This week in Student Services...

Student Services - Reading College

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This afternoon we were giving each other riddles to solve in the office, and thought it could be a fun weekly edition to add to the newsletter.

Here's a few for you to guess at..When you give up, the answers are at the bottom of the issue :)

A. Thirty white horses, on a red hill. First they stamp, then they champ, then they stand quite still.

B. Alive without breath, as cold as death, never thirsty, ever drinking, dressed in mail, never clinking.

C. A white box, without hinge, key, or lid. Inside, golden treasure is hid.

D. What has roots as no-one sees, is taller than trees, up up up it goes, yet never grows?

E. What gets bigger the more you take away from it?

A 'Hey' from SA!

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I just want to take a moment to apologise for monopolising this week's issue with my "Laura's travel blog"!

But ... you've only yourselves to blame for not giving us ought else! :P

Please read, or skip, at your leisure! :)

Week One - Cape Town

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Robben Island Visit

Winery Tour - Paarl, Stellenbosch & more!

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Cape Peninsula Tour

And here is the stunning and breathtaking Cape Point, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. This picture doesn't really need any accompanying words...amazing huh?
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Week Two - Joburg

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Student Services News: One-to-One Meetings all done!

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Well done to Nir for sitting down with all of us in Advice/Admissions this week to check how things were going and have a catch-up with everyone - it's really good to know you're here to help and keeping up to date with how things are progressing!

Reading College Bollywood Night: Tuesday 27th January

Enjoy an evening of Indian cuisine and Bollywood dancing in The Kitchen on Tuesday 27th January from 7pm.

One of our ex-students, Amita Patel, will be cooking some delicious Indian food. Amita was at Reading College in 2012-2013 as an NVQ Level 2 Catering student. After college, she completed a master class in Indian cuisine.​ She is currently finishing her Teachers Award (PTTLS) and also runs a small catering business cooking Indian food for dinner parties.

The evening will start at 7pm and, as well as a full Indian meal, will include a performance of Bollywood dancing by Ashish Patel!

To see the full menu, please click on the link below. The cost for the evening which includes a three course dinner, plus tea is only £17.50! Book early to avoid disappointment on 0118 955 4444.​

Language Corner

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Jenny's Japanese Corner


Karaoke (Ka-ra-oh-keh)

This is an easy Japanese word that you probably already know the meaning of, even though we pronounce it differently here in England. The word itself comes from the Japanese word kara, meaning “empty” and oke, which is a contraction of the English word “orchestra”. (In fact, the kara in the word karate (ka-ra-teh) has exactly the same meaning, and the whole word means “empty fist”)

Culture note: Karaoke in Japan is slightly different than the way we usually do it in the West, however: Karaoke establishments consist of many small private rooms with comfortable seats clustered around a TV, two microphones and a number of tambourines for accompanying the singing. Groups of friends or workmates will hire a room for a set number of hours and all sing along together instead of individually. The songs range from traditional Japanese folk songs to popular modern Japanese and English pop songs (with the English pop songs transcribed phonetically in Japanese characters for those who can’t read English fluently) and even anime songs or tunes from films and TV shows. There is usually a menu in the room where you can order alcohol and hot food or ice cream, with vending machines selling hot drinks and fruit in the corridors that connect all the rooms. Karaoke rooms are fairly cheap to hire, with the result that groups of friends who miss the last train home after a boozy night out on the town will often hire a Karaoke room to sleep in until morning rather than hotel rooms which often cost considerably more!

And now..because not everything can make sense...

...This week Vanessa G. has given us the link below, listing idioms from different languages that, when translated literally to English, make absolutely no sense! Some silly and fun reading for a Friday afternoon! Thanks Vanessa :)


Please note, all of the following courses have unfortunately been cancelled due to lack of interest.

Keep note of this so you can inform anyone enquiring on front desk or call centre:

5CWCTUF01R Basic Butchery

5CWCTUG01R Bread Making

5CWCTUH01R Cake Baking

5CWCTUJ01R Fish Preparation and Cooking

5CWCTUK01R Sausage Making


UCAS stats

As you all know, the UCAS deadline has now passed..much to the relief, we're sure, of the Careers team.

This week Sian has provided us with her UCAS application stats, to show how we have done this year with our students.

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Birdwatching with Vanessa!

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Crane Fact File

Common Name: Crane

Latin Name: Grus grus

Brief Description:

These birds are able to grow quite big in size and mainly have grey plumage (feathers). Some can have a red patch of feathers on the top of their heads. They are similar to the grey heron, with a long neck, curved dropping feathers and long legs. These birds are as graceful on land as they are in the sky.


Cranes are wetland birds. Their long legs make wading through their homes easier than if they had short legs. They also like to live in areas with open areas of water, like shallow lakes, marshland or wide, slow-moving rivers. They are companionable birds and live in moderate sized flocks and communicate by using loud vocalizations.


These wonderful birds live off of a diet of crops, seeds, snails, insects and worms.

They are opportunistic and will eat whatever is available during the different seasons.

Legal status:

These birds have an Amber status and although they do not usually live in England, cranes are at risk of being shot, drainage and disturbance of their nesting sites. Their numbers in Europe have been declining due to these unfortunate circumstances for the last 300 years. They usually pass through during spring and autumn. However they are kept in a secure location for conservational protection. Larger numbers of cranes exist in Africa than in the whole of Europe.

Random fact:

These birds are considered to be the national bird of China and when males fight for the right to breed it is considered to be like a type of dance.

Japan Red Crowned Cranes Dance

Cute Puppy Corner!

Not technically a puppy this week, but instead Claire's adorable rattie Luna -- isn't she just the cutest thing??
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Luna is enjoying her vitamin seaweed porridge, which she loves and climbs your legs for!
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And here's Rosie and Laura having a sunday nap after a long weekend. Isn't she getting BIG?
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Tut tut to the cheaters... :)

A. - Teeth

B. - A fish

C. - An egg

D. - A mountain

E. - A hole