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Newbury College Sports Maker, Louise Neil, was recently interviewed for a feature on the Association of Colleges Jobs website aocjobs.com.
Louise, who has a degree in Sport Development, was asked about her career progression, from working at Aldershot Town FC and NCS to taking on her current role at Newbury College. She also spoke about the personal skills and attributes that someone needs to work in a similar career, including some of the memorable and challenging moments she has sometimes faced delivering such a wide range of enrichment activities at the college.
"The variation in my role, the freedom to engage with everyone and a very friendly college with a great community." were just a few of the many positives that Louise highlighted in her interview, as well as the recent LGBT pride events and educational visits.
What does Louise find most challenging? Read the full interview to find out.
Newbury College Sport students headed down to the south coast on Friday 16 June 2017 for the annual West Wittering U19 College Mixed Beach Rugby Tournament.
Course Leader, James Ross, said: "The college team performed well, winning their opening match and finishing 4th in their pool. Special mention should be made to the outstanding effort of the players in a sport some of them had never played before."
Newbury College Interactive Media students took the fantastic opportunity to visit the Bristol-based Deal or No Deal studios recently to learn more about the television production industry and how the popular Channel 4 gameshow is recorded.
Students joined the audience to watch the recording of two shows before being invited to ask questions about both the programme and the television industry to the programme’s Director and other members of the production team.
Lecturer of Media at Newbury College Danny Mason who organised the trip said, “Studying Interactive Media is a potential progression route for students into the television industry. Students were treated to a fun and educational trip to the Deal or No Deal studios and they learned what goes on behind the scenes. The students found this to be a great experience and a few of them were even included in the filming of the show”.
Three of the Interactive Media students, Ross Slade, Charlie Beamish Knight and Jade King, took part in a short audition to become a Pilgrim; Ross was successful and was invited to take a box to the show’s presenter Noel Edmonds.
Budding readers at Newbury College were presented with awards and certificates for their achievements in the 'Six Book Challenge'. The awards were presented by College Principal Dr Anne Murdoch and Head of West Berkshire Library Service Mike Brooks.
The challenge is run in partnership with West Berkshire Libraries and is now in its sixth year. It is designed to encourage adults who are not confident with reading to read six books, articles or even digital content of their choice and record this in a diary. Forty students completed the challenge and certificates and prizes were presented at two award ceremonies held at Newbury College earlier this month.
Hilary Cole, West Berkshire Executive Councillor for Culture said; "I am delighted to hear that so many students took up and completed the challenge this year. Reading is an excellent life skill and is also one of the most effective ways to relax."
Feedback has shown that readers who had previously not enjoyed reading before taking up the Six Book Challenge now feel inspired to read. Lauren Peters who has previously taken part wanted to do the challenge again this year and said; "The challenge was great fun and I would recommend taking part to all my friends".
Learning Resources Centre Assistant Hector MacEachen, who helped organise the event said, "The Newbury College reading challenge runs alongside the National 6 Book Challenge and has been very popular with our students. They have enjoyed taking part in the reading challenge and borrowed a wide range of material to read".
Newbury College's Open Event on Saturday 17 May saw over 400 visitors attend the College where there was exciting activities for all the family that students were holding as part of their Skills Project.
The event showcased students work and the courses available at the College. Animal Care students ran a Dog Show raising money for Dogs Trust and Public Service students held a range of stalls to raise money for Help for Heroes and Air Ambulance. These included a cake sale, raffle, archery, climbing wall and bouncy castle.
The student's activities were part of their 'Skills Project', which help them gain employment skills alongside their studies. Skills Project Co-ordinator, Sian Ellis, who has helped organise some of the activities said, "This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to put their skills into practice as well as supporting fantastic causes. The day was a great success and I'm really proud of the hard work and commitment the students showed".
The day was a fantastic opportunity for the local community to view the College's state of the art facilities, including the brand new training restaurant and state of the art plumbing workshop. Potential learners had the opportunity to see the many courses on offer and speak to subject specialists. Current students were on hand to talk to prospective students and their parents and show them around while talking about their College experience.
For those in Year 11, the day was a chance for them and their parents to discover the options available including to new iGCSE programme for post 16 learners. Adult learners attending the event had an opportunity to find out more about Newbury College and explore ways in which to further their career or to develop a new hobby.
Budding Entrepreneurs from Newbury College have set up a jewellery company as part of the National 'Young Enterprise Programme' which teaches young people about business.
The team, made up of Art and Design students, attended the Young Enterprise Annual Trade Fair on Saturday 8 February 2014 in Newbury's Kennet Centre.
Young enterprise companies across West Berkshire showcased their businesses and sold their goods. The students' business, named 'Idylic', sold refurbished and upcycled jewellery and other individual handmade pieces for both men and women. The 'Young Enterprise Programme was founded in 1962 by merchant banker Sir Walter Salomon and allows students to take on business roles, and selecting and sourcing a products using innovation before selling to the public.
Course Leader of Art and Design and Young Enterprise Link, Jackie Heggs said, "Young Enterprise has given the students the opportunity to acquire business skills alongside their main programme. The Trade Fair supports students in developing customer service and selling skills and really helps to develop learner confidence. The students have had a brilliant experience and have been supported with practical advice by business advisors and volunteers from local businesses. They really enjoyed the challenge of selling their jewellery at the Trade Fair and competing against other Young Enterprise Companies for sales".
Other Young Enterprise companies from schools across West Berkshire were selling goods and services at the Trade Fair and competing to be the best 'Trade Stand'. This was judged by people from local businesses including the manager of the Kennet Centre.
Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom's largest business and enterprise education charity. Every year Young Enterprise helps 250,000 young people learn about business and the world of work in the classroom under the guidance of a network of 5,000 volunteers from 3,500 companies. The programmes range from the Primary Programme and Company Programme to the university-level start-up initiative with many variations in between. Young Enterprise offers programmes for a variety of age groups, from the age of four-25 and is one of the UK's leading figures in enterprise education delivering over four million learning hours each year. Since they were established, 3.8 million young people have taken part in Young Enterprise programmes in the UK. One million of these have run businesses for a year on the Company Programme.
Newbury College hosted the National Boxing Semi-Finals on Sunday 24 November. This historic event is the first rung on the ladder for many boxing greats with previous champions of this competition including Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan and Frank Bruno.
Ambition UK have been working in partnership with the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) to hold an Annual Boxing Championships for young men aged 15-19 years old.
Sports Maker Joe Pegg said, "It is a great opportunity to host the southern semi-final boxing event. It is important for Newbury College to showcase the Sports Hall and host events that will bring new people onto site. It is a prestigious event and highlights the boxing talent in the area".
Ambition is the UK's leading youth club charity. With the pressures young people are under today, Ambition helps youth clubs, community groups and projects support young people to develop confidence, skills and resilience for the future. Ambition UK has been working with the Amateur Boxing Association of England Ltd (ABAE), the national body for boxing, enabling for them to hold annual boxing championship for young men.
Newbury College Health and Social Care students hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Wednesday 2 October at 10.30am raising nearly £100 for the Macmillan Cancer Support Unit.
The Health and Social Care Level 2 and 3 students organised and promoted the fundraiser, gathering donations of cakes and treats to be sold on the day. Macmillan's Coffee Mornings have been running since 1991, when 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then it has become Macmillan's biggest fundraising event, raising in total £75 million for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Sports Maker and Enrichment Officer Joe Pegg has been working with the students to co-ordinate and support them in organising the event and said, "It's great to raise money to support such a worthy cause. We work hard at the College to fundraise and it is great to see so many students involved. The students worked really well together and their enthusiasm paid off".
Joe has recently taken up the post of enrichment officer and has developed a new programme of enrichment activities for all students which is aimed at increasing student engagement and participation.
Health and Social Care student Daniella Northcote volunteered for the fundraising enrichment activity and said, "I think it is great to be raising money for a good cause such as Macmillan Cancer Support and I've really enjoyed working with other students to organise the event".
Four teams of eager students, braved the freezing conditions and represented the College this year as teams from across the town battled it out for a place on the annual Pancake Race podium.
Students from Child Care, Public Services, FENNS (Functional English for Non-Native Speakers) and First Steps competed against tough opposition from Ross Brooke, English Provender, Charles Lucas & Marshall, John Lewis, Newbury Building Society, Swift Couriers, Swings and Smiles, The Breeze and Thomas Eggar.
Although no Newbury College team was fortunate enough to get the top spot, all was not lost. After the running race, pancakes were then tossed into the crowd from the town hall balcony by the mayor of Newbury, Arthur Johnson. The winning pancake was caught by the Newbury College First Steps team.
Course Leader for Child Care, Julia Reveler said "The students have been practicing really hard and have all thoroughly enjoyed the event. Next year we want to put a staff team together as well and show them how it's really done!"View this gallery on Flickr
Students waiting for buses and lifts after the bad weather forced the College to cancel classes this morning, made the best of a bad situation by hitting the slopes around the Monks Lane campus on sledges.
Public Services student Cassie Hampton, a native of South Africa, said "I've never been sledging before. It's great fun but it certainly gives you a cold bum!"
Unfortunately the College has also had to postpone this Saturday's classes but will contact student later next week to rearrange the dates.