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18/03/13 - Archaeology Students Get to Grips with Forensic Anthropology
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
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
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

08/03/13 - Strode Live and Unplugged - Evening of Acoustic Music not be to Missed
Strode Live and Unplugged - Evening of Acoustic Music not be to Missed

On Tuesday 19 March, final year students from Strode College’s BTEC Extended Diploma in Music will host a fantastic evening of acoustic music at Holy Trinity Church in Street. Performances start at 7.30pm and tickets are £3 from the College shop or on the door.

The venue, which has wonderful acoustics, is the perfect place to present some of the area’s best new musical talent.

Last year’s unplugged concert featured eclectic and sublime original music and innovative covers and this year you can expect a similarly exciting programme of musical delights featuring ukulele’s, mandolins, pedal steels, double bass and eclectic percussion.

Somerset based musician Lee Rahn, a former Strode student, will perform some of his songs, along with Strode College performers, including acoustic versions of local bands ‘According to Dave’, ‘Sons of Natives’, ‘Lost in Existence’ and ‘Tallulah & the Talkbacks’. Solo performers include Yazie MacNeil, Henry Wacey and Theya Fowler amongst many others.

As well as providing a great evening’s entertainment, the students – known as the production company ‘Strode Live’ – are supporting the local music scene and encouraging musicians to get out there and perform.

Proceeds from the gig will go to two excellent local projects. The Red Brick Building in Glastonbury, which is being renovated by volunteers to cater for many local events, and Dianna Greenfield’s Scrap Store, which is located at the Red Brick Building and provides craft materials to community groups.

Eloise Balian, one of last year’s performers, spoke positively about the event, saying, ‘unplugged was an experience - the atmosphere in the church was magnificent, it was packed and it was a good audience.”

08/03/13 - A Picture for World Book Day
A Picture for World Book Day

Strode student Gabriel Niedojadlo enjoys a good read to celebrate 'World Book Day' in March. Gabriel’s twin brother Robin came up with the idea for the photo and their friend James Doney took the shot. The three students are studying Level 3 Extended Diploma in Broadcast Media.

07/03/13 - Apprenticeships Deliver for Local Businesses and Young People
Apprenticeships Deliver for Local Businesses and Young People

Employer: Party Packs (Westbury Sub-Mendip)

If you’ve organised a party or a special event and you’ve looked online for decorations and novelties to add some fun and colour, then you’ve probably visited the Party Packs website: www.partypacks.co.uk 

Party Packs specialises in themed party paraphernalia including decorations, costumes and fancy dress, tableware and novelties. The company operates from a small business park in the village of Westbury-sub-Mendip, between Wells and Cheddar.

Kate Turner set up the business in 1986 using her experience of promoting events for breweries; she now employs 25 staff including three apprentices. In 2012 Kate decided she needed more staff to help grow the business, but she thought it would be unwise in the current economic climate to take on another full-time, fully-paid member of the team. She contacted Strode College to find out about apprenticeships.

In Spring 2012, Party Packs employed two 17 year old apprentices, Naomi and John, on the Advanced Business Administration scheme. Kate is so pleased with the outcomes that she’s just employed a third apprentice, Megan.

She said: “I was not too sure about the scheme to start with as I was concerned that it was just a way for employers to get cheap labour, but seeing how much both the company and the apprentices have benefitted from the scheme, I am now hugely enthusiastic about it. 

“Naomi and John have learnt a huge amount already. At work they are on a three week rolling programme working in our sales and IT team, our buying and accounts team, and our warehouse team. They also get in-house training from the full-time staff in various aspects of the business such as Photo-shop and digital printing. At Strode they gain a wide range of knowledge to help them thrive in the business world such as business communication skills, time management, health and safety, professional development and working relationships.

“Apprenticeships are a cost effective way to employ staff who are eager to learn and contribute to the business, but equally important is the great opportunity these schemes are providing for young people, who, without work experience, would find it very tough to compete against the many older and more experienced people who are also looking for jobs. They will be in a much stronger position to get a permanent fully-paid job having worked and learnt with us and Strode.”

 

Apprentice: Naomi Spearey (age 17 and lives in Draycott), Advanced Business Administration

Naomi Spearey did well at Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar, but she knows that she is much better suited to hands-on learning. This led her to an apprenticeship, where her skills, confidence and future prospects have grown a great deal in a short time.

“I started thinking about working in business when I was 16 because the skills and knowledge you learn in business can open so many doors and you don’t have to decide early on which type of business to go into. 

“The Party Packs job looked perfect – it covered every aspect of business and it was close to home. I love being in a real business environment and putting my knowledge into practice in the workplace. I’ve learnt so much about how business works. I get involved in many different aspects of the company including processing orders, making products, sales and customer service. I also go to Strode College every fortnight and Strode’s assessors visit us at work. The College resources such as books from the library, computers, training and the online work portfolio are really helpful.

“After my apprenticeship I’d like to find a job in a company where I can work my way into a higher level and gain more knowledge of how business works.”

 

Apprentice: John Moulton (lives in Coxley, Wells), Advanced Business Administration

John Moulton did well at school, but he was ready to move on from full-time education. When his friend Naomi got an apprenticeship with Party Packs he decided this might be the right path for him also. Another apprenticeship vacancy came up at Party Packs and John applied.

“After years of education I wanted to do something more active and involving and the apprenticeship scheme is a valuable way to get hands–on experience and qualifications. The practical nature of it helps to impart knowledge and skills for people with different learning styles. It’s a pleasure to work with like-minded people and to see how academic knowledge is applied in the working world. 

“I enjoy working in the different roles at Party Packs and I know this experience will give me a better chance of finding a good job in the future. I am learning new skills and how to apply them in different business situations so I am adaptable. When my apprenticeship finishes I plan to continue expanding my business skills and experience by working for another local company.

“The apprenticeship staff at Strode have been incredibly professional and helpful in guiding me through the new systems and requirements that go with starting a completely new course.” 


Apprentice: Megan Morgan (age 17, lives in Street), Advanced Business Administration

Megan enjoyed her time at Crispin School and liked learning, but increasingly she felt that it made more sense to be out doing business instead of sitting in a classroom and studying business.

She did begin a business course at college, but at the same time she was working in a bakery and found she was enjoying working more than studying. She joined a work skills course at Strode College where she got information and advice with a range of work related topics such as writing a CV, interview skills, health and safety at work, rights and responsibilities. She also got help researching job opportunities, including on the national apprenticeship website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

After a few job applications Megan successfully applied to Party Packs and became the company’s third apprentice in January this year. Megan said: “It’s really good here, I’ve learnt so much already. The apprentices are on a rolling rota of work which means that no one is doing the same thing all the time and we get to learn a lot of different tasks. Even though I know there’s no guarantee of a job at the end of my apprenticeship I think this is a great training scheme and I’m happy that other young people will get the same opportunity that I have once I move on.”

07/03/13 - Apprenticeships Deliver for Local Businesses - Options Hair & Beauty
Apprenticeships Deliver for Local Businesses - Options Hair & Beauty

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.

Options Hair & Beauty in Yeovil 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 salon employed local girl Georgia Oliver as a trainee stylist. She recently completed her intermediate hairdressing apprenticeship and is now training for her advanced apprenticeship. The salon has a qualified, motivated and increasingly skilled stylist and Georgia 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 College’s apprenticeship team on 01458 844553.

Photo: Hairdressing apprentice Georgia Oliver works at Options Hairdressing Salon in Yeovil and also trains at Strode College in Street. She won Strode’s hairdressing competition last year with this Red Carpet Hollywood look.

28/02/13 - Make the most of Your Saturday at Strode College
Make the most of Your Saturday at Strode College

If you have some free time on Saturday 16 March and you want to spend part of your day doing something interesting, fun, creative and relaxing, then have a look at the Saturday Spring Sessions running at Strode College in Street. 

There are thirteen workshops on offer: high places photo shoot at Wells Cathedral, getting more from your DSLR camera, baking Easter biscuits, hot cross buns and cupcakes, creative writing, plant propagation, pottery, willow craft, watercolours, cartoon workshop, decoupage garland, silk nuno scarves, using your iPad and using e-bay.

The courses, which are aimed at adults, will be taught in Strode’s specialist classrooms and studios and a light lunch will be provided. To find out more visit: www.strode-college.ac.uk or call 01458 844400 for a brochure.

27/02/13 - Students go Wild for Make-Up Competition
Students go Wild for Make-Up Competition

Beauty students from Strode College got the chance to show off their skills and creative flair in the College make-up competition which had the theme ‘Wild Kingdom.’

They had to create a complete look using Jane Iredale make-up, hair styling, an outfit, accessories and nails.

Beauty Therapy Teacher Marcie Mickleburgh said: “The event was a great success. It gave the students a chance to demonstrate the skills and techniques they have learnt on their beauty course at Strode, which incorporates training from a number of professionals, including Jane Iredale make-up”.

 

Level 2 Beauty Therapy winners

1st prize: Make-up artist Emma Daley (Somerton), modeled by Sophie Sartin (Yeovil).

2nd prize: Make-up artist Hannah Chaddock (Sherborne), modeled by Frankie Silcox (Yeovil).

3rd prize: Make-up artist Lauren Coe (Yeovil), Modelled by Daisy Andrews (Wells).

 

Level 3 Beauty Therapy winners

1st prize: Make-up artist Charlotte Collins (Yeovil), modeled by Celia Graziano (Henstridge) (Pictured).

2nd prize: make-up artist Charlotte Burletson (Glastonbury) modeled by Ellie White (Wells).

25/02/13 - Biology Students Broaden Knowledge at Bristol Zoo
Biology Students Broaden Knowledge at Bristol Zoo

Over 100 A Level Biology and Human Biology students from Strode College visited Bristol Zoo recently to expand their knowledge of evolution and classification ahead of their summer exams.

As well as being a leading visitor attraction, with over 450 species of animals, Bristol Zoo is also an award-winning conservation and education charity. 

While at the zoo the students had small group sessions in the education centre. Specialist staff used a range of specimens to focus on evolution and classification, including furs, bones, stuffed and live animals. The students are now completing a research project in college using information about the classification and scientific names of the many animal species at the zoo.

Damian Harris, Subject Leader for Human Biology at Strode, said: “Our annual trip to Bristol Zoo is always a highlight for students as it allows them to study topics covered on their exam syllabus in a hands-on, interactive way using the many biological specimens and resources available in the zoo's education department. The specialist knowledge of the zoo staff about the classification and evolution of the animals on display puts the study of these topics into a real-life context and builds on the work covered in lessons at college.”

Strode College’s Biology department is one of the most successful in the country with 100 per cent of students meeting or exceeding national targets in Human Biology and 98 per cent in Biology; both courses have the highest added-value rating in the country out of 1,251 schools and colleges. In 2012, 73 per cent of Strode Biology students achieved high A* to B grades compared to 47 per cent nationally, and for Human Biology 58 per cent gained A* to B grades compared to 27 per cent nationally (Advanced Level Performance Systems, 2012).

For more information about studying A Level Biology and Human Biology at Strode College visit: www.strode-college.ac.uk or call 01458 844400.

Strode College Biology students, are among the most successful in the country with 100 per cent of students meeting or exceeding national targets in Human Biology and 98 per cent in Human Biology (ALPS, 2012).

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