This week in Student Services...

Student Services - Reading College

It's Friday again...

and time to recap on what's gone on this week in Student Services, and what to expect in the week ahead...

Open Evening!

A big well done to everyone for their hard work last night.

All in all, a very successful evening - We had 737 people through the door and poor Stevie was already inputting applications on the night!

Let's see how many more we get in the coming weeks...get ready guys!!

Applications received

Number of Application forms - 28

Number of forms with incomplete data - 1

Number of forms with a mention of Disability - 5

Applications according to Curriculum Areas:

Music – 4

IT – 2

Art and Design – 2

Health and Social Care – 1

AAT – 1

GCSE – 2

Engineering – 1

Motor Vehicle – 1

Public Services – 1

Beauty – 2

Performing Arts – 1

Access – 9

Travel and Tourism – 1

A-Levels - 1

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Application Stats for this week:

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Staff Successes

This week for Staff Successes we wanted to celebrate talent outside of work, and share the below poem written by our very own budding writer Neil. The poem was inspired by Student Crew's Owen.

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I said to Owen

I said to Owen

‘Guess where I’m going

Out for my lunch today?’

Owen said

‘The canteen?’

I said, ‘not in your dreams'

‘No! I’m off to 3015

With my great auntie Jean

To the intergalactic solar café.’

I said to Owen

‘Guess where I’m going

Out for my lunch today?’

Owen said

‘The fish and chip shop?’

I said, ‘by the bus stop?’

‘No! I’m off to 5546

To the Dinosaur Olympics

To compete in the triceratops relay.’

I said to Owen

‘Guess where I’m going

Out for my lunch today?’

Owen said

‘Let me guess - you’re climbing Everest’

I said ‘not in this vest.’

‘No! I’m to 2034

To Shannon’s wedding to Prince George – I’ve been three times before

And then I’ve got a date with Cleopatra at three.’

I said to Owen

‘Where are you going?

Out for your lunch without me?’

Owen said

‘I’m off to see you in 2002

For two cups of tea

With a parallel me

To give you a letter saying things will get better

And that everything is possible – probably.’

Students meet with Alok Sharma-MP for Reading West

Last Friday the College received a visit from Reading West's MP, Alok Sharma, and our very own Rocky was amongst the 21 students who went along to discuss thoughts and ideas about Reading's future, and our important role in it.

The students also got a chance to hear more about Mr. Sharma's work and role, both locally and in Parliament.

Rocky told Mr. Sharma and the other students about the breadth of services that our department makes available to all students, like our fantastic student crew, raising the issue that students want to get the best employability skills for their chosen industry.

The visit proved to be a great success, with Mr. Sharma being clearly impressed by the College and it's students.

The local MP spoke very highly of the group of students that he met, stating that they 'represented the breadth and depth of what the College has to offer local people.'

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Student Services Change Champion Project

In two weeks' time the Change Champion action plan will be debuted to us all, with Principal Lesley Donoghue coming along to officially open the project for us.

The action will focus on team-building within our department over the coming six months, running us right up to July.

Our department will be closing down for the day (date to be confirmed), which will consist of team-building activities, a talk from a featured subject-matter speaker and lots of other great surprises.

All will be revealed soon!

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Reminder: Student Liason Drop-in Session

Just a quick reminder that the Student Liason Officers Zoe, Sagheer, David and Claire run a daily drop-in session for students between 12-2pm.

So long as their matter is not urgent and needing to be dealt with there and then, we can refer any students to this drop-in if they come looking for one of the Liason Officers, as we would for any ESOL & Employability queries.

If we can try to refer any students waiting around for the above team members to the drop-in that would be fantastic - several students have been using the Student Liason Officers as an excuse not to go to their lessons, so asking them to come back at lunch time is better for everyone!

Thanks guys :)


Year 11 & 12 Student Recruitment

It's been a busy week again for the School Partnership team, going out to speak at schools to recruit prospective new students.

This Monday, Penny visited the Year 12 Level 2 BTEC students at Bulmershe, some of whom are planning on joining us this coming September.

Penny explained that we all use first names here at College and that even Lesley, our Principal, likes to be addressed in this way. One of the students, who did our Motor Vehicle 14-16 course, supported by "our Lesley" piped up - "Is Lesley the Principal now!?" Bless!

Lesley also made a visit to Bridgeway Pupil Referral Unit in Newbury, speaking to Year 11 students about their options and progression routes here at Reading College.

Well done for a full and busy week, and keeping those applications coming in! :)

Slough Careers Fair & Green Bus Initiative

This Wednesday Penny attended the Slough Careers Fair, meeting hundreds of Year 9 students studying in the surrounding area.

Thanks to Penny's work discussing our post-16 routes here at Reading College, we hope to welcome some of these students in the future.

This could also be thanks to Nir & Carol's, who have teamed up with Reading's Green Buses to create a custom-designed Green Bus route that will drop students right at the college gates, greatly improving accessibility for Students from Slough and the surrounding areas.

Now there's no excuse for them! :p

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Piggott School come to visit..

Also this Wednesday, Zoe & Leslie welcomed another group of school students, this time coming from Piggott School in Reading.

These students will need a little extra support in joining us and, as ever, our fantastic progression & transition team are on hand to make their college experience the best possible.

Maiden Erlegh Careers Fair

This Tuesday evening Penny & Sian went straight from work and on to Maiden Erlegh School's Careers Fair, giving advice and guidance to prospective Reading College students.

Working two late nights in one week is very tiring, and we really appreciate their hard work. Well done guys and have a restful, relaxing weekend!


Employment Shop Newsletter

A reminder to take a look at the Employment Shop Newsletter, which will be released bi-weekly to advertise new jobs and volunteering opportunities in the local area for our students.

Please be sure to spread the word to students on the Advice Desk if they ask about help with employment, and feel free to take a look yourselves at the great work the team have done:

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Go Green Week

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 12-3pm

Reading College Foyer

For the whole of next week, until 3pm on Friday, the college are participating in "Go Green" Week.

The main event will be the Go Green Fayre which will take place on Wednesday 12th 12-3pm, organised collectively by both Employment & Careers and the Student Support Team.

The event will give both students and staff a chance to speak to campaigning groups like Greenpeace and find out how to become more actively involved with such organisations, and also to get information from and about local "green" businesses.

There will also be representatives from various travel organisations, including Reading Buses, Green Metro Cars and Green Buses, as well as the opportunity to sign up for a Reward Scheme where you can earn points from sustainable travel.

Our talented music students will also be performing on the day and we will also have the chance to attend an exciting talk from Canterbury College, who are coming to tell us about being a "green" college, and the journey that got them there.

The event is set to be a great success, and also a great opportunity for us to learn what more we can do to be "green", within the everyday and within our department. So pop down during lunch if you have the time and we can feedback for next week's issue :)

Successtival - 2014 Student Conference

This year's Student Conference is taking on a festival theme, so spread the word to students to don their wellies for the first festival of the year!

The Conference will offer students the opportunity to put any questions they may have directly to employers, enabling them to discover more about the barriers to employment.

By this means the event aims to provide students with a better understanding about the move from college into working life, and also how to go about this often daunting transition.

Students can also use the conference as a platform to have their say on how employabiltiy skills are presented to them within the College, with the Employment and Careers team planning on using feedback from the event in shaping future approaches.

Spread the word guys - it's a great opportunity for all of our students!

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A warm welcome to a new team member

From Monday 10th February the Employment & Careers team will be joined by a new Careers Advisor, Gemma Stevens.

Gemma is coming to us from the Open Learning Centre in Babcock International, and will be working Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.

Let's all join the team in welcoming Gemma to Student Services.

A not so restful weekend for Claire...

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While we're all rolling out of bed at noon and catching up on the telly this Sunday, Claire Thomas will be running Wokingham's Half Marathon to raise money for Breast Cancer.

She's doing a wonderful thing for a fantastic cause, so let's all show our support!

Below is the link to Claire's 'Just Giving' page, where you can make a donation. She's raised £870 so far and would love to raise a bit more before the big day on Sunday.

Just Giving sends your donations straight to Breast Cancer Care, so it's a fast and secure way to make a donation:

Best of luck on Sunday Claire!

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Reminder: Badminton Sessions!

Just a reminder that Badminton sessions will be up and running very soon!

If you, or anyone else you know, are interested in a game or two then email Sagheer on to register interest :)

Last reminder...promise!

The MTV Dance Free Taster Session featured in last week's newsletter will be taking place on Monday 10th February 5.15-6.15pm, and again on Wednesday 12th February 3.15-4.15.

It's not too late to sign up for the session, so drop Sagheer an email on the above address if you're interested :)

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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See you Monday!