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RuTC Hosts Goalball for the New Zealand All Blacks

Monday 6 November 2017


On Friday 3 November, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) hosted a goalball session for players from the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. Sponsored by AIG, the official insurance partner of New Zealand Rugby, the session was organised to bring together AIG’s charity partnerships with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Endeavour Fund to create a unique experience with the All Blacks while celebrating the power of sport.

Goalball is a team sport for athletes with visual impairments, originally devised in 1946 as a means of assisting the rehabilitation of visually impaired World War II veterans. It is played by two teams of three using a ball with bells inside. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the opposing team's net while defenders attempt to block it with their bodies.

After being introduced to the sport and learning the basics while blindfolded, the five All Blacks players: Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo, Ardie Savea, Lima Sopoaga and Codie Taylor teamed up with AIG, Endeavour Fund and RNIB players and went head to head in a series of matches.

RuTC Supported Learning students Georgia Herdman, Paige Ikin, Melisa Showsmith and Yan Rudnicki had the opportunity to meet players from the New Zealand All Blacks. The event took place the day before the All Black defeated the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium.

All Blacks with RuTC supported learning Students 3 11 17 2

Mark Brough, Sports Development and Facilities Manager at RuTC commented, “It was a pleasure to once again host an AIG sport event at the college. The students and members of the sports team attending enjoyed finding out more about the sport and afterwards expressed an interest in introducing the sport at the college. Students and staff were grateful for the opportunity to attend and have the opportunity to meet some of the players.“

Sarah Davies, Corporate Citizenship and Events Manager at AIG further commented, “We were thrilled to work with RuTC. You provided a fantastic location for the session and it was great to be immersed in the Richmond upon Thames community once again. The players thoroughly enjoyed meeting the students and wish them all the best with their future careers.”

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RuTC hosts Q&A with Twickenham Parliamentary Candidates

Friday 26 May 2017

On Friday 26th May, staff and students at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) attended a question and answer session with the Twickenham Parliamentary candidates Sir Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats), Dr Tania Mathias (Conservatives) and Dr Katherine Dunne (Labour).

Supported Learning Students Create Upcycled Christmas Tree

Tuesday 19 December 2017

 

During the Autumn term Supported Learning students on the Lifeskills course have been working together to create a garden trellis, which is temporarily being used as an abstract Christmas tree until it is ready to move to the garden in the Spring term.

christmas supported learning trellis tree

The students created this as part of their course where they learn skills for everyday life. They spend one hour a week in Carpentry, which is where they created the trellis for the Supported Learning garden. They used recycled timber that was donated to the department by a local film set organisation. During the Spring term they will erect the trellis in the gardens where they currently grow flowers, plants and vegetables and use this to grow climbing plants.

Each student scribed their name onto the trellis as well as the names of their teachers. They then created a star for the top of the trellis and added lights, turning it into the perfect seasonal addition to the college entrance.

Read now: RuTC's November 2017 Ofsted report says the college is GOOD in all areas including excellent support for all students. 

Supported Learning Team Runners Up for AoC Beacon Award

Friday 17 November 2017

 

AoC Beacon Award In October 2017, the Supported Learning Department at Richmond upon Thames College was shortlisted for a prestigious AoC Beacon Award for Students with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities. The AoC Beacon Awards capture and celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges.

John O’Shea, Deputy Principal at Richmond upon Thames College, commented, “To be shortlisted for this highly respected award was such an honour for the Richmond upon Thames College and acknowledges the incredibly talented members of staff who work in the college’s Supported Learning Department. I am proud to work with such highly experienced and enthusiastic teachers who support, motivate and teach students with complex needs and in 2017 the college has produced its best results in all areas for over a decade. This was also recently recognised by Ofsted inspectors who judged Richmond upon Thames College to be good in all areas, including the college’s provision for learners with high needs.

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