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This week we look at World Autism Day, Easter and we ask your views on how the Student Governors are elected

World Autism Day 2nd April 2014

Raise autism awareness - Watch and share this video
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Autism Myths and Facts

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people and the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain areas of difficulty, their condition will affect them in different ways. Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. Around 1 in 100 people have autism, which means about 700,000 people in the UK are affected by it. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism (some people think this is a childhood condition but in fact it is a lifelong condition). Some people with autism may be extra sensitive to light, sound or touch, they may find it difficult to interpret any hidden or assumed meanings in a conversation such as irony or humour, and they some may prefer routine and order, and become anxious without it.  Some people with autism have interests that they think about a lot, which can make it difficult for them to focus on other things sometimes. 
Daisy Chain will be in college during this week to help to raise awareness on their work and on World Autism Day.  Go along and talk to them when you see them.

Living with Autism - Tom's story

Living with Autism

World Autism Day is Onesie Wednesday. See some 'onesie facts' about college below

What's your next step?

If you are still considering your next step, make an appointment to speak to one of our careers advisors ASAP! We can help! While you wait, get ready to start thinking about your future by trying out the Skills Explorer (link below ) to match your skills and preferences to some of the best careers available today! The college will also be celebrating progression week during 6-9 May, and we want to make sure you know what you are looking forward to!

Term dates

Easter- from 7 to 21 April 2014 is the Easter Holidays.  We look forward to seeing you back at college on 22nd (complete with your college ID!).  College is actually open over Easter (apart from Good Friday) and the student services team are available.  The Text Safe service is also available over Easter if you need it. (Text Safe to 81025)

Easter meaning

Easter is a Christian festival, honouring the death by crucifixion, and consequent resurrection of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe is the son of God.  Christians believe that God allowed his son to be crucified to grant forgiveness to the human race for its sins.  Christians prepare for Easter during Lent, a period of 40 days and nights of abstinence, matched to the 40 days and nights that Jesus was said to be in the desert battling against evil and resisting temptation from the devil.   Eastertime also has some origins in the pagan celebrations of spring, which is where the tradition of Easter eggs originated.  Many Christians will attend church on Good Friday (the day of the crucifixion) and Easter Sunday (the day Jesus was discovered to have been resurrected) to honour Jesus sacrifice.

Easter Competitions

Take part in our Easter Poetry competition to be in with a chance to win £20 to spend over the hols.  Hand in your entry to the Core team.  The winner will be chosen based on content, but must include accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation. 
Do something good for someone else this Easter and tweet us to tell us about it.  Tweet us on @studentsrc and we will share it with the world (or at least with our twitter followers). Remember to stay safe though! £10 prize for the best tweet.

Other stuff

Info from last week - reminder

What would you do with your Vote?

Do you know enough about what is going on in the world around you? Any idea which political party is most in line with your views on life? You need to think about this, as, if the law is changed to allow you to vote at 16, your votes will change the political world.  Are you ready?

Get ready for Votes at 16!

The Youth Parliament, especially the Warwickshire constituency, are currently campaigning for a Political Awareness/Education being introduced into secondary schools. Government are very close to passing votes at 16 which means year 11/school leavers will be able to vote. We find that many of the older generation do not understand the basics of the British political system and how/why to vote, never mind 16+ year olds, although they are members of society and able to work so they should be able to vote. By signing this petition you are backing our campaign in trying to introduce the basic knowledge of British politics and voting into secondary schools. Click on the link below to add your signature to the e-petition and ensure that 16 year olds are well prepared to change the country, and even the world!

What can you do to prepare for Votes at 16?

Get involved in democracy at college ** Get involved in the Student Union ** Join the "Votes at 16" campaign and make your voice heard.

Other political news- sign an e-petition for free transport

Free Transport for 16 Year Olds

Young people now have to stay in some form of education or take a job which leads to a qualification for a further year starting with the current year 11 students who have just taken their GCSE qualifications. However, the provision for post 16 transport has not been altered to reflect the change. Local authorities are able to set their own criteria for transport charges, but these charges should be consistent for all young people until the time they are able to leave education, that being post 17 for the next 2 academic years, then post 18 thereafter.  Click on the link below to register your vote to back the Free Transport for 16 year olds campaign.  YOU can make a difference!

New Student Union President

The current Student Union President, Idrissa Barrie would like to make sure there is a new "president in waiting" to give you a headstart on next year.  This would mean an early election for the president, who would then shadow Idrissa for the rest of the year and learn the ropes.  Go along to reception this week on Wednesday at 1 and talk to Idrissa about his proposals.  He is really keen to hear your views.
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Are you an Enterprise Pioneer?

If you are aged 16-21 years of age, passionate about making a difference in your community, you could receive up to £500 to help start up your own social enterprise.  The FE Pioneers project is about encouraging young people to think about setting up their own social enterprise and taking action to improve the lives of others.  Already 10 College students have received funding to help them set up exciting ventures such as providing dance classes to vulnerable teenagers, art classes to victims of bullying, organised an event to help other people set up their own business and many other events and activities.  If you have a passion to take action and would like to find out more, contact Nicola Errington at Nicola.errington@stockton.ac.uk

ENTERPRISE SOCIETY

We are looking for students to help organise a College event to promote enterprise to other students.  It needs to be creative, fun, interactive and a little bit wacky!  The event will take place in May or June.  If you are interested, contact Nicola Errington at Nicola.errington@stockton.ac.uk

Other information

Your College ID

We ask all of our students to wear their ID in college at all times.  This is to ensure our college stays a safe place, and that we can identify anyone who should not be in student only areas.  If you have any concerns about wearing your ID, please speak to your tutor. If you need a different type of ID holder (e.g. a clip or arm band) go to reception /Information and Guidance who will arrange it for you.  Staff will ask to see your ID if you aren’t wearing it visibly.   If you want more information on staying safe in college, text Safe to 81025. 

Student Services Teams

Who are we?  Youth work * Learning Support * Careers * Core * Information and Guidance * Safeguarding