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
In celebration of International Peace Day, students from Sussex Coast College Hastings sent their own message of peace to the world.
Last Tuesday, Supported Education students encouraged their peers to write their own mantras of peace, on dove shaped pieces of paper, to help them create a large collage in the college atrium.
The students arranged the dozens of doves to spell the word ‘PEACE’ which was displayed in time for World Peace Day on Wednesday 21st September.
Some of the messages addressed current issues and fears around war and terrorism, other messages were motivational, and others were uplifting and happy.
Rosalyn Katz, Lecturer in Supported Education said: “This was a really positive experience and a great way for Supported Education students to collaborate with others across the college. We wanted to create a visual way to send our messages to the world. A mantra is something that is believed to have psychological and spiritual powers, whether it is words, phrases or sounds, so we hope that our messages can help to spread the love”.
The annual Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival took place last weekend and was hailed as the biggest and best one yet.
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Over 20,000 thousand people were thought to have visited the Stade across the weekend of 17th and 18th September to enjoy the best local produce and seafood that suppliers and businesses could offer.
This year, there was a 1066 theme and over 30 stalls welcomed visitors with their gourmet fish burgers, artisan breads, craft beers, Thai noodles and fish tacos – but the main buzz seemed to be around the Coast stall which was manned by the Sussex Coast College Hastings catering team.
The College cooked up a storm with their seared mackerel burgers with a spicy mead slaw, and south coast oysters served with a choice of chilli, ginger and coriander, citrus and shallot or bloody mary dressing.
The team sold over 700 oysters and plenty of Prosecco over the weekend, and with their mediaeval costumes, Norman shields and arrow decorations, Coast won the ‘best dressed stall’ accolade.
Friends of the college, Loulou Cousin and Maika Crampton, helped the catering team to decorate their stall and create their menus.
Jakki Pransky, Coast Restaurant manager said: “It was a fantastic weekend, and I was so pleased to see so many people. Our stall was really busy and people couldn’t get enough of the oysters. By Sunday afternoon we had completely sold out. The mackerel burgers and 2 for 1 vouchers for the restaurant also went really well; so it was a fantastic weekend all round!”
The Coast restaurant at Sussex Coast College Hastings is open Monday to Friday for lunch from 12:30-3:30pm and serve a 5 course dinner on Thursday evenings from 6:30-10pm. Reservations are essential, so please call 01424 458535 to book.
Hastings United Under 19s football academy returned home from a pre-season tour of the North West last week with a 100% winning record.
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The 16-man squad travelled to Liverpool to take on the Liverpool FC Foundation Academy, where they recorded an impressive 3-0 win, and followed that up with a 4-1 victory over The New Saints Academy team, in Oswestry.
Off the pitch, the players were able to explore Liverpool and visit the stadiums of Premier League teams Liverpool and Everton, the Hillsborough memorial, the Albert Dock, and watch England Under 18s take on Italy Under 18s at Highbury Stadium, the home of Fleetwood Town.
David Nessling, Director Hastings United, said: “What a fantastic four days for our Under 19s. Two wins from two is brilliant and shows that our Football Academy is progressing and moving in the right direction. Congratulations to Dean White and the lads for their achievements and hard work.”
The tour was part of the preparations for the new season, which will see Hastings United joining forces with Sussex Coast College Hastings to develop young footballing talent. A number of new players have been attracted by the opportunity to join the College’s new Football Development Academy programme so that they can improve their footballing abilities, play matches and gain industry specific qualifications.
Steve Hedges, Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “This is a great result and great news. We’ve been delighted with the number of students who have joined our football academy; it has exceeded our expectation enormously.”
“The academy will give aspiring footballers the chance to not only develop their abilities on the pitch, but also enable them to leave college with a number of different career options, such as becoming a coach or an official, or going on to university to study sport science.”
“The partnership that we have with Skiltek and Hastings United FC has the potential to grow and grow. We have already been able to work with Hastings and St Leonards Academies, as well as the Academies Trust, to build the aspirations of young people throughout Hastings, Rother and Bexhill; something we want to expand on in the future.”
The members of the squad who have joined the college programme will now join up with other Sports and Uniformed Public Services students during the first week of term to take part in an induction camp in Lincolnshire, providing further opportunities for development.
Steve continued: “We’re very encouraged with the way that the football academy has taken off, and it is just the beginning of an exciting time at SCCH with many more expansion opportunities within the Sports and UPS department on the horizon.”