At the end of 2018, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) Supported Learning and Construction students worked together to build and install planters around the site of the college’s new building. ISG, the construction services company responsible for the college’s redevelopment, collected timber offcuts from the building work which they donated to RuTC’s Construction department. Construction students then decided to build planters out of the wood, arranged around the welfare areas of the site.
Supported Internship and Adult Independent Living Students then took over and were responsible for the actual planting process. Shona Corben, Supported Learning Lecturer at RuTC, said: “Everyone enjoyed working with ISG as they supported and inspired our work. The students’ input was great. They arranged the entire planting process, chose the winter proof plants themselves and will be maintaining the planters.”
Libby Benjamin, RuTC student involved in the planting process, said: “The main thing was team work. It was great how everyone worked together and is part of the team.”
ISG Construction Manager, Pui Wong, said they were all “extremely impressed and grateful for the students’ efforts and will continue to work with the college to ensure that the plants are maintained throughout the duration of the project.”
In November 2018, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) welcomed the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs (DSM) Foundation for talks and workshops, informing about the risks of substance misuse.
Founded in 2014 by Tim and Fiona Spargo-Mabbs after their son Dan’s sudden death, the foundation offers drug and alcohol education programmes, training and workshops for students, parents and carers. Through interactive and engaging sessions, the DSM Foundation informs about effects and risks of taking drugs, laws and peer pressure.
In addition to informing students, the DSM Foundation delivered its first ever parents event at a further education college. RuTC student Nia Shaw, our college’s very first DSM Foundation Youth Ambassador, supported the foundation during their visit and will continue to do so in the future.
Cait Orton, Safeguarding and Equalities Officer at RuTC, says: “Nia came to help with the parent’s talk and we were all extremely impressed by her maturity, professionalism and insight in to such a complex issue.”
RuTC student and DSM Foundation Youth Ambassador, Nia Shaw, says: “I chose to be involved in the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation because of how and why the organisation was set up and because I understand the importance of drug awareness amongst young people. As a young person myself who has seen a number of drugs and know how accessible they are, yet never felt pressured or intimidated to take any, I want to encourage my peers to have the same attitude.”
In support of the college’s chosen charity, Shooting Star Chase, the leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young adults, we were excited to actively participate again in their annual Christmas fundraising day this week.
On Wednesday 19 December, lunch in the refectory was accompanied by festive carol singing and a bake sale. Staff and students’ purchases of homemade goodies and cakes contributed to the charity’s fundraising day. In addition to the cakes, Shooting Star Chase’s little fingerprint mascots ‘Friendlies’ were available to buy in the form of pin badges, canvas tote bags, pens and more.
On Thursday 20 December, RuTC’s Students’ Union organised a raffle. Staff and students bought tickets to win various prizes including shopping vouchers, a 3 course lunch for two in RuTC’s restaurant Merits, a Merlin annual pass and many more. In total, the college raised over £300, which will benefit the charity.
Sharon Cousins, Assistant Principal Student Experience at RuTC, said: “’Shooting Star Chase’ is a very worthwhile charity which RuTC actively supports. We are delighted that the money students and staff raised will benefit such an important service to the local community.”
Each year, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) chooses an e-card designed by one of our students to send out to all staff, students and external stakeholders to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. This year’s winning e-card was designed and produced by Cameron Norris, one of our talented first year Animation and Visual Effects students. Especially impressive, since Cameron only started studying his course at RuTC in September. Congratulations!
To all our students and staff – have a relaxing break and we will see you again on 7 January 2019!
Did the Prince find his wife? Did the Beast find happiness? Did Captain Hook get his comeuppance and did the pesky elves manage to ruin Christmas or will good prevail?
On Wednesday 19 December, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students entertained with a festive Pitstop Panto Show. A collection of pantomimes, including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Peter Pan, turned the evening into a fun family event with barely an empty seat in the house.
The show was the first of its kind at RuTC, as acting students worked alongside students from other departments: a media student filmed the actors to sharpen his own filming skills and two dance students took over roles on as well as off stage. Two RuTC performing arts alumni did not want to miss out on the chance to support this special performance and performed on the night. Two acting lecturers played active parts in the show and were great role models for the students.
Jane Swift, Performing Arts lecturer at RuTC, said: “The audience enjoyed the show and our students did really well. They demonstrated a good learning curve, not only in acting, but also while working on the set, shopping for props and designing their costumes. This show was a real team effort.”
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On Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 December, first and second year Level 3 dance students performed at the college’s Christmas Performance, ‘Come Alive’. Over 100 visitors watched paintings come to life as the dancers performed in a variety of styles ranging from upbeat jazz routines to more lyrical contemporary numbers and some of the numbers even choreographed by the students themselves.
Hannah Fryer, Performing Arts lecturer at RuTC, said: “We were thrilled with the students’ performance in ‘Come Alive’, they worked extremely hard this term to excel in different genres of dance. This show was a challenge but the students rose to the task and have received wonderful reviews of their performances.”
Find out more about RuTC’s Performing Arts courses!
From Nirvana to Rachmaninov to traditional Pakistani music – visitors to Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) Music Concert experienced a wide variety of music performed by our second year Extended Diploma Music students. 20 students organised and performed at the almost two hour long concert on Wednesday 28 November.
The proceeds from this year’s concert go to the Rays of Sunshine charity, who work with seriously ill and disabled children aged three to 18 years old to brighten up their lives. They grant wishes, organise outings and hold large scale events. In previous years, one of RuTC’s own students benefitted from the charity and had unforgettable experiences. The tickets and collection the music concert last month raised £240.
On Tuesday 4 December, the college was pleased to welcome two of London’s leading employers, Dexter’s Estate Agents and casting company, Jina Jay Casting. Representatives from the two companies gave separate talks to students on careers in the property sector and film and TV industry.
Brandon Van Der Westhuizen, Recruitment Director for Dexter’s Estate Agents, met with business students and offered practical advice on preparing for interviews and a personal account of his journey in the property business. Students were also offered the chance to have a week’s work experience which could potentially lead to longer term career opportunities with the firm.
Brandon said “Dexter’s look forward to setting up a working relationship that can benefit all of us going forward and most importantly the students in their career.”
Jina Jay and Olivia Brittain from Jina Jay Casting held a Q&A session with art and media students. During the session, they shared honest accounts of their personal experiences of working in the film and TV industry. The event was a huge success and students were invited to contact the company for work experience or a potential referral to other companies within the creative network.
For the first time, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) was involved in the global White Ribbon Campaign. This awareness raising campaign encourages men and boys to recognise and stand against violence perpetrated against women and girls. The campaign acknowledges that abuse can be committed by anyone against anyone, but specifically targets male on female violence as this is the statistically the most common form of abuse.
The campaign starts on 25 November each year and runs for 16 days. This year RuTC worked with Richmond Council Services, Refuge (a national domestic violence charity), Victim Support and Achieving for Children to run a series of workshops for students. These workshops focused on healthy relationships, recognising relationship abuse and how to get support if needed. During the two weeks, the campaign was also promoted to students and staff through display materials and handouts and white ribbons were given out to show support.
The White Ribbon website states the campaign’s mission to “end male violence against women, once and for all.”
Find out more about White Ribbon and how to support the campaign at https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/
On Friday 23 November, nine of Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) apprentices, who work at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), celebrated the end of their apprenticeship programme with a graduation ceremony held at NPL’s offices.
During their 12-18 month courses, all of the apprentices were supported by RuTC’s specialist employer engagement department, Training Solutions. Seven graduated in Business Administration, one in IT and one in Digital Marketing and they have all been offered positions with NPL. RuTC has now seen 21 apprentices graduate with them.
JT Janssen, NPL’s Director of Research, gave the opening speech at the ceremony, followed by Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and Chief Executive of RuTC. Both spoke highly of the graduates’ hard work. Robin Ghurbhurun said, “It was a fantastic event as ever but what really struck me was how impressive our apprentices are and the experience NPL has provided them with.”
Amy Woolford, one of RuTC’s graduating apprentices whose job role involves Health, Safety, Environment and Security at NPL, said, “During my time at NPL I have been exposed to different sides of the business, which allowed me to choose a path for my career that interests me. Throughout my apprenticeship I earned a salary whilst learning and the bonus is that I found a career that I enjoy. It’s amazing the amount of trust NPL has in their apprentices and the support from of our college tutor was incredible. Her dedication meant we all were as successful as we could be.”
Finton McCluskey, one of RuTC’s graduating apprentices and working at NPL’s Quantum project management office, said, “Over the 14 month course, I have learned a great deal about the inner workings of the business, the principles of administration and have built up a network of like-minded colleagues. Richmond upon Thames College has facilitated this greatly; the one-to-one sessions as well as classes at the college itself have proven to be very useful. NPL has now taken me on full-time, extending my contract as administrative support in the Quantum project management office.”