Media make-up students transform actors for Fear at Avon Valley


Media make-up students at Bath College are taking part in some scary work experience with Fear at Avon Valley this Halloween.
The scare attraction, at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, is up and running for a third year terrifying hundreds of visitors every night.
There are three different scare mazes, as well as a street theatre with stilt walkers and a fire show led by Frank the masked clown.
Level 3 media make-up students at Bath College are using their skills to get actors at the attraction looking as scary as possible.
Taking part has given them a chance to experience what it’s like to work as a team under pressure on a live event.
Bath College media make-up trainer and assessor Helen Eyre said: “There are three different mazes within Fear – anarchy, purgatory and phobia.
“They all have different make-up and there’s also a street team. Our big priority is making sure the street team looks amazing and to help with make-up changes.
“The first hour and a half is intense. You have ten to 15 minutes to do each design, but it’s really good fun and the girls have stepped up to the task.
“It’s a really great experience for them. Often within the college, we’re very generous with time. At the event they have to work under pressure and that in itself is a really valuable lesson for them. “
Students studying for Level 3 media make-up at Bath College are asked to complete 15 hours of volunteering and 30 hours of work experience.
On the course, they learn about cosmetic, photographic and camouflage make-up, as well as face and body art and how to cast small prosthetic pieces.
Last term, media make-up students worked with performing arts students at the college on make-up for their production of Sweeny Todd.
At Fear, they have been teaching actors some basic make-up techniques, including bruises and cuts, and how to make yourself look ill or gaunt.
Helen said: “The idea is that it’s a scare attraction and the designs are there to challenge people. The challenge is to make it as scary as possible within the time frames we have been given.
“Most of it is in darkness, so a lot of designs are strong and bold so that people can see them. As the actors go out of the gates, we flick fake blood at them as they walk past.
“There’s definitely a lot of screaming every night.”
Bath College is looking for more work experience opportunities for media make-up students. Please e-mail Helen.Eyre@bathcollege.ac.uk


Free courses to develop computer literacy skills


Bath College is offering new courses for people who want to develop their computer literacy skills and get up to date with technology.

The courses, run by the Adult Community Learning Team at the Somer Valley Campus in Radstock, are free for people aged nineteen and over.

They are aimed at people who want to improve their chances to find work, support their family or live independently.

The first course, computers for work, is a four-week course covering key computing skills starting on November 2nd.

People can also join workshops in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on November 3rd, November 10th and November 17th.

You can join as many workshops as you like and learn how to make a document, work with data and presentation techniques.

On November 24, there is a Microsoft Outlook course, followed by a one-off workshop on December 9th teaching you how to stay safe online.

The Adult Community Learning Team are also running computer confidence sessions, for people who are complete beginners, in January.

Alex Ewins, 78, has just finished the ‘Get started with iPads’ course so that he can use an iPad with his grandchildren.

He said: “My grandchildren use the iPad. My six-year-old grandson knows more than I do, so I thought it was time to do something about that.

“I’m just beginning to get the hang of it – at least I know how to turn it on and off! It’s a really wonderful course and a friendly group.

“I would recommend it to anyone, in fact I’m keen to find out about the next course for my wife who missed this one.”

All workshops are held during the day. For more information or to enrol, please e-mail lynsey.parsons@bathcollege.ac.uk or call (01225) 328 822


Professional chefs and ex-students return to Bath College for surprise retirement party


Bath College student Liam Targett with Garry Rosser, Micail Swindells, Jon Howe, Claire Wilkins, Stuart Ash, Fred Hall (from Bath College) and Andre Garrett
A top team of six professional chefs helped to turn a six-course gourmet dinner at Bath College into a surprise retirement party.
All six chefs started their careers at Bath College and have gone on to excel in the hospitality and catering industry.
The event, supported by ex-student and Michelin-starred chef Andre Garrett, was held in honour of hospitality and catering lecturer Kean Maslen who has worked at the college for 31 years.
Kean, known as Mas, knew about the event and was ready to help in the kitchen when he was asked to sit down and eat instead.

Andre, executive head chef at Cliveden House, gave up his time to support the event alongside Jon Howe, this year’s winner of AA Restaurant of the Year for England.
The team preparing the dinner included Garry Rosser, from the Scallop Shell, Stuart Ash, from Woods Restaurant, Claire Wilkins, from The Olive Tree, and Micail Swindells.
Micail, who has worked for Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck and TV MasterChef judge John Torode, now works as head chef on a private yacht.
This change of plan came as a complete surprise for Kean, who is retiring next month.
The six chefs worked with current hospitality and catering students at Bath College to create an impressive menu for 70 guests, including Kean’s family and friends.
Kean said: “Being able to teach some truly amazing, ambitious and motivated students has blessed me with a mountain of pride and job satisfaction.
“I have been totally overwhelmed by the commitment the students, staff and professional chefs, put into making the dinner such a success.
“This has been a true showcase for the catering industry.”
For the main course, guests enjoyed hay smoked haunch of fallow deer, with salt baked beetroot, parsnip, braised cabbage and a sauce grand veneur (huntsman’s sauce).

Staff chose to fundraise for the Wessex Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, which provides support for Kean’s daughter, and collected over £700.
Guests also listened to a good luck video from Sam Moody, who recently left The Bath Priory to work as head chef at Ballyfin in Ireland.
Bridget Halford, Head of Hospitality and Catering, said: “It was fantastic to see our students working alongside these professionals who have gone on to do exceptional things in the industry.
“They rose to the challenge and we’re very proud of them. I’d like to say a big thank you to the team for their support. We had the chefs in the day before and I thought ‘they will never keep it quiet’, but it was a complete surprise.
“Mas sees the best in all the students. He puts everyone’s happiness first and will do anything for anybody. Sam Moody often called him ‘the legend’ and he’s right about that.
“He’s always the first person to offer his help. If you’ve got an event he will say ‘yes ok, I can help with that’. He’s going to be missed by students and staff.”


Students put through their paces by Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers


Officers from the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) visited Bath College to put students through their paces with command tasks designed to encourage teamwork and leadership skills.

Students studying motor vehicle maintenance and performing engineering operations took part in a day’s worth of activities at Bath College’s Somer Valley Campus based outside and in the classroom.

They were split into different groups and had to work together on a range of scenarios, including getting each member of the team across an invisible river without touching the floor.

Teams were given five minutes to plan and were timed as they made their way across the invisible river using planks, tyres, rope and an ammunition box. At the end they listened to comments and feedback.


Glyn Mountjoy, Automotive and Engineering Learning Coordinator, said: “We’ve put them in mixed class groups, they’re not in the same class group, so that they’re working with students they haven’t worked with before.

“It’s developing their team working skills, developing thinking skills and getting their minds to focus on something that’s completely different to normal college life. It’s improving their processing skills.

“We say to them about having a positive mental attitude, that everyone working together achieves more, and that message is coming out today. We want them to be able to go into the workplace and have that team ethos.”

Sergeant Scott McNamee, from 130 Field Company, said: “At REME we inspect, repair, modify and maintain all army equipment from tanks and helicopters to small rifles and pistols.

“Today we have a mixture of regular army staff and part-time reservists leading the command tasks. It’s good personal development for the students and we look for young apprentices, people who want a job in the engineering sector.

“We’re challenging them with leaderless tasks to try and find out who the standout leaders are among the group.”


Students studying motor vehicle maintenance, engineering, stonemasonry, carpentry, plumbing, refrigeration and electrical engineering have all been taking part in employability week at Bath College.

During the week, level 1 students studying motor vehicle maintenance and performing engineering operations met Barry Russell from Bath Audi who spoke to them about what he expects from his apprentices, why maths and English is important and CV writing skills.

Students received a professional card from Halfords, giving them 50 per cent off tools, and met Dan Church – a former Bath College student who is working as an apprentice with Bath Audi.

Motor vehicle student Josh Morris said: “I’m glad they’ve organised this week. I wasn’t sure what the command tasks would be like to start with, but I’m enjoying the tasks. It’s a good feeling when we manage to finish as a team.”


Student success celebrated at special awards ceremony


High achieving students at Bath College enjoyed their moment in the spotlight during a special awards ceremony held to celebrate each individual’s commitment and hard work.
Over 40 students and their families were invited to the annual Celebrating Success Awards Ceremony at the Guildhall after being nominated for awards by their tutors.
Students studying floristry, music and catering and hospitality gave up their time to make the event memorable with colourful table displays, canapés and entertainment.
The ceremony included students from every department and Oscar Marcus, Complementary Therapies Student of the Year, was one of the first students to collect his award.
Oscar achieved over 50 hours of volunteering alongside studying at Bath College and now works at the 5-star Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel as a massage therapist.
The 20-year-old said: “My new job is going really well and I’m learning a lot. It was a complete surprise, but I’m really honoured to be here and to be recommended for this award.
“Being at college, it’s like a big family from the start, we all learned together. Some of us didn’t have any massage experience and now we’re going into work as professionals.”

Oscar with lecturer Diana Rowe
Staff chose Karla Cabot as the Access to Higher Education Student of the Year after she successfully gained a place to study veterinary medicine at the University of Bristol.
Seventy-three students have just started at university after finishing the access programme, which provides students with a nationally recognised qualification allowing them to progress to degree level.
Course leader Carolyn Guy enjoyed catching up with Karla at the ceremony and also stepped onto the stage after being chosen for the B&NES Chairman’s Award for Inspirational Teaching.
She said: “Karla showed a quiet determination throughout the course. She took every opportunity to gain a huge breadth of work experience in different specialities.
“Veterinary medicine is a highly competitive degree and is offered by only seven universities in the UK. This not only a first for the access course at Bath College, but also a very rare achievement for an access student.”
Members of the Step Up Group won the Student Service in the Community award, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Bath, for their work volunteering with the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust.
The students, who are studying for a Step-Up Diploma, adopted a section of the canal to maintain, working to clear hedgerows and cut back overhanging trees.
The ceremony also recognised the contribution local businesses make to student development, naming ESPA UK, Imperial Cleaning Services, and Hudson Stonemasonry as employers of the year.

Jordan Adams: Media Student of the Year
Managing director Simson Hudson sent his apprentice Alec Curtis to study at Bath College and was named as the Building Services, Construction and Engineering Employer of the Year.
He said: “I’m completely humbled to be chosen for an award. It was very fortunate that Alec’s assessor visited us on quite a few occasions and was impressed with the work we were doing.
“I’m very happy with what he’s done and what he’s learned at the college, with the workshop and the facilities. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Bath College as a training provider.”
Bath College Principal and Chief Executive Laurel Penrose said: “On occasions like tonight it’s really the best part of my job.
“Although tonight’s celebration might seem like a good conclusion for all the hard work that has taken place, in many ways it’s just the start.
“The college is delighted to be part of each student’s life journey. Part of our role as a college is about preparing students for the world of work. As a college, we want to make sure every one of our students achieve and are highly employable.
“Qualifications are important, but our tutors go beyond this remit by fostering opportunities for students in the workplace. All these relationships benefit our learners and ensure they have the best opportunity to fulfil their potential.”


Students at Bath College to open new crèche and gym facilities


Students at Bath College are opening a new crèche and gym facilities offering parents affordable childcare and the opportunity to develop their health and fitness.
Organised by level 2 childcare and sport students, the new project will allow parents to drop off their children at the crèche and visit the college gym, which is open to the public for the first time.
Students on Bath College’s level 2 fitness study programme will be on hand to offer training advice during gym sessions from November 7 on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
Kate Hobbs, Interim Head of Department for Sport, Leisure and Care, said: “At Bath College, we place a strong emphasis on employability skills.
“Many of our students work in the community undertaking valuable work experience placements at local schools and nurseries.
“The gym and the crèche will provide students with another opportunity to experience a real working environment, supporting many aspects of their programme of study.
“Students working in both areas will develop their skills under supervision from their tutors and with the support of our second year childcare students.
“They will be working with people on a regular basis, as well as providing a service, giving them the opportunity to become more employable and experts in their own sector.”
Childcare students at the crèche are planning an exciting range of activities, including arts and crafts, messy play, sensory exploration and story times.
As part of the launch, the crèche and the gym are free for parents until the end of December, when affordable prices will be introduced.
Lecturer in early years Abigail Holt said: “The team have been working hard over the summer to transform the crèche. We have been painting and sourcing resources to make the space stimulating and enjoyable for the children.
“The room is bright and spacious, and we’re looking forward to seeing it in action. I’m looking forward to seeing the students develop into skilled practitioners using their classroom knowledge in practice.”
The crèche and gym, at Bath College’s city centre campus, will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 11am. This is available on an advance booking basis and is subject to availability.
There will be up to 13 level 2 childcare students managing each session, with space available for 12 children (from six weeks to five-year-olds).
To book call (01225) 328649 or email gymandcreche@bathcollege.ac.uk

Students Union

October – Elections

So its elections month again, they always seem to come around so fast! We have been on the search for more team members to join the Students’ Union. A big thanks to all those that put themselves forward to run in the elections and also to all those that voted.


The votes have now been counted… so congratulations to Tesh, Zane, James and Jess who are the new members of the team! Visit the meet the team page to see who they are and what roles they have.


This month was also filled with lots of Course Rep training and meetings which were very positive. Your course rep will let us know how things are going in your course, so be sure to check out what was said with them or ask your tutor if you don’t know who it is.

Finally Media and Promo Officer, Dan, has been running two very popular societies; Anime and Dungeons and Dragons. They are proving very popular so please visit us in the Crib if you want to be part of it.


Award-winning chefs return to head up autumn gourmet dinner

Picture: Catering students Callum, George, Marta and Kit with Ryan Hanson and Kean Maslan

Students at Bath College are preparing for the return of two award-winning chefs who are heading up a special six-course gourmet dinner with an autumn theme.
Michelin-starred chef Andre Garrett started his career at Bath College and is executive head chef at Cliveden House, a 5-star country house hotel in Berkshire.
Jon Howe, chef proprietor for the Lumière Restaurant in Cheltenham, is also a former student at the college and is still celebrating after winning AA Restaurant of the Year for England this month.
Both chefs are returning to their old college on October 20 to work alongside current students and make the evening at Bath College’s Shrubbery Restaurant a big success.
Mr Garrett, who was born in Bath, said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to the college and cooking with the students.
“It has been 23 years since I left college and I would like to make it a special event for them. I am bringing some great produce, including wild locally shot venison.
“I’m hoping that we can give the students a taste of the great trade they have in front of them and encourage them to go forward.”
The evening starts at 6.30pm with a welcome drink and canapés. Tickets are £49 per person and include a small wine flight. Managers from the Pig Hotel will help supervise the service.
Former students Gary Rosser, from the Scallop Shell, Stuart Ash, from Woods Restaurant and Claire Wilkins, from The Olive Tree are also offering their support on the night.
Lecturer Ryan Hanson, from Bath College, said: “Catering at Bath College is all about developing talent for a competitive, creative and ever expanding industry.
“This evening will showcase three decades of talent that has come through our doors and progressed on to some of the finest eateries in the country.
“To have these chefs back gives the department an enormous sense of pride and will prove a great inspiration for our current students, who we hope will also progress onto bigger and better things.”
Mr Howe, from the Lumière Restaurant, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with, and hopefully inspire, the next generation of young, up-coming chefs.
“Bath College has played such a pivotal role in my career, so it will be lovely to give a little back.”
To book tickets e-mail Ryan.Hanson@bathcollege.ac.uk


Music student picked to play at the Royal Albert Hall in London


A student at Bath College has been offered the chance to perform at one of London’s best classical music venues just weeks into his new course.
Multi-instrumentalist Kenan Broadway has been picked to play at this year’s Music for Youth Proms at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall.
The Bath College music student will be part of a mass ensemble bringing together members of Gloucestershire Music, Bath & North East Somerset Music Hub and South Gloucestershire Music Hub.
Musicians across the three counties are joining together to celebrate the life of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death with a new piece of music from conductor and composer Philip Harper.
It will be Kenan’s first visit to the Royal Albert Hall and he will play the double bass or the bassoon as part of a 140-piece wind band backed by an impressive choir of 450 singers.
Kenan, 16, started playing the piano at the age of 11 and also plays the cello, double bass, viola, violin, guitar and bassoon.
He said: “I love solo pieces. I started on the piano and then I heard the Bach Cello Suites and thought ‘I want to be able to do that’. Over time I have started collecting all the instruments I can.
“I’m feeling very excited and lucky to be playing at the Royal Albert Hall. Ten people could show up and I’d still be happy because it’s such an amazing venue – it’s going to sound brilliant with the acoustics in there.
“It’s likely that there’ll be a double bass part and if not, I’ll be playing the bassoon. I started playing the double bass in January and got myself up to scratch very quickly because I’ve learnt the cello before.
“It’s going to be nerve-wracking, but to say I’ve performed at the Royal Albert hall, that’s a great thing for university. It’s my dream to go to music college.”
Kenan, from Midsomer Norton, was at secondary school when he heard one of his teachers playing the album I Giorni, by the Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi, and was inspired to start playing the piano.
He will be playing at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday November 14.
Kenan said: “I love it at Bath College, it’s so different to school. I love the people and the course and what it’s teaching me. It’s great being surrounded by like-minded people and people you can connect with.
“I went straight to college from GCSEs. I did have the option to do sixth form, but I knew what I wanted to do already. I have two years in college and the next five to six years of my life will be in music education – I’ve never been happier.”
To book tickets for the concert at the Royal Albert Hall click here.


Hospitality students to serve guests at the launch of the Bath Soup Project


If you live in Bath & North East Somerset and you have an idea to improve your local community you can sign up to be part of a new crowd-funding event called the Bath Soup Project.
Charities, community organisations and Bath & North East Somerset residents have until next week (October 14) to apply to be part of the launch of the Bath Soup Project on November 3.
The first event takes place at the Shrubbery Restaurant, Bath College.
How it works:
-Everyone in attendance pays a minimum of £5 and the purpose of the evening is to watch five people pitch an idea to improve their local community.
-Once the ideas have been pitched, everyone gets a bowl of soup courtesy of Bath College, plus a chance to chat and mull over the pitch they want to vote for. When the votes have been counted, the project with the most votes receives all the cash raised on the night to start their project.
-The event aims to bring together people who share a desire for a better community. The added advantage is they also get to meet people and share ideas and resources. New connections are made and it brings the community closer together.
Julie Poll, Business Connector for B&NES, is working on the project with Lucy Beattie, from Bath College, Mike Plows, from the B&NES Volunteer Centre, and volunteer Simon Brand.
The group are looking for support from local people and businesses to attend on the evening and be part of making a positive difference to the community.
They would also love to hear from anyone who is able to donate additional resources or services to ensure future sustainability of the project.
Doors open at the college at 6pm and the presentations will start at 6.30pm.
Hospitality and catering students from Bath College will serve bread and soup to people in the college’s Shrubbery Restaurant at 7.30pm.
Julie Poll, Business Connector for B&NES, said: “Bath Soup Project is an opportunity to develop partnerships for local communities and businesses, and fully demonstrate the themes I focus on in my role: education, employability, enterprise and community.
“More importantly, this is an opportunity to bring together people in B&NES who share a desire for a better community. It’s exciting to bring this project, originating from Detroit, to B&NES and will be even more exciting to hear new ideas benefitting the local community.
“I am most grateful to Bath College, Mailboxes Etc, Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy, The Thoughtful Bread Company, The Business Exchange and MP Ben Howlett for their support.
“Thanks should also go to my colleagues Lucy, Mike and Simon for their on-going commitment, enthusiasm and determination to ensure the future success of the project.”
The deadline to apply to pitch at the event is October 14. To apply click here.
To attend the event register via Eventbrite.


Apprentice of the month: Brett Burnell from St Fagans National History Museum


Brett Burnell is a stonemasonry apprentice studying at Bath College and working at St Fagans in Wales – an open-air museum in Cardiff celebrating Welsh history and culture.
Bath College is one of the few colleges offering a qualification in stonemasonry and the course attracts apprentices from Wales and the South West.

What made you decide to sign up as an apprentice?
I spotted the advert for an apprenticeship while scanning through jobs on the internet. I have wanted to become a stonemason for many years, and worked at St Fagans as a labourer, but never had the opportunity until now.
What do you do in a normal week as an apprentice?
Three days a week I’m working onsite at the museum on a variety of projects. This includes building rubble lime walling, recreating a Celtic village, and carving and fixing stonework. I’ve worked on many listed buildings.
Two days a week, I attend Bath College where I improve my banker (construction) skills and precision while learning the theory behind stonemasonry.
What responsibilities do you have at St Fagan’s?
I work with a team, including one other apprentice stonemason and three masons who have been in the trade all their life and help and guide us.
The other apprentice is on the same course and level as me, which helps as we’re both experiencing the same thing and can work together. My responsibilities are to work safely as part of the team onsite to perform to Bath College’s high standards.
What’s the best thing about being an apprentice?
As a 37-year-old man with family and bills to pay, going back to college seemed almost impossible. The apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to keep earning and gain the qualifications I need to further my career and better myself. I would say go for it, it’s hard work but it’s worth it.
Has being an apprentice changed life for the better?
Definitely. I have gained more knowledge in the past two years on this course at Bath College than I have working onsite as a labourer for ten years. It gives me a massive sense of pride being able to see what I’m capable of achieving.
What’s your plan for the future?
I hope to complete my Level 3 NVQ and diploma in stonemasonry. When I’m qualified I’d like to stay working at St Fagans. It’s a beautiful place to work and I like knowing that what I’ve produced will be there long after I am.


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Students network at the launch of the Bath College Academy of Business


Students had the chance to network with top employers at the launch of the Bath College Academy of Business.


The academy is a new venture set up to get students ready for working in business by giving them access to industry experts.


A number of companies have already signed up to offer work placements, company visits, student mentoring and business talks.

The launch event, held in the Futures Hub at Bath College, was a chance for employers to meet students studying business first-hand.


Jon Domaille, Head of Department for Business, Media, Music and Performing Arts, said: “The evening was a massive success and we are delighted with the support and interest that we have received from local organisations.


“It was so exciting to see our students already mixing so confidently with employers at the launch event.


“The students are certainly excited about the opportunities that the academy will present them with and they were inspired by the evening.


“The event was exactly what we want the academy to be about – employers and students communicating and working together.”


Students are already working with Bath-based predictive people analytics software company Cognisess.


The company, whose software provides analytics for recruiters and companies, will be measuring students’ personal development throughout their time at college.


CEO and founder Chris Butt said: “Job retention is a big issue for both employers and job seekers alike. The cost of not finding the right job or career is significant for all parties.


“The primary aim of the college is to develop the talents of its students in order to help them achieve successful and fulfilling careers.


“To fulfil this vision, Bath College is developing deeper and more strategic links with over 30 local partners who are all essential to ensuring students have the best chance of finding the right path into employment.


“As a strategic partner, and using our Cognisess Deep Learn software, we will work with students to raise self-awareness and improve employability skills by providing sophisticated career and job matching tools.”


Professor Georgina Andrews, Head of the Bath Business School at Bath Spa University, attended the launch evening and also spoke to business students volunteering at the event.


She said: “I think it’s a great idea benefitting both groups of students. Students at Bath College will learn from our university students, and they will benefit from sharing their skills and experience.


“Bath Spa University is already a partner with the college, so this is a good way we can extend that link.”


To offer your support with the Bath College Academy of Business e-mail Lucy.Beattie@bathcollege.ac.uk.


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