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A brand new art exhibition has opened on Hastings Pier and features work from Art and Design students at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

Updated 24.02.17

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The Fragments from the Sea exhibition will take visitors on a journey of the sea giving the artists perceptions of what it is like to live in a seaside town.

Over 50 year 1 Level 3 Art and Design students have been working on their own sea themed project at college and will see their work join the exhibition for two weeks. Their work includes pieces of art created using a range materials and processes, from drawing, painting, textiles, pin-hole photography, small metals, ceramics, and print.

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The exhibition is free and opened on Tuesday 21st February inside the memories room. It is open daily from 10am-5pm and will run until Friday 3rd March.

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On Wednesday (8th Feb), 28 A-Level students spent the day in London visiting the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament.

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 Students from the Government and Politics and Law A-Level courses were able to have a behind the scenes look at the building and rooms where some of the most important and significant decisions about our country are made.

The students got to visit the court where the recent Article 50 case took place, went to the Palace of Westminster for a guided tour, including the House of Commons Gallery, and the Strangers Gallery at the House of Lords.

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While they were at the Houses of Parliament, they were treated to a live debate about Brexit and witnessed Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, in full swing.

The students then took part in a round of political ‘speed dating’ with a number of MPs and parliamentary officials. The students had a few minutes to ask each MP about their jobs and any other topical political questions they had time for.

The day was rounded off with an address and Q and A session from Home Secretary, and local MP for Hastings and Rye, Amber Rudd.

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Yesterday (Wednesday 8th Feb), 130 Year 10 students, from schools across Sussex, visited the college to take part in the third ‘Women in Maths’ event.

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Women in Maths has become an annual date in the diary, and we’re delighted to host the event once again this year; welcoming students from as far as Crawley and Bognor Regis to the college.

Letty Gallagher, who organises the event, is passionate about encouraging girls to get into maths. She told us that the South East seems to lack enthusiasm for maths, with very few girls leaving school to go on and study maths at A-Level.

To help champion the subject further, Letty had invited a number of guest speakers to help inspire the group. Dr Katie Steckles, previous winner of the ‘Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement’, was able to give them an insight into her time in education and working life; Alex Bellos, a writer for The Guardian, shared his experiences of maths and writing for a national newspaper; and Rob Eastaway, spoke about his experience as an author and publishing books including ‘How Long Is A Piece of String’, ‘Maths On The Go’ and ‘The Hidden Mathematics of Sport’.

The whole day was a great success, with some fun maths puzzles and equations to solve, and great networking opportunities with fellow students.

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The development of the new University Centre in Hastings is underway and is on course to open in September 2017.

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The University Centre is being developed by Sussex Coast College Hastings (SCCH), with support from the University of Brighton (UoB), and will welcome in new students this coming September.

The college took the opportunity to grow its existing Higher Education courses with the creation of a new University Centre, after the University of Brighton decided to close its Hastings campus.

Plans are in place to expand the Station Plaza campus to create a dedicated space on the top floor, for the University Centre, which will offer an exceptional Higher Education student experience.

The UoB will validate and award degrees, while SCCH will be able to draw on almost three decades of experience to make this new model sustainable and successful.

David Fowler, Head of Higher Education at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said “This is a very exciting time for SCCH and Hastings. There is a great opportunity for us to grow HE courses to meet local needs, and we are fully committed to making it even more successful than our offer already is.”

“Once the decision was made by UoB to close its Hastings campus, we knew how important it was to ensure Higher Education remained in the town.”

SCCH has worked hard to ensure that the local community continues to have access to Higher Education courses and with the help of key stakeholders and the wider community, will be able to offer the right mix of provision that supports economic development for the town.

David Fowler continued: “For the first time we will be offering 6 full BA (Hons) courses and 3 BSc top-up courses, which is an indication of our ambition. Students will be taught by fully-qualified teachers, who have a wealth of experience in their particular industries. Smaller class sizes will also mean that students will benefit from more contact time and guidance from their tutor.”

“We have always had students at the heart of what we do, and believe that our focus on work related Higher Education, in conjunction with our highly skilled academic practices, prepares our students to achieve fantastic grades and go on to gain lifelong success, locally, nationally and internationally.”

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Left: David Fowler, Head of Higher Education at Sussex Coast College Hastings

Top to bottom: Photography - work by Lorelle Bryony // Fine Art – work exhibited during Fine Art graduate show 2016 // Graphic Design – work by Oliver Brown // Designer Maker – work by Martha Tanner

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Patisserie expert, Martin Chiffers, wowed a class of catering students from Sussex Coast College Hastings last week, with his sculpture of a rooster made from chocolate.

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20 Level 3 patisserie students spent last Monday (30th) with Martin and his colleague, Chris Zammit, learning key tips and tricks on how to work with and sculpt chocolate.

Martin and Chris, who are both members of the UK pastry team, gave students the opportunity to get stuck in as they helped to create elements of the final display piece, inspired by the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar.

The master piece took 10 hours to create and used approximately 20kgs of chocolate.

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Martin Chiffers said: “Chris and I thoroughly enjoyed our day at SCCH. I think it is really important for professional pastry chefs to lead the way for the younger generation of chefs coming through.

I was really impressed with the students, but have to say that the girls out shone the boys. They got stuck in and helped me a lot, so thank you to them for being brave and taking a positive approach on the day.

Doing demonstrations like this is a great way to pass down skills and knowledge, and it gives me great satisfaction knowing I will inspire young chefs to develop and push themselves to be the future leaders.”

The master piece will now be displayed in the college restaurant in a specially made display case, and will last for around 18 months.

Steven Slade said: “To have two of the great names from the world of patisserie visiting us, who represent the UK at the highest level, was an honour and a privilege. For the students to see that high level of skill and detail up close was phenomenal. They now have lots of inspiration and ideas to take forward and to practice in the rest of their studies.”

NCS Awards

Sussex Coast College Hastings has been named a ‘Champion School’ by the National Citizen Service (NCS) following the successful graduation of 234 students from the programme.

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A night of celebration was held on Thursday 19th January at Sussex Coast College Hastings to mark the students’ graduation from NCS; a programme aimed at increasing social responsibility, employability and skills. During the programme the teens donated over 7,000 hours of volunteering, and designed social action projects that raised donations and awareness for local charities including Xtrax Young People’s Centre, Seaview, and Shelter.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity for 15-17 year olds to make a lasting mark in their local communities, whilst learning first-hand the skills that employers are really looking for. Taking place throughout the autumn term, the programme offered the participating Sussex Coast College Hastings students the opportunity to try their hand at a range of activities, from rock climbing to raft building to developing confidence, business, social and team-working skills.

As part of the programme, the young people went on to examine their local Hastings community to identify requiring improvement, and used their findings to design and implement a social action project to make that improvement; with a focus on utilising the skills learned as part of their college course.

At the ceremony, graduates received a certificate signed by the Prime Minister, and Sussex Coast College Hastings was presented with the highly coveted ‘Champion Schools’ award by Deputy Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Nigel Sinden. The award recognises the college’s dedication to giving back to its local community through the integration of NCS within its curriculum.

Accepting the award, Dan Shelley, Vice Principal of Enterprise, Employment and Skills at Sussex Coast College Hastings commented: “Our achievement of NCS champion status highlights our commitment to developing social action, employability and the wider personal development skills of our students.

“Wherever possible we try to ensure that the social action our students undertake not only helps local causes but enables students to develop employability skills linked to their chosen careers. Be these winter car checks, performed by our Motor Vehicle students, or hair and nail sessions for care home residents, from our hair and beauty students, or construction students repairing the Brick Boat next to the A259, in partnership with the St Leonards Rotary Club, the link between supporting local communities and expanding social and employability skills is important.

“We intend to roll out this programme further in the spring with a diverse range of curriculum areas including A levels, construction and our students with learning difficulties or disabilities included and ensure it becomes an integral part of our offer here at the college so that we can encourage our students to volunteer more and give back to our local community as well as build skills and help with their progress outlining the skills they have developed in UCAS statements or their CV for future employment.”

Councillor Nigel Sinden praised the efforts of the young people involved: “NCS and your social action work really promotes positive outcomes for you as young people. You have shown the ability to develop positive relationships with your local communities and with each other. You have shown commitment, leadership, resilience, determination, and a whole host of other skills that will serve you well in life to come, whatever path you may choose. I thank you for your dedication to supporting and bettering your local community.”

The National Citizen Service is the fastest growing youth movement since the Scouts, with more than 300,000 young people nationwide already having completed the programme, and 5 million hours of voluntary action having been donated through the programme to date.

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