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- 12/04/13 - Student Blogger’s Passion for Music Pays Off
An aspiring music journalist who is studying A Levels at Strode College in Street, Rhys Buchanan, 17 from Street, had a mind-blowing experience when he was asked along to review the finals of Glastonbury Festival’s unsigned band competition, ‘The Emerging Talent Competition’, last weekend. Held in the Pilton Working Men’s Club, the event featured live performances by the eight finalists who made it through from eight thousand entries.
Rhys, who contributes to local publications 'The Basis' and 'The Fix', was asked to go along and write the review by magazine owner Arran Dutton.
When Glastonbury’s ‘ETC’ organiser Sue Wheeler - who also works for Strode College - read Rhys’ review, she was so impressed that she immediately ‘tweeted’ a link to it from Strode’s Twitter account. Glastonbury Festivals, who have a huge following of almost 300,000 on Twitter, the social networking site, then ‘retweeted’ it.
“It was one of the biggest moments of my life”, said Rhys. “To have my work shared to that many people, by something as iconic as Glastonbury Festival. It’s the kind of thing that drives me to do more. It gives me an incredible buzz”.
Rhys had an impressive 650 hits to his music blogsite ‘Charming Man Music’ within days of writing his review, due mainly to the ETC bands ‘sharing’ it on their Facebook pages, and he is now in talks with some of the country’s more established music bloggers such as Neon Filler and Play Pause Rewind.
In his second year at Strode studying Photography, Media and English, Rhys has also just been accepted for a week of work experience later this year by the renowned music magazine NME in their London offices, which for Rhys is a dream come true. He then plans to return to Strode for a third year or possibly take a specialist course in Music Journalism.
Photo: Strode student Rhys Buchanan has had a fantastic week as his passion for music and his talent for writing about it has really paid off - exciting time ahead!
- 02/04/13 - Top Fashion Designer Tutors Textiles Students
Students studying textiles at Strode College got the opportunity to work with a world-class designer recently when Julian Roberts, who also lecturers on the prestigious MA Textiles course at the Royal College of Arts in London, presented his pattern cutting master-class at the College.
Julian Roberts travels around the world teaching his unique and pioneering method of pattern cutting and garment construction, which also encourages a no waste approach to fashion. He works with top fashion designers and industry experts as well as students and is internationally recognised as one of the most highly skilled designer technicians behind some of the big designer names.
He took to the stage at Strode Theatre to explain his 'subtraction pattern-cutting' technique to 85 students from Strode’s A Level textiles, Art Foundation and BTEC Art and Design courses.
After the presentation 42 textiles students got the chance to work with Julian Roberts in a practical workshop, trying out his pattern cutting technique to create their own dresses.
Strode College’s textiles course leader and teacher, Sue Green, organised the event. She said: “It’s important to challenge our students to think creatively and to develop their own work in new and innovative directions. Working with a professional designer like Julian Roberts gave our students a great opportunity to build on their skills, knowledge and confidence. We are now planning to hold an end of year catwalk show in June and some of the dresses made with Julian will be featured in the show.”
In 2012 Strode College’s A Level Textiles course achieved a 100 pass rate with 88 per cent of students achieving high A* to B grades compared to 46 per cent nationally. Strode’s A Level and AS Level Textiles courses are in the top ten per cent nationally for helping students achieve higher grades at advanced level than predicted after their GCSE results (Advanced Level Performance Systems, 2012).
Photo: World-class designer Julian Roberts congratulating Strode textiles students on the quality of the dresses they produced using his innovative no waste pattern cutting technique.
- 27/03/13 - Strode Dance Student Selected for National Youth Dance Company
Strode A Level dance student, Rose Hadfield, has been selected to join the National Youth Dance Company.
Rose, who lives in Norton Sub-Hamdon and previously attended Stanchester Academy in Yeovil, is one of only thirty young dancers selected from the hundreds who auditioned.
She will train with the company in London during the April and May College breaks before performing in a tour of major theatres around the country during the summer.
Rose said: “I’m so pleased and grateful for the opportunity. We’re going to be working with the famous contemporary choreographer Jasmin Vardimon and I know I’m going to learn so much. Selection was hard work with two day-long auditions, but I enjoyed the dancing and I met some really interesting people from across the country.”
Becky Harvey Strode’s course manager and teacher for A Level Dance said: “I am very proud of Rose, this is an amazing opportunity and I know she will rise to the challenge. Rose is a dedicated, talented dancer who will flourish studying under the direction of a professional choreographer. I am very much looking forward to seeing the work when it comes to Bristol in July.”
Rose also trains with the Somerset Youth Dance Company who are based in Yeovil and Taunton.
- 20/03/13 - Putting on a Good Show
Every year we stage a college musical production in the wonderful Strode Theatre, with students performing or working back stage to make the event a great success. In 2013 the show was 'Miss Saigon', based on Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, which tells the story of a doomed romance in 1970s Saigon between a Vietnamese bar girl and an American lieutenant serving in the Vietnam War.
The annual musical is a cross college production which is open to all students as an enrichment activity. Students and staff work really hard to deliver a quality production and in the process they have a lot of fun and make some great friends.
- 20/03/13 - Gravit8 Represents Strode College at 'Spring Forward'
‘Gravit8 Dance Company’ will be representing Strode College on Friday 22 March as part of ‘Spring Forward’ Take Art’s Youth Dance Platform. They will be performing amongst 30 groups with over 500 young people over the four nights. They will be premiering our new work ‘Fragments of the Mind’ which explores self-perception, image and Identity.
They will also be performing at the same event at the Octagon Theatre on 21 May.
To purchase tickets please contact: Tacchi Morris Arts Centre box office on 01823 414141 or online: http://www.tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/shows/dance-somerset/spring-forward-2013.html. Tickets cost: £7 / £5.50 concessions / £4.50 Students.
The Octagon Theatre box office on 01935 422884. Or online: http://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/ Tickets cost: £7 / £6 concessions / £5 children, students, footlights.
- 19/03/13 - A Level Dance Sharing 2013
A truly inspiring and creative evening of contemporary dance featuring AS and A level students exam work was presented in Strode College’s Dance Studio Theatre on Wednesday 13 March.
The evening was a blend of solos, group performance pieces and group choreography. Themes and starting points ranged from exploring poetry by Leonard Cohan, work by land artist Richard Shilling, exploration of Commedia dell’ arte characters, to hard hitting, emotive themes of the holocaust, 9/11 bombing and Hiroshima.
The evening was a credit to the students who had worked so hard to prepare for their practical exams.
- 18/03/13 - Strode Students Learn to Manage their Money
Students at Strode College have been learning how to manage their money during the College's Money Management Awareness Week which coincided with the end of their qualification in 'Managing Personal Finances'.
Strode College specialises in teaching students aged 16-18 and College Principal, James Staniforth, believes a good understanding of personal finance is an essential part of his students wider education.
He said: "Learning to manage your personal finances effectively is an important lesson for young people as they become increasingly independent. We provide a wide range of opportunities to broaden our students' education, including the personal finance course. Our students like the fact that we treat them like young adults, and this course gives them the knowledge and confidence to take responsibility for their finances as they prepare to go onto university or into employment."
All of Strode's A Level and advanced vocational students take the 'Managing Personal Finances' course at Strode. It covers a range of topics including student finance, income and expenditure, starting work, borrowing money, card and internet fraud, banks, building societies and savings accounts. The course is taught during student tutorials and through the College's e-learning facilities, with students assessed by a final test before they gain their qualification.
Photo: Learning to manage a budget, including money for food and drink, will set these Strode students in good stead for the future. Pictured here (left to right) are: Kath Wall, Catering Assistant at Strode, and A Level students Minowa Norton, Laurie Griffiths and Hannah Halway
- 18/03/13 - Archaeology Students Get to Grips with Forensic Anthropology
Archaeology A Level and Degree students at Strode College spent the day being Forensic Anthropologists recently, identifying the sex, age and height of individuals by examining their bones and considering the possible causes of their death.
Archaeology uses the same techniques as Forensic Anthropology in the analysis of human remains. It is an important element of the AS Archaeology course and post excavation analysis which is taught as part of Strode’s History, Heritage and Archaeology degree.
The hands-on workshop was taught by Forensic Anthropologist Dany Rafferty of Sherlock Bone, who brought along some human skeletons for students to work with.
Photo: Strode’s A Level Archaeology students found the forensic anthropology work-shop fascinating. Pictured left to right: Ashleigh Chamberlain, Will Davies, Jack Reading, Will Dunisthorpe, Lucy Kitching and Chloe Mott
- 09/03/13 - Beautiful Make-Up
Professional trainers from the Jane Iredale Make-up company visited Strode College recently to train Level 3 Beauty Therapy students in advanced make-up techniques. Level 2 beauty students got the chance to increase their knowledge of the Jane Iredale Make-up range by learning about ingredients used in the company’s products. Students particularly enjoyed the practical session where they got to apply the make-up and practice their skills with the guidance of the make-up artist.
Beauty Therapy Course Manager, Marcie Mickleburgh, said: ‘The extra training sessions we put on throughout our Level 2 and Level 3 beauty courses really enhance the students skills and help make them more confident when carrying out treatments here at Strode College”.
Pictured is Frankie Silcox from Yeovil with the Jane Iredale Make-up artist.
- 08/03/13 - Apprenticeships Deliver for Local Businesses - Nutmeg Restaurant
One of the key assets to any business is its staff, and modern apprenticeship schemes are a cost effective way for employers to recruit and train staff who will become a real asset for the future.
The Nutmeg Restaurant in Bridgwater is a great example of a local company that has embraced the scheme and found real benefits for the business and their apprentice.
With the help of Strode College in Street, the restaurant employed local girl Jade Edwards as a trainee chef. She completed her intermediate apprenticeship and is now training for her advanced apprenticeship in professional cookery. The restaurant has a qualified, motivated and increasingly skilled chef and Jade has a career with excellent prospects.
Strode College in Street offers a wide range of apprenticeships and also sets up new apprenticeships to meet the needs of local businesses.
To find out how apprenticeships can benefit your business, call Strode’s apprenticeship team on 01458 844553.
Photo: Apprentice Chef Jade Edwards works at the Nutmeg House Restaurant in Bridgwater and also trains at Strode College in Street; she’s pictured here with Manager Sue Nolan
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