Ashley Chapman centre presents Huda and George with their certificates

Two inspiring young volunteers have been chosen as joint winners of this month's Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award.

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Huda Caglayan and George Palmer, both aged 17, have been involved in numerous youth events, including planning and organising the first ever Hastings Pride last year. They also helped with two events for mental health and White Ribbon, which aims to educate and raise awareness of violence against women.

The pair also organised the Hastings Youth awards, which attracted more than 400 people, and helped launch the Hastings Youth Grant in December.

The teenagers, who attend Sussex Coast College Hastings, were nominated for the award by Emile Tambeh, Community Cohesion and Support Officer at Hastings Borough Council, who said: “Both individuals work so hard and give up their free time to volunteer and have attended a number of events. They deserve to receive this award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their local community.”

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.

The award is normally presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way, but in this instance the two students were put forward together. The award recognises sporting or academic achievements, or goes to someone who has performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.

Ashley Chapman, Marketing and Communications Executive at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “Huda and George work hard for the town on important issues which affect not only our young people, but also the wider community. They were instrumental in organising the first Hastings Pride and have helped with numerous other important events.”

As part of their award, Huda and George will receive a complimentary meal for two and £100 is being donated to the Hastings Pride fund.

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.

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A brand new art exhibition has opened on Hastings Pier and features work from Art and Design students at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

Updated 24.02.17

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The Fragments from the Sea exhibition will take visitors on a journey of the sea giving the artists perceptions of what it is like to live in a seaside town.

Over 50 year 1 Level 3 Art and Design students have been working on their own sea themed project at college and will see their work join the exhibition for two weeks. Their work includes pieces of art created using a range materials and processes, from drawing, painting, textiles, pin-hole photography, small metals, ceramics, and print.

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The exhibition is free and opened on Tuesday 21st February inside the memories room. It is open daily from 10am-5pm and will run until Friday 3rd March.

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On Wednesday (8th Feb), 28 A-Level students spent the day in London visiting the Supreme Court and the Houses of Parliament.

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 Students from the Government and Politics and Law A-Level courses were able to have a behind the scenes look at the building and rooms where some of the most important and significant decisions about our country are made.

The students got to visit the court where the recent Article 50 case took place, went to the Palace of Westminster for a guided tour, including the House of Commons Gallery, and the Strangers Gallery at the House of Lords.

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While they were at the Houses of Parliament, they were treated to a live debate about Brexit and witnessed Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, in full swing.

The students then took part in a round of political ‘speed dating’ with a number of MPs and parliamentary officials. The students had a few minutes to ask each MP about their jobs and any other topical political questions they had time for.

The day was rounded off with an address and Q and A session from Home Secretary, and local MP for Hastings and Rye, Amber Rudd.

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Yesterday (Wednesday 8th Feb), 130 Year 10 students, from schools across Sussex, visited the college to take part in the third ‘Women in Maths’ event.

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Women in Maths has become an annual date in the diary, and we’re delighted to host the event once again this year; welcoming students from as far as Crawley and Bognor Regis to the college.

Letty Gallagher, who organises the event, is passionate about encouraging girls to get into maths. She told us that the South East seems to lack enthusiasm for maths, with very few girls leaving school to go on and study maths at A-Level.

To help champion the subject further, Letty had invited a number of guest speakers to help inspire the group. Dr Katie Steckles, previous winner of the ‘Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement’, was able to give them an insight into her time in education and working life; Alex Bellos, a writer for The Guardian, shared his experiences of maths and writing for a national newspaper; and Rob Eastaway, spoke about his experience as an author and publishing books including ‘How Long Is A Piece of String’, ‘Maths On The Go’ and ‘The Hidden Mathematics of Sport’.

The whole day was a great success, with some fun maths puzzles and equations to solve, and great networking opportunities with fellow students.

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The development of the new University Centre in Hastings is underway and is on course to open in September 2017.

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The University Centre is being developed by Sussex Coast College Hastings (SCCH), with support from the University of Brighton (UoB), and will welcome in new students this coming September.

The college took the opportunity to grow its existing Higher Education courses with the creation of a new University Centre, after the University of Brighton decided to close its Hastings campus.

Plans are in place to expand the Station Plaza campus to create a dedicated space on the top floor, for the University Centre, which will offer an exceptional Higher Education student experience.

The UoB will validate and award degrees, while SCCH will be able to draw on almost three decades of experience to make this new model sustainable and successful.

David Fowler, Head of Higher Education at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said “This is a very exciting time for SCCH and Hastings. There is a great opportunity for us to grow HE courses to meet local needs, and we are fully committed to making it even more successful than our offer already is.”

“Once the decision was made by UoB to close its Hastings campus, we knew how important it was to ensure Higher Education remained in the town.”

SCCH has worked hard to ensure that the local community continues to have access to Higher Education courses and with the help of key stakeholders and the wider community, will be able to offer the right mix of provision that supports economic development for the town.

David Fowler continued: “For the first time we will be offering 6 full BA (Hons) courses and 3 BSc top-up courses, which is an indication of our ambition. Students will be taught by fully-qualified teachers, who have a wealth of experience in their particular industries. Smaller class sizes will also mean that students will benefit from more contact time and guidance from their tutor.”

“We have always had students at the heart of what we do, and believe that our focus on work related Higher Education, in conjunction with our highly skilled academic practices, prepares our students to achieve fantastic grades and go on to gain lifelong success, locally, nationally and internationally.”

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Left: David Fowler, Head of Higher Education at Sussex Coast College Hastings

Top to bottom: Photography - work by Lorelle Bryony // Fine Art – work exhibited during Fine Art graduate show 2016 // Graphic Design – work by Oliver Brown // Designer Maker – work by Martha Tanner

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Patisserie expert, Martin Chiffers, wowed a class of catering students from Sussex Coast College Hastings last week, with his sculpture of a rooster made from chocolate.

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20 Level 3 patisserie students spent last Monday (30th) with Martin and his colleague, Chris Zammit, learning key tips and tricks on how to work with and sculpt chocolate.

Martin and Chris, who are both members of the UK pastry team, gave students the opportunity to get stuck in as they helped to create elements of the final display piece, inspired by the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar.

The master piece took 10 hours to create and used approximately 20kgs of chocolate.

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Martin Chiffers said: “Chris and I thoroughly enjoyed our day at SCCH. I think it is really important for professional pastry chefs to lead the way for the younger generation of chefs coming through.

I was really impressed with the students, but have to say that the girls out shone the boys. They got stuck in and helped me a lot, so thank you to them for being brave and taking a positive approach on the day.

Doing demonstrations like this is a great way to pass down skills and knowledge, and it gives me great satisfaction knowing I will inspire young chefs to develop and push themselves to be the future leaders.”

The master piece will now be displayed in the college restaurant in a specially made display case, and will last for around 18 months.

Steven Slade said: “To have two of the great names from the world of patisserie visiting us, who represent the UK at the highest level, was an honour and a privilege. For the students to see that high level of skill and detail up close was phenomenal. They now have lots of inspiration and ideas to take forward and to practice in the rest of their studies.”

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