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With 2018 just around the corner (where did 2017 go by the way), we start to look ahead to the New Year.

We want to try and bring a positive feel to the first top 5 of the year, so here are our top 5 things you should try and do at least once in 2018.

1, Volunteer

Giving monetary donations to charity is a fantastic gesture, but giving up some of your time to get involved and help out can often be even more valuable. There are lots of organisations in Hastings that would love your help, even if it is just for a couple of hours. You could volunteer to help the homeless, be a voluntary journalist at the Hastings Independent Press newspaper, or support the Foodbank social action project at King’s Church.

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2, Say Yes more often

It’s so easy to say no. Making up an excuse to get out of something you’re not keen on doing is much easier than going out of your way and actually doing it. So in 2018 try to say yes in situations you would normally say no. We don’t mean saying yes to everything, or things that are no good for you, but try and say yes to those maybe-moments that you would probably say no. You’ll find loads of opportunities coming your way… and who knows, you may even enjoy it.

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3, Learn something new

New Year, new you, and all that, but trying your hand at something new, whether it is a skill, joining a sports team, studying a part-time course, or downloading a free language app, can be great fun. Learning new things can be enjoyable and rewarding and will help to keep your mind active and healthy.

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4, Be a tourist in your own town

Wherever you live, there is bound to be something interesting there. You may have lived there your whole life, but have you actually taken the time to explore? Your home town may not actually be as boring as you think. Spend a day doing the touristy things. Go to the tourist information centre, download a map, check-out Tripadvisor and go to the museum, go to art galleries, eat at the little side-street café, you’ll soon discover what makes your town so unique.

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5, Try a new food

Food trends are constantly changing. No doubt we’ll see a whole host of new foods in 2018, so why not try some? A couple of years ago we had the cro’nut, basically a fried croissant decorated like a doughnut; then in 2017 people were drinking Cheese Tea. Ok, so you don’t have to be a trend setter, but how about revisiting some of the foods you never liked as a kid. Your taste buds change over the years, so perhaps you’ll really enjoy the gherkin in cheeseburgers, or maybe you fall in love with brussel sprouts, either way, expand your food horizons in 2018.

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Hollie and Mario Maths Challenge 2017

First and Second year maths students from Sussex Coast College Hastings took part in this year’s Senior UK Maths Challenge.

32 competitors sat the 90 minute, 25 multiple choice questions on Tuesday 7th November, and last week received their certificates from the UK Mathematics Trust.

Year 13 student, Mario Manalu, received the ‘Best in College' award and qualified for the Senior Kangaroo competition; while Year 12 student, Holly McDowall, received the ‘Best in Year’ award.

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18 students received certificates for their efforts; totalling 6 Silver and 12 Bronze.

The UK Maths Challenge is an annual competition for young people across the UK, which last year more than 675,000 entries from over 4,500 different schools and colleges entered.

Mathematics lecturer, Gary Young said: “The Maths Challenge is a great way to stimulate mathematical problem solving and I’m delighted and proud of the students’ achievements. Nationally, the top 60% of students in the senior category receive a certificate, so it is very pleasing to see many of our students doing so well.”

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Another group of young people from across Hastings and Rother have successfully graduated from the latest Prince’s Trust Team programme at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

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Friends and family gathered on Friday 8th December to celebrate the successes of the 9 young people and hear about the personal journeys they have been on over the last 14 weeks.

The Mayor of Hastings, Judy Rogers, and Vice Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, Sara Stonor, were in attendance to celebrate and present them with a nationally recognised Certificate of Employment, Teamwork and Community skills.

During the programme, Team 11 travelled to Ashdown Forest for an action-packed 4-day residential trip, trying their hand at canoeing, rock climbing and a sponsored abseil to raise funds for their Community Project; helping to decorate the Ore Community Centre. The group also completed a two-week work experience placement of their own choosing, before returning to college to identify their next steps and participate in a CV and interview skills workshop.

Daniel Wilson, 21, said: “The residential trip to Ashdown Forest was so much fun. We had the chance to do some abseiling and go canoeing, and I loved it. I was lucky to get 2 work placements during Team; I spent a week working in construction, and the other week, I was helping to build theatre sets. The whole 14 weeks was an amazing experience and my confidence has grown so much. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime, and for anyone who is stuck with life, I would recommend that they join Team!”

Amy Kilpatrick, Prince’s Trust Team Leader, said: “The Prince’s Trust Team programme continues to be an outstanding way to discover hidden talents of young people in the area. Everyone gels together really well and by the end of the 14 weeks, we’re like a small family. It’s inspiring to see their teamwork, community and employability skills flourish, giving them a great platform to get into whatever they want to do next.”

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme at Sussex Coast College is a free 14-week personal development programme for unemployed 16 – 25 year olds. It is designed to help get young people’s lives on track by equipping them with newfound confidence and skills to prepare them for the working world. If you would like to join Team 12 please register your interest via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01424 458 458.

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Christmas officially started at Sussex Coast College Hastings last week when the Supported Education students performed their latest Christmas show.

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Students took to the stage in the college atrium and performed a medley of Christmas songs to help get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Tracks included, Mariah Carey’s, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, ‘Silent Night’, and Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. Students choreographed their own dance routines, signed some of the songs, and encouraged the audience of friends, parents and carers, to join in with the singing.

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Lesley Watson, Head of Supported Education said: “Our students brought the festive spirit to everyone in the college and brought the atrium to life with a wonderful performance. Congratulations to all our students and to our fantastic staff team.”

Sussex Coast College Hastings currently holds Autism Accreditation status, the Epilepsy Friendly Mark, and Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark for its continued support of students with special educational needs and disabilities.

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Construction students from Sussex Coast College Hastings recently returned from a two-week work experience trip in Northern France.

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6 plumbing, carpentry and bricklaying students travelled to Tinchebray, a small town just outside Flers on border of Calvados and Orne, to help renovate a historic building.

Students submit CVs and a covering letter to register their interest and were chosen based on their credentials, attendance, and commitment to the course.

The trip gave the students valuable experience in working on a ‘live‘ project to complete a number of carpentry and construction tasks, which included building timber frame walls and laying flooring joists.

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Plumbing student, Joseph Daniels, said: “It was a great two weeks in France and I learned so much. Our tasks were all linked back to our learning at college so we all had a clear understanding of how our theory is put into practice.”

“A typical day would start with a site and safety briefing, and then we’d get on with our set tasks. Lunch was provided on-site, and then at the end of each day we had a de-brief and team discussion.”

“We had shared accommodation, staying in traditional gîtes, and during our free time we got to learn a bit about the history of the area and visited the Omaha beach cemetery, which remembered soldiers from the D-Day landing; went to a Norman Conquest museum, and visited a local sawmill.”

This is the second time that construction students have visited northern France to work on the project, with another 30 places available for the next trip planned for late February 2018.

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On Wednesday 13th December, Christmas Curiosity Bazaar will be hosting their fantastic Christmas fair at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

The college atrium will be filled with over 30 stalls, giving shoppers the opportunity to find the perfect hand-crafted, one-off gifts for friends and family.

The market is open and free to all, running from 10am until 5pm.

Local makers and traders will be selling a range of gifts including ceramics, clothing, handbags, hand-poured candles, hand-made jewellery, prints, natural cosmetic products, Christmas decorations, gift wrap, stocking fillers, festive food, and more.

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To add some festive cheer, talented musicians from the Incubate project, Marie White, Victoria McDonnell, Hattie Tippayanasa, Joss Downes and Xavier Ralph will be performing a number of Christmas favourites.

Guests also have the opportunity to win a number of prizes from a fundraising tombola in aid of Eggtooth Incubate Project, the social enterprise project that supports and mentors young singers and musicians.

Find out more:

Website: curiositybazaar.co.uk

Facebook: @CuriosityBazaar

Twitter: CuriosityBazaar

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