Having a ball at Derwen College

Having a ball at Derwen College

Dancing at the Ball

What a ball!  Derwen College’s first ever charity Ball has been a huge success with partygoers enjoying the evening’s entertainment line-up. The event is part of the college’s 90th birthday celebrations and reflected the glamour of the 1920s dance era with swing music, Jazz Jive dance class, live music, feather boas and plenty of glitz.


Guests were welcomed with a glass of fizz in the Walled Garden and were served by the students as well as the Glitter Kittens on stilts! A fabulous setting to start off the evening.

As guests moved through to the marquee they were treated to a choreographed dance routine by the Creative Studies students, this was followed by a Jazz Jive dance class which got the whole party up and dancing. The entertainment continued for the evening and included live music, Ariel hoop, Taste of Derwen food platters, Liberty Pink compère and DJR kept the tunes coming. The evening also included an auction and thanks to Howdens, Shropshire Paddlesport, Owens Coaches, Leaf It To Us gardening team, Derwen @Ashdale House and the Real Catering Company for all their generous donations.Having a ball at Derwen College2

“The event has been an amazing success and we have really enjoyed being able to show off the college and welcome the local community, businesses, parents and our corporate partners to the Ball. This has been a great celebration as part of our 90th birthday and we would like to thank everybody for coming along, taking part and bidding in the auction” said Louise Keevil, Director of Corporate and Charity Services.

For information about forthcoming 90th birthday events including the college’s Birthday Week events in June see www.derwen.ac.uk.

Derwen College, Gobowen, Shropshire was founded in 1927 by Dame Agnes Hunt. Dame Agnes was a pioneer and visionary and her work 90 years ago was groundbreaking. As a college we remain groundbreaking within the field of specialist education providing independence and work-ready skills for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. This year the college celebrates history whilst creating futures.

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Evesham students get lifesaving training

Evesham students get lifesaving trainingEvesham College is joining the British Heart Foundation mission to create a nation of lifesavers – people that are trained and ready to take action when someone has a cardiac arrest.

Nicola Jones, Public Services Lecturer applied to the British Heart Foundation for a Call Push Rescue (CPR) training kit to deliver across the college in tutorials and for those students completing the Duke of Edinburgh award.

Nicola said, “Students were absolutely fascinated and really enjoyed learning about CPR, child CPR, the recovery position and general first aid. The CPR kit was fully comprehensive with informative and engaging DVDs to guide students through the process.”

Nicola is organising with her students a ‘Go red for the British Heart Foundation’ on Wednesday 7 June at Evesham College where staff and students will be encouraged to wear the colour red and participate in fundraising activities for the charity.

Evesham College offers public services and sport courses. For more information please call 0300 456 0049 or go to www.warwickshire.ac.uk/courses.

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New HoW College facilities are the SENtre of attention at launch

New HoW College facilities are the SENtre of attention at launch

Claire Heywood, Assistant Principal Inclusive and Employer Learning and Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and HoW College Principal and Chief Executive Stuart Laverick cut the ribbon to The Base

Last week Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) officially opened the doors to their state-of-the-art Special Educational Needs (SEN) facilities; leading the way for SEN provision across Worcestershire.

The brand new facilities, unveiled at the Worcester campus, were developed thanks to significant investment from the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of a joint partnership project between the two organisations; helping to fundamentally transform how local post 16 specialist provision can be shaped to best meet the needs and preferences of young people and their parents at this important transition to adulthood.

Unveiled last week, the facilities include a sensory room, a mocked up ‘flat’ to be used to support learners to develop independence skills, refurbished classroom areas and improved access to online facilities which support independent learning, in preparation for employment or living independently.

Now complete and in use, this specialist base area will provide outstanding resources to learners with high needs and will offer the specialist facilities needed within the heart of the College to support the College’s values of inclusivity.

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The Base-Sensory Room

Claire Heywood, Assistant Principal Inclusive and Employer Learning, said:

“Here at Heart of Worcestershire College we’re absolutely delighted to have been able to transform our existing surroundings to accommodate these new facilities. The College is passionate about enhancing SEN provision and continuing to support our current and future cohort of learners. I’d particularly like to thank the Worcestershire LEP for providing us with a significant investment to make this project possible.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Worcestershire LEP has invested funds for the new refurbishment of Heart of Worcestershire College’s Skills Base Centres, to help provide specialist equipment for young people with special educational needs. With these new state of the art facilities, Heart of Worcestershire College will be able to provide relevant and sustainable life skills for a greater number of students.”

For more information about HoW College and the SEN provision available please visit howcollege.ac.uk

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A memorial garden in honour of Smethwick police officers who have lost their lives has been unveiled by students after being given a makeover.

Students at City of Wolverhampton College spent a fortnight sprucing up the garden at Smethwick Police Station as part of their 12 week Prince’s Trust self development programme.

The group of 10 youngsters revealed the newly renovated garden in front of Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Haque and West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie at a special ceremony on May 19.

The students stripped out all of the old flowers, planted new flowers, trimmed back hedges and bushes, removed litter and sanded and re-painted benches. They also raised enough money to have a new plaque made.

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Artists’ Books Fly off the Shelves at Gallery

Artists_ Books Fly off the Shelves at GalleryWalsall College Foundation Art & Design students exhibited and sold their unique hand-made artists’ books at Walsall New Art Gallery.

Hundreds of visitors attended the exhibition and purchased limited edition books in support of upcoming talent.

As part of their course, Art and Design students made a range of different types of books using unconventional materials and printing techniques, and exploring a variety of themes.

Students also volunteered on the day to help manage the event and one student, Emily Wakeling, designed the poster and flyers used to promote the event.

Student, Jake Semper, said: “It was great to share our work with members of the public and see them take a keen interest in what we have produced. I received a lot of good feedback about my books which was really pleasing.’’

Foundation Art and Design Tutor at Walsall College, Maria Wigley, said: “It was a very busy day for the students and so well supported by family and friends and gallery visitors. Our students were able to interact with members of the public and see their work in a major international gallery.”

Foundation Art and Design Tutor at Walsall College, Sue Krejzl, said: “Following the success of this exhibition, we are now exploring more collaborative and work experience opportunities for students at the gallery to support their career progression.”

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Chelsea Flower Show honour for floristry students

Chelsea Flower Show honour for floristry studentsFloristry students from Moreton Morrell College have been chosen to create a floral feature at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to mark the 100th anniversary of the British Florist Association (BFA).

BFA member colleges across the country were invited to submit designs, and it was the Moreton Morrell College design which was chosen. The stand ‘The British Florist Association at 100’ will be staged in the heart of the floristry zone of Chelsea’s Great Pavilion, with 6000 fresh cut flowers to be used to create a 2.5m high ‘100’ feature. Portraits of pioneering British florists past and present will are also showcased throughout the feature to reflect the history of the association.

Emily Deacon brought together the ideas of the students into the design. She said, “Although it was my drawing that was chosen, it was definitely collaborative as we were all putting in our ideas. When we heard we that it was our design that was selected we were ecstatic, as Chelsea is so prestigious.”

Rebecca Hough, who travels from Durham to study at Moreton, said, “We’re juggling this with our final college assignments and exams so we’re a bit stressed and tired but also really excited as it’s such an honour to be at the Chelsea Flower Show. We’re all really looking forward to it.”

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Alexandrina Podosu receiving her award from Stratford-upon-Avon College Principal and CEO Andrew Cropley

The exceptional progress of an international student studying at Stratford-upon-Avon College has been recognised at an annual awards ceremony, and the resulting boost to her confidence has seen her inspired to fulfil her ambitions.

 Alexandrina Podosu, who lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, is originally from Romania and came to the UK with her three sons in July 2016 to join her husband who had been here since January. She was presented with the International and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Student of the Year award during the College Student Awards Ceremony which took place on Thursday 4 May, and the resulting boost to her confidence has seen her inspired to fulfil her ambitions.

Alexandrina had a strong grasp of written English before moving to the UK, using it as part of her job running an Accountancy firm. However, after relocating, she was initially frustrated at the problems she had communicating verbally. She commented “I used to communicate with my clients by email and letter in English so when I came to the UK I thought speaking to everyone would be no problem. But when I actually tried to speak English with someone it was so difficult and I got really frustrated with myself.”

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