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Monday, 31 October 2011

Hereward College is going for the 'Healthy Eating Award'

Last Thursday, NVQ Business Admin Students from Hereward College organized an event through which they raised awareness about eating healthy and living an overall healthy life. The students interviewed staff and students about how the college can encourage us all to eat our 5 a day, exercise more and reduce or give up smoking.

The event had a great turn-up and thanks to everyone who took the time to come along we managed to gather a lot of great ides which will be passed on to the relevant people and put into practice.

One of the most important issues was giving up or reducing smoking and in order to encourage this we have set up a smoking cessation group, which will take place every Wednesday morning. All students and staff are welcome so please let us know in a comment if you are interested in participating!

Emily, a representative from the George Elliot Hospital, will be running the group along with a nurse from the George Elliot Hospital. Emily attended the ‘Living Healthy’ event and shared advice regarding smoking to students and staff. She informed staff and students about all the unhealthy chemicals and substances present in cigarettes and she checked the nicotine levels from smokers through a specialized device.

We would like to thank all the attendees for participating and helping Hereward College to raise awareness about eating and living healthy!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Interviews with students from Hereward College about Aim Higher

This week, Kyle Wilson, who is a member of a Media Production Team at Hereward College, interviewed 3 students from the Creative and Media Department. Chris, Jenna and AJ shared their impression about a course they are studying called ‘Aim Higher’.

Aim Higher is a new course at Hereward College, which focusses on the transition from College to the University. All of the interviewed students, who have just started the course, thought that it will have a major impact on selecting the degree they want to pursue at the University. Also, all the interviewed students said that they weren’t thinking seriously about going to the University, but now that they started the Aim Higher Course, going to the University has become a big possibility which they will strongly consider once they finish College.
You can hear the interviews in the videos bellow:

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Poem by Danielle Lyons


Heart pounding trying to break though the cage that is your chest,
Door opens to breath a fresh breath.
Words cannot be expressed,
Go though reception and turn left.

Down the corridor I walk,
Heart thumping in my ears.
Students buzzing as they talk,
I now know my own fears.

Turn right at the corridor to room twenty-three,
Standing outside the classroom.
Knowing this is a fresh start for me,
With the college creating a brand new tune.

I feel so small,
Next to the early autumn fall.
By Danielle Lyons

Poems by Lucy Hughes

A few steps through the doors
There should be nothing to fear
Gonna be myself
Right now, Right Here

Bullies won’t get me down
I’m gonna keep my head held high
And my music on loud
I am just me and for that I am proud.

The few people I have met
Are life long friends to keep

The crowd of people passing by
They’ll never know the reasons why
I’m so anxious and worried at times
But that’s okay I’ll keep that in my mind
The choices and mistakes I’ve made
Made me the person who I am today.

By Lucy Hughes

Angel of Darkness

Waiting in the darkness
Hoping to find the ray of light
From a distance
Praying to a god
She’s not sure exists
Wishing for someone to save her
To save her from her fears
To save her from drowning in her tears 
Standing on the edge
Wanting to be pushed
Daring herself to jump
Needing the pain to stop
It would ease the heartache
Thinking how long it would take
To convince herself this was right 
Being herself didn’t seem good enough
The years of being a victim
Was about to come to an end
One step forward and a big deep breath 
That moment she never forgets
When she watches her children as they sleep
She closes her eyes and shakes her head
All the worries and regrets
Now she's the stronger person instead
 By Lucy Hughes

Pre-production techniques at Hereward College by Tom Kirby

In this post, Tom Kirby, a student- blog writer at Hereward College will talk about the work he is doing on his course:

"This week we are discussing Pre – Production techniques for a Chase scene. We have created Mood boards, which give us a basic idea about the 3 concepts we have come up for the project, along with images and fonts. It will soon become which of the 3 concepts stands out and that one is going to be planned out into the final idea.

After the final idea is laid out on paper, production work can begin, and we will work with camera equipment, props, and actors to bring the final idea off the paper and into camera footage. Once the footage is filmed we will have to edit out the mistakes, add text and graphics, and then we’ll play it back and see the filmed Chase scene from start to finish.

My ideas were very different, from each other because I had decided to make each idea unique and different from the other. My first idea was labelled down as a bank robbery, and in effect, that’s exactly what it was, my idea involved 2 actors, one was a criminal and the other a police officer. With the props available, hopefully the characters will be easy to identify.

 My next idea was based more on humour. I wanted to create something funny so I decided to go for the comedy effect, with the classical banana prank. The idea was that a dude, who was actually called ‘Dude’, was sitting down reading his paper, and a guy, who was obviously called ‘Guy’, is eating a banana. Guy finishes the banana and throws the banana skin at the feet of Dude, who is still reading the newspaper.
Dude gets up, finishing his newspaper, and slips on the skin, and falls down on his back. Guy towers above him and starts laughing at him. Now that’s comedy.
I will post the movies on this blog once they are complete so stay put!"

Monday, 10 October 2011

Interview with Jamie Hamilton, youth worker at Hereward College

Today, Kyle Wilson, a member of a Media Production Company from Hereward College interviewed Jamie Hamilton, a youth worker who supervises over the SU (Student Union) at Hereward Colege.

The Student Union is a council, formed by students, which represents students’ concerns and holds meetings to discuss how it can help students with any issues and improve the experience at Hereward College. They also have a role in organizing events targeted at students from Hereward College.

The SU has a big input around the college as they regularly have meetings with the principal and viceprincipal to talk about the students’ issues and concerns. 

Kyle Wilson interviews several students from Hereward College

Last week, Kyle Willson , who is part of a media production team  from Hereward College interviewed four students from Level 3 Media. In these interviews, Corey Scott, James Parkin, Annelie Coyne and Frankie Pittaway review their courses and talk about their College experience at Hereward.
Our interviewees said that they enjoy studying at Hereward because they receive much more help than at other colleges, they receive training on software, which they will have to use in their area of expertise and they enjoy the practical experience because it unleashes they creativity.
All the students said that Hereward College is different as it improves their chances to get their dream job and because of that, our students’ aspirations are very high once they finish college.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Next talks to students from Hereward College

Lilli, an employee from Next at Central Six Retail Park, was invited to Hereward College yesterday to talk to students about the working life in retail and customer service. She is working full time on the shop floor, on the till, advising customer assisting in the fitting rooms etc.

The employee explained to the students that working in retail requires good organizational skills and time management, while customer service requires good communication and interpersonal skills.

Lilli also talked about what customer service training she had to do and all the additional training she had over a three-month period.

Students were eager to find out as much information as possible about Lilly’s job role and asked many questions about retail and customer service. They were especially interested about the Next apprenticeships, which could be a great opportunity for Hereward College students. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Hereward College and copyright

Edward Atkins, a field officer from the CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) was invited to Hereward College to do a presentation on Copyright for Level 3 business students.

Edward explained that CLA licenses enable information users to copy and share information efficiently across organisations while minimising the risk of copyright infringement. The licenses have been developed specifically to meet the needs of information users in the digital age.
CLA licenses for education provide institutions with the comprehensive coverage and rights that staff and students need in order to use and share published information without the fear and cost of infringing copyright.

Edward also told the students that the College’s License allows them to photocopy 5% of a book. When photocopying, students have to write down what they are copying and put the information into ‘yellow bins’ to ensure that authors are getting the money for the work that college stakeholders photocopy.
The students were happy to understand how copywriting works and were eager to find out more from Edward.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Hereward College: Our life - Our world - Our Autism

Our mentor team supported a project between the Asperger’s Group and some media students from Coventry University to produce an awareness raising DVD entitled Our Life, Our World, Our Autism. Everybody involved felt some initial apprehension. The young people with Asperger’s described how they felt others perceived them as “weird”, “naughty kids” and “outsiders”. They thought that other people “didn’t get them”. For the university students, one described the project as interesting because it took him “out of his comfort zone”, whilst another admitted to have concerns in the face of communication difficulties. One student agreed in hindsight that he had inadvertently used his camera as a “shield”. Nevertheless they all approached the project with an open mind believing that young people with Asperger’s are “no different from anyone else”.

But the project doesn’t end there! The group have gone on to write a presentation and delivered this with further screenings of the film both within the College and to parents and young people at the National Autism Show in London and to local high school pupils. They intend to continue to use their presentation and film to raise awareness of autism.
To view the film click HERE.