Hello and welcome to the first Sussex Coast College newsletter of academic year 2013/14. I am Clive Cooke, your principal, and would like to extend a very warm welcome to our returning students and our new arrivals. I hope you have all had a lovely summer break and have taken advantage of the glorious weather.
You have joined a college with the top A Level results and the widest range of vocational courses in Bexhill, Hastings and Rother. This year, I can proudly say that our A Level success rate was 100%.
Congratulations and thank you to all staff and students who worked hard to gain such fantastic results. We hope academic year 13/14 will provide us with just as much success and positivity as academic year 12/13.
Each one of you has the ability to ‘Be Remarkable’ and you can see our short video on our website, showing examples of how your life and your future can ‘Be Remarkable’ by studying here at Sussex Coast College.
College is different to school; you are responsible for your own learning and your own future. No one can make you study, but we are all here to support you, from learning advice, to financial or personal concerns. There is someone at the college to help you, so please ask.
But for now, it’s time to get stuck in, work hard and have fun! I will see you around the building, so come and say hello.
Sussex Coast College was a sea of colour this week after students from over 60 different countries proudly waved their national flag in the stunning college atrium.
The event was organised to celebrate the rich mix of cultures and backgrounds of all the 1800 newly enrolled students at the college.
The college now proudly boasts student representatives from countries in Africa, such as the Congo, Ivory Coast, Tanzania and Uganda. As well as Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran and Iraq. Almost every country in Europe, North and South America, Australia and even Antarctica.
College Principal, Clive Cooke, said:
“What a fantastic and diverse mix of people, all eager to learn and contribute to college life. At Sussex Coast College Hastings we value our international students greatly. They add a vibrancy and lively element to the campus and help to enhance and build cultural links within Hastings and the surrounding areas.”
The students at Sussex Coast College study academic courses such as A-levels – the college achieved a 100% success rate this year - the world renowned International Baccalaureate and widest possible variety of vocational courses.
Hawa Sulaiman, 27, from Kurdistan, studying for the International Baccalaureate said:
“Studying at Sussex Coast College is fantastic. The college is a great place to learn and people in Hastings are really friendly. The teaching here is also excellent, which really helps me in my studies.”
Cristina Ferrer Lϋgstenmann from Barcelona is studying General English at the College. She said:
“I really enjoy studying in Hastings. There’s great access to shops, transport, evening entertainment and even the beach! The College is wonderful too, there is nothing like this learning experience in Spain.”
For more information on studying at SCCH, please visit www.sussexcoast.ac.uk or call 01424 442222.
This Monday (16th) Sussex Coast College Hastings opened its doors to 100 Hastings and St Leonards Academy students to take part in the Ultra High Vacuum/Vacuum & Photonics Technology event. The event was aimed at inspiring young people to get involved in Science and Engineering, and to demonstrate where a career in Science and Engineering could lead.
A presentation by MBE British space scientist, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, kick-started the action packed day, before the students were split into two groups, one visiting Ore Valley campus and the remaining group participating in hands-on activities at Station Plaza. This included creating remote control robots in teams, and entering them into a Robot Wars competition in the Atrium.
In the afternoon, Maggie Philbin, who has worked on a wide-range of science, medical and technology programmes, including presenting BBC Big Bang Theory, spoke to the pupils in an inspiring and influential manner.
The event at SCCH ran alongside the larger exhibition hosted at the Sussex Exchange Conference on the same day. The event is the first Vacuum and Technology Expo in Hastings, taking place in partnership with the Council, Seachange Sussex and local employers.
Ever since Hastings & Bexhill based John Logie Baird produced the world's first television image, Hastings has been synonymous with high technology, innovation and invention. Hastings and East Sussex have established themselves as a global centre for high technology companies, and Tec 66 aimed to promote the many companies now based in the area, raising awareness of this thriving sector and featured a number of valuable industry expert workshops.
Lily-Mae White, a year 9 Hastings Academy Student, who attended the event at SCCH said ‘I had such a fun day and learnt a lot about engineering. My favourite part was the Robot Wars battle, it was really funny and we won prizes! ‘
Sussex Coast College students are continuing to raise money to ensure people in developing countries have access to safe sanitation, clean water and hygiene education.
Within the past year, 10 toilets across the two college campuses have been twinned with toilets in villages around the world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia and Sierra Leone.
For every £60 raised, it is possible to twin a toilet and make sure that some of the poorest communities in the world have improved sanitation. 1 in 3 people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet. Bad sanitation is one of the world’s biggest killers: it hits women, children, old and sick people hardest. Every minute, three children under the age of five die because of dirty water and poor sanitation. And, right this minute, around half the people in the world have an illness caused by bad sanitation.
After hearing these disconcerting facts, Students at SCCH expressed an interest in fundraising for the cause and have participated in a variety of fundraising ideas, including cake sales, jumble sales, craft sales and collection boxes across the college. In fact, once they started, there was no stopping them.
Barbara Powell-Jones, College Chaplain, who is organising the fundraising for Toilet Twinning commented ‘This charity is set apart as for every £60 you send, you receive a framed certificate to hang outside your toilet, complete with GPS coordinates which enables you to look up your twin online.’
Barbara and the Student Engagement Team plan to continue their campaign until all of the toilets around the college are twinned.
Noella Kyomi, 19, grew up in Tanzania and moved to the UK in 2009 with her mother and 3 younger brothers, when she was aged just 16.
She started studying English, ICT, Accounting and business but struggled with these subjects, she didn’t enjoy them and found the transition to studying in the UK hard. However, instead of giving up, she took Economics, Business and Sociology the second time round and has done exceptionally well in these subjects gaining B grade for all three subjects.
James Hamilton, Learning Standards Manager (LSM) of Academy 6 and Teacher of Economics commented, ‘Noella worked really hard to overcome the challenges of the course and did extremely well to achieve a B this year. I am very proud of her achievements.’
Noella is going to Kent University in September to study Accounting and Finance. She is both excited and nervous at the prospect of University. We wish her luck for the future.