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- 17/04/12 - Spring Online - Learn How to Use a Computer and the Internet for Free
Strode College in Street is running some free 'Spring Online' computer sessions during April and May for people who want to find out how computers and the internet can make life easier, cheaper and more enjoyable.
Spring Online for complete beginners, Wednesday 25 April 12.30 - 2.30pm
There are still many people who are completely new to using a computer. This session will get you started with understanding how computers and laptops can be of benefit in day to day tasks.
Spring Online with your digital camera, Friday 27 April 2 - 4pm
In this session you can use your digital camera or try the college cameras to take a picture, and find out how to upload and organise your photographs on a computer.
Spring Online and search for the perfect holiday, Wednesday 2 May 12.30 - 2.30pm
Using the internet you will learn how to search and plan your holiday, finding the latest travel and holiday deals. You will also look at how to complete online forms and bookmark your favourite destinations.
Spring Online and stay in touch using Skype, Friday 4 May 2 - 4pm
Find out how to use Skype for your telephone conversations with family and friends locally and worldwide and see them at the same time as speaking to them.
To find out more about each session and to book a place call 01458 844480.
- 28/03/12 - Big Names to Play Alongside new Musical Talent at Strode College Concert
Paul Winterhart of Kula Shaker and his band Black Casino and the Ghost are among former and current Strode students who will play at the Strode Live Retrospective, in Strode Theatre on Friday 20 April.
International touring artist Nick Parker is also confirmed for the line-up, and some other exciting former students from a hugely successful band are also hoping to perform, depending on their other commitments.
The show will also feature some great up-coming acts such as Reinstate Sarah and The Floor Below, who gave such fantastic acoustic performances at the recent Strode Live gig in Street Parish Church. Visit the Strode College Music & Broadcast Media YouTube channel to see more.
Not only are the Strode Live team looking at the past and present, they are also casting their eyes towards future musical talent by including a new young band in the show. They recently invited secondary school pupils from across the area to send in recordings of their bands or songs, with the top prize being a slot at the Strode Live Retrospective. The lucky winners were Feedback, a five piece covers band made up pupils from Wadham School in Crewkerne.
Daniel Shaw, Strode's Music Lecturer, said: "This fantastic event will celebrate the successes of past and present musicians that Strode College has produced. The concert is being organised by second year students from our Extended Music Diploma course. They are extremely talented musicians with a love of music and an enthusiasm for encouraging local talent. The concert will be great and I hope that loads of people come along to support our students, the big names and the emerging talent."
The show starts at 7:30pm on Friday 20 April in Strode Theatre. Tickets are available from Strode Theatre Box Office on 01458 442846; they costs £6, £5 concessions and £4 for Strode students.
- 23/03/12 - Strode College Principal Urges Young People Not to Give Up on Education and Training
James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College in Street, is urging young people not to give up on education and training, and reminding them that there might be a lot more great courses and opportunities available to them than they realise.
With concerns about the rising number of young people in Somerset who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEETs), and with year 11 pupils currently deciding what to do after GCSEs, James Staniforth wants to be sure that young people across the region are fully informed and well advised about the variety of courses they can choose from at Strode College as well as at school, in particular the wide range of vocational courses on offer.
He said: "Staying in education or training after the age of 16 makes a real difference to a person's future success and happiness. But young people need to be given a range of opportunities to succeed and to reach their potential, and this means offering high quality practical and vocational courses alongside A Levels.
"Good vocational courses focus on teaching practical skills and knowledge for a particular line of work or a specific job role. For example, a student might be taught the theory of running a business and then asked to create a business using the knowledge and skills they have been taught. Vocational qualifications can give people a head start in a career or prepare them for further vocational study or university. Our students achieve excellent results in both A Levels and vocational qualifications.
"Schools and colleges should be trying their utmost to help young people choose the right course for them and the right place to study for them. If they make the wrong choice now there is a strong possibility that they will not finish the course they are on and then give up on education entirely.
"I would like to encourage all young people who are taking exams this summer, and those who are currently not in education, employment or training, to be sure that they have found out about all the opportunities available to them, and if they are unsure what to do next, then come and talk to us. We will endeavour to help them make the right choice.
"This is not a time to be giving up on education and training, but it is the time to get good advice and information about what and where to continue learning."
Young people who do not want to study A Levels but do want to continue learning can study vocational courses at Strode in Art and Design, Business, ICT, Childcare and Education, Health and Social Care, Engineering, Music and Music Technology, Performing Arts, Hair and Beauty, Hospitality, Public services and Sport.
In 2011, thirty six per cent of Strode's Level 3 Diploma students achieved a triple distinction for their course, which is the highest set of grades possible and equivalent to three A levels at grade A. More than half the students gained at least one grade A equivalent. These students have progressed to university courses, including Russell Group universities, or have progressed to further study at Strode College, as well as into employment in areas like accountancy, care, early years, hair and beauty salons, media and telecommunications.
For information about vocational courses at Strode and for advice about education and employment options for the future, call 01458 844444 or look on the Strode College website.
- 23/03/12 - Beauty Students Learn from the Professionals
Whether it's lovely lashes you're after or a new look using mineral make-up, Strode College beauty students know how to help, thanks to some excellent training from the professionals.
Students on Strode's Level 2 and 3 NVQ Diplomas in Beauty Therapy learnt a lot about mineral make-up when a make-up artist from Jane Iredale visited the college recently. They learnt about the product range and were shown how to use new skills and techniques to create different looks.
The Level 3 students also learnt about advanced eye make-up techniques, and at another session with a LashFX professional trainer, they learnt how to apply permanent individual eye lashes.
The students thoroughly enjoyed their training and were keen to try out their new skills on each other. They are now looking forward to the college make-up competition when they will be able to put their new skills into practice.
Photo: Laura Holt, from South Petherton, applies new eye lashes to fellow Strode beauty student under the guidance on LashFx trainer Tracy Butt. When she completes her Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma Laura plans to study Nail Services at Strode.
- 14/03/12 - Strode Students to Get Help with Bus Fares
To apply for the County Ticket please download the form from the Somerset County Council website.
From September, all students travelling by bus to study at Strode College in Street will get £100 towards the cost of the County Ticket, and students whose family income is below £25,000 will get a total of £300 towards their bus fares.
James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, said: "We currently have 1500 students aged 16-18 studying A Levels and vocational courses with us. That is 1500 young people who are gaining enormously from learning at Strode. Last year our results made us the second best performing college in the South West and one of the top 80 out of 1,200 schools and colleges nationally for adding value by improving students' performance after their GCSE results."
"Most of our students travel to college by bus as we are well served by a number of bus routes. They come from across the region, many from as far away as Yeovil, Frome, Bridgwater, Taunton, Cheddar and Bruton, because they like Strode and can see that our approach to learning and support achieves excellent results both academically and personally."
"We recognise that transport costs are a real concern and could prevent some young people from furthering their education with us. We do not want them to miss out on their education because they can't afford the bus fare, which is why we will be helping with the cost of the bus ticket."
Strode College's Travel Bursary Scheme was set up last year to support new students following the government cutting the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for new first year students. The College is now extending the travel bursary to cover all students.
In addition to the travel bursary, Strode students will be able to apply for a discretionary bursary to support other costs of studying.
More information about Strode's Travel Bursary Scheme is now available on the college website.
- 03/03/12 - Sports Students Measure Up?
200 school children from the local area visited Strode College recently to take part in the Aviva Sports Hall County Athletics Championships.
With the help of Strode students from the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and the Level 2 Diploma in Sport, the school children took part in a range of events such as standing broad jump, relays, triple jump, obstacle races, indoor javelin and shot put.
The college students helped set up and take down equipment and assisted with scoring, timing, demonstrating, marshalling events and collating all the information.
Jason Jones, Course Manager for Strode's Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport said: "This has been a great and very beneficial experience for our students. As part of their sports courses they learn about working with children, coaching, organising sports events and health and safety. This type of event allows the students to see how things work for real and helps them build confidence operating in a competitive sports setting."
Representatives from Sportshall Associates, the event organisers, thought the day was a great success and praised the Strode students for their assistance and the smooth running of the entire event.
- 01/03/12 - Local Student Gets on His Bike to Raise Money for Cancer Research
Will Carey, from Shepton Mallet, recently raised £100 for Cancer Research UK by completing a sponsored bike ride with his friend Andrew Kennedy, also from Shepton Mallet.
He presented the money to Dawn Harrison, Area Volunteer manager for Cancer Research UK, and in return received a certificate. She said: "The efforts of individuals like Will are so important to us as we do not get any government funding; all our money is raised by people like Will. We are so grateful for his support and for the support of those who sponsored him."
Adrian Bray, Foundation Learning Lecturer at Strode said: "As part of their community work our students get involved in fundraising and volunteering. This creates an awareness of some of the issues we discuss in the class room and also gives the students a great sense of self-esteem. It's great when the community respond so positively to their efforts."
Every year in the UK more than 305,000 people are diagnosed with cancer and there are more than 155,000 deaths from the disease. If you would like to support Cancer Research UK by fundraising, volunteering or donating, please call 08701 60 20 40 or visit: supportus.cancerresearchuk.org
- 28/02/12 - Fantastic Unplugged Concert on YouTube
If you missed the fantastic acoustic concert from our music students recently, visit www.youtube.com/strodecollege to see some great live performances. The YouTube clips, with excellence sound and visuals, were produced by our broadcast media students.
The Strode College Live performance, that took place at the Street Parish Church in February 2012 raised £350 for the college Gambia Project. Read the press release.
- 27/02/12 - When Times Get Tough for Business Make Sure You're on Top of Your Game
Strode College in Street is running a series of new workshops for local business people and their employees, with expert speakers offering advice and insights to help improve business performance. The workshops, which begin on Wednesday 21 March and run until Friday 1 June 2012, will be held at Strode College in the evenings from 6.30pm to 8.45pm.
The workshops will focus on a range of hot business improvement topics including how to gain and retain clients through exceptional customer service; how to build a positive mental attitude through understanding the psychology of success; getting your business on-line and making the most of your website and social media; creating effective interpersonal communication using Neuro Linguistic Programming; managing conflict; how to generate and close sales; and how a better use of written English can improve your business performance.
Graham Knight, Head of Business Development at Strode said: "Every day we hear about our troubled economy and how tough it is for businesses to do well. Many businesses are going under and there is no denying that this is a worrying time. But this is also a good time for businesses to take a look at how they are performing and take positive steps to improve their business. They need to be at the top of their game and well placed to compete in this tough economic climate."
"Using their extensive experience across a range of sectors with national and international companies, the speakers at these workshops will consider different approaches and techniques to maximise the effectiveness of businesses. They will not only provide people with new ideas, they will also inspire and motivate them and this is great for business."
Full details of all workshops, including dates, costs and speaker profiles, are available on the Strode College website.
Those interested in attending one or more of the workshops should call Strode's Business Development team on: 01458 844457 or email email@example.com
- 24/02/12 - Clarks Help Schools Design a Bright Future
Thirty students from schools and colleges across the area were recently invited to take part in a specially organised ‘Design Workshop' at the head office of Clarks in Street.
This full day event, aimed at encouraging young people to develop their design skills and understand how they might use them in the modern-day workplace, was organised in association with the East Somerset Partnership and involved students from Strode College and five secondary schools: Ansford Academy (Castle Cary), Crispin School (Street), Sexey's School (Bruton), St. Dunstan's School (Glastonbury), and Whitstone School (Shepton Mallet).
In stylish surroundings and with the support of various professionals from the company's design teams, the students heard about the workings of the fashion industry and the way the latest trends hit the shops. They were then given the task of imagining new shoe designs themselves. Thinking carefully about the leathers and fabrics they might use, as well as colour, shape and comfort, the students worked in groups with those from other schools, before standing up to present their ideas.
Everyone that took part had an enjoyable time, producing some impressive work under the guidance of staff from Clarks. The insight they gained into the international design process was of immense help to them in their GCSE and A Level studies and plans are already being put in place to repeat the opportunity next year.
The students returned to class with some good memories, some great ideas and some excellent comments: "Excellent - really interesting and inspiring!"; "It was amazing - I learnt loads! "; "I've been able to see first-hand what a career in design would be like"; "I enjoyed doing the design brief as we were all able to contribute our ideas collectively and it was a fun experience"; and "I found this a very useful workshop as I am studying DT."
Carol Authers, Training and Development Manager at Clarks said: "The day was a huge success. I was amazed at the way in which the students took the project briefs and worked together to produce
coherent designs. It was a great opportunity to work with students from the local area and I hope that it will have inspired some of them to follow a path into design. With luck some of them will join us at Clarks HQ in the future."
Adrian Ash, East Somerset Partnership Director, said: "We are very grateful to Clarks for the support they have given us in arranging this incredible opportunity for local students. Schools and colleges in Somerset are always looking at ways to offer exciting and unusual learning experiences to our young people and the involvement of one of our region's most respected companies in achieving this is greatly appreciated. The students left the building buzzing and took many great ideas back to the classroom."
Jon Hampton, Innovations Department at Clarks, said: "It was great to work with such enthusiastic and capable students. They all seemed to pick up on everything that was presented to them and created some very relevant and exciting projects. I attended both St Dunstan's and Strode College, so it was fantastic to see such talent coming through from the local area. I very much look forward to the chance of being involved again in the near future."
The day at Clarks was the first in a series of events being organised for young people in East Somerset. In coming weeks students will get the chance to learn about study and career possibilities in Engineering and Event Management, as well as trying their hand at writing for television and radio and looking at the importance of language skills in international business. Each event will involve major employers and universities from across the area.
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