On Wednesday 27 November, Level 1, 2 and 3 Health and Social Care, Early Years and Catering students had the opportunity to attend a workshop and performance organised by the NHS. The event highlighted the different professions within the NHS and how these have a positive and extensive impact on people’s everyday live.
South West London Health and Care Partnership collaborated with Enact Solutions to deliver live, drama-based performances as part of their ‘Jobs that Care’ programme which runs from 25 November until 13 December. The performance enabled students to develop a greater awareness of the future career opportunities within one of England’s largest employers. Different professions showed students how their course can lead to pursuing specific career paths and motivate them to excel in their chosen studies to reach their goals. Job field range from health and social care to computing, administration, research, catering, clinical roles and much more.
Find out more about the ‘Jobs that Care’ programme and discover many more engaging activities, such as board or digital games.
Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Sport Level 3 student Andrew Morris-Hunt won bronze, silver and gold for his acrobatic routines at the 2019 European Acrobatics Championship which took place from 30 October to 3 November in Israel.
Andrew is part of Great Britain’s acrobatic gymnastics team. Unlike traditional gymnastics, which involves various apparatuses, acrobatic gymnasts train in partnerships, using each other to hold their balance and complete dynamic moves. Andrew and his Junior Men’s Group won silver for balance, bronze for their all-around performance and claimed gold for their dynamic routine.
In addition to studying Sports at RuTC, for the past ten years Andrew has trained more than 20 hours every week at Spelthorne Gymnastics. This was not his first time participating in the European Acrobatics Championship and he has also already competed internationally.
Andrew’s Sport teacher at RuTC, Sam Nicoll, said, “Andrew is an able and well-motivated student. He works hard and effectively to deal with practical and theoretical concepts. Andrew really is a sport enthusiast, regularly participating in additional training sessions so he excels in his chosen sport and consistently makes positive and critical contributions in class. He is a dedicated team player which is evident at the European Acrobatics Championship.”
Have a look at the team's performances below!
On Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November, we hosted an interactive stand at Skills London to meet our future students.
With more than 33,000 visitors from London and the home counties, 15-24 year olds and their families discovered career opportunities again at this year’s Skills London. The ExCeL Centre was filled with engaging and inspirational activities and demonstrations and helped young people to bridge the gap between their passion and their career.
RuTC exhibited over the two days, giving students and their families the opportunity to get to know the college and its courses. Visitors learnt about the development of our new college campus due for completion Spring 2020. Activities from every subject area offered visitors an insight into college life: the Plumbing team gave demonstrations and challenges; Catering and Sports teachers combined their areas and invited visitors to make their own smoothies by using a bike; the IT department displayed robots and visitors experienced live forensics with Science experts; Art professionals brought animal skulls along and sketched them; people could do a Psychopath game hosted by our A Level department; Early Years and Health and Social Care teachers showed the best practice of their field and Business students explained their business ideas and did market research.
Overall, the event was a great success and we look forward to seeing many faces again at next year’s enrolment!
In October, Art and Design (Pre BA) Level 3 Foundation Diploma students exhibited the work they produced earlier in the term.
The exhibition took place under the theme ‘Cut Loose’, offering students the opportunity to move away from their traditional ways of working and gain confidence in trying something new.
Caroline King, RuTC Art and Design teacher, said, “Students explored and took risks with media and ideas resulting in some very exciting and original art and design work and an exhibition they were all very proud of. They are now working towards university applications to a range of degrees, such as interior architecture, fine art and animation.”
Have a look at the students’ artwork below and find out more about studying Art and Design at RuTC.
On Wednesday 20 November, RuTC Music students performed at the annual Winter Music Concert in aid of MIND.
The concert was organised by second year Music Performance and Production Level 3 students, who performed together with first year students. Songs included original pieces as well as many cover songs, ranging from Joy Division to Martin Garrix.
The concert raised £200 for MIND mental health charity. This charity appealed to students as many had either direct or indirect experiences with mental health issues and they wanted to highlight the importance of mental health.
Take a look at the photos of the concert below and find out more about studying Music at RuTC.
During their visit, students had the opportunity to visit both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, enhancing their knowledge on the function of both Houses as well as the history of Parliament.
Students explored different electoral systems used in the UK and analysed the ways in which they provided different outcomes in terms of proportionality and representation. Our students participated in a workshop on voting and representation and had the chance to meet with a member of the House of Lords for a question and answer session.
With the upcoming General Election and Brexit on the horizon, this trip has enhanced their understanding of the current political landscape, which is not only beneficial for their studies, but for their personal understanding too.
In November, Abdikhaliq Ahmed, former RuTC Access to Humanities and Social Sciences student, was selected as runner up in the Outstanding Academic Achievement category of the prestigious Michael Sargent Bursary Award, run by the Open College Network (OCN).
Abdikhaliq finished his course at RuTC in June 2019 and progressed to Queen Mary University where he is now studying a degree in International Politics. He was nominated by his teacher and the Head of Sixth Form and Higher Education due to his outstanding achievements. His nomination highlights that he adapted immediately to the very intensive and demanding programme and throughout his course he grew academically and balanced the rigours of study and outside commitments. He is a fully committed, dedicated student of Politics with genuine ambitions to work within this field in the future.
Abdikhaliq says, “My time at RuTC was amazing. The Access to HE Humanities and Social Sciences course was perfect for me because it allowed me to study subjects I had always been interested in with the ultimate goal of going to university. Even though I knew I had the ability to succeed, I needed a route back into education. Because of this course I’m at university and one step closer to achieving my dreams. The teachers were great, I looked forward to seeing them every day. This award has shown me that I have actually achieved something great and it will give me even more confidence to succeed at university and in life.”
The awards will be presented on Tuesday 26 November, supporting World Access to HE Day. As a runner up of the award, Abdikhaliq will receive a £250 bursary.
On Tuesday 5 November, RuTC Business students had the opportunity to attend a talk by an industry professional from Microsoft. Since November 2018 RuTC has been awarded status as a prestigious Microsoft Showcase College. This programme is part of Microsoft’s Education Initiative – a global network of institutions using technology to improve teaching and learning.
The talk was organised by RuTC Students' Union Vice-President, Hasti Rezvan, in collaboration with Student Services, the Careers team and the Business department. Hasti contacted Ali Rezvan, Retail Industry Director at Microsoft. Mr Rezvan is responsible for enabling Microsoft’s Worldwide Retail, providing journey transformation support by bringing new industry leading technology closer to them. He talked about his journey to where he is now and how some of the jobs and careers that the students might have do not even exist today. He emphasised the fast changes taking place in today’s society and technology.
Hasti Rezvan, RuTC Students’ Union Vice-President, said, “The Students’ Union had many requests from Business students to get advice from industry professionals, especially from Microsoft. RuTC’s Careers team as well as the Business department liked the idea of us organising this amazing talk. Students were very engaged in the talk and learnt a lot of valuable industry knowledge but also life experiences.”
On Monday 4 November, eight Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students and one teacher were awarded a Jack Petchey Foundation Award at the annual ceremony at Richmond Theatre.
The Jack Petchey Foundation supports college and school students throughout London and Essex. It recognises outstanding young people, aged between 11 and 25, and allows students and staff to celebrate their efforts and achievements. The Jack Petchey Achievement Award was presented to our and many other amazing students by Cllr James Chard, Deputy Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, and Cllr Margaret Thompson, Mayor of Kingston upon Thames. The winners were nominated by their peers throughout the last academic year and at the ceremony they received a certificate, a book from Sir Jack Petchey himself and a £250 grant. Students can choose how they want to spend this grant to benefit their school.
Sharna Davison, who finished her Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science course this summer, won the award for her commitment to the women’s college football team, demonstrating determination, optimism and respect. Arany Yogeswaran, who progressed from Level 1 to Level 2 Professional Cookery, was recognised for her catering achievements, such as winning bronze and silver medals at Salon Culinaire in Birmingham and Wessex Salon Culinaire, as well as excellent team work and impact she has in college.
Six of RuTC’s Supported Learning students received recognition, including Lini Thomas, who has excelled at showing an outstanding work ethic during her work at the college’s Apple Tree Café and became a role model for other students. David Gould who progressed well during his work experience at Fulwell bus garage and is now able to perform a variety of jobs independently and enthusiastically with a smile on his face. Geri Mulvaney who always sets high standards for the class by being on time, working hard and trying new things when her disability may restrict her. Joseph McSweeney supported RuTC over busy enrolment times as a student guide and was recognised for his excellent customer service and communication skills and has now secured a Supported Internship at Hilton Hotel. Libby Benjamin flourished whilst in college and won an award for overcoming her struggle with large and noisy environments and is always looking to improve herself. Valeriya Krushovska was shy when she came to college without any of her previous friends but quickly became a popular member of the group with her smile and hard work, resulting in her award.
In addition, Sport teacher Sam Nicoll was awarded the Jack Petchey Foundation Leader Award for his commitment and dedication to inspire all students to be the best they can be through sports. Through his support, creation of a fun and comfortable environment and his enthusiasm he is a role model for his students and inspires them both on and off the pitch.
Photo credit: Jack Petchey Foundation