- 07/09/10 - Exciting Times as Strode College Welcomes New Students and New Principal
A new college year, hundreds of new students and a new principal - this is the start of something exciting for Strode College and the young people who have chosen to learn there.
New Principal James Staniforth joined students at the College Induction Fair this week. As students found out about activities they can enjoy at Strode and services to support them in their College life, James Staniforth soaked up the energy that emanates from students and staff at the College.
Over 40 stalls representing College clubs and services, outside agencies and organisations attended the event. They encouraged students to join in, to get involved and to seek out information, advice and support when it's needed. Students also had fun making new friends and watching others riding the Bucking Bronco.
Activities on offer at Strode include eighteen different sports, choir and music groups, creative writing, photography and theatre groups, languages, debating, film club, Bridge club and charity fundraising, including the College Gambia Project. Academic and personal support is also on offer including study support, transport, housing and financial advice, careers and higher education advice and student counselling.
National and local organisations also provide useful information to new students. Among those attending the induction fair were Glastonbury Options Pregnancy Care Centre, Mendip YMCA, Chlamydia Screening Service, Road Safety Partnership, Somerset Youth Volunteering Network, Somerset Rural Youth Project, Avon and Somerset Police, Somerset Waste Action Programme and Somerset Racial Equality.
Briannie Faul, who lives in East Lambrook nr South Petherton, came to Strode from Huish Episcopi School to study for her A levels. She attended the event with new friends and said: "I was so nervous yesterday and worried I would get lost around the College - I felt like I was seven again! But today I'm really excited and think it's really great here."
Katie Drew lives in Glastonbury and formerly studied at St Dunstan's Community School. She said: "It is a bit scary being amongst so many new people, but I really like it here and think this event is a great way to get to know people straight away. I've got a really nice personal tutor as well."
James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, said: "It's great to see our new students immersing themselves in College life, making new friends and getting ready to learn and enjoy new experiences. I'm looking forward to watching them embrace the challenges ahead and to their future achievements. My first month at Strode has confirmed what a great place it is to study and to work, and I'm delighted to be part of that."