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Otto Haas from the School of English at Sussex Coast College Hastings has raised £400 for the Movember Foundation charity.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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9 hospitality and catering students visited South Lodge Hotel in Horsham last week to learn top cookery tips from their expert chefs.

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Students from the Level 3 Hospitality Supervision course joined Level 4 Hospitality management students for an afternoon at the 5* luxury retreat in Horsham. The group were given a guided tour of the country house hotel, including their high-tech wine tasting cellar, were able to discuss career opportunities and join Executive chef Lewis Hamblet and Head chef Ian Swainson for cookery demonstrations in their luxury 3AA Rosette restaurant, The Pass.

Lewis and Ian invited the group into their unique ‘in-kitchen’ to show them techniques on how to prepare and cook fish, tip on how to use taste and smell to match ingredients, and show them a few creative ways to present food.

The students were also in prime position to see the chefs make a horseradish snow using liquid nitrogen.

The ‘in-kitchen’ offers diners a unique experience to be seated along the length of the kitchen on a row of high tables with LCD screens strategically placed so that they can see a 360-degree view of the chefs at work.

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The afternoon was part of the Springboard programme, supported by Sussex Coast College, designed to help students make a smooth transition from education and into employment.

The college has worked with the charity, Springboard, for a number of years to give students the opportunity to see the industry in practice and raise their aspirations.

Jeff Jordan, Hospitality and Catering lecturer, said: “It is fantastic to visit South Lodge Hotel. The hotel is magnificent, and the tips that they students have got from Lewis and Ian are invaluable.

The partnership that we have with Springboard is really valuable. We often have the opportunity to visit well established hotels and restaurants in the South East and London – many of which have work experience placements that our students are able to take advantage of.”

Jennifer Dance, Human Resources Manager, said: “We were delighted to welcome hospitality students from Sussex Coast College to South Lodge. Getting out to see the industry in reality is so valuable, and we’re always happy to show off our Hotel.”

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Another group of unemployed young people from across Hastings and Rother successfully graduated from the Prince’s Trust Team programme at Sussex Coast College last week.

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The programme, which is in its eighth term, wished the 11 youngsters a fond farewell after three months of social action projects, team-building, personal discovery and making new friends.

The group came together for one final project as they told friends and family about the life changing journey they’d been on for the past 14 weeks. The Mayor, Deputy Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff were present to congratulate the students on their achievements and present them with their Certificates of Employment, Teamwork and Community skills.

During the programme the group travelled to Ashdown Forest to spend the week living independently, as well as try their hand at rock climbing, canoeing and a sponsored abseil.

Once the group had returned to Hastings they started working on a number of social action projects to build their team work skills and help to make a positive difference in the local community.


They rolled up their sleeves to help Hastings Court Care Home resident, Fred Day, spruce up his ‘Garden of Love’. The team spent 3 weeks, come rain or shine, digging out old plants, tiding paths and planting daffodil bulbs. The young people also produced some original artwork to brighten up the corridors and help residents with dementia to reminisce.

The Team put on an art workshop at the Mencap Open Doors Project in St Leonards-On-Sea, threw a Christmas party for college students with disabilities, and made Christmas wreaths with local care home residents.

Team 8’s final project was to purchased items to build a large Christmas Hamper, which they donated to local charity, Surviving Christmas, ahead of their Christmas Hamper deliveries to families and individuals in need this winter.

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Helen Bowler, Team Leader Prince’s Trust said: “Too many young people are struggling to find a job, and these young people are living proof that it is possible to turn your life around – no matter what background you’ve had. Over the last 14 weeks we have seen the Team learn new skills, form friendships and give something back to their local community. They have created the foundations to enable them to move forward in their lives and gain employment. We are very proud of their achievements”

The Prince’s Trust programme is free to anyone aged 16-25 and not in work or education. The college is currently looking to recruit for the next Team programme which starts on Monday 9th January 2017. If you would like to join Team 9 then please register your interest: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tabetha Collins will represent Sussex Coast College Hastings in the regional heat of the 2017 Sparks UK Electrical Apprentice of the year competition.

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The search for the UK’s next Electrical Apprentice of the year got underway at SCCH’s Ore Valley campus last week, when Level 2 and Level 3 students competed in an Electrical competition to decide who would be selected for the regional heat in February.

The students put their skills to the test in the Electrical Workshop to fly the flag for SCCH at Uxbridge College in the New Year.

Reuben Hart finished in third place, Andrew Austin was the runner-up in second place, and Tabetha came out on top. All three students received certificates for their efforts and outstanding performance throughout the year so far.

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Tabetha will proudly represent Sussex Coast College at the regional heat, and compete against students from other colleges in the South East on Thursday 16th February.

The winner of the South East regional heat will then compete against the top student from each of the other regions over a two day event on 8th & 9th March 2017; with the winner being crowned ‘2017 Sparks UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year’.

Paul May, Electrical Installations Lecturer, said: “It was a great competition, and everyone who took part did exceptionally well. But, Tabetha was a worthy winner. She is a first-class electrical student and a rising star in the electrical industry!

I’m sure she will do very well in the regional heat and we’re very proud that she will be representing the college.

She is one of only two full-time female electrical students currently enrolled on our electrical installation courses, and is an excellent role model to other girls and young women thinking about becoming an electrician.”

Maths Challenge

The UK Maths Challenge held its latest round of competition at the beginning of November, and 26 students from Sussex Coast College Hastings took part.

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The 26 competitors were made up of first and second year A-Level maths students, who sat the 90 minute, 25 multiple choice question, exam on Tuesday 8th November at the college.

The students received their results a week later and were able to celebrate some fantastic scores, as two students achieved gold certificates, four students were awarded silver certificates and sixteen students gained the bronze award.

To top their Gold achievements, Year 13 students, Dillon Piggot and Roy Simamora were also awarded the ‘Best in Class’ accolade for their highest scores of 88. Year 12 student, Louis Jo Jones also walked away with a ‘Best in Class’ certificate to go with the silver award that he won.

The UK Maths Challenge is an annual competition for young people across the UK, which last year more than 675,000 entries from over 4,500 different schools and colleges entered.

Ashish Gupta, Mathematics lecturer, said: “The maths challenge is a great way to test your skills in maths and I’m delighted and proud of the students’ achievements. Nationally, the top 60% of students in the senior category receive a certificate, so it is very pleasing to see so many of our students being awarded certificates.”

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