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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Paralympics poem

Hello everyone!   Did you watch the Paralympic closing ceremony? Do you remember the poem that was read out by Ellie Simmonds, Oscar Pistorius and others? I thought it was great and I'd love to know what you think of it.   

Sheila Fleming  

They say only dreams can save us,
emerging from the bowels of historic venues
every athlete was held in the eye
of this dream’s storm.
For a moment at least.
The 2012 version of a four-yearly
collision of nations, sports and abilities
was to be the games to end all games.
But in a year when the world was to end
a games was reborn in the country of its birth – the Paralympic games.
Excitement raged throughout,
as an electric current ran constantly,
lighting all athletes plugged into it.
The roars.
Could be heard for miles
fearsome, hard and united,
they would erupt sporadically
like volcanoes of noise
from the packed out venues.
For the athletes,
they tingled in fairy-dust atmospheres,
that were impossible to comprehend.
A crowd. And cheers.
Will I ever feel like this again?
When the paralympic mist descends
worlds can end, 4 years work
gone in a second.
Anyone can fail,
anyone can prevail.
Records tumbled and medals fumbled
into pockets and bags
going to their proud new homes.
Once more
the boundaries to what is perceived possible
were pushed out a little further.
People watched. Oh yes did they watch.
Millions were challenged in ways they never have before
and they liked it.
We are limited only by our imaginations
and the Paralympic games is a playground
for the imagination.
Heroes give people hope
a whole new generation has new heroes
and new hope.
Life can be cruel, life can be harsh
life is not perfect,
but there is always a way when the will is strong.
London was the backdrop
but the athletes took centre stage.
The superhumans.
Now they head west
seeking new boundaries to break.
The dream is real
and it is alive.

copyright Stephen Miller 2012

Thursday, 26 July 2012

BTEC L3 Vocational Diploma - Our busy year in business


 “The tombola was good because it entertained people during break. We did it to raise money for celebrating the end of the college year.” Laura W & Ruth

RAF Cosford

We raised money for the trip by doing a cake sale – wearing our pyjamas! “I liked this trip because it gave other people an opportunity to go on a plane” (Laura B)
It had good access and was wheelchair friendly. There were rides such as an aeroplane simulator – it was great fun.  
 “I really liked the tour guides they were very kind” (Tor)

Weston Super Mare

“It was nice to be by a horse” Lewis
We went to Weston Super Mare on Monday 18th June and really enjoyed it when we walked on the beach and saw donkeys and the horses. We walked on the grand pier and ate sausage and chips, followed by ice cream. “Even the sun shined for us” (Jamie).
We also went and had a great time at the Sea life Centre. We saw stingrays, different types of fish and sharks. “I’d never been to the sea before, shame it was such a long way away Ha Ha” (Azeem)

“RAF Cosford was a really interesting place to visit
 and the gift shop was amazing” Sarah
Pyjama Day Cake Sale

On 21st November we had a pyjama day cake sale to raise money for a day trip to RAF Cosford. We had fun doing the cake sale and we had a fantastic day out with the lovely Julie Norman. We had a great experience and we would like to go RAF Cosford again. 
“RAF Cosford was a really great place to explore. We loved it” Hayley

Fairtrade Brunch

We did Fairtrade on the 27th of May which was the Friday.
I enjoyed pricing the Fairtrade goods up” [Katy]. “I enjoyed working on the till and getting involved with the Fairtrade” [Charley Watts].

Everyone was involved and had an awesome time!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Martin convinces 40 friends to take part in the Coventry Fun Run

STUDENT Martin Berisford has managed to convince up to 40 friends to take part in tomorrow’s Coventry Fun Run.The 18-year-old had to resort to bribery in his attempt to recruit team members for the event but said everyone is excited about the race. 

Martin, a business and ICT student at Hereward College, will be raising money for Mencap, which supports people with learning difficulties, and the college’s own charity.He said: “I try to do the Fun Run every year for different charities. I’ve done it four times and this year I thought I’d do something for the college charity, to give something back. 

“It was part of my business unit in project management to try and organise a group to take part. At first it was just going to be the business department but then I started asking more people.

“It’s been quite hard to convince so many people but I got in contact with local businesses and they donated items I could use to bribe people! I’m doing the run in a morphsuit which I’m decorating with Union Jacks to celebrate the Jubilee. But I’ve told the others fancy dress is optional.”

Martin has had an extra challenge to prepare for this year’s Fun Run after recently dislocating his kneecap.

“My leg’s in a much better condition than it was and I’ve been doing a bit of running to prepare,” he said.

“I’m just hoping it holds up on the day.”

This year’s Fun Run takes place on Sunday and starts in War Memorial Park before continuing about three and a half miles through the surrounding streets. Road closures will be in place.

This article was written and belongs to Coventry Telegraph™ 

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Prom Is Coming!

The Hereward Prom will be held on the 23rd of June. This year's event theme will be James Bond. 

Don't miss Stakeout who will be performing live during the event.

Tickets are available at Reception at a cost of £5 each. On the night, tickets will cost £7.

Join this event on Facebook.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Performing Arts Student, Jenna Kearns, close to first EP release!

My name is Jenna, I’m a 21 year old singer songwriter. My favourite singer is Leona Lewis and favourite singer/songwriter is Taylor Swift, I was originally born in Wales but moved to England in 2009 to study performing arts and Music at Hereward College.

I originally started out as a musical theatre performer I attended Burleigh Academy in Wales, this is where my love of singing began, I then started taking weekly singing lessons and did a few musical theatre singing grades, I had a distinction in grade 3. I there only did the occasional performance with my academy.

When moving to Coventry, a local choir came to the college to perform for a Christmas party, I immediately knew singing was what I wanted to do in my life, I spoke to the choir teacher and the following week went to their weekly practice, and became a member of “Soulful Gospel Choir”

In December 2011, I found an advert which was for Newport’s Got talent, a local talent show. So I thought why not, I immediately sent in a recording of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, and before I knew it I was short listed out of thousands, and then was put to the public votes, I then got told I was one of ten Finalists to perform at “Park life 2011”.

Due to the success of the audition and getting through I was asked to do Interviews with a local radio station, “Newport City Radio” the guys and station manager “Ian Lamsdale” were so friendly and welcoming, and enjoyed having me on so much they asked me if I wanted to volunteer on a weekly basis, to help them on air, me being so enthusiastic I agreed.

I performed at Tradegar house on the 25th July 2011, in front of 10,000 people and a team of 4 judges. Two of them being Rhys and Edsy from Newport’s own band Goldie Lookin chain. I Sang Adele – Someone Like you. It was such a nerve racking performance, and especially with my family and close friends being there.

I am currently working on some original material, and looking to release my first EP – Electronic Album, with 4 original songs and dedicated to a special friend I miss so much. I am actively involved in Open Mic Nights every sunday and regular gigs that the Newport City Radio Team ask me to perform at, and hoping to audition for X factor, Open Mic UK and Live and Unsigned with some original material.

 In the future I want to be able to have some Albums out, have been noticed either by a label or just a local Coventry based talent agency. I want to also do some fund-raising music night events in Coventry to raise money for Cancer trust and Great Ormand Street Hospital I love performing and want to be able to help other people through my music and passion.

A few highs of my career so far are, Performing in front of 10,000 people and having the support from family and friends, using my own experiences to write my own songs, singing regularly on Newport City Radio , being in the soprano section of my choir and just doing the thing I enjoy the most, Singing.

 A few lows of my career have been, because of so much singing and performing I have been ill with Tonsilytis a lot, one thing I find a lot is, not being taken seriously because some people only see my chair and don’t bother to acknowledge my talent.

I also find it very crushing not being able to play an instrument because of the range of movement from my disability, but have found some great musicians who are amazing and help me with anything I need.

The main reason I started to take my singing seriously was when my best friend died in 2008, she has been my inspiration for most of my original songs so far, and my first EP is going to be dedicated to her.

 No my disability doesn’t limit what I can achieve, I am my own person with my own goals and dreams, I have the ability, equipment and drive to succeed and am willing to put all my effort into making my career work. Just because I have a chair doesn’t mean I’m less able, ok I can’t play an instrument but so what not every singer can. I am going to make it in the world of music whether I’m popular or my own artist, it’s my happiness that counts.

You can download my tracks for free here:

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

PST Logo Competition Extended!

Following many requests to extend the deadline to create a new logo for the Peer Support Team, we decided that you can use your free time during the holidays to get inspired and hand it in by TUESDAY 24th April at 4.30pm for a chance to win £30 voucher of your choice.
Don't miss it!!!!

Click here for an entry form and further information

Students' Union Newsletter

Hi guys!

We’d like to start off by saying a big thank you to everyone at who took part in Sports Relief 2012 at Hereward! We raised a total of £75; this money raised will help people in the UK and across the world. Again, thank you. In other news…


We have been asking students what theme they would like for this year’s Prom, and the results are in! Tickets will be going on sale soon in May at £5 each. The price of a ticket on the night will be £7, so book before if you want to save! Please note there will be no “double” tickets this year. There will be more information in the coming weeks, so watch this space!

If you’re into sport, please check out our new Student Union Sports Newsletter which will be posted in the Hereward Sports Blog. It will have all the information about our sports activities at Hereward- why not check it out and get yourself a new hobby?

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Hereward College organises customer service trip to Tesco

As part of their NVQ Customer Service course, students from Hereward College often have to visit business organisations in order to gain experience and perspective about what their jobs will consist of once they finish college and enter employment.

Joanne Manser, a teacher at Hereward College and organiser of customer service events, agrees that students need a link between what they are studying within their course and what will be their first job. As training is becoming more and more important and as students are expected by employers to have work experience before getting paid jobs, the need for work experience trips and voluntary work is also becoming much more important.

While on the trip, the group looked around different departments including customer service, the warehouse, on-line shopping, the reycyling area and the delivery area. Tesco employees presented all the departments and explained to students the tasks that are involved within several jobs which are related to customer service.

The students felt the trip gave them a reality check on how busy customer service really is and that the keys for coping with the high expectations are outstanding organisational skills and interpersonal skills. They understood that good quality and consistent customer service will lead to happy customers and happy customers will lead to a relaxed atmosphere and will give them a sense of fulfilment.

Clint, a customer service student at Hereward College, wanted to underline the importance of teamwork: ‘If all the staff work together as a team, the results will be much better and jobs will actually be easier!’

To top it all off, the students received a surprise from the Tesco Store. As the Coca Cola lorry was just unloading some cargo, the students were treated to free Coke!

Kerry, another student, wanted to conclude the trip with the following: ‘It was a great day! We learned a lot and had a lot of fun! The free Coke was the cherry on top!'

Hereward College offers customer service course as part of the Business and ICT curiculum. If you would like to find out more about Customer Service Courses at Hereward College click here or contact admissions:, 02476 426173

Ikea Rep visits Hereward College

This week Jess, an IKEA employee, visited Hereward College in order to discuss Customer Services opportunities at Ikea with NVQ Customer Services.

Jess talked about the training she received at IKEA as she has worked in several departments over the years, including customer services. Jess stated that customer service is one of the most important aspects of a business, because even if you have the best products or services, without good customer service skills, your business may still fail. Maintaining and attracting customers is the main objective of customer service.

As students were eager to find out more about what they would have to do in order to secure a customer service job at IKEA once they finish their studies, Jess decided to talk about her personal experience when she got hired.

A major factor is represented by understanding and respecting the company ethos which is to offer the best value for money and focus on customer satisfaction rather than profit. Strong knowledge about the company products is also important when answering customer queries.

Another important factor is represented by having strong interview skills. Communication skills, interpersonal skills and portraying a warm friendly image to the customer are the most important skills IKEA recruiters look for when recruiting customer service staff and Jess noticed that these skills can be easily demonstrated through the interview process.

Jess also talked about employee benefits like 15% discounts and all products and staff Christmas Presents.

Have a look at our Business Courses to find out more  about Customer Services Courses at Hereward College.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Peer Support Team: New Logo Design

Having used our existing logo for quite some time, we think it’s about time we create a new, better one – right? This is where you come in…

We are looking for likeminded, artistic students to create a new logo for the Peer Support Team!!

You may have a dab hand at art or you may have never designed a logo in your life… either way, no matter your skills or experience we still want you to come along, give it your all and come up with a killer new logo!

The student with the best design will have his or her logo displayed on the t-shirt and marketing materials of the Peer Support Team as of September 2012.

In addition we will award the winner with £30 voucher for either iTunes or HMV (your choice).

All students are welcome to enter. Experienced or not experienced!

Please include a description how that logo symbolises the pride, passion and commitment of the Peer Support Team.

·         There are no size, colour or design creation restriction. You can design it on pen and paper, or on graphic programs (e.g. adobe InDesign)  
·         Make sure you add a brief description of how your logo symbolises the Peer Support Team commitment and passion.
·         The closing date for the contest is Thursday 5th April at 4:30pm. Any entries after this time will not be counted.
·        Entry forms can be found on intranet or available from the mentor’s and youth worker’s office
·        Entry as many logos ideas as you wish, but don’t forget to use one entry form for each logo!

Please download our form here. Once completed please send to or hand it in to Peer Support coordinators: Linda Allden-West (counselor), Rachel Brindley (Youth worker’s office - portacabin) or Cyntia G Laycy & Dayna Donnelly (mentor’s office).

Hereward College for Healthy Living and No Smoking!

The NVQ Business Admin students taught by Joanne Manser at Hereward College are trying to gain a Healthy Living Award and part of that includes encouraging staff and students to:

  • Eat their 5 a day 
  • Exercise more 
  • Encourage those who want to, to give up smoking!

To give up smoking Hereward are working with George Elliot Hospital and run a smoking cessation clinic in the college every Wednesday morning. 

Last Wednesday we organised the 'No Smoking Day Challenge' where the Big Cig came to the College to promote giving up smoking with NVQ Business Admin and Customer Service students.  The students helped the Cig to hand out leaflets and explain that the college is giving anyone who gives smoking up £20 worth of iTunes vouchers.

The event had a great success with many students and staff members promising they will try to stop smoking and join the Smoking Cessation!

If you would like to join the Smoking Cessation or get more information about Healthy Living, please contact Joanne Manser, teacher at Hereward College, on

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Letter from the Student's Union

Dear Student,

This year we are really excited to be raising money for Sport Relief 2012! As one of the UK’s
biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise
cash and change lives.

As the nation celebrates the biggest ever year of sport, Sport Relief 2012 will be kicking off
in schools on Friday 23rd March.Hereward College has decided to get involved and help raise money for this incredible
To do our bit and raise money we will be having:
- A Penalty Shoot-out at 12.30pm in the Sports Hall (50p for 5 goes!!)
- A Wheelchair football tournament at 1.30pm – 2.30pm in the Sports Hall or
outside dependant on the weather (Please Sign up)
- Smoothie Drink sale at 2.30pm in the Rec Centre/Bar
- 1 mile walk around college at 3.00pm – 4.00pm (Please Sign up)
- Disco & Karaoke in the Reflectory from 7.00pm (20p to enter!)
On Friday the 23rd March
The best bit is all the money you raise helps people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the
UK and across the world's poorest countries. To find out more about Sport Relief visit

If you want to know more info come and speak to STUDENT UNION / YOUTH WORKERS
We would really appreciate your support!

Monday, 12 March 2012

Social media for Career Development

Ever wondered how Social Media channels can help you develop your career? Have a look at this presentation to understand what you have to do in order to be a step ahead of prospective employees you are competing with.

Click here to download the presentation.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Raman Bal - Likes and Dislikes

The funnies thing I have done at home I rolled of the edge of the bed and then I hurt myself.

My favourite song is club is Alive by Jls. I love Aston from jls because he a very good-looking guy.

My favourite colour is blue and my favourite TV programme is Take me out!

I have two brothers and their names are Manny and Sunny.

The things that I hate are staying at home all the time as I love to go out of the house more.

The colour that I really hate is black because it reminds me of olives.

I have no pets at home so the pets I would love to have are a cat or a rabbit.

My favourite wrestlers are John Cena and Randy Orton/Cody Redoes/Alex rile/The Miz/The Rock.

I love Aston because he has the fittest body in the whole wide world!!!

My name is Lisa-Marie Emery

At college I’m doing sports entry 3 and I enjoy doing the sports and my favourite sports are basketball and hockey. I play in goal or any were in the sport hall. In February my tutor is Mark Harding who is a great sport teacher. My colleagues are organising a five-a-side football tournament for four to six school for 7th February as part of our cause.

I love spending time with my friends especially two of my best friends Raman and Sheridan. My two best friends Raman and Sheridan are funny, kind and helping me out. I Love winding my friends up and make them laugh. On every Saturday I love going horse riding. I love listening to music like Eric Saade, Justin Bieber and Mcfly and my biggest fan is Darren Hayes. I’ve been to their concerts.

I love playing with my 13-month-old dog. My dog is a Springer spannal cross Border collie. My favourite colour is yellow and I love being a tomboy. My star sign is pieces. My favourite TV show is dr. Who and my favourite film is Twilight and Pirates of the Caribbean. My favourite musical film the Phantom of the Opera. My favourite actors are Johnny Depp and Leondio DiCaprio. In the future I hope to work with horses and helping people to ride. I don’t like doing football much because I’m getting bored of it. My favourite foods are pizza, bananas, chips and pasta.   

Ben Kirkaly - Life

My name is Ben Kircali. I am a first year student at Hereward College doing an Arts Cours!

At home, I own a quad bike. It is a self made quad bike not sure how much its worth. It has a 200 cc diesel engine and the top speed is 180-190 mph it has a hard suspension ratio and good handling.

I have 5 brothers and 3 sisters and my star sign is Sagittarius.

I like tv programs such as CSI and NCIS and I am able to solve some of the cases before they do just by watching and concentrating.

Red is my favorite colour because I’m a Manchester United fan.
I hate Rooney because he’s a good player on the pitch but he’s acting inappropriate off the pitch.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Student Union Newsletter

 Hi guys!

First we’d like to wish everyone at Hereward a happy new year! This is the SU’s second newsletter to let you know what’s going on around college and how you can get involved.

We’d like to start off by saying thankyou to everyone who has filled in a sports questionnaire. If you haven’t done one yet and you’d like to fill one in please see Matt Jarvis. After listening to student’s views, we have taken the issues of visiting times and the smoking area head-on and have written a letter to Jon Clugston to try and make things clearer. This letter will soon be on the intranet for students to read.
We are currently running a petition for students to sign. We want to get rid of the abandoned toilet in the rec centre so we can make room for a DJ booth right next to the bar! If you support this, please see Dan Alcock-Stevens or Brendan Chivasa and sign the petition.

We would like to remind everyone that NUS cards are still on sale. They are £11, exclusive to students, and get you discounts at all sorts of shops. They will be on sale throughout the year so please come and find any member of the SU if you are interested!                                                          


Thursday, 19 January 2012

Feeling Lucky? - The Hereward College 100 group

As part of our  BTEC L3 project in Business we are going to run a 100 Club. This project will replace the Hereward Lottery from last year, and will continue to support the Friends of Hereward charity. The 100 Club’s first draw is at the end of January but we still need more members. The club is open to all staff, students and parents at the college.

To join, please contact Emma Seaman or Craig Mawby ( You need to pick a number from 1-100. It costs £10 to join for the whole academic year, which needs to be given in to either Emma, Craig or the BSC. There will be 10 prize draws, one each month plus special double draws at Easter and at the end of the year. Winners of each draw will be contacted and need to go down to the BSC to collect their prize.

There will be 3 guaranteed winners! The prizes are:

For more information please email Emma at

Thank you!!

Monday, 16 January 2012

A bit of history -Richard III - by Tom Kirby

This week, one of our student bloggers has decided to write an article about Richard III of Britain.

Richard III was born in October in 1452 in Northamptonshire his father was Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York and his mother was Cecily Neville. Richard had a claim to the Throne through both parents.

His father’s battles with Henry VI, was a major cause of the Wars of the Roses, which dominated Richards Early life. His father and elder brother were both killed in the battle of Wakefield in 1460.

In 1461 Richard’s Elder brother Edward, was crowned king Edward IV. Edward made Richard Duke of Gloucester.
In 1470 Edward IV and Richard were exiled when Henry VI was restored to the throne. The following year they returned and Richard contributed to 2 major battle victories which restored Edward to his throne as Edward IV

When Edward IV died in 1483, Richard was named Protector of the 12 year old Edward V and his younger brother Richard. He greeted the new King by sending him to the tower, his younger brother joined him a few months later.

A public row occurred suggesting that Edward IV wasn’t married to Elizabeth Woodville so their children were illegitimate. On the 25th June Richard began his Reign as Richard III. He was crowned in June; the Princes were last scene in August.Richard was accused of murdering the Princes by the Duke of Buckingham who was executed.

In August 1485 Henry Tudor, Duke of Richmond mounted a attack against Richard III at Bosworth Field.Richard III was the last King to die in battle. As well as the last King of the Yolkiest Family.

Henry Tudor Succeeded him as Henry VII.