Supported Education students at Sussex Coast College Hastings helped raise awareness of International Earth Day last week, by demonstrating ways that we can take better care of the planet.
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The atrium at Station Plaza was an environmentally friendly zone last Thursday 20th April, as students aimed to inspire action for environmental protection using recycled and reclaimed materials to produce artwork and animations, hand-made gifts, grow plants, and create a huge visual centre piece.
Students created a ‘river’ collage using fabrics, drift wood, and plastic that they found washed up on the beach, and used it to explain to fellow students, staff and visitors about the negative impact that waste can have on the environment.
The students encouraged people to make personal pledges, hanging them on a wishing tree, to make small changes in their daily life and care for the planet. There was also a display of the department’s new ‘Ridan’ composter, which students will begin to use later this year to collect food waste from the college catering department and kitchens to produce their own compost.
Members from local organisations, Energise Sussex Coast and Transition Town Hastings also came along to talk to people about fuel poverty and renewable energy, and advise people on how they can help to create a more connected, healthier and self-sufficient community.
Roz Katz, Lecturer in Supported Education at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “As a centre of education I feel that it is our responsibility to raise awareness about the environmental issues that affect us all.
This is the second time we’ve held an International Earth Day because it is a great opportunity for Supported Education to learn more about the environmental issues we face, and they can show off their amazing talents to the wider college.”
The Supported Education programme provides a positive learning environment for those who have learning difficulties, disabilities or who may benefit from having the reassurance of belonging to a supportive programme; giving them skills in independent living, employability, personal and social development. Supported Education has Autism Accreditation status from the National Autistic Society.
Check out some more pictures from International Earth Day on our Facebook page.
Engineering lecturers and assessors from colleges across the south east met at Sussex Coast College Hastings on Wednesday for an EAL moderation morning.
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Members of staff from a mix of colleges across Sussex, Kent and London joined hosts, Jas Sall and David Kilmartin from the EAL awarding body, to network and share best practices in engineering moderation.
It is the first time that Sussex Coast College Hastings has hosted a moderation event and Sussex Coast Engineering EAL centre coordinator, Keith Bull is hoping that it will become a regular event at the Ore Valley campus.
Keith said: “It was brilliant to welcome likeminded professionals from our neighbouring colleges in Eastbourne, Maidstone, Tunbridge and Ashford, as well as those who made the journey from London. It was a really informative and useful day, and very well led by Jas and David, helping to ensure that we’re all following the same EQA (External Quality Assurance) guidelines when moderating our students’ excellent work.”
A teenager who created a self-help booklet to help young people struggling with their mental health has won the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award.
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Eighteen-year-old Beth Sebbage from Hastings was concerned about the time young people have to wait for help with their mental health, so decided to create the booklet with suggestions of what they can do to help themselves in the meantime.
The resource pack includes making a list of goals to help give young people ‘something to aim for and a sense of purpose’. Beth, an assistant team leader at National Citizenship Service working with teenagers, hopes the resource will increase young people’s understanding of mental health.
Fixers, a charity which helps young people, has supported Beth in creating the resource pack and it can be viewed by visiting www.fixers.org.uk and searching for Beth Sebbage.
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: “Good mental health is so important for young people and Beth has created an important resource to help them. By coincidence, she is a former pupil at Sussex Coast College and we were delighted to welcome her back to recognise her efforts.”
As part of her award, Beth will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation will be made to Fixers.
Sussex Coast College Hastings will once again be raising awareness of autism during a whole day of workshops, motivational speakers and stalls on Friday 21st April.
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After the success of last year’s event, the college will be hosting an event to celebrate autism awareness month. From 10am until 4pm, students and staff will wear pink and purple and welcome visitors to the Station Plaza campus to celebrate autism and learn more about this invisible disability.
The atrium will be set up with a number of craft stalls selling hand-made jewellery, host different organisations stands, and have an exhibition of art work in the pop gallery, showing a number of student success stories and progression.
A number of guest speakers will be giving talks throughout the day to help students, parents and visitors get a better understanding of autism. Special guest Dr Elizabeth Shea, a clinical psychologist for the Birmingham Food Refusal Service, will be hosting a workshop on autism and eating disorders.
Autism Sussex, the Youth Employability Service, Spectrum, Rachel Lowden, and the fully trained team from the college, will be on hand throughout the day to offer advice and guidance on autism at college and in the workplace.
The college is very passionate about providing specialist support for students with additional learning needs and currently holds the Autism Accreditation status from the National Autistic Society for the Supported Education Provision.
Another group of unemployed young people from across Hastings and Rother have taken control of their lives after successfully completing the Prince’s Trust Team programme at Sussex Coast College.
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Last week, Team 9 reflected on their 14 week journey of skill building, personal discovery, and making life-long friends, during their final project; the end of Team presentation.
Friends and family, along with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Mayor of Hastings, heard all about their week-long stay in Ashdown forest, where they completed tasks, rock climbed, abseiled and canoed.
Each of the 11 Team members were awarded with Certificates of Employment, Teamwork and Community skills and congratulated for all their hard-work and dedication to their community project where they helped to renovate the Ore Community Centre by decorating the community rooms and tidying up the gardens.
Helen Bowler, Team Leader Prince’s Trust said: “Too many young people are struggling to find a job, and these young people are living proof that it is possible to turn your life around – no matter what background you’ve had. Over the last 14 weeks we have seen the Team learn new skills, form friendships and give something back to their local community. They have created the foundations to enable them to move forward in their lives and gain employment. We are very proud of their achievements.”
It is thought that, on average, each Team invests the equivalent of £2,745 into their community; and 65% of community projects, such as the renovations at the Ore Centre, wouldn’t happen without the involvement of Team.
Later this month, Sussex Coast College will welcome the Great British Barber Bash crew to Hastings as they put on a barbering master class.
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Four members of the Great British Barber Bash crew will travel to Hastings on Tuesday 25th April to put on a 3 hour spectacle, demonstrating the latest cuts and styles in barbering.
The team regularly tour up and down the country creating magnificent hair styles for men and women, while putting on an entertaining show in front of a live audience.
Coast restaurant, at the Station Plaza campus, will host the event from 6pm, welcoming students, staff, local barbers, and anyone with interest in the industry.
Before the show kicks off, the Barber Bash team will give an exclusive coaching session to barbering students in the college salon. Students will be able to learn top tips on beard sculpting and styling, advice on cutting techniques, information about grooming products, as well as gaining a whole load of inspiration.
Tickets are on sale from Sussex Coast College Hastings, so if you are interested in coming along please contact Chris Stevens, Head of Barbering at Sussex Coast College Hastings, on 01424 442222 or 07793 092321. Alternatively you can book online at http://greatbritishbarbersbash.co.uk/
Tickets are £25 and should be purchased before the event.
For a flavour of what's in store, check out a recent barber bash: