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Winter Dance Showcase 2021

Friday 17 December 2021

On 12 December, the College’s Level 3 Dancers took to the auditorium for their annual Winter Showcase.

The show consisted of a wide range of styles of dance, including jazz, contemporary, ballet and tap dancing. All choreography in the shows was designed by teachers with the help of the students, which allows them to gain valuable experience as part of their course.

Family and friends of dancers in the showcase were invited along to watch the performances, which were held over three nights in the College’s Auditorium.

Dance teacher, Hannah Booth, was thrilled to be involved with this term’s dance showcase.

“Not being able to go ahead with our Christmas production last year made this one even more special. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our dancers to showcase their talents, as well as demonstrate their hard work from the last term to family and friends. We’re very proud of how our students overcame a difficult term to produce such a lovely performance.”

Each performance was well attended, with an audience of around 45 people each night resulting in roughly 130 people coming to support the dance showcase.

Around £275 was raised at the shows through ticket sales, which will go towards helping to fund the next showcase in May.

Find out more about our Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3 courses here.

Check out the gallery below for some wonderful images from the Winter Dance Showcase.


Congratulations to Roopleen Kapor for winning the Jack Petchey achievement award this week for her remarkable commitment to the Level 3 Diploma in Biomedical Science course. She is hoping to continue her studies and progress onto her second year at Richmond upon Thames College.

The Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme recognises the positive contributions, efforts and endeavours of young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex. These achievements include being a great role model, volunteering, overcoming personal challenges and supporting others over and above expectations. For the Award, the winner will receive a £250 grant, which can be used for anything that will benefit their class.

Each term, outstanding students are nominated by their classmates for a Jack Petchey Award and this term Roopleen received the award for her contributions and commitment to her course.

Roopleen’s teacher, Sam Narh spoke of her recent achievement saying “Roopleen has worked extremely hard this term. She is a very committed and kind-hearted student who puts others before herself and is much liked by all her peers.”

“She has exhibited a great deal of leadership qualities during group practical sessions and helped other students with their work. I’m really pleased that the class made an excellent choice in selecting her for the Jack Petchey award. Well-done Roopleen.”

Find out more about our Biomedical Science courses, here

Richmond upon Thames College’s Apprentice, Max Milton has won ‘Apprentice of the Month’ at BECK Interiors.

Max was awarded the win by Production Project Director at BECK Interiors, Stephen Middleton, who manages BECK’s in-house joinery workshop.

Max has been an apprentice at BECK Interiors for two and a half years, with his skills going from strength to strength.

Each month, Stephen Middleton, recognises the achievements and hard work of BECK’s apprentices, with the ‘Apprentice of the Month’ award.

Stephen says, “I’m always looking at timekeeping, discipline and attitude. All these things are important. But in addition to that, Max is now spending some time with our Design Development team learning how to create CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawings.”

“Max has really committed himself to this secondment. I’ve seen what he’s doing on the drawing side, and I’m really pleased. Building joinery is one thing but learning how to draw is another skill and he’s really put his all into it.”

Max was delighted to discover he’d been awarded ‘Apprentice of the Month’ explaining; “This is the first time I’ve worked with Design Development. You need to have completed two years in the workshop first because you then have some experience building carcasses and learning joinery skills.”

“I’m really enjoying working with the team. It’s widening my knowledge and my understanding. The apprentices are all learning, so sometimes we pick up a drawing and don’t understand everything that goes into the design of what we are building. Once you fully understand the drawings you’re working from, it gives you much more confidence when it comes to building the pieces.”

“I love working at BECK, it’s a great environment and I really enjoy what I do. I’m happy!”

BECK Interiors is an award-winning construction and luxury interior fit-out company working across the hotel, museum, residential, and bespoke joinery sectors.

Photo credit - BECK Interiors. 

Find out more information about our Apprenticeship courses here

Richmond upon Thames College’s 2021 annual Winter Music Concert was one of its most successful yet, raising £450 for youth charity, Young Minds.

The annual Winter Music Concert took place on Wednesday, 24th of November and included a range of performances by the Colleges Level 3 Music Performance and Production students.

The students helped to organise and set-up the concert as well as performing in front of a packed-out audience and performances included renditions of alternative rock, pop music, classical music, Irish traditional music and positive rap.

£450 was raised for the Young Minds Charity through ticket sales and donations to the Richmond upon Thames College ‘JustGiving’ page in aid of the Winter Concert.

Performing Arts Teacher, Peter Garvey commented, “Last night’s concert was very successful: we had a large and very enthusiastic crowd, plus excellent performances and organisation from the students: we’re very proud of them.”

He continues, “The money raised is going to a charity close to our college’s heart. It will be well spent, helping to combat adolescent mental health challenges.”

Young Minds Charity campaigns for all children and young people's mental health by providing young people with reassurance and advice to help them make positive choices for their mental health and know what to do next if they are struggling.

Find out more about our Performing Arts courses here

Take a look through our photo gallery below to see some more performances. 


Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Level 3 Scholarship Engineering students' Aiyana Sood, Bryn Acland and Mikey Boncey were thrilled to be invited to join the Computer Aided Design (CAD) department at Subsea 7, on the 8th of November, for a captivating week of work experience.

Students successfully showcased their strong inventor's knowledge and problem-solving skills developed at Richmond upon Thames College in the Level 3 engineering course, making an impression upon the CAD team at Subsea 7.

Subsea 7 is a subsea engineering, construction and services company serving the offshore energy industry.

Students were also able to learn all about Subsea 7’s CAD projects, by using AutoCAD software, producing 2D/3D illustrations, designing storyboards and more.

This experience was fantastic for developing a broader understanding of what is involved working in a real drawing office and engineering environment during the week.

Andy Timpson, Deputy Discipline Manager at Subsea 7 was thoroughly impressed with the students, saying “It was an absolute pleasure to host the students in the CAD Department last week.”

He continues, “It was great to hear more about the course and the work that they have been doing over the last two years. They are a real credit to your college”

Technology and Engineer teacher Ashok Joshi is delighted at the success of the experience, explaining “At RuTC, we value the impact practical work experience can offer students in regard to their education, but this placement went above and beyond what we could’ve expected.”

Ashok affirmed “Subsea 7 have given Aiyana, Mikey and Bryn an invaluable experience which they will carry forward into their careers.”

All participants thoroughly enjoyed their time and Richmond upon Thames College look forward to collaborating with Subsea 7 again in the future.

Find out more about our Construction and Engineering courses here. 

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