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- 09/12/11 - Strode Students work hard at Conservation
Foundation Learning students from Strode College visited Exmoor recently and helped National Trust rangers with their conservation work around the beautiful North Devon coastal path.
They worked hard clearing gorse from the headland around Mortehoe near Woolacombe, and there was a great sense of achievement at the end of the day when they returned to the Exmoor Bunkhouse where they stayed during their trip.
Photo: Strode students and tutors enjoyed working alongside National Trust rangers to conserve the stunning North Devon headland.
- 08/12/11 - Can we be 'Good' in a 'Bad' Society?
Performing Arts students from Strode College showed off their acting skills last week, performing the Bertolt Brecht play 'The Good Person of Szechwan' in the College's studio theatre.
Charmaine Bray, Strode's Performing Arts Lecturer said: "Although written in the 1940's the play had some relevant messages for today in that it asks if it is possible to lead a 'good' life in a 'bad' society. We presented the play in true Brechtian style with performers narrating the actions of other actors, like an eye-witness who is aware of the audience. The cast were on stage throughout and the setting was minimal, with some students playing several roles including dress and furniture! Our students did a great job performing in this style which is different to anything they have done before."
Photo: Good acting from Strode performers Josh Robinson of Wells, Ellen Ramsay of Wookey, Billie Cureton and Lewis Edge of Wincanton and Sophie Coombes of Wells.
- 07/12/11 - Friends, Students and Staff pay Tribute to Dave Hart as Charity Single Released
Friends, fellow students and staff at Strode College got suited and booted today in memory of 17 year old Dave Hart who died tragically in November. They celebrated his life on the day his song 'Home' is released to raise money for Papyrus-UK, a charity that helps young people at risk of suicide, their families, friends and teachers.
The song, written and performed by Dave and his friend Jake Allen, has been released on iTunes, Amazon and through other major retailers. Money from the single will help
raise awareness of suicide among young people and encourage those at risk to talk and seek help.
Harry Booth, Dave's friend and President of Strode's Students Association, organised the event through the College and Facebook. He said: "Dave was a good friend and a great musician. Last year he tried to get some of us to dress up in suits for the day, but there was a lack of effort on our part. But today we did it for Dave. We wanted to pay tribute to our friend and also raise awareness of his single. We want loads of people to buy it to raise funds for Papyrus-UK."
Photo: Students and staff at Strode College pay tribute to Dave Hart and support the campaign to raise funds for Papyrus-UK which helps young people at risk of suicide
- 02/12/11 - Music Technology Inspires Ideas and Careers
Music Technology students from Strode College travelled up to Birmingham NEC last month to visit one of the largest music shows in the UK.
The BPM show is the place to go to if you are a music producer, DJ, club owner, sound system company, live sound engineer, lighting engineer, music educator or equipment developer.
Strode's students particularly enjoyed checking out the latest technology and equipment, watching a performance by DMC world champion DJ Switch, and joining a lesson in music production from the professionals.
Adrian Smith, Strode College's Music Technology Lecturer said: "The show is sure to inspire our students by opening their eyes to the latest developments in technology and the employment opportunities in the club music and music production areas of the industry. The advice and guidance available to our students direct from industry professionals at BPM is invaluable.
"A special shout goes out to Alex Constanza and Olly Beha-Burr, both from Street, and Sam Hiscox who lives in Radstock, for providing the music on the bus which made our journey an enjoyable education into the Dubstep music genre."
For photos of the Strode Music Technology students at the BPM show and links to other music stories visit the music blog: www.strodecollegemusictechnology.blogspot.com
- 01/12/11 - Hands on Archaeology
Strode Archaeology students had a fantastic day out on excavations at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire recently. The excavations are run by the University of Bristol and co-directed by Dr Stuart Prior, who himself studied A level Archaeology at Strode College.
Subject leader for Archaeology at Strode, Katherine Dray, said: "There is no better way to learn excavation techniques than through hands on experience in the field."
Photo caption: Archaeology A level student Emily Day holding a sherd of 11th century pottery.
- 28/11/11 - Strode College's new Dance Studio Springs into Action
Strode College's new dance and exercise studio was officially opened this week with students demonstrating the versatility of the space and the specially sprung floor by performing dance, judo and exercise classes to an audience of invited guests.
The sprung floor in the 120 square metre studio is ideal for dance, high impact exercises and martial arts as it helps avoid injury to muscles and joints. The studio can also be transformed into a high quality performance space seating up to 50 people.
The new studio is already being used by Strode students for dance classes and enrichment activities and in the evenings it is open to the public for a range of exercise classes including Zumba, Body Balance, Body Combat and Yoga.
The official opening, which highlighted the versatility of the new studio, began with a high energy demonstration by the Street Judo Club. This was followed by two dynamic pieces of choreography created and performed by the Strode College AS Dance students and a demonstration of a Body Balance class led by a Strode College fitness instructor. The audience of Local Councillors, College Governors, construction contractors, local school representatives and College staff were very impressed by the performances and the venue.
Shirley Theedom, Deputy Principal of Strode College, said: "The new studio is a fantastic contemporary space for learning, performing and exercising. It enhances and extends our existing performance and sports facilities so that we can continue to achieve our aim of providing the best possible learning environment for our students.
"Students on our dance, drama and music courses are already benefitting, as are those who enjoy our enrichment clubs and activities. People from the local community can also benefit by joining one of our exercise classes or a class run by a local club. The community groups currently using the dance studio are Street Judo Club and Mid-Somerset Shotokan Karate & Kickboxing Club Shotkan Karate Club.
Photo: Strode Fitness Instructor Dom Flitton and dance students demonstrate a Body Balance class in the College's new dance and exercise studio.
- 27/11/11 - Thinking Globally and Celebrating Diversity
It was 'One World Week' at Strode College recently and students took part in events and lessons to celebrate diversity and think about how we share many values, concerns and activities with people from across the globe.
Students were encouraged to think globally as tutors introduced the theme of 'One World' into their lessons. And, they got the chance to try out some new activities including African drumming, Chinese ping pong, Danish hand ball and henna hand designs.
The highlight of the week was the 'Music 4 Change' concert in Strode Theatre which featured performances from Strode music students, the College Ensemble playing two catchy Latin American numbers, the Jazz Group and the Choir singing a stirring Zulu song and the Mammas and the Papas 'California Dreaming'. Exciting band 'Balkan Beat' also performed an African number and a humorous French song.
Bill Scott, Strode's Head of Student Support Services, said: "Compared with twenty years ago many of us are hugely influenced by different cultures from around the world and it's easy to forget just how much this enriches our lives. From the wide variety of food we enjoy, to the music we listen to and the films and sports we watch on TV, we are experiencing and enjoying difference all around us. There are also many serious global issues which impact on our lives today such as the economy, poverty and climate change. 'One World Week' is a great way to get our students to think about these serious issues in an enjoyable and engaging way."
- 23/11/11 - Having a Good Time for a Good Cause
Students and staff joined in the fun for Children in Need and raised over £700. Beauty students put on fancy dress for a sponsored walk up Glastonbury Tor and used their waxing skills on male students. Health and Social Care students made a huge paper mache cow to collect money in and there was an open mic event in the College refectory along with face painting and a jaffa cake eating competition. Many other fundraising activities took place around college including cake sales, tombolas and raffles. Children from the Strode College Day Nursery joined in too, dressing up, selling cakes and visiting the college to collect money in their buckets.
- 22/11/11 - Hospitality Students meet the Owner of the Pony and Trap Inn
Josh Eggleton, the owner of the Pony and Trap Inn, Chew Magna, came to talk to the BTEC Hospitality and Catering students about his restaurant and pub business.
Josh talked about his catering career, how he started off as a chef and how he came to buy The Pony and Trap in March 2006. He has had an interesting career, working in California and other restaurants in America. He has also worked with Gordon Ramsay!
He brought with him some sample dishes that he serves in the restaurant. These included black pudding served with apple sauce, beetroot jelly as a petit four and three layer cho chocolate cake and mousse.
The students were interested and fascinated by his talk and he encouraged them to go and work in his restaurant for work experience. It was a most worthwhile talk.
- 16/11/11 - A Day to Remember
Strode Public Services Students and members of the Strode Student Association joined students and staff to observe two minutes silence and remember those who have lost their lives at war. The ceremony, which took place in front of the College, was an opportunity to pay respects to those who have died at war and to reflect on conflict and the meaning of Remembrance Day.
Year 10 students from local schools who attend Strode College to study Engineering recognised the rare palindrome of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day on the eleventh month during their class.
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