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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Melissa's work experience at Barnardo's

Melissa Holland is a student at Hereward College, BTEC level 1 Business Admin and NVQ level 1 Customer Services. She has been working at Barnardo’s since the middle of October for her external work experience.

Barnardo’s is a charity, which transforms the lives of vulnerable children across the UK through the work of their projects, campaigning and research expertise. They believe they can bring out the best in every child whether the issue is child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability and domestic violence. Melissa was enthusiastic about adhering to this cause and knowing that she does her part in helping the most vulnerable children in society is one of the reasons she loves her job. 

Melissa managed to get the job with the help of Hereward’s Business Facilitator, Ingrid Terry. Ingrid saw an advert in the window 'Volunteers required' at a local charity shop near Hereward College and contacted the manager, who expressed his interest in hiring a student in a customer service placement.  Melissa had shown her interest in 'Customer Service' type work, as she is now on her second year programme and has completed several ' in house' work experience placements.  She was ready to try the 'real world of work'. Ingrid had the following to say about Melissa: ‘Her skill base has progressed from a shy, rather introvert person, who would not talk to customers, to a 'can do' attitude whose customer skills base is excellent.

Melissa’s job responsibilities include decoding and relabeling clothes, assisting the manager in choosing which clothes are going to be displayed in the store, ironing the clothes and displaying them throughout the store so they can be bought. She feels that this is a great starting job, which could be a great starting point for a career in helping the less fortunate. 

In the future, Melissa plans to finish her studies at Hereward College and would love to continue working for Barnardo’s: ‘The staff at Barnardo’s are very kind and helpful when I need it. I also feel that I am doing something that matters and I am helping the people that need most of the help and for these reasons I would love to work for Barnardo’s for as long as possible.’

Monday, 14 November 2011

Life in a day of a Historian by Tom Kirby, student at Hereward College

Last week, Tom Kirby, a student at Hereward College had to do some research regarding the longest reigning rulers of any country. Tom considered that this would be an interesting piece of information for all our readers so he decided to share the information with us.

‘This week I have discovered, through researching European rulers that the longest reigning ruler of any country, currently stands at 82 years 254 days.

Until today I had previously thought the French king Louis XIV of France, had the longest rule at 72 years 110 days, but he is in fact the 11th longest ruler.

The title officially belongs to Sobhuza II of Swaziland, who lived and ruled until 30 years ago, today the country is run by one of Sobhuza’s 210 children.

Sobhuza II of Swaziland  82 years 254 days
Bernhard VII of Lippe   81 years 234 days
Wilhelm IV of Henneburg  78 years 243 days
Heinrich XI of Obergreiz   77 years 103 days
Christian August of Sulzbach  75 years 253 days
Muhoji IV Rao of India      74 years    315 days
 Bhag Sahib of India        74 years 87 days’

We bet you didn't know this! 

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Hereward College organises football event for Primary Schools

On the 29th of November, Hereward College is organising a football tournament for Primary Schools. The tournament will take place on Hereward’s outdoor pitch between 4 pm – 5 pm.

The participating schools are Leigh C of E, Our Lady of Assumption, Charter School, Templars School, Limbrick Wood, Mount Nod School.

The tournament is organised by Entry Level 3 Sports students, who are planning and delivering the event as part of their course.
Throughout the competition the students will be taking the following roles: providing refreshments, referees, coaches, setting up and taking down equipment, leading warm ups, keeping scores and results and preparing and handing out trophies and medals.

For more information on this event contact Jake Cooper or Jamie Banks on and

Click here to view our poster.

Charity Christmas Cards from Hereward College

Students from Hereward Colleg have just designed Charity Christmas Cards! The students had the following to say: 

'We are the Business Level 1 Group, we are fundraising for “Friends of Hereward” and we have Charity Christmas Cards for sale.  The card has been designed by Stephen Prior, one of our students.
Samples of the Printed Christmas Card is now available in the Indigo College Shop for you to review.
Profits from these orders will go into the Friends of Hereward charity pot.
Cards have been professional printed and are reasonably priced at £3.75 per pack for a pack of ten.
We welcome any orders!'

If you would like to order please click here for the application form and e-mail the form to .

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Poem by Tamara Spokes about Hereward College

‘Finding Myself’

Stuck in a classroom,
wanting to get out,
Feeling somewhat alone,
With a touch of doubt.
Fate had been cruel,
No one understood,
I know I didn’t ask for it, 
No student surely would.
But this year has been better, 
It’s gone past without a sin, 
Feeling more optimistic,
Like I’ve let the sunshine in.
College can be tough sometimes, 
Juggling work, feelings and stuff, 
But it can make something out of you, 
If you work hard enough.
Friendships that will last a lifetime, 
Though the rough times and the smooth, 
Eternal memories together,
Strong until the end.
Tamara Spokes
BTEC L2 Music
3rd year