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Art Students with Owlet

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Bath College Students are having a ‘hoot’ in the run up to the launch of Minerva’s Owls of Bath

 

Students of Bath College are using skills learnt in class to contribute to Minerva’s Owls of Bath, the city-wide sculpture trail which launches next month.
 
Carpentry students from Bath College at the Somer Valley Campus in Radstock have been collaborating with the Owls of Bath team to create wooden plinths on which most of the painted owls and owlets will be perched. They are working with sapele ply and using traditional joinery methods. The plinths also have wheels, so they can easily be moved in and out of their nests.
 
Carpentry Students Making Plinths
Once constructed, the plinths will be finished by painting and decorating students, who are tasked with decorating the plinths to resemble traditional Bath stone.
 
The Bath Business Improvement District, which is a Gold Sponsor of the event, has donated one of the smaller owlets to Bath College for their art students at the City Centre Campus to decorate.
 
Megan Witty, Event Organiser, says: “We are so pleased to be working with Bath College and schools across Bath. We’re delighted that the Bath BID has donated an owlet to Bath College students to get owl creative. This is a great example of how businesses, schools and organizations across the Bath community are coming together to take part in the Minerva’s Owls project.”
 
Head of Marketing at Bath College, Fiona Gilbert, says “What a wonderful chance for our students to showcase their skills to so many visitors and residents of Bath this summer, whilst also supporting some very worthy causes.”
 
Owls of Bath Promotional Picture - 5 owls at the Royal Crescent
Bath College isn’t the only educational establishment jumping on board. Infant and senior schools around Bath including Farmborough Primary school, Twerton Infants, Kingswood School, Royal High Junior School and the Paragon school have been creating their own owlet masterpieces, all to be mounted on the plinths constructed by Bath College.
 
Three Ways School in Odd Down is very excited to have just been donated an owlet to decorate by the Paragon School. The Three Ways School Lions of Bath sculpture, which they decorated in 2010, still has pride of place at the school where it welcomes pupils as they arrive each morning.
 
Minerva’s Owls of Bath will see nearly 80 decorated owl and owlet sculptures perched in and around Bath from the 25 June – 10 September 2018 and extends a big winged invitation to anyone who would like to visit the World Heritage city to track down all the owls on the trail. Each sculpture will be sponsored by different local businesses and organizations, such as SouthGate Bath, the Bath Guildhall Market, Yewtrade, Norland College, the Ivy Brasserie, The Abbey Hotel and many more.
 
The owls will be auctioned on 17th October at the Assembly Rooms in Bath in aid of four local Bath charities; the new RUH Cancer Centre, Bath Young Carers Centre, Roman Baths Archway Project and the UK Little Owl Project.
 
For more information about the Minerva’s Owls of Bath Trail, visit minervasowls.org
 

Panorama of SVC Wellbeing Festival

Awareness, Events, News

Bath College Summer Wellbeing Festival has students basking in the sunshine in Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Bath College put on a Summer Wellbeing Festival. The festival, which ran across both campuses, had students leaving their exam stress aside and enjoying playing in the sunshine for a couple of hours.

 

With a focus on positive mental health, exhibitors from local businesses and health and wellbeing organisations held stalls at the festival, which enabled students to be signposted to the right people should they have any concerns.
Climbing Wall 
Exhibitors included Project 28, Curo, Vault 29, Tamara Pitelen Yoga, Comptoir Libanais, the Young Carers’ Centre and Off the Record.
 
Day one of the festival at the Somer Valley Campus saw students braving a giant climbing wall, letting loose on a bouncy castle and eating ice-cream in the 22-degree May sunshine.
 
Day two of the festival at the City Centre Campus had students participating in group yoga and Eft tapping to relieve stress, while others bashed each other around on the giant inflatable ‘Extreme Demolition’.
 
Hannah Backstrom from Vault 29, a company who sell comic books with a focus on mental wellbeing, said of the festival: “It’s so good to see the College taking ownership of their students’ mental health.
 
“With events like this, they now know where to go.”
 
In between visiting the stalls, students took part in karate sessions, learned how to box and rowed as far as they could on a rowing machine in a minute. There were also students from the Hair and Beauty Academy giving hand massages to help festival goers relax.
 
 
Positivity stones decorated by students with positive messagesThe stonemasonry department provided the festival with stones that were decorated to build a miniature wellbeing wall, on each stone an individual representation of positivity.
Students were in high spirits as they played Frisbee, football and ping pong. Many of the tutors also decided to get involved, with a surprising amount making a bee-line for the bouncy castle.
 
People were stumbling around the courtyard as they had lost all sense of direction when they got to try out beer goggles from the staff at Project 28, who were there to raise awareness for their services for young people, which help people with problems surrounding substance abuse. Jahnene Green from the project was very impressed with the festival, remarking: “Great food, great staff, great students!”
 
Harriet Rose, an LGBT+ development worker from Off the Record found that her stall was busy: “We’ve had so many young people come and have a chat.
 
“We’ve had some great discussions with allies, not just those who identify. Off the Record’s slogan is ‘you talk, we listen’ and that sums up today really.”
 
Bath College Welfare and Participation team did an excellent job of creating a safe environment where staff and students could have a break from the stresses of their day-to-day routine and connect with their inner child, everyone leaving in a more positive headspace than when they arrived.
 
For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week and The Mental Health Foundation, click here.
 

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Bath Rugby gives Bath College students VIP insight into careers in Sport

Bath Rugby opened up their headquarters at Farleigh House to a select few Bath College Sports Students earlier this month.

 

The students were lucky enough to have a meet and greet with all the professionals that work there, who gave them an insightful day highlighting the variety of career options that link to sport.
 
The event was funded by WIN (Wessex Inspiration Network) which is a targeted programme of activities and personalised support for young people considering their future options and to find out whether higher education is for them.
 
Students receiving talkThe students got a tour of the impressive grounds as well as hearing talks from staff from a wide range of departments including Jack Howden (Community Rugby Coach), Michael Bache (Head Chef), Sophie Bennett (Rugby Operations and Player Welfare Manager), Jojo Bowles (Project Manager), Owen Peachey (Financial Controller) and Connor Farrell (Physiotherapist).
 
Beth, a student at Bath College said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and listening to all the different roles really helped me in choosing my job role in the future, especially hearing about the physio’s role at the club as this is hopefully the road I would one day like to go down.”
 
This opportunity offered by WIN and Bath Rugby broadened the students view of their job prospects when finishing their course and they left excitedly discussing their new aspirations.
 
Students in the gymJack Howden, Community Rugby Coach at Bath Rugby was thrilled to host the students: “It was great to have the sports students at Farleigh House for the afternoon – it gave them all an insight about the operation of a professional sports team and the many roles that come inside it.
 
“The students came with an enthusiasm to learn and asked some great questions to delve deeper into how one of the biggest clubs in professional rugby runs on and off the pitch.
 
 
“I think the experience has opened their eyes to the processes that go on behind the scenes, in order to run an effective and successful business.”
 

Brides and Wedding Beetle outside Bath College

Events, Fair, Floristry, Hair & Beauty, Love2Learn, News

Bath College holds crafty Wedding Fair for DIY Brides and Grooms

Bath College opened its doors to brides-and-grooms-to-be looking to add their own personal stamp on their wedding day.

 

The Wedding Fair had a wide range of local exhibitors, as well as information on evening/Saturday courses in crafts that would be perfect for adding a DIY element to visitors’ upcoming weddings.
 
The College offers part-time Love2Learn leisure courses in floristry, cake decoration, photography, graphic design, pattern cutting, jewellery, make-up artistry, video editing, threading, nail art and millinery, all of which generated a lot of interest.
 
Laurel Penrose, Principal, with bridesmaidLaurel Penrose, Principal, opened the inaugural Wedding Fair with a ceremonial cutting of a ribbon. She was delighted to be presented a beautiful bouquet, prepared by floristry students, by a young girl in a bridesmaid dress from Solitaire Brides.
 
Attendees were wowed as they approached the College with Fizzbox bar, a converted horsebox, outside the doors, as well as a beautiful vintage VW Beetle from Lovebug Wedding Cars.
 
Other exhibitors included The Cake Architect, Boo Delicious Sweet Cart, Paul Gillis Photography, Bath Bridal Hair, Bunting by Jen, Clayzer Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Suave Owl Menswear, Bath Function Rooms and more.
 
The College were delighted to hold their first Wedding Fair and are already planning the next one, which will be early 2019.
 

Access HE NHS students

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Students find Bath College Access to HE course perfect pathway to NHS Careers

Future medical professionals are finding the Access to Higher Education course at Bath College a fantastic way to achieve their career ambitions.
 
Hopeful physiotherapists, optometrists, midwives, paramedics, midwives and paediatricians are among students who are about to progress from the College onto their next steps.
 
Stephanie has a place at UWE to study Physiotherapy in September.
 
She said: “The access course has given me the skills needed to go to university. Before I never thought it’d be possible.
 
“As I’m older and have been out of education for a long time, the idea of writing an essay was really daunting! The Access Course has built up my skills and confidence in doing that.
 
“I completed an A-level in Biology when I was in college at 18 with a poor grade, as I found it so difficult to wrap my head around the content, but the Access Course at Bath College has made it a lot easier to understand and I am now getting distinctions throughout science.”
 
The Access to Higher Education course is for anyone 19 or older and lasts a year. On the course they study core subjects of English, Maths and study skills, together with subjects related to the degree choice.
 
Jasmine is studying Psychology, Sociology and Biology alongside the core subjects. She has a place to study Child’s nursing at Cardiff University.
 
“Before I came on this course I had just come back from traveling a wide range of countries and before that I worked as a Toddler Room Leader at a Nursery, particularly working 1:1 with a little boy with disabilities.
 
“I am now looking forward to the fact in 3 years’ time I will be a qualified children’s nurse and be able to begin my dream job for life, helping young people.”
 
Bath College Principal, Laurel Penrose, encourages parents to study at the College because staff can support students:
 
“We believe that by continuing in education and training and developing higher level skills, you are putting yourself in a very strong position to improve your life chances. For some that will mean improving career prospects and for others it will mean expanding skills and knowledge.”
 
Samantha has a three-year-old son and took the Access course to become a midwife, something that she was nervous about juggling before starting: “Luckily, I have a very supportive family who will care for my son when I need time for my assignments.
 
“College help part-fund my son’s pre-school hours every week to ensure I can commit to college. This means I have more time at college to do work and ensure I can attend all my lessons.
 
“The Access Course has really helped boost my confidence, it’s supported me to receive offers from universities for competitive courses I would never have been able to achieve on my own.
 
“It’s also allowed me to improve my academic knowledge and set me up for university whilst making great supportive friends who are also going through the same process for their goals.”
 
If you would like more information about Bath College’s Access to Higher Education course click here.
 

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