Last Wednesday (15th June), the college celebrated all the hard-work and achievements of its students by throwing an end-of-year awards ceremony.
The ceremony, which was organised and put together by the Student Union, celebrated students from all over the college for their excellent achievements, contribution to college life and overcoming challenges to succeed.
Over 150 people attend the evening at Station Plaza with 74 people picking up an award across 28 categories.
Our very own Gary Palmer and Bradley Toft, presented awards in each of the curriculum areas, from A-Levels to Vocational and gave special recognition for achievements in English and Maths. There were four categories kindly sponsored by local businesses; Hastings Direct, Cobb PR, Hastings Observer and the Italian Way to celebrate achievements in Adult Learning, Higher Education, Access to Higher Education, and Hospitality & Catering.
The penultimate award of the evening celebrated the contribution towards college life, concluding with an award for outstanding achievements against the odds.
Bradley Toft, Student President at Sussex Coast College, said: “The evening was a great celebration of student success across the whole college. There was a great atmosphere throughout the evening and I thank everyone who was involved with the event. I’d also like to wish the students all the best for the future.”
A full list of winners can be found below:
A-Level Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Ayisha El-Ayat
2nd Aswathy Geetha Manukumar
3rd Caitlin Quigley
Automotive Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Jamie Smith
2nd Arron Scrace
3rd Reece Woodfine
Art Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Sarah Nash
2nd Lydia Boniface
3rd Connor Brown
Beauty Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Elizabeth Baxter
2nd Rachel Metcalfe
3rd Amie Price
Business Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Stacey-Jo Horsley
2nd Jade Hilling
3rd Ryan Norton
Construction Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Jack Loynes
2nd Simon Richardson
3rd Roland Crittenden
Engineering Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Tom Ramsay
2nd Luke Goldup
3rd Iesha Baldock
Foundation Learning Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Ryan Turk-Simons
2nd Natalie Thorncroft
3rd Shanice O’Grady
Hair Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Victoria Kennedy
2nd Megan Jury
3rd Ann-Marie Fyfe
Health, Social & Childcare Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Matthew Aitken
2nd Phoebe Smith
3rd Imogen Paton
ICT Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Daniel Busson
2nd Ashley Gorringe
International Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Dora Servina
2nd Masoumeh Saeid Ghalati
3rd Edison Mataj
Music Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Alfie Jackson
2nd Ashley Kafifar
3rd Adam Flack
Public Services Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Ryan Adam
2nd Emelia Gallop
SLDD Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Hannah Barnes
Sport Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Ellie Baxter
2nd Tom Holloway
Travel & Tourism Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Katie Gore
2nd Oksana Lachowska
3rd Emma Wells
Work Based Learning Student of the Year 2015/16
1st Naiomi Sargant
2nd Charlie Bateman
3rd Claire Tolhurst
Outstanding Progress in English Functional Skills 2015/16
1st Melissa Pearson
2nd Elise Skinner
Outstanding Progress in Maths Functional Skills 2015/16
1st Jordan Miller
2nd Thomas Pringle
3rd Ashley Hodgson
Outstanding Progress in GCSE English 2015/16
1st Alexa Loft
2nd Rosie Brown
3rd Jordan McGuigan
Outstanding Progress in GCSE Maths 2015/16
1st Aimee Whitmee
Access to Higher Education Student of the Year 2015/16
sponsored by the Observer Group
1st Julie Henderson
2nd Ben Anderson
3rd Rachael Banham
Adult Learning Student of the Year 2015/16
sponsored by Hastings Direct
1st Kelly Gladwish
2nd David Baughurst
3rd Andy Baldock
Higher Education Student of the Year 2015/16
sponsored by Cobb PR
1st Sarah Fretwell
2nd Max Burgess
3rd Karen Honey
Hospitality & Catering Student of the Year 2015/16
sponsored by The Italian Way
1st Shane Whittington
2nd Jack Sadler
3rd Emily Donaldson-Antelo
Principal’s Award for Contribution to College Life 2015/16
sponsored by the Principal
Outstanding Progress Against the Odds 2015/16
sponsored by the Governors
Two groups of adult learners were awarded with employability and work based qualifications last week, after completing the springboard course at Sussex Coast College Hastings.
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The Springboard course, which is run in partnership with Hastings Job Centre, gives local adults, who are predominantly parents, the opportunity to build confidence, brush up on employability skills, and improve their job prospects.
Over the past 36 weeks, 19 people have joined the Springboard course to work towards gaining a City & Guilds Level 1 Employability qualification, along with the opportunity to achieve English and Maths functional skills certificates too.
Working on transferable skills, updating their CVs and practicing interview techniques, the group presented their credentials to local employers.
Yvonne Austin, Springboard tutor at Sussex Coast College, said: “I am constantly amazed by the skills, energy and focus to succeed that the parents bring to the workshop.”
“In many cases they have felt that their lack of qualifications and dependence on looking after family members has held them back, meaning they have a lack of appetite to pursue their dream jobs, and have a fear of failure."
The Springboard workshop enables the parents to plan their future and career by trying it through work placements.”
"Going back to work after a career break can be tough especially trying to build your confidence to apply for jobs. For stay-at-home parents confidence is a huge barrier."
“You need to think about the experience you already have, both in work and outside of work. You would have built up a raft of skills as a parent which are extremely useful in the workplace, so this should give you lots of confidence.”
To find out more information about the Springboard course, or to book a place on the next programme please contact Sussex Coast College on 01424 458570.
A group of construction students from Sussex Coast College travelled to Kent last month to compete in the regional heat of the 2016 SkillBuild competition.
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Jack Mouat-Harrison, Jack Loynes, Sam Earey and Ryan Carre travelled to East Kent College to represent Sussex Coast in the UK’s largest and longest running multi-trade competition for construction trainees and apprentices.
Jack Mouat-Harrison beat a strong field of painters and decorators to win gold in the Painting and Decorating category.
Jack Loynes claimed second spot in the Joinery category, while Sam Earey and Ryan Carre narrowly missed out on top three finishes, in the Bricklaying and Carpentry categories.
Kristian Bartlett, Construction Lecturer at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “A huge well done and congratulations to the four students who went to compete at the SkillBuild regional heat.”
“To have a first and second place is amazing, and although Sam and Ryan didn’t place in the top three, they did a great job of representing the college against some tough opposition.”
If you would like more information about any of our full-time construction courses, or even part-time courses, then please visit www.sussexcoast.ac.uk.
Our very own Head of Marketing will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge later this month to raise money for charity.
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Justin Rollings will be taking on the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, in under 24 hours on Saturday 25th June, to raise money for mental health charity, Mind.
One in four people experience a mental health problem each year, and Mind works to give people support and advice.
To help raise money for his challenge, Justin organised a cake sale at the college, selling a range of different cakes, as well as auctioning off two large fruit cakes.
Catering students and members of staff, along with friends and family, helped to bake cakes for the stall, one of which was in the shape of a giant tree stump, helping to raise a total of £210.
Justin spent last summer volunteering for the charity in Bexhill, meeting many people who had benefitted from the support that they give.
Justin said: "I really wanted to try and find a way to help raise further awareness of this important charity and this 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".
Justin will start his Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday morning climbing Ben Nevis, then moving on to Scafell Pike over-night, before finishing with Snowdon in Wales on Sunday morning. The trek covers a distance of 27 miles and a hefty 3,000 meter climb.
You can donate to Justin’s challenge here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/justinrollings
Sussex Coast College is giving people the opportunity to try over 20 different courses next month as it celebrates the Festival of Learning.
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From Monday 6th to Saturday 11th June, the college will host a full programme of free activities for people to discover and try something new.
The Festival of Learning, which was previously Adult Learners’ Week, kicked-off at the beginning of May and runs until the end of June.
There will be 29 courses on offer across the week, ranging from cookery sessions in the fully-equipped kitchens, fitness activities in the gym and screen-printing on the dedicated art floor; as well a selection of courses available from the on-site Pitman Training Centre.
A full list of taster courses can be found here: www.sussexcoast.ac.uk/learners-week/festival-of-learning, along with instructions on how to book your place onto a course. Some of the courses have limited availability so people are encouraged to book as early as they can to avoid disappointment.
Last year’s event was very popular and attracted over 100 people to the college to try their hand at a new skill; many of who went on to study a part-time or full-time course at the college.
This year, the college is offering a 10% discount off course prices to anyone who books and applies before 31st July 2016. Some restrictions apply and exclude any Level 3 and Higher Education courses.
If you would like to find out more information about full-time or part-time courses at the college please visit the website: www.sussexcoast.ac.uk.
A 16-year-old cricket coach has batted his way to victory to win the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award.
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For the past 18 months, Harry Scowen has helped to coach community groups, school children and adults with disabilities on behalf of Hastings Priory Cricket Club. He also helps the club’s colts co-ordinator with indoor league scoring, umpiring and junior team management.
Roger Newman, who nominated Harry on behalf of the club, said he is a very reliable and incredibly enthusiastic member of the team. He has completed his entry level coaching award and delivers 4 to 5 hours a week of cricket coaching.
The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.
The monthly award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way. This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.Ashley Chapman, Marketing Projects Executive at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “Harry dedicates a lot of his spare time to giving coaching sessions to others and he is an asset to the cricket club. He’s a very deserving winner of this award.”
As part of his award, Harry will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation will be made to the cricket club for nominating him.