Later this month, Sussex Coast College Hastings will welcome patisserie expert, Martin Chiffers to the college to give a masterclass in chocolate.
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Martin, who is the current Great Britain Pastry Team captain, and also a consultant on the BBC 2 programme, Crème de la Crème, will be visiting the college on Monday 30th of January to give Level 3 Patisserie students top tips on working with chocolate and creating patisserie showpieces.
During his 7 hour masterclass, he will teach students advanced techniques on how to carve, cast, mould, finish, colour and present chocolate sculptures. Martin will use up to 20kgs of chocolate to create a sculpture that will be kept on display at the college.
Steven Slade, Catering Lecturer, said: “I’m delighted that Martin is able to come down and give a masterclass to our student. It will be a really exciting day, and to have such an experienced patisserie professional passing on his knowledge to the students is priceless.”
Health and Social Care students at Sussex Coast College Hastings had a memorable start to their first term at college when they spent a week away on the Isle of Wight.
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50 first year Level 2 and Level 3 students were invited to join a National Citizenship Service project to encourage them to care more about the community in which they live. The project would take them out of their comfort zone, teach them new skills and require them to complete a social action project to make a difference.
The group stayed at the Kings Wood campsite in Bembridge, making themselves at home in wooden lodges. Throughout the week they took part in outdoor activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, and assault courses, and even became familiar with bush craft techniques.
Once the group had returned to Hastings they began to work on their social action projects. The Level 2 students were then split into groups of 11, creating two teams in the class. Both teams had 8 weeks to plan and deliver a project that would benefit or improve something in the town.
The groups held meetings to generate a range of social issues they felt passionate about, and from there they narrowed down the ideas until they were left with a realistic and achievable goal. One group made winter survival kits for the homeless and the other put together food hampers to donate to a local charity.
The students held a number of fundraising activities to raise money to help them buy the food, hats, scarves, gloves and sleeping bags they would need to fill their boxes.
From bake sales, jumble sales, and the generosity of staff and fellow students, the groups were able to collect between £70 and £90 to spend on items for their donations.
The survival kits were donated to the Snowflake Shelter, and the food hampers were donated to Surviving Christmas before the Christmas break.
Morgan Ives said: “We were all very passionate about doing something that would help somebody during winter. Knowing that we were helping somebody else gave us a great team spirit and everybody pitched in when we were delegating the tasks.
We managed to raise enough money to put together 10 survival kits, and I hope that they were useful to those who needed them.”
The annual Supported Education Christmas show treated everyone to a grand stand end to the year as the students performed classic Christmas songs.
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Supported Education students took the college on a Christmassy journey to New York with a big band performance of Christmas songs.
The group performed a medley of seasonal classics to an audience of staff, students and parents in the atrium at Station Plaza.
The students had spent the weeks leading up to the show by planning their song choices, dance routines and creating the set, as well as making musical props including trumpets, a trombone and a piano.
Lesley Watson 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.”
Students and staff at Sussex Coast College Hastings have helped to spread some Christmas cheer by donating gifts, clothes and food to two local Hastings Charities.
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The LRCs at Station Plaza and Ore Valley Campus have been welcoming donations of toys, tinned foods, clothes and winter essentials since the beginning of November, to donate to Surviving Christmas and the Snowflake Night Shelter.
Students and staff certainly showed their generosity during the season of goodwill, as both LRCs received an overwhelming amount of gifts.
Lauren Moxey, LRC Assistant said: “The generosity of staff and students has been absolutely amazing. It is very heart-warming to know that so many people have pulled together to help the families of Hastings this Christmas.”
The college also put together Christmas hampers for Surviving Christmas, who will be delivering them to the families they work with.
Lauren continued: “We have received hundreds of toys, and enough food to fill dozens of hampers. It hasn’t stopped there either; people are still bringing in items and donating their loose change to our collection box.”
“We’d just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the collection and helped to make somebody’s Christmas a lot happier.”
The college will continue to collect money for the Snowflake Night Shelter throughout January and collection boxes will be in both LRCs.
Otto Haas from the School of English at Sussex Coast College Hastings has raised £400 for the Movember Foundation charity.
Otto grew his moustache throughout November, and with support from friends, family, staff and students managed to smash his original target of £200 to raise double that amount.
On average, men die four years earlier than women, and the foundation aims to encourage more men to live healthy lives and be more open when talking about health problems.
Otto said: “Thank you very much to everyone who supported and contributed to this great cause. Supporting the Movember Foundation is something that is close to my heart. The charity aims to prevent men dying too young and one of the biggest causes of death in young men is suicide. I was staggered to find out that 78% of all suicides are men and 13 men commit suicide in the UK every day.
"Men often think it's weak to talk about their feelings and can have a tendency to bottle things up until they 'snap'. We need to encourage men to talk to each other and remove the stigma around mental health issues, anxiety and depression. I know that this money raised is going to a great cause and will make a difference in the fight to lower the rate of male suicide.”
It is the third year that Otto has supported Movember, and he has raised almost £900 to date. You can still donate to his fundraising page here: https://mobro.co/ottohaas
Year 11 Open Evening season came to a close on Thursday evening as Sussex Coast College Hastings hosted their third and final open evening of the year.
The three events, which took place during November and December, were a huge success with almost 1600 people visiting to see what the college had to offer.
Students and parents were treated to some light entertainment and a whole host of activities to get involved with at the Station Plaza, Ore Valley, and Automotive Centre campuses.
The hair and beauty department were offering manicures and hair-ups, the sport department had netball posts, football goals and massage beds, and the catering department were making choux swans and giving people the chance to decorate gingerbread biscuits and Christmas puddings.
At the Ore campus, the music students performed an acoustic set as guests arrived, the construction department gave students the chance to tour around the realistic working environments and check out all the machinery, while upstairs, people were entering into the world of virtual reality as the IT students showcased the Oculus Rift.
Lighting and events specialists, Tech Events helped to give the occasions the glamour they deserved, while a harpist created a relaxing and welcoming ambiance.
Students were able to visit the ‘claws and jaws’ enclosure, where the personalised learning staff had arranged for a number snakes, spiders and creepy crawlies to visit the college.
Both the Art and A-Level floors were packed with students wanting to find out about the courses and getting a feel for college life. The buzz from each floor was reflected in the feedback survey collected by the college. Over half (52%) of the 337 visitors who completed the survey, said that they had come to find out about A-Level subjects.
Student now have a few weeks to decide on their plans after secondary school and are being encouraged to apply as soon as they can to guarantee their place at college and get the choice of subjects they want.
Clive Cooke, Principal of Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “What a fantastic three events. I was delighted to welcome so many people to the college and give them the opportunity to explore our magnificent college and talk to tutors about the subjects they are interested in."
"Our provision is growing year on year, with A-Levels continuing to be extremely popular. The support and guidance that we can offer students is first class, nurturing each individual talent helping them to go on into careers they are passionate about, being who they want to be”