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09/07/14 - Apprentice Chef Fundraising for St Margaret's Hospice
Apprentice Chef Fundraising for St Margaret's Hospice

February might seem a long way off for most of us, but it's very much at the forefront of Apprentice Chef Megan O'Callaghan's mind – she will be setting sail across the Atlantic Ocean on 28 February to raise funds for St Margaret's Hospice.

Megan who lives in Wincanton, works as an Apprentice Chef at the Montague Inn (Wincanton) and trains at Strode College (Intermediate Apprenticeship Professional Cookery).  Her 21 day voyage will cover 2140 nautical miles across the Atlantic before coming to an end in the Azores.

Megan is a great supporter of St Margaret's Hopsice.  She said: "My auntie works at St Margaret's Hospice and I think it's a nice place where people can die in peace. I watched my grandma deteriorate and die within three days of being rushed into hospital and I really wish that she could have had a choice to die in a more peaceful place. I feel very strongly about St Margaret's Hospice and think they are important for Somerset."

For more details about 'Challenge of a Lifetime' follow the link: www.challengeofalifetime.org.uk

If you would like to sponsor Megan's voyage to raise funds for St Margarets Hospice visit: virginmoneygiving.com/MeganOCallaghan

04/07/14 - Children from Chernobyl enjoy visit to Strode
Children from Chernobyl enjoy visit to Strode

A group of children from Chernobyl visited Strode College this week during their trip to Somerset which has been organised by the Wells based charity Children of Chernobyl Fund. 

The boys enjoyed a range of sports with Strode Sports coaches, including football and badminton, while the girls got their hair and nails done in the college beauty salon and tried out some hair styling techniques on each other under the guidance of Strode’s hair tutors. 

John Price from the charity said: “Thanks so much for organising activities for the children - they had a great time. Three cheers to Strode College.”

 



 

 

27/06/14 - Bath Spa is a Relaxing Place to Learn
Bath Spa is a Relaxing Place to Learn

After achieving 100% pass rate on their Level 2 Beauty Therapy course, our students enjoyed relaxing at Thermae Bath Spa recently when they visited for a careers talk and a tour of the facilities. The students, who had never visited a spa before, were very impressed with the relaxing environment and some are now considering working in a spa in the future when they complete their Level 3 Beauty Therapy course.

Pictured left to right: Yasmin Sivell from Shepton Mallet, Immy Crouch from Shepton Mallet and Charlie Rossiter from North Cadbury

27/06/14 - Free Sales Skills Workshop
Free Sales Skills Workshop

Tuesday 8 and Tuesday 15 July 6-8pm

Strode College will be running a FREE sales skills workshop which will be facilitated by Alistair Powell from Sandler Training. This workshop is designed for business owners who have recently started, are thinking about starting or are in the early stages of their business - If this applies to you and you are keen to learn more about:

  • Your awareness of the market place
  • Prospecting
  • Developing interest
  • Planning
  • Becoming more confident in sales and marketing


Then please contact Bradley Barnard on 01458 844502, or visit cloudpage.co/salesworkshop to find out more.

24/06/14 - Creativity and Excellence at the Strode College End of Year Arts Show
Creativity and Excellence at the Strode College End of Year Arts Show

The creative arts are thriving at Strode College with students producing some outstanding, imaginative and technically accomplished work. This work can now be enjoyed by the public at the College’s 'End of Year Arts Show' which is open between 9.30am and 4.00pm, weekdays until Wednesday 18 June; and open until 8pm on Wednesday 11 June during the college’s Open Evening.

The show, which celebrates the work of 140 creative art and design students, opened on Monday (11 June) with a private view and an awards evening.

Six students were honoured for their outstanding achievements in painting and drawing, sculpture, graphics, textiles, photography, animation, film and video. They received a certificate and a cheque, and the College has bought a piece of their work to add to the 'Strode Collection'. (See list of winners below and photos of work attached.)

Strode’s extensive art and design facilities have been turned into a variety of gallery spaces to display the work professionally and to great effect, including large open gallery spaces and smaller more intimate studio galleries. Work is also exhibited in Strode Theatre. Maps are available from the College reception.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “Our End of Year Arts Show is always a highlight for the college; this is a truly exciting and inspiring collection of work, full of originality and technical skill, across a wide range of creative courses. 

“Our students achieve at an exceptionally high standard, with 30% progressing to the Russell Group of universities. Our arts and media students consistently achieve at these outstanding levels and win places at some of the country’s top specialist institutions for arts and media, including Goldsmiths, University of London; University of the Arts, London - Central St Martins; University College Falmouth; and the University of Winchester. I am extremely proud of the students and of our excellent teachers who have inspired and guided them.“

Petrina Rochester, Head of Art and Design at Strode said: “The End of Year Show generates great excitement and energy around college as students and staff work together to create something special. It is also a time for reflection as we review work; think about how far our students have come and how far they will go in the future. Our students have produced some outstanding work, much of which rivals that of specialist art colleges and many university level institutions. We are delighted to be able to showcase their talent, skill and creativity in this way.”

Students exhibiting will be completing courses this summer in A level Art, Design Technology, Graphics, Textiles and Photography, Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design, Level 2 Diploma Art and Design and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

End of Year Art Show winners 2014

Strode College Art students who won awards (left to Right): Petrina Rochester - Head of Art and Design, Isobel Low (Wells) - 2D Art Award winner, Maddy Stringer (Castle Cary) - Fine Art Award Winner, Pandora Ellis (Yeovil) - Textiles Award Winner, Sam Copsey (Langport) - Photography Award Winner, James Staniforth - Principal Strode College, Daniel Juniper (Bruton) - 3d Art Award Winner, Alice Watkins (Street) - Graphic/ Illustration Award Winner.

 

Students receiving awards for excellence in their work

Samuel Copsey photography piece.Photography Award - Samuel Copsey
Lives: Langport, Somerset
Studying: A Level Art and L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: Huish Episcopi Academy
What next: Year 2 of L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design, Strode College

 

 

 

Pandora Ellis - Textiles

Textiles Award - Pandora Ellis
Lives: Yeovil, Somerset
Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: The Gryphon School
What next: BA Costume Design, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London

 

 

 

Daniel Juniper - 3D Art3D Art Award - Daniel Juniper
Lives: Bruton, Somerset
Studying: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: Sexeys School
What next: BA Fine Art, Falmouth University

 

 

 

Isobel Low - 2D Art2D Art Award - Isobel Low
Lives: Wells, Somerset
Studying: L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: Strode College
What next: Self Employed

 

 

 

Alice Watkins - Graphical DesignIllustration/Graphical Design - Alice Watkins
Lives: Street, Somerset
Studying: A Level Graphics
Previous school: Crispin School
What next: BA Graphics Design, University of Reading

 

 

 

Madeline Stringer - Fine ArtFine Art Award - Madeline Stringer
Lives: Castle Cary
Studying: L3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous school: Ansford Academy
What next: BA Fashion, University of Edinburgh

23/06/14 - Strode College Sports Awards - Celebrating Sporting Success and a Commitment to Sports
Strode College Sports Awards - Celebrating Sporting Success and a Commitment to Sports

Strode College held its first ever Sports Awards recently to celebrate individual and team achievements throughout the year in local, regional and national competitions. Students, representing the broad range of different sports played at the college, enjoyed a memorable evening at the Tor Rugby Club.

Principal of Strode College, James Staniforth, presented 22 awards recognising the outstanding contribution, talent and effort that students have made to college sports over the last year.

Overall ‘Sports Man of the Year’ went to Josh Richardson (from Somerton); ‘Sports Woman of the Year’ went to Lianna Burt (from Glastonbury); and the ‘Team of the Year’ award went to the Strode College Rugby team. Other awards for each sport included 'Player’s Player of the Year', 'Player of the Year' and 'Most Improved Player'.

Shonagh Butler, Head of Sport Strategy at Strode College, said: “Our Sports Awards evening has been an excellent opportunity to celebrate and congratulate the College’s sports men and women for the successes they have achieved, both for individual and team sports, and also to give recognition for their commitment, effort and contribution to college sport. We have had some very high level performances at national and regional level, but we also recognise and appreciate the weekly commitment that these students have made to ensuring that team fixtures are met and competitions are entered.

“Numbers of students participating in sport at Strode have increased significantly this year. Much of their sporting success is due to the quality of the coaching and support they receive and the commitment of our sports team staff. I am very grateful for all of their efforts.”

 Austen Fouracres (Football 1st team Player of Year) & James Lee (2nd team Player of Year)   Liana Burt (Female Sportsperson of the Year) & Vicky Vowles (Strode Staff)

Top: Strode Netball team
Above left: Austen Fouracres (Football 1st team Player of Year) & James Lee (2nd team Player of Year)
Above Right: Lianna Burt (Female Sportsperson of the Year) & Vicky Vowles (Strode Staff)

 Amy Clegg (Most Improved Hockey) with Victoria Vowels (Strode College Sports Maker)   Members of Strode football team and Strode Coach Mike Dear - June 2014

Above left: Amy Clegg (Most Improved Hockey) with Victoria Vowels (Strode College Sports Maker)
Above Right: Members of Strode football team and Strode Coach Mike Dear

 Strode Ladies Hockey team   Josh Richards (Male Sportsperson of Year)

Above left: Strode Ladies Hockey team
Above Right: Josh Richardson (Male Sportsperson of Year)


Details of Strode Sports Awards Winners

Name: Austin Fourarces
Award: Football 1st Team Player of the Year & Student Sports Management Team Certificate
Hometown:
Glastonbury
Previous School:
St Dunstan’s School

Name: Joe Brine 
Award:
Football 1st Team Player’s Player of the Year
Hometown:
Shepton Mallet 
Previous School:
Ansford Academy

Name: Harry Jose
Award: Football 1st Team Most Improved Player
Hometown:
Lydford
Previous School:
Ansford Academy

Name: James Lee 
Award:
Football 2nd Team Player of the Year
Hometown:
Street
Previous School:
Crispin

Name: Callum Sydenham
Award:
Football 2nd Team Most Improved Player
Hometown:
Martock
Previous School:
Huish Episcopi School

Name: Frazer Carpenter
Award:
Football 2nd Team Player’s Player
Hometown:
Shepton Mallet
Previous School:
Whitstone School

Name: Joe Horton 
Award:
Rugby Team Player of the Year
Hometown:
Baltonsborough
Previous School: Sexeys School

Name: Owen Barnes
Award: Rubgy Team Player’s Player of the Year
Hometown:
Somerton
Previous School:
Ansford Academy

Name: Jake Krige
Award:
Rugby Team Most Improved Player of the Year & Male Trampolinist of the Year
Hometown:
Crewkerne
Previous School:
Wadham Community School

Name: Ellie Grant 
Award:
Netball Team Player of the Year
Hometown:
Street 
Previous School:
Crispin School

Name: Lucy Baker 
Award:
Netball Team Player’s Player of the Year
Hometown:
Walton
Previous School:
Crispin School

Name: Jess Burton 
Award:
Netball Team Most Improved Player
Hometown:
Yeovil
Previous School:
Christ's Hospital School

Name: Meg Ward 
Award:
Women’s Hockey Player of the Year
Hometown:
Shepton Mallet 
Previous School:
Whitstone School

Name: Lianna Burt 
Award:
Women’s Hockey Player’s Player of the Year & Sports Women of the Year
Hometown:
Glastonbury
Previous School:
Crispin School

Name: Amy Clegg 
Award:
Women’s Hockey Most Improved Player
Hometown:
Shipham
Previous School:
The Kings Of Wessex Academy

Name: Darren House 
Award:
Men’s Hockey Player of the Year & Student Sports Management Team Certificate
Hometown:
Crewkerne
Previous School:
St Dunstan’s School

Name: George Edge 
Award:
Men’s Hockey Player’s Player of the Year
Hometown:
Shepton Mallet 
Previous School:
Kings School, Bruton

Name: Frances Leafe
Award:
Female Trampolinist of the Year 
Hometown:
Street
Previous School:
Calthorpe Park School

Name: Jenny Naylor
Award:
Badminton Player of the Year
Hometown:
Wincanton
Previous School:
King Arthur’s Community School

Name: Josh Richardson
Award:
Sports Man of the Year & Student Sports Management Team Certificate
Home Town:
Somerton
Previous School:
Huish Episcopi Academy

Name: Tom Davey
Award:
Student Sports Management Team Certificate
Home Town:
Street
Previous School:
Crispin School

Name: Stacey Fowler
Award:
Student Sports Management Team Certificate
Home Town:
Templecombe
Previous School:
King Arthur's Community School

30/05/14 - Learning About Law, Government and Politics in London
Learning About Law, Government and Politics in London

Thirty five A Level Law and Government & Politics students ventured to the capital recently to visit Parliament, the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey.

Tours around these key institutions and meetings with senior staff and officials helped the students to understand the theory and practice of Law and Government & Politics in the UK.  Those who are going on to study Law or Politics at university found the visit helped them to confirm their future study and career plans.    

Strode’s Law teacher Liz Skinner and Government & Politics teacher Stephen Page, praised the students for their enthusiasm during the busy two days in London.

Supreme Court, London

30/05/14 - Adults Learn a lot at Strode College, New Courses Announced
Adults Learn a lot at Strode College, New Courses Announced

Strode College has announced its new programme of courses for adults and, with a wealth of opportunities available, catering for a wide range of interests and abilities, this is a good time to think about what you could gain from signing up for a course as an adult.

You might want to try something for your personal enjoyment such as pottery, painting, photography or upholstery; you could learn a language or take up acoustic guitar; or you can find out about philosophy, art or world cinema.

You could improve your career prospects by developing a skill or taking a job-related course, for example in accountancy, child care, counselling, English, engineering, food hygiene, hair and beauty, management, maths or teaching.

And, there are many computer and IT courses available for all abilities, including absolute beginner’s courses such as how to use e-mail or the internet, and courses for more experienced users leading to qualifications. 

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College said: “Leaving school, college or work doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. There are many good reasons to sign up for a course as an adult; learning can have really positive effects on people’s social, personal and professional lives. Last year around 3000 adults took part-time courses at Strode, showing how important adult learning is for many people in our community. I am delighted that we are able to share our excellent facilities and expert teachers with the local community.” 

Strode’s courses for adults run at different times and dates throughout the year starting from September 2014. You can find out more by visiting the college website or request a 'Courses for Adults' brochure: 01458 844400.

If you want to find out more about Strode’s courses for adults, school leavers and employers, visit the College Open Evening on Wednesday 11 June, 6-8pm; pre-register or turn up on the night. 

30/05/14 - Exciting and Creative Talent at End of Year Arts Show
Exciting and Creative Talent at End of Year Arts Show

If you enjoy going to art shows and galleries or take delight in going to the theatre, then you will appreciate the fantastic creative talents being showcased at Strode College’s End of Year Arts Show, which runs from Tuesday 10 June to Wednesday 18 June.

The College is holding a number of events to celebrate the high standards of work achieved by students across a range of creative and performing arts, as they as they prepare to move on to higher level study at university or specialist colleges, or into employment. 

This is a great opportunity for members of the public, or those thinking of studying at the College, to see the diversity and quality of work achieved at Strode while taking a look at the college’s extensive and specialist arts facilities.

End of Year Art Show exhibition   Dance Showcase

End of Year Arts Show: Free, Tuesday 10 - Wednesday 18 June 2014, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Strode creative arts and media students are known for producing excellent and imaginative work. The show will feature work from over 100 students completing art and design courses this summer including painting and drawing, sculpture, textiles, photography, graphics, film and video. 

Students presenting work are studying A level Art, Graphics, Photography, Textiles, Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Broadcast Media.

Free and open to the public (maps available from College Reception): Tuesday 10 – Wednesday 18 June 2014, 9.30am - 4.30pm; open until 8pm on Wednesday 11 June (College Open Evening); and closed at the weekend.

 

The Trojan Women by Euripides: Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 June, 7.30pm

Strode College Performing Arts students present this ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides, which follows the fates of the women of Troy after their city has been sacked, their husbands killed and their remaining families are about to be taken away as slaves. This classic play remains relevant today as it speaks about the effects of war on women and children - one of the unchanging aspects of war.

Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 June, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00, full concessions £5.00 and Strode College students £4.00; prices include a 50p contribution to the Strode Theatre Support Fund. The production is raising funds for College educational activities. Book through Strode Theatre: www.strodetheatre.org.uk

 End of Year Art Show exhibition   Dance Showcase

Dance Showcase: Friday 13 June, 7.30pm

Friday 13 June, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00, full concessions £5.00 and Strode College students £4.00; prices include a 50p contribution to the Strode Theatre Support Fund. The production is raising funds for College educational activities. Book through Strode Theatre: www.strodetheatre.org.uk

Strode College’s A Level Dance students and Extended Diploma in Performing Arts students will showcase the best of their performance work including musical theatre, contemporary dance and street dance. An energetic and entertaining evening is promised.

 

Photo: Poster image for Strode College’s End of Year Show featuring creative textiles work by Molly Clarke, Foundation Diploma Art and Design.

27/05/14 - Talent Show Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust
Talent Show Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust

Students at Strode College once again hosted their annual talent show in Strode Theatre, raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), in memory of former student Sam MacDonald. Sam was studying Music Technology at the college when he died of cancer in 2007.

Eight acts, including solo artists, duos and contemporary dancers all battled it out for their name on the trophy and a cash prize. This year’s judges were Strode's Principal, James Staniforth, Strode Theatre’s manager Liz Leyshon and ex-television producer Jacinta Peel, who commented, "It’s really great that the students want to perform live; it’s the essence of success in this business."

First place went to duo Oli Kirkham, from Montacute and Connor Crabb (top), from Yeovil who are both studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music. The original track, named ‘Breaking Down’, was a unanimous choice for the judges and featured Connor on guitar and Oli, who wrote the piece, played Tenori-On and MikroKorg synthesizers which produced a stand-out and very up-to-the-minute sound.

Ben Tubridy  Jade Jackson

Runner up this year was Ben Tubridy (above, left) from Babcary, who is also studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music and who gave a faultless performance of Christina Perri’s ‘Human’. In third place was Jade Jackson (above, right) who is studying Level 3 Performing Arts and who delivered a stunning piece of contemporary dance to Ron Pope’s ‘A Drop in the Ocean’.

The stage manager for the show this year was Harry Roberts from Mark College and the comperes, Andy Jones from Ansford and Matt Blake, from Shepton succeeded in keeping the audience warm in between acts with their puns and anecdotes. They are all studying Level 3 Performing Arts at Strode.

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. The TCT tries to make sure that every teenager with cancer gets positive support and experiences. They run teenage cancer units in hospitals, providing support and counselling for teenagers and their families and they arrange events and activities where teenagers can meet, share experiences and have fun. For more information about TCT visit www.teenagecancertrust.org

Haydn Stevens & Cam Crossley  Danielle Blake

Above left: Haydn Stevens & Cam Crossley. Above right: Danielle Blake

The Lightness: Reece Blake, Haydn Stevens, Tom West Carroll, Bran Pick and James Pearson  Emily Langthorp

Above left: The Lightness - Reece Blake, Haydn Stevens, Tom West Carroll, Bran Pick and James Pearson.
Above right:
Emily Langthorp

Danielle Blake & Emily Langthorp

Above: Danielle Blake & Emily Langthorp.

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