Ashley Chapman presents Connie Baker with her certificate web

A teenager who has raised more than £2,000 for charity has been named the Outstanding Young Person of the Month.

Thirteen year old Connie Baker has produced homemade jewellery to sell and undertaken fun runs and a bike ride from Hastings to Icklesham to benefit both St Michael’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK.

Connie lives in Rye and attends Rye College. Her parents, Claire and David, nominated her for the award, and said: “Connie lost both her beloved grandma and uncle to cancer five years ago and since then she has thought up and carried out her own charity events.

“In May, she ran with her dad from our house in Hastings to her grandad, Derrick Baker’s, home in Icklesham, raising nearly £1,000. Her grandad has also raised money for Breast Cancer Research, St Michael’s Hospice and MacMillan nurses, as well as the local church in Icklesham. Connie is obviously taking after him and we are so proud of her positive and productive approach.”

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.

The award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way. This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.

Ashley Chapman, Marketing and Communications Executive at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “Connie’s fundraising efforts are fantastic. She has taken her grief and turned it into something positive by raising money to help others. I’m sure St Michael’s Hospice and Cancer Research were both delighted to receive Connie’s contributions.”

As part of her award, Connie will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation will be made to Cancer Research UK.

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.

 France Trip 2017 web

A group of students from Sussex Coast College have recently returned home from a two week work experience programme in Northern France, after helping to renovate a chateau.

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Budding chefs and carpenters travelled to France back in May to start their two week project. The carpenters were set the task to build a wooden outhouse and lend a hand with joinery tasks, while the chefs were in charge of creating daily menus, sourcing local ingredients, and cooking for the group.

The students worked Monday to Friday and were free to explore the area at the weekend. The catering students worked split shifts, cooking and preparing breakfast and lunch in the morning, and then preparing and cooking dinner in the evening. Their afternoons were spent visiting local markets to find fresh, local produce to include in their daily menu.

The students stayed in a 6 bedroom gîte, near the town of Flers, which was about half an hour way from the chateau in Tinchebray-Bocage. Students cooked and ate together and enjoyed some leisure time, with table tennis and crazy golf to keep them amused.

During the weekends, students had the chance to hold snails at a snail farm, milk goats, tour around a biscuit factory, and visit a Camembert museum. They also visited one of France’s most recognisable landmarks, Le Mont Saint-Michel.

On the last Friday of the trip, the students invited a number of special guests for dinner. They cooked a three course meal, including a terrine, Duck a l'orange, tarte tatin and profiteroles.

It is the second time that students have been to France to assist in the renovation of the chateau, which is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus project, helping to provide students with experience opportunities abroad.

Jeff Jordan, Hospitality and Catering Lecturer said: “The students had a fantastic time in Tinchebray-Bocage. It was great to see them getting fully involved with the experience and having a great time. It was noticeable to see that they got a lot out of the experience, not only practising their cookery and construction skills, but also becoming more independent. The students have really grown in confidence and gained a lot of enthusiasm for their studies, which they can also take into their future careers.”

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Amy Cobb with her Sophia Jex Blake Illustration web

First and second year illustration students have been working on a live project in partnership with Hastings Borough Council to give their newly refurbished meeting rooms some character.

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The council wanted to inject some life into their new rooms at Muriel Matters House and asked local degree students to come up with illustrations of historic personalities from Hastings.

FdA Illustration and Graphic Design students at Sussex Coast College Hastings designed a range of images of famous people from Hastings’ past, including inventor of the first working television, John Logie Baird; Civil Engineer, Thomas Brassey; computer scientist, Alan Turing; social novelist Robert Tressel, and founder of the London School of Medicine for Women, Sophia Jex-Blake.

21 students worked on design ideas, put together CVs, wrote rationales for their proposals and then produced visual thumbnails and roughs. They then presented their ideas to members of the council to approve their work.

Second year student, Amy Cobb, was given the brief to design an illustration of Sophia Jex-Blake and said that the experience was a lot of fun to work on, and also very educational.

Amy said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for us to work on a real live brief, with a real client. The whole process was very professional, and gave us a good insight into what working as an illustrator will be like.

I had a lot of fun researching and designing the image of Sophia Jex-Blake. I also learnt so much about the amazing strides she made in the field of medicine and being the founder of the London School of Medicine.”

Joanna Kerr, Illustration Subject Leader said: “It was a really attractive live project for the students to undertake as the council were clear from the outset that they would brief students and then ask them to present their work in a way that they would if they were working on this as a commercial project.

The students’ illustrations were an excellent representation of each character, and they all responded very professionally to the brief.”

The illustrations were printed and installed in 10 of the newly refurbished rooms by Ricochet Printers.



Diploma and Degree Show 2017

University Centre Hastings

Sussex Coast College Hastings, Station Plaza

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Some of the finest creative talents in Hastings will showcase their work during the final year degree show at Sussex Coast College Hastings’ Station Plaza campus next week.

Degree and Diploma students studying Art and Design at the college have been busy designing, preparing and curating their artwork for the four day exhibition.

Now in its 40th year, the Degree and Diploma show is a highly anticipated event in the Hastings arts calendar, and in the past, has featured work from students who have gone on to win international design awards such as D&AD, YCN, AOI, V&A and Pewter Live; and begin their careers with international companies such as Mother, Coley Porter Bell, Conran, Saatchi & Saatchi, and the Mill.

Taking place at the Station Plaza campus, the show will also give visitors an exclusive glimpse at the developing space on the fifth floor, which will be home to the new University Centre Hastings.

Ashley Hemingway the BA (Hons) Designer Maker Subject Leader believes that the degree and diploma show gives students a great platform to start their careers in the industry.

“The degree show is a celebration of the last three years, or six years for our part time students, to show off all of their hard work. They are able to put their knowledge, skills and experience that they have developed throughout the course, into action and put on a four day exhibition.”

“It has always been an exciting finale to the degree course, with everyone producing phenomenal work in something that they are passionate about, whether it is in creating stunning jewellery, producing magnificent paintings, designing and branding product packaging, capturing breathtaking imagery, animating cartoons or illustrating children’s books.”

“The show is a great springboard into the industry for many of our students. They have chosen to study with us, because, as lecturers, we’re able to offer more contact time and have more in-depth workshops and seminars with our students to encourage them to present ideas and critique their work.”

“Our courses are validated by the University of Brighton which means that students studying with us will not only get an enriching and rewarding experience, but also get a degree from the University. All of the elements of our degrees mean that students get fantastic value for money. We teach, as well as lecture, and we’re all practising artists, makers and designers.”

“We are a very attractive option for mature students too, because we are local and offer great quality. Many mature students study with us because they want a change of career, turning what may have been a hobby or interest, into something they are passionate about and able to make a living from.”

The Degree and Diploma show opens at 6pm on Friday 23rd June and runs Saturday 24th 10am-2pm, Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th 10am-5pm. It is open to all and a fantastic opportunity for friends, family and the local community to come and talk to emerging artists about their work.

There are still a few places left on the Art and Design degree courses starting in September and it isn’t too late to apply. So pop along to find out more, or get in touch on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Student Awards 2017 web

Students and staff came together at Sussex Coast College last Friday to celebrate a year of academic and personal achievement.

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The Student President and Student Union team put on a magnificent end of year awards evening to celebrate another fantastic year at the college.

Almost 200 guests attended the awards ceremony, which was held in the atrium at the Station Plaza campus. It was a great opportunity for students and staff to get together and celebrate before many of them depart for the summer and embark on new adventures in September.

The students were delighted to be joined by award sponsors, The Italian Way, More Radio, Hastings Direct, Chapel Press, Cobb PR, and the Observer; as well as a student dance group, who performed a Bollywood dance routine, and local entrepreneur, Jo Fairley, founder of Green and Blacks chocolate, who motivated students with her talk about endeavour.

Guests heard about the students’ outstanding achievements, dedication to their studies and helping their peers, as well as giving special recognition to three students for their contribution towards college life and their outstanding achievements against the odds.

Tsungai Mujera, Student President at Sussex Coast College, said: “We had a fantastic evening celebrating at the student awards with our friends and family. I know that everyone has worked so hard during the last year, and the awards evening is a great way to recognise and celebrate this.

I’d like to thank everyone who has helped to make the evening a success and would like to wish everyone all the best for the future.”

 Kirsten Harman left with Jodie Cornford middle St Michaels Hospice

A local college student has raised £1,500 for St Michael’s Hospice after holding a coffee morning in Hastings.

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Kirsten Harman, who studies Level 3 Business at Sussex Coast College Hastings, held the event at Sacred Heart Primary School in Hastings on Saturday 20th May to raise money for the charity.

Kirsten organised and hosted the event in-aid of St Michael’s Hospice as part of a college course module, but also had a personal motivation to raise money for the Hospice.

Kirsten said: “We had just over a month to identify, plan and hold an event for one of our modules. However, I was already planning to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice, so thought that it would be a great opportunity to combine the two.

I really wanted to give something back to the Hospice after the care and support they gave to my Nan before she passed away, and this seemed like the perfect way.”

Kirsten took on the task by herself and managed to secure a venue, prizes and gifts for a raffle, and publicise the event, all with next to no cost.

“The generosity of everyone I spoke to was amazing. The school kindly let me have the hall for free, my friends and family helped spread the word and baked loads of fabulous cakes, and local businesses were able to donate lots of great prizes.

I sold raffle tickets to raise more money for those people who couldn’t make it along to the coffee morning. The raffle prizes were amazing; people won tours around vineyards, discounted entry to attractions, and food vouchers. The Hastings Adventure Golf also donated generously, which was just phenomenal.”

200 people came along to the coffee morning to show their support, enjoy cream teas, slices of cake, and lots of tea and coffee.

“I was gobsmacked when I counted the total at the end of the day, and couldn’t quite believe how much we had raised. I’m very grateful to everyone who donated and I’m glad to be supporting the Hospice.”

Jodie Cornford, Fundraising Manager at St Michael's Hospice said: “Kirsten has done amazingly well, especially knowing the time constraints she was faced with; one month to plan and deliver the coffee morning, whilst also studying and working.

I know it has been a difficult time for Kirsten, but I am really pleased to have been a part of her journey and witness the passion that she has for fundraising and event planning. We are all extremely proud of her achievements, both personally and in terms of her fundraising, as well as being grateful for her support and kindness.

I know that Kirsten is very appreciative of the support that her friends and family have given her, but also the generosity of strangers that either came along on the day or donated in advance, this really does show the spirit of our community.

We all wish Kirsten the very best for the future and look forward to working with her again soon.”

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