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Richmond upon Thames College is proud to announce its support of Against Breast Cancer as Supported Learning students set up bra bank collection points around the college.

In November, Richmond Council announced that it “has teamed up with Against Breast Cancer to collect old bras – for every tonne of bras collected, the charity receives vital funds for pioneering breast cancer research. The collected garments will be sorted by the charity and wearable bras will be given a new lease of life, sent to developing countries such as Togo, Ghana and Kenya, where bras remain too expensive to produce locally. Bras that aren’t wearable anymore will be recycled for their fabric, preventing them from being sent to landfill. For every tonne of bras collected, Against Breast Cancer receives £700 to fund their research.”

The bra banks can be found in various locations at the college, including Reception, Student Services (C15), Library, Learning Skills Workshop, HR Office and Supported Learning area.



On Wednesday 22 January, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) hosted its annual IGNITE Dance Show, where the college’s students and groups from the boroughs of Richmond, Hammersmith, Kingston and Hounslow performed various dance styles.

Hannah Fryer, RuTC Performing Arts teacher, said, “IGNITE is such an important and special event. This is its eighth consecutive year and we welcomed nine groups to perform with us this year alongside Richmond upon Thames College’s dancers, who gain an invaluable experience to network with other members of the performing arts community.”

Dance groups that performed at the sold out show included Kew Dance Arts, Twickenham School Dance Company, St James Youth Dance Company, Tiffin Dance Company, The MV Academy of Performing Arts, High Street Tap, Boundless Dance Company, BalletBoyz Youth Company and Babel School of Dance. Dancers of all ages impressed with a jazz number, tap performance, lyrical and contemporary techniques.

Marc Dodi, Head of Creative Industries at RuTC, said “IGNITE brings together the community of the local area, whilst showcasing the brilliant talent of our learners at Richmond upon Thames College. The joyous and energetic atmosphere from the sold out auditorium was matched by the passion and enthusiasm of the performers.”

RuTC thanks all the dance groups for their great performances and hopes the audience had a fantastic night.

On Tuesday 21 January, our college’s Plumbing apprentices and Plumbing Level 3 students participated in an engaging workshop, hosted by HIP Magazine.

Celia Matthews, Managing Director and Owner of HIP magazine, visited our students and gave a presentation on the magazine, which is the only dedicated national magazine for Plumbing and Heating students. HIP provides learning material to support lecturers, apprentices and students in the construction trades and this magazine covers a range of topics that they will find useful tips from pipe bending to installing underfloor heating. Celia tested the students' plumbing knowledge with quizzes and handed out prizes to the lucky winners.

Raj Johal, RuTC Construction Crafts teacher, said, “This was a great opportunity for students to learn about the wider plumbing industry and how they can get further involved through competitions and events run by HIP. HIP will continue to be involved with Richmond upon Thames College and Celia will be back to check on the progress of our apprentices at a later date.”

Last year, one of our Plumbing apprentices came second in the regional heat of the Apprentice of the Year competition, organised by HIP, and another student will represent the college again this year.

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In December, our Supported Learning students took a trip to Greenwich to participate in a work experience programme for Special Educational Needs learners at the National Maritime Museum.

The students’ role was to help enhance the visitors’ experience at the museum, particularly in the “Sea Things” exhibition. The exhibition lets visitors explore objects, such as a pocket watch worn on the Titanic or an Ancient Egyptian ship model, one of the oldest artefacts in the museum’s collection. Our students learned to gather, remember and communicate facts about various displays and they helped visitors to discover objects’ stories.

Gagandeep Nangpal, RuTC Supported Learning student, said, “The work experience at the National Maritime Museum allowed me to learn about many different job roles in the museum and I enjoyed talking to the visitors to improve my customer service skills.”

Mistu Butler, Supported Learning teacher, said, “Museums are an excellent place for our Supported Learning students to gain valuable life experiences as well as transferable skills, such as team work and communication. Working for an afternoon for the customer service team at the National Maritime Museum built the students’ confidence and allowed them to understand how different customer skills are needed in different organisations.”

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Before going into the Christmas break, we hosted various events to raise money for Save the Children and Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

On Friday 13 December, students and staff came to college in their best Christmas jumpers and offered cakes in the refectory, raising a total of £153.35 for Save the Children. We supported our partner charity Shooting Star Children’s Hospices by Christmas carol signing in the refectory on Tuesday 17 December and bake sales hosted by different departments which raised a total of £192.08.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the donations and we wish you a happy and successful new year.


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