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Hair and Beauty Students at Newbury College have been putting their skills and talents to good use in order to help raise money for West Berkshire Mencap.The Hairdressing and beauty students cut, styled and sculptured a range of hair and beauty styles for the West Berkshire Mencap Fashion Show, which took place at the Chequers Hotel at the end of May.  The glamorous show which featured belly-dancing and a raffle was organised in conjunction with Sainsbury's store in Newbury.  The shop's staff also joined in the fashion show which featured the latest designs from Sainsbury's TU clothing range. 

West Berkshire Mencap exists to provide high quality services for people with learning disabilities, their families, carers and professionals. Christine Copeland, Carers Champion from Mencap was really grateful for the students' hard work and said, "The models looked and felt beautiful and they really appreciated being pampered by the students. The show itself was a fantastic success, with everyone enjoying the occasion."

Hairdressing Lecturer for the College, Katrina Stedman was really pleased with the work of her students and said, "The charity event was a great thing for learners to be involved in and they all worked really hard.  The event will also be part of the Learners' 'Team Work' unit, which goes towards their final grade".

For more information on the fundraiser or information on Newbury College's Hair and Beauty courses offered please call us on 01635 845000 or visit our website at www.newbury-college.ac.uk.  The College offers a wide range of full and part time courses along with a large selection of professional courses. To find out more come along to our next Open Day on Saturday 16 June 2012; 10am to 1pm, at our Monks Lane Campus.

Newbury College Catering students have been selected to represent Berkshire in a prestigious event to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

On Monday 25 June 2012, approximately 4,000 guests will join Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh for a summer garden party, hosted by the Lords Lieutenant of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Commencing with a river pageant to mark the role and impact of the River Thames on the Thames Valley region for more than 1,000 years, the event is part of HM The Queen's UK-wide Diamond Jubilee tour.

The Hon. Mrs Bayliss, Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, said: 'We are deeply honoured that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a garden party that will be a celebration of life in the three counties, and the part Her Majesty has played over the last 60 years.'

Catering Tutor, Sue Wright, will join two other specially selected chefs from Buckingham and Oxfordshire to meet HM The Queen and create the centrepiece for the event, a large cake in the shape of the three counties with each cake displaying three edible plaques. 'We wanted the plaques to represent the history of Berkshire and our royal connections. They will feature Berkshire Pigs, Newbury Races and of course Windsor Castle.'

HM The Queen will cut each section of the cake as part the celebration that forms part of a major Jubilee fund raising appeal for the four Thames Valley Community Foundation charities (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Milton Keynes), which exist to strengthen communities and enrich local life by inspiring and supporting charitable giving.

Uniformed Public Service students took part in a three day expedition as part of their course in The Forest of Dean between the 28th and 30th May 2012.

This was our third year of using Rushmere Farm campsite at Coleford and the weather was nice and sunny this year and so plenty of sun cream was needed by students and staff alike.

The first day consisted of travelling to the site, setting up the site, some sports and planning the walk for Day Two.

The 12 mile walk went well with all students completing the walk with only a few blisters. All of the groups experienced getting lost at least once which added a few miles on to the walk, but all found their way in the end. They all practiced their navigation skills and leadership and team working skills and also learnt a lot about themselves especially when confronted by a few steep hills.

Following the walk everyone enjoyed a BBQ at the campsite before an early start to Day Three when the students went to Wyedean Activity Centre to take part in a raft building exercise.  Students had to complete a competition on the River Wye with some spending more time in the water than on it.

Course Leader, Neil Metcalfe said: "All in all it was an enjoyable few days for both staff and students and enabled the classroom learning of various subjects to be put into practice."

Newbury College offers Public Service courses at Levels 1 to 3. Enrol now for September or click here to find out more.

Published just ahead of Adult Learners' Week (12-18 May), the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) released headline findings from their 2012 Participation Survey on Friday 11 May 2012 revealing that 3 in 5 adults (62%) have not participated in learning in the last 3 years and over one-third (36%) have not participated at all since they left full-time education.

Speaking to Tony Blackburn on BBC Radio Berkshire, Newbury College Principal Dr Anne Murdoch explained that "one of the difficulties for adults is a lack of time" and also attributed cost as an obstacle to many adults continuing in education.

As the largest provider of adult education in West Berkshire, Newbury College is helping adults to return to education with cost effective Bite Size courses in many popular subjects that offer new skills in short three-hour sessions.

Whist 3 in 5 adults are not participating at the present time, Dr Murdoch said that it is important to note that "2 in 5 adults are engaged in education with 115,000 over 60s currently enjoying being students".

Adult education is "a very good way to make new friends" and in the current economic climate, new skills are a valuable investment for career progression and opening new opportunities in business.

Business students received a visit from guest speaker Anthony Fleming on 17th April 2012.

Mr Fleming, from Thatcham based coaching mentoring company Passion 4Life, believes that it is "a pleasure to share experience with young minds. They have so much potential and in reality they could accomplish so much if they just believe in themselves."

On the 26th April 2012, Uniformed Public Services took part in a combined map reading and navigation exercise at Combe Gibbet.

The gibbet was erected in 1676 for the purpose of hanging the bodies of George Broomham and Dorothy Newman who were hanged for murdering George's wife Martha, and their son Robert after they discovered the truth of the couple's affair.

Placed in such a prominent location as a warning, to deter others from committing crimes, nowadays it is a popular local tourist attraction with good views of the surrounding area.

The weather was very windy and rainy on the day the students visited but the trip allowed the courses an opportunity to get out in the fresh air and put some of the theory learned in class and in the college ground to practice.

The group walked along the Combe Gibbet ridge for a few kilometres and were put to the test by orientating their maps to the ground and pointing out certain features on the ground using grid references.

X marks the spot at Newbury College as the Geocaching craze continues to sweep across the world.

The global game of high-tech hide and seek involves over 1.7 million caches, or "treasures", hidden at various locations all over the planet
and are located using GPS devices or smartphones.

Caches are typically small waterproof containers that contain a logbook for adventurers to record their visit and swappable trinkets such as small toys and tags.

Newbury College Communications Officer Shaun Daubney said "The College site on Monks lane is a beautiful place to stroll, relax, refresh and remind yourself that life is about exploration and learning. Since moving to the Monks Lane site 10 years ago, we encourage local residents to come and visit us and see what Newbury College and our beautiful grounds have to offer . Getting involved with the Geocaching phenomenon is a great way for us to encourage even more people to get out in the fresh air and discover some of Berkshire's beautiful landscapes whilst learning new skills and engaging with the latest technology."

There are currently over 5 million geocachers worldwide, from families and scout groups to hikers and mountaineers. More information, including a brief introduction video can be found at www.geocaching.com

As part of a project for his Foundation Diploma in Art, creative student Angelo Wadge-Berrospi filled a small room on The Bridge at Newbury College full of blue balloons on Thursday 03 May 2012.

Angelo, 21, said "I've been mostly focusing on photography and 2D work this year so it was exciting to experiment with a contemporary installation like this and see people's reactions."

The contemporary art installation was visible from The Street, the College's main thoroughfare and was inspired by Martin Creed's "Half the air in a given space".

The Foundation Dimploma in Art students will be exhibiting work at Newbury Town Hall this Saturday (05 May 2012) between 10 - 4pm, under the name 'Chapter 2'. They will be showing work created on the course so far and everyone is welcome.

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions (HCVS), in collaboration with Newbury College, is set to change the perception of apprenticeships with the development of its brand new apprenticeship programme, which complements its highly successful graduate scheme.

Hitachi Capital approached Newbury College as one of the leading education providers in West Berkshire to help develop a truly unique offer, which not only provides an apprenticeship qualification but also gives individuals the opportunity to develop a career within the organisation.

Chris Tarry, interim head of customer services and leader of Hitachi Capital's current graduate programme comments, "The scheme is in place to offer individuals a real chance to boost their prospects. We are focused on investing in the future and by offering the applicant's invaluable training; we are working towards best practice in the workplace. By setting up the apprenticeship scheme, we aim to support our local community and also ensure that the candidates get the opportunity to build the skills required to deliver excellent results."

The new recruits will gain experience within a number of different departments, providing them with training across the board and a competitive salary. Hitachi Capital is offering the local community an opportunity to enter the working world without the necessity of a degree. With the rising costs of higher education, this is something that those with A-Level qualifications can consider as a competitive alternative to going to University that will kick-start their careers.

Pat Frith, sales and account manager for Newbury College, comments, "We are pleased to be working in partnership with Hitachi Capital in this apprenticeship scheme and fully support them in offering young people in Newbury a vocational approach to developing a professional career, rather than undertaking a University degree. We have been working closely with Hitachi Capital to develop the programme and are impressed with their level of commitment to tailoring training to ensure that it attracts and develops high performing stars for the future."

Six individuals will be chosen to embark on a two-year customer service based programme where they will gain a Level 3 qualification as well as supported development within the company. Hitachi Capital is opening up this programme to those who do not hold a degree, but are drawn to a professional environment. Applications open in March, with candidates being selected in April. Please click the link to apply: http://www.hitachicapitalvehiclesolutions.co.uk/careers/

To find out more about Apprenticeship Schemes that Newbury College can provide please contact Pat Frith on 01635 845000

Both Teams WebOn Thursday 22 March 2012, Newbury College's new Sports Hall hosted its first charity basketball match, a close but a well fought battle against Newbury Sound (The Breeze Newbury from 2 April 2012).

Both teams stayed relatively equally for the first two quarters, drawing 24 - 24 at half time, however an energetic push from Newbury Sound's ex-professional player Steve Tolloczko gave the "Feel good station" the lead.

All was not lost as last minute addition to the team, Dennis Davis, scored an impressive 3-point basket in the 4th quarter along with a flurry of points coming in from Matt Hall, Liam Hume, Mellanie Parehwa and Henry Johnson.

The game ended with a tiny 8 point difference at 54 - 46 to the away team and after the match News Journalist Emily Tolloczko said "We'd like to thank Newbury College for inviting us to take part in this charity challenge. We've had a great time, and are delighted to have raised money for Sport Relief. The Newbury College team demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship and made us feel very welcome, it's been a pleasure to be involved."

Reading Rockets Coach Mark Halewood was also on hand to offer tips to both teams and commented on the promising level of talent displayed by the students. Mark will be running after College sessions every Thursday after the Easter holidays for anyone that wants to get involved (see noticeboard in the Street for details).

Spectators, who watched from the viewing gallery on the mezzanine, and players alike had a really enjoyable time with the main highlight being the £150 (to date) raised for Sport Relief 2012. Our thanks to everyone for giving up their time and/or money for this event.

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