Our very own Head of Marketing, who walked the Three Peaks Challenge back in June, has raised over £800 for charity.
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Justin Rollings decided to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the mental health charity, Mind.
Justin scaled Ben Nevis in Scotland, travelled over-night to climb Scafell Pike in England, before heading to Wales to climb Snowdon on Sunday morning; completing the challenge in under 24 hours.
The Three Peaks Challenge covers a distance of 27 miles and a hefty 3,000 meter climb. Colleagues, friends and family sponsored Justin to complete his challenge and helped to make and sell cakes during a bake sale at the college; which raised £210 towards the total.
One in four people experience a mental health problem each year, and Mind works to give people support and advice. Last year, the charity spent over £20million on delivering charitable work. 79p of every £1 raised, goes on charitable activities such as keeping the Info-line open and campaigning for better services.
Justin was motivated to undertake the challenge after volunteering for the charity last summer in Bexhill.
Justin said: "It was a really tough challenge, but very worthwhile to raise such a great total. I wanted to try and find a way to help raise further awareness of this important charity and the Three Peaks seemed the best way. We will probably all experience some kind of mental health problem in our lives and I feel that it's really important to lift the lid on this often hidden illness. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated."
A spokesperson from Mind said: “Thank you to Justin and everyone who sponsored him. Your support is going to make a huge difference and we really appreciate it. You should feel very proud.”
In light of the proposed RMT strike action on Southern train services next week, Sussex Coast College Hastings has made arrangements for alternative transport to college.
For those students who travel by train you will be aware that the RMT & ASLEF Unions have called a series of additional strikes in January.
Southern have just announced that ASLEF have suspended their planned strikes for next week. However, the RMT union strike will continue as planned on Monday 23rd January 2017.
The college is committed to helping students to attend and achieve at college and we have therefore put in some emergency measures to ensure that students who live outside the Hastings and Bexhill area are aided to get to and from the College.
Wherever possible we would expect our students to attend their classes.
We will provide FREE shuttle buses on key routes to help with this. The buses will be clearly identifiable as Sussex Coast College Hastings buses and students will need to show their college ID badge.
Further industrial action is likely so please check this site or Southern Rail's website for further information.
Southern Rail are offering up to 1 month's worth of compensation for travellers who have travelled regularly with them over the last year during this continued disruption. Once the process to claim this has been released the college is urging students to claim this compensation.
Southern rail have also added rail replacement buses between Bexhill and Hastings and from Rye to Hastings.
Timetable for College Shuttle Bus
Southern will operate a reduced service between Brighton-Eastbourne so any students on this line (Lewes, Glyne, Berwick, Polegate, Hampden Park) or who normally change at Polegate (including from Hailsham) need to travel to Eastbourne.
The College bus will collect students at the stations below (for pick-up):
Railway station AM departure times:
Eastbourne - 07:15
Pevensey & Westham - 07:35
Cooden Beach - 07:50
Collington - 07:55
Bexhill - 08:00
Hastings Campus - 08:25
Ore Valley Campus - 08:35
Ridge Fire Station for ATC - 08:45
PM departure time from Station Plaza is - 16:30 to Eastbourne and all stations before.
Ore Valley - 16:20
The Ridge Fire Station - 16:10
This service, which has been implemented by the college will ONLY run if the strike goes ahead.
From Ashford, Rye and the Surrounding areas Southern will be providing rail replacement bus services. The college will also run a shuttle bus and collect and drop students at the stations below. Students living east of Rye should try to get to Rye Railway Station via the replacement bus service or make their own way to Rye to catch the college bus.
Railway station AM departure time
Rye - 07:50
Winchelsea - 08:00
Three Oaks - 08:15
Ridge Fire Station for ATC - 08:25
Ore Valley Campus - 08:35
Hastings Campus - 08:45
PM departure times: Leaving Station Plaza at 16:30
Ore Valley Campus - 16:40
Ridge Fire Station - 16:50
THESE TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO MINOR ALTERATION - PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES.
From St. Leonards and Bexhill Rail replacement bus services are running from these stations and students are requested to get the rail replacement bus service and/or stagecoach buses.
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Whilst we expect students to attend classes, as they will run normally, there may be times when students are not able to make these arrangements so the College will ensure that coursework and homework is set in the weeks leading up to the strike and that this is placed on our VLE, Turing, which is available to access outside of college. This homework will include tests and elements that can be checked by each tutor on the day of the strike to ensure that students are utilising the VLE to complete their work. It is vitally important that all of these options are utilised to ensure that all students achieve to their full potential. If parents and carers can support their young person to either get to the buses or complete their homework on the VLE that would be incredibly helpful.
If you are entitled to a free college breakfast, then we will extend this until 9am on strike days.
We are sorry that this is happening but please be assured we will do everything that we can to ensure that it doesn't affect your son’s / daughter’s learning with us.
We are sorry that this on-going industrial action continues to disrupt your learning.
Staff from Sussex Coast College Hastings baked cakes to support the Macmillan coffee morning last Friday and raised just over £240 for charity.
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Nineteen entrants baked everything from cupcakes to three tier towers, and had the chance of winning a meal for two in the college Coast Restaurant.
A panel of four judges had the arduous task of rating the cakes on their appearance, texture and taste to decide a winner. It was a close competition, but the winning masterpiece was from Vicki Corr who baked a lemon cloud cake with a meringue swirl topping.
The cakes were then sliced and sold to the staff and students to raise a total of £240.36
Vic Kempner, Governor at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “All of the cakes were of a very high standard. There were some beautiful and imaginative creations, and it was a very enjoyable tasting session for the judges.”
The Coffee Morning is one of Macmillan’s biggest fundraising events for people facing cancer. Since the first coffee morning in 1990, donations have reached over £138 million.
Check out our Facebook page for even more pictures of the fabulous cakes!
An Ex-Travel and Tourism student from Sussex Coast College Hastings was back in Hastings last week after finishing her latest season in Spain with Eurocamp.
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Georgina White, who has just finished a 6 months season with Eurocamp on the Playa Montroig, not far from the Catalan capital of Barcelona, took some time out to pop in and see her former tutors and the latest cohort of travel and tourism students.
The Level 3 second year students asked Georgina lots of questions about her job, the job application process, what it was like to travel to Liverpool for the interview and what it was like to move away from home for her first season in the French Alps.
Kim Stevens, Travel and Tourism lecturer said: “It was so nice to see Georgina again. I’m so pleased that she’s doing well and having a great time working in her dream job.
It’s great that she was able to come in and talk to the students because it gives them the opportunity to ask all sorts of questions. They can find out what it’s really like to work abroad for months at a time, what her work colleagues are like and how much she gets paid.
The Level 3s are all in the same position that Georgina was in two years ago. They’ve just started their final year of college and they’re all starting to think about applying jobs, so it’s great that they can get advice about what to do next.”
Our Year 11 Open Evenings are back!
During November and December each year, we like to throw open our doors and invite you in to take a look around our amazing college and show you all thing things we’re great at.
During the evenings, you’ll be able to get a real taste of what studying with us is like. You’ll be free to explore our facilities, chat to existing students, and most importantly, talk to tutors and find out about courses that you’re interested in.
From previous Open Evenings, we know that students have had a great time joining in with engaging activities, found it really useful to look around our realistic working environments and found it extremely helpful to decide what courses they want to study.
We have hundreds of courses for you to choose from, each of them with different progression and careers options, meaning that you can be who you want to be.
We have vocational courses in Art & Design, Computing Creative Technology, Construction, Hair & Beauty, Hospitality & Catering, Sport & UPS, Travel and many more.
We offer 25 A-Level courses from Biology to Textiles and brand new for 2017/18, we’re offering A-Level Law!
We’re passionate about helping you achieve your dreams, which is why we create an outstanding environment for you to learn in. We have amazing campuses and the best tutors who can’t wait to pass on all their knowledge to you.
You’ll be treated like an adult and be supported and encouraged the whole time you’re with us.
While you’re not studying, Hastings offers lots of things for you to do. There are loads of events and festivals happening throughout the year, loads of shops for you to use your student discount in, and we’re just a stone’s throw away from the beach. Would you really get all of this excitement if you studied anywhere else?
The Open Evenings are free and there is no need to book, so please just come along.
Our second Open Evening will be at Ore Valley on Thursday 24th November between 5pm-8pm.
Our third Open Evening is on Thursday 8th December at Station Plaza between 5pm-7pm.
We can’t wait to see you.
The International department at the College continues to grow!
Each week, students from all over the world visit the college to study and explore Hastings and the South East.
Last month, we were pleased to welcome a group of Kwandong University students all the way from South Korea.
They arrived at the beginning of August to start a three week study programme, and Lee and I travelled to Heathrow to meet them after their 12 hour flight had landed. Having travelled over 5,500 miles, it was fair to say they were pretty exhausted, but they were still excited to see us and posed for pictures!
The students were here to study three weeks of English tuition with Lee and weekly Cabin Crew sessions with Alexandra and Louiza. They were really keen to brush up on their flight attending skills and learn the vocabulary and phrases needed to work on board busy flights.
Many of the students were studying Travel at university and wanted to work for Korean airlines, so being able experience how the college prepares young people for careers in the travel industry was a really valuable experience for them.
Even the students who had different ambitions and interests, still found the English course extremely valuable and really got involved with college life.
They really enjoyed the practical sessions in the Airbus A320. Louiza took them through detailed scenarios that they may encounter on-board a flight, such as medical emergencies, decompression drills, on-board fires, and reacting to suspicious behaviour.
During their last week here, Alexandra took the group to have a look around Gatwick Airport. While they were there the group were able to see the industry in practice and get involved with a few fun activities. They went on a scavenger hunt, looking for information and services across the North and South terminals, such as identifying which airlines flew from which terminal. At the end of the hunt, Alexandra handed prizes to the winning pairs.
Their mini-sabbatical concluded with a celebratory meal and presentation of certificates, where the students reflected on their time in the UK.
They all absolutely loved their time here, and were the perfect guests.
Lee really enjoyed teaching them and said that he was very impressed with the way they all immediately applied themselves and showed enormous interest in all aspects of the course. It was evident that there was a marked improvement in their English and Flight Attendant awareness by the end of the three weeks. And he said that they were a thorough delight and privilege to teach.
It was a pleasure to welcome the student to the college, and after speaking with their tutors, we’re planning to develop this relationship in the near future!
Jeremy Oughton, Head of International