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.
Hayley Graham, 19, got an A* in media and geography respectively, as well as a B in history.
Despite personal difficulties and challenges in her personal life, Hayley has overcome the hurdles to gain fantastic results. She said she was ‘really pleased and shocked’ to achieve such high grades. ‘I woke up at 4am and could not sleep, wondering what my grades would be. It was nerve-racking.’
She will be studying ancient history at the University of Birmingham this September. We wish her the best of luck for the future.
Jay Hancock, 20, started her apprenticeship qualification in Advanced Business and Administration in November 2011, and is due to complete in November 2013.
Jay has secured a role as Training Administrator at the Let’s Do Business group whilst studying for the qualification through the apprenticeship scheme at Sussex Coast College Hastings.
Jay was an Advanced Apprentice with Hastings Trust on a training programme funded by Sussex Coast College Hastings. The training provided, gave Jay a detailed understanding of the apprenticeship training process and the confidence to take on the new challenge.
Stephen King, Training and Skills Manager at Let’s Do Business commented ‘The Let’s Do Business Group are very proud to be able to offer Jay Hancock a full-time role as the business and opportunities continue to grow.’
Tim Scott, Head of Business Development congratulated Jay on her success to date. Tim added ‘our partnership with local employers is essential to help improve employability of our young people. We are focused on working with local partners to give other students, like Jay, the opportunity to develop in line with the needs of the business and community around Hastings.’
Jay said ‘It is great to use the skills I have developed on my training programme to good effect. I am able to talk confidently to potential apprentices and explain in detail what an apprenticeship really means. To me there was no better way to learn by doing and getting paid to learn was a real bonus.’
Photo: Stephen King welcomes Jay Hancock to the role of Training Administrator at the Let’s Do Business Group.
Last Thursday and Friday (5th and 6th September) SCCH hosted their Annual Freshers’ Fair to welcome new and returning students back to the college, at both campuses in Hastings and Ore.
Approximately 500 students attended the fair which was established to give new and returning students a fun and interesting welcome to Sussex Coast College Hastings, as well as building relationships with local businesses and organisations.
There was a great show of interactive stalls including Plaza Art Supplies, Targeted Youth Support Service, RP Combat Conditioning, YMCA, Trapped Magazine, Pop Up Knitting, National Table Tennis Association, Active Hastings and Fighting Tigers Gym, who gave kickboxing demonstrations and offered student discounts.
Labour, Conservative, and Liberal Democrat parties also attended the fair to talk to students and promote their views and opinions on local issues.
Some of the most entertaining guests included mascots from Xtrax and Shakeaway, who gave spectators a fantastic dance off in the Plazas atrium.
SCCH Youth Worker Abbie Murley commented ‘I can vouch for Plazas energetic atmosphere. This Freshers’ Fair was definitely a success, we managed to engage with many new students and our team is really pleased with the attendance.’
For more information on Sussex Coast College Hastings, or the Fresher’s Fair event, please visit www.sussexcoastcollege.ac.uk or call us on 01424 442222.