At the beginning of November, 21 Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) level 2 students from a range of subjects took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) Term Time Programme for 15 to 17 year olds. The programme included a four day residential trip to Devon, where students participated in rock climbing, abseiling, raft building and rafting. These activities helped them to develop team work and communication as well as problem solving skills.
In addition to the residential weekend, the students worked in two teams to support a community social action project. One team raised awareness for the ETNA Community Centre in Twickenham, which serves the people living in East Twickenham and St Margarets, providing them with a place they can meet and pursue a variety of interest. The team collected more than £120, which will go towards ETNA’s project of building a new community kitchen. The other team packed bags in a local Sainsbury’s store and raised over £450 for SPEAR, a local charity supporting people experiencing homelessness in South and West London. Overall, the teams volunteered 125 hours.
The programme concluded with a graduation ceremony on Tuesday 27 November, celebrating the students’ achievements throughout the NCS Term Time Programme.
With more than 33,000 visitors from London and the home counties last year, 15-24 year olds and their families can discover career opportunities again at this year’s Skills London. On Friday 23 and Saturday 24 November, the ExCeL Centre will be filled with interactive and inspirational activities and demonstrations and will help young people to bridge the gap between their passion and their career.
Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) will be exhibiting over the two days, giving students and their families the opportunity to get to know the college and its courses. Visitors will learn about the development of our new college campus due for completion at the end of 2019. Students can find out which pathway may suit them after their GCSEs, use professional construction equipment and discover what makes RuTC a Microsoft Showcase College. Students can apply for courses in September 2019 during your visit and enter a competition to win a tablet.
Meet RuTC staff and students at stand 435 on 23 and 24 November from 9:30am to 4pm in the ExCeL Centre!
To find out more about Skills London or to book free tickets online, please visit www.skillslondon.co.uk.
Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is delighted to announce that it has been awarded status as a prestigious Microsoft Showcase College.
The Microsoft Showcase College programme is part of Microsoft’s Education Initiative – a global network of institutions using technology to improve teaching and learning.
Showcase colleges are supported by Microsoft to focus on personalised learning for students through the use of one-to-one devices and Office 365 Education, Teams, OneNote, Skype and more. They also share ideas and are given the opportunity to host education events.
Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and Chief Executive of Richmond upon Thames College, said, “I am delighted Richmond upon Thames College has been designated a Microsoft Showcase College. Our commitment to innovation in technology for learning and business will be enhanced by this partnership with Microsoft and its family of other pioneering institutions across the globe. Membership of the group will undoubtedly match our 2020+ journey for learning and skills, creating a smart campus for our students and staff”.
He added, “Becoming a Microsoft Showcase College is a great honour for the college and an exciting and important step for Richmond upon Thames College’s future. We are currently building a brand new college on our current Twickenham site which will open its doors at the beginning of 2020 and will become a first class further education college and a technical and professional hub for west London providing the latest technology for students and staff along with state-of-the-art facilities”.
“With ever-changing technology, it is vital that as a leading education and training provider, we provide our students with the latest cutting-edge technology that will enhance their learning experiences and better prepare them for their future careers.”
“It is a great privilege to be working closely with one of the world’s leading technology corporations and Microsoft’s commitment to digital skills and education aligns closely with Richmond upon Thames College’s purpose to drive aspiration, ambition and achievement.”
On Wednesday 7 November, a new sculpture was unveiled at Heathfield Recreation Ground in Twickenham to raise awareness for dementia. The Mayor of the London Borough of Richmond Cllr Ben Khosa performed the cutting of the ribbon of the giant-sized chair sculpture at the opening ceremony and expressed his pleasure in unveiling this meaningful new meeting place.
In cooperation with Let’s Go Outside & Learn, the Alzheimer’s Society Richmond asked Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) Art and Design students to design a piece of work as focal point for the dementia-friendly park. After much consideration, the winning design by Aleksandra Piechocinska, who studied Level 2 Art and Design at RuTC, was chosen. The design of a Chesterfield armchair stood out amongst many others as it represents home comforts and peace. Her idea has now come to life as an interactive sculpture that has been made in weathered steel by a local company. The chair completes the park’s sensory trail, which encourages visitors to explore nature with every sense.
Hilary Dodd, Services Manager for Alzheimer’s Society Richmond, said: “Richmond Council has been doing great work to make their parks more accessible for the 2,100 people with dementia in Richmond. The winning design by a Richmond upon Thames College student is a great addition to Heathfield Recreation Park which helps to improve the physical and mental health of visitors, especially those affected by dementia.”
Toby Rye, Art and Design Teacher at RuTC, said: “It was excellent to see, and be part of, the culmination of so many people’s hard work. Aleksandra’s design has been constructed so well and will be a testament to her creativity for years to come.”
Find out more about Art and Design courses at RuTC!
During October, Richmond upon Thames College's (RuTC) Students’ Union and Welfare Hub organised activities to celebrate Black History Month. The month was initiated by Cambridge University’s talk and workshop, where students got to know the renowned university, student life at one of its colleges and how it works on ethnic minority representation.
Every Thursday, the refectory offered additional menu options inspired by African and Caribbean dishes and culture. Also in the refectory, display boards informed students and staff about less known black history heroes. On an interactive board, everyone could pin their heritage on a map, showing a worldwide representation of RuTC.
The month was concluded by a screening of Black Panther and long term wise, a social action group in support of students identifying as Black, Asian and of ethnic minorities was launched. It will help to increase student voice, college experience and activities throughout the year.