to the world of Futsal. “We’ve always had a boys’ football academy team which is always very popular - and alongside this has had a girls’ football development team. But for the last 4-5 years, we have struggled to have enough girls to be able to play full sided games - so this year we took the view to focus on 5-a-side games and futsal this year rather than 11 a-side leagues as with the boys’ teams.”

The tournament comprised of local Further Education colleges including; John Ruskin College, Reigate College, Strodes College, Woking College & Brooklands College.

Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced, five-a-side indoor football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.

The next tournament will be taking place at Woking Leisure Centre on the 31st January and Mark has high hopes for the year ahead and sports at the college in general. “Our plan for 2018 is to continue playing futsal as it has proved popular and is growing in popularity across the country.”

The Richmond upon Thames Girls’ Football Team train and meet every Wednesday between 12.50pm-1.50pm, in the Sports Hall.

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On Wednesday 20 December 2017, Art and Design students at Richmond upon Thames College studying the UAL Level 3 (Pre BA) Foundation Diploma hosted an exhibition titled ‘COLLECT & CREATE'.

RuTC Collect and Create Student Talks To Robin

Students identified an issue or agenda they were interested in and collated research in sketchbooks. This research was a starting point for experimental art and design work in a wide range of specialist areas such as fashion and painting. As an integral part of the project, students had to display their work in an exhibition. One student stated, “Throughout the project I had to think about the audience and what they would think of my work, and I found that really useful when it came to developing my work”.

RuTC Collect and Create Hands Print

The exhibition was a huge success and was attended by staff at the college and visitors from the local community. Students now plan to use their work and photography as part of their university interview portfolios.

Photo credit: Rocio Rey Aloe, Art and Design Level 3 Foundation Diploma student

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On Tuesday 5 December, Spanish A-Level students went on a trip to see Federico García Lorca’s play at the Cervantes Institute theatre in London. La Casa de Bernarda Alba is an interesting play which the students are currently studying as part of their A Level Spanish course. The theatre trip helped not only with the visualisation of characters but also with understanding the intensity of the play. The raw emotions conveyed by the actors and their roles allowed students to see things they would not necessarily grasp by simply reading the play from a book.

A memorable moment for the delighted students was when Maria Josefa appeared for the first time. It is a shocking yet funny moment in the play because the character was used as a comic relief within the serious context of the play.

This class trip allowed our students to enhance their knowledge of the play and will benefit them for their essays and their exam. Hopefully this will help them achieve the best they can.

Written by students Samir Parada & Zoe Rubio.

Find out more about studying Spanish at Richmond upon Thames College.


During the Autumn term Supported Learning students on the Lifeskills course have been working together to create a garden trellis, which is temporarily being used as an abstract Christmas tree until it is ready to move to the garden in the Spring term.

christmas supported learning trellis tree

The students created this as part of their course where they learn skills for everyday life. They spend one hour a week in Carpentry, which is where they created the trellis for the Supported Learning garden. They used recycled timber that was donated to the department by a local film set organisation. During the Spring term they will erect the trellis in the gardens where they currently grow flowers, plants and vegetables and use this to grow climbing plants.

Each student scribed their name onto the trellis as well as the names of their teachers. They then created a star for the top of the trellis and added lights, turning it into the perfect seasonal addition to the college entrance.

Read now: RuTC's November 2017 Ofsted report says the college is GOOD in all areas including excellent support for all students. 

Annual Winter Gig Went Down a Storm

Wednesday 13 December 2017


On Wednesday 29 November (2017), year one and year two music students blew away the audience at the annual RuTC Winter Concert or ‘the Winter Gig’.

Extended diploma students organised the event from scratch as part of two units on event management. They discussed various charities and chose Music in Hospitals and & Care (MIHC), keeping in frequent contact with them. Students liaised with technicians, ran rehearsals with first year performers, delegated technical jobs across both years and programmed the whole event.

MIHC pays for musicians to go into hospitals, care homes and similar venues to bring live music to patients and residents. The charity works with university researchers whose focus is the measurable medical and psychological benefits for patients and residents. Students raised a fantastic £240 for the charity on the night.

Watch the video below to see highlights of the Winter Gig!

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Throughout the academic year 2017-18, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is working with Friends of the Earth and the National Union of Students (NUS) offering students the opportunity to study a Level 3 Award in Community Campaigning as an additional qualification. The six students from RuTC who were selected for this course will gain eight additional UCAS points, which will benefit their personal statements for university and provide additional hands-on experience for future careers.

Daniel Sudworth who is studying the Community Campaigning programme alongside his A Levels in Psychology, Government and Politics and History, says; “I joined this group for two reasons; firstly because I think the environment is an important issue and something needs to be done, and it may as well start at a local level. Secondly, it seemed like a fun and different experience.”

During the Autumn term, RuTC students voted on the environmental issue that means the most to them and the Community Campaigning students have taken the winning vote of ‘waste’ as the issue to focus on. Their aim over the coming year will be to try creating a community campaign to reduce waste at RuTC. Inspired by the BBC's Blue Planet 2 and Sky’s Ocean Rescue, the team will put their focus on plastic. They have met with the college’s Catering and Estates departments and aim to take their campaign to the Principal to action their plan across the college.

RuTC is one of four London colleges taking part in the community campaigning project, called ‘My World, My Home’. Students have attended a training session held by Friends of the Earth at the Woodberry Wetlands Centre in Hackney, North London, with 25 other students from the other London colleges.

The training provided the students with the knowledge and skills to plan and implement their own campaign. The session involved role-playing to sharpen negotiating skills and storytelling to help them work towards the Award. Isaac Skrzypczyk who is studying A Levels in Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology says; “We are hoping to highlight the importance of recycling and to reduce the use of single plastic at RuTC.”

If you would like more information about this or to get involved, please contact Laura McFarlane-Shopes, Community Activism Coordinator at Friends of the Earth: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme contributes millions of pounds each year to support almost 2,000 colleges and schools throughout London and Essex with celebrating the achievements of their young people.

“We do it because we want to help young people raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society” said Sir Jack Petchey CBE. The local awards took place at Richmond Theatre on the evening of Wednesday 22 November 2017.

This year, eight RuTC students were given awards including Rory William Walsh (pictured below, right) who, on the morning of the Grenfell Tower disaster, worked tirelessly to support those affected. This was before he attended college the same day to sit an A level English exam. After his exam he returned to the site of the disaster and worked in a community centre, assisting those who had been made homeless.

Kieran Peckett (pictured below, left) received an award for his work promoting RuTC's Student Union and the college's Christian Union. He also has been a college guide and has always helped at Open Events and during enrolment.

Six Supported Learning students were given awards. Along with those picture above, Ruben Kapango was also one of our winners.

Jack Petchey Awards 2017 RuTC Students Kieran Peckett and Rory Walsh

Read now: 10 Great Things About RuTC


Richmond upon Thames College was proud to be highly commended for the award in Best Professional Practice at the Richmond Business Awards 2017 that took place at the Marriott Hotel in Twickenham on Friday 10 November.

John O’Shea, Deputy Principal at Richmond upon Thames College, said, “I am delighted that Richmond upon Thames College has been highly commended for the Best Professional Practice category at this year’s awards. The college works closely with many local, regional and national employers in providing education and training opportunities and will be strengthening employer links when the new state of the art college campus opens in Twickenham in 2019. To be acknowledged at such a high profile award, demonstrates the effort and commitment from the college’s talented staff. I am also proud to announce that Ofsted inspectors have recently judged Richmond upon Thames College to be good in all areas and praises the college for its effective partnerships with local employers”.

Read the November 2017 Ofsted report for Richmond upon Thames College 


In November, adult students from Richmond upon Thames College studying on both the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Pre-BA) and Access to HE: Art and Design, visited the Koestler Awards exhibition at the London Southbank Centre and participated in guided tour. The exhibition, curated by renowned artist, Antony Gormley, showcases artwork produced in the UK’s prisons, secure hospitals and immigration removal centres with the aim of breaking down negative stereotypes through highlighting the talent and potential of ex-offenders to the public.

“Extra-curricular trips like this are a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their understanding of art, and take inspiration away with them that they can apply to their own work and studies. The students are particularly moved to hear about the contexts within which the art has been created” commented Caroline King, Art and Design lecturer at Richmond upon Thames College.

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