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On Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 December, Richmond upon Thames College’s (RuTC) first and second year Level 3 UAL Performing Arts Dance students performed at the annual December show.

This year’s theme was Cover Mix, giving students the opportunity to perform to some of the greatest cover songs, including a remix of ‘A Little Less Conversation’ by Elvis Presley, a mash up of ‘Focus on Vogue’ by Madonna and Ariana Grande, ‘Nightbush City/Proud Mary’ from the musical ‘Tina’ and ‘I want to break free’, a cover of Freddie Mercury. Dance styles ranged from contemporary to jazz and tap with some pieces being more lyrical and other being a classic up tempo show number.

Hannah Fryer, Dance teacher at RuTC, said, “All of the Dance students worked incredibly hard to put together this exciting show - it was an excellent opportunity for them to not only showcase their skills as performers but also as choreographers with their own work being featured. The soundtrack was incredibly varied and put a new spin on many of the iconic pieces of music we recognise.”

Have a look at the photos below to get a feeling for the dancers’ incredible performance.

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Each year, we choose an e-card designed by one of our students to send out to all staff, students and external stakeholders to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.

This year’s winning animation was produced by Aspen Chaluisan, one of our talented second year Level 3 Extended Diploma Creative Media Production & Technology students. Have a relaxing break and we will see you again in 2020!

Please note that the term ends on Friday 20th December and teaching commences on Wednesday 8 January 2020.

Over the last month, our Supported Learning students have been volunteering for SPEAR by packing bags at the Sainsbury’s in Hampton and raised an outstanding £1,044.42. SPEAR is a charity in South West London, supporting people experiencing homelessness across Richmond, Merton, Sutton, Kingston and Wandsworth.

Ewan Mackintosh, Supported Learning teacher at RuTC, said, “The fundraising went very well, the students really engaged with the customers and raised a large amount. Students learnt a lot from the charity workers and had all their questions about homelessness answered when visiting SPEAR’s offices. The charity said it was one of the largest amounts they had ever received from a bag pack fundraiser and were extremely grateful for the students’ help.”

Find out more about SPEAR and our Supported Learning courses.

On Monday 9 December, our first year Level 3 Applied Law and Business students participated in a talk and workshop, held by lay magistrates Mandy Lamplough and Alan Speed.

They explained the role of law magistrates in criminal cases, which includes managing cases, listening to the evidence, determining a verdict and students participated in an exercise, deciding on a sentence. The visit benefitted the students as they heard from professionals how they use their law knowledge on a daily basis in the outside world. In addition, students learnt about many different career paths they will be able to pursue after finishing their course.

Find out more about the Applied Law course at RuTC.

Every term, outstanding RuTC students are nominated by their classmates for a Jack Petchey Award. The award scheme recognises exceptional young people who are role models for their surroundings and celebrates their efforts and achievements. Winners can choose how their £250 grant will be spent to benefit their course and college.

The Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners for the autumn term 2019 are Rapti Ellepola (pictured above), Suhaana Soraiya and Finlay Mcleish.

Rapti, Childcare & Education Level 3 student, won for her contributions and commitment to her course. Peers described her as determined, kind, optimistic, hardworking and respectful. Performing & Production Arts Level 2 student Suhaana was recognised for her open and welcoming attitude towards others and passion for her course projects, always completing work ahead of time. As one of the key members of the college’s Coding Club, Finlay was chosen to receive the award. He studies Business Level 3 Diploma and is always supportive of his classmates and committed to his course and extracurricular activities.

Find out more about last year’s Jack Petchey Award winners.


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Finlay Mcleish (second from the left) with the Coding Club, Welfare and Engagement Advisor, Hazel Coppin, and Computing Teacher, Sanjay Shah


Hosting the ECITB Employer Forum

Monday 9 December 2019

Every term, we host a forum together with the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) for the employers of our engineering and construction apprentices.

On Wednesday 4 December, employers were invited again to our college for the ECITB Employer Forum, including KBR, Jacobs, Worley, SAS International and Skanska. Richmond upon Thames College has a long standing relationship with these organisations, offering their apprentices professional training outside of their workplace. During the forum, delegates from the organisations met with our Employer Engagement and Engineering and Construction teams and discussed the progress of their apprentices.

In preparation for the General Election on 12 December, our Politics A Level students attended a hustings at St Mary’s University on Tuesday 26 November.

Students had the chance to meet local candidates, get to know their political views and plans and could ask them any questions. Candidates from the three main parties included Isobel Grant, Conservative, Ranjeev Walia, Labour, and Munira Wilson, Liberal Democrats, and topics focused on Brexit, NHS, education and all public services.

Our students reported how they could clearly recognise the different approaches the candidates took, some taking a more personal and emotional approach while others solely concentrated on politics. Overall, they found it to be a beneficial event, both for their personal understanding of the current political landscape as well as for their course.

Find out more about our A Level courses.

On Thursday 21 November, the annual charity lunch for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices took place at RuTC’s training restaurant. The kitchen as well as the service in the restaurant was run by Level 2 Catering students.

40 guests, including regular customers, Shooting Star members and RuTC staff, enjoyed the lunch and raised £240 for the children’s hospice. The menu offered cream of spinach and celery soup as well as kofta kebabs with spicy yoghurt dressing. Highlights of the mains were slow roasted pork belly and ratatouille pancakes. The lunch was finished with a chocolate mousse or sticky toffee pudding.

In addition, the Merits Restaurant annual Beaujolais dinner, was hosted on Wednesday 27 November. Beaujolais is a French wine that is traditionally used to celebrate the end of one harvest and the start of a new and falls at the end of November each year.

Level 3 Catering students prepared the traditional French entrées; mains included beef bourguignonne, poached salmon and smoked cheddar croquette. For dessert, the 40 guests could choose between crème brûlée, chocolate mousse cake or Beaujolais poached pears.

Find out more about our training restaurant and studying Catering.

On Thursday 28 November, our students engaged in the global White Ribbon Campaign by taking part in talks and workshops. The campaign promotes a future without violence against women and encourages everyone, but specifically men and boys, to recognise and stand against this violence.

The campaign started on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs for 16 days until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

For the second year in a row, Refuge supported the campaign at RuTC with an awareness stall in the refectory and will also hold Technology Abuse workshops on Tuesday 3 December and Thursday 5 December. In addition, volunteers from Victim Support ran two Healthy Relationship workshops.

Find out more about the White Ribbon Campaign and how you can get involved.

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