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There's Still time to Enrol for General Interest Courses

Our popular General Interest courses start again from 16 September. You can enrol online, by phone or in person at one of our centres.

For a list of courses and full details, please click here .

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GCC Students Celebrate A Level Success

span class="caps" GCC /span A Level Students gathered at the Plumstead Centre today to collect their results.

Amongst the successes was 19 year old Thi Kim Thu Nguyen from Woolwich who achieved an A* in Maths, Further Maths and an A in Accounting.

Thi was delighted with her result and will be studying Accounting and Finance at City University in London;

em “ span class="caps" GCC /span is a fantastic environment to study in. I had good teachers and great friends who supported me.”

/em Other successes included 19 year old Charlotte Conil from Erith, who will be studying Law at Lancaster University following an ‘A’ in Law and ‘B’ in Psychology and 20 year old Paul Olawale, who has been offered a place to study medicine at Crimea State University in the Ukraine after gaining an ‘A’ in Maths and a ‘B’ in Chemistry and Biology. Paul was grateful for the support he received throughout his course:

em “I received a huge amount of support from my teachers and staff in the Learning Resources Centre and would thoroughly recommend span class="caps" GCC /span as a place to study.”
/em
Overall there was a 2% increase in A* to B grades for A2 levels from last year and 100% pass rates in Accounting, English Literature and Sociology.

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Win Hair & Beauty prizes!

To celebrate the launch of our new Hair & Beauty courses, you have the chance to win some fantastic Hair & Beauty prizes.

All you have to do is tell us where Molly is and we will enter you into our prize draw.

span style="color:blue;" Win Hair & Beauty prizes in our /span Where’s Molly competition!

span style="color:blue;" Simply tell us where Molly is and have a chance to win. /span

Click here to enter.

Good Luck!

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GCC SHORTLISTED IN BARCLAYS MONEY SKILLS ‘WEEKS’ COMPETITION

Programme culminates in the ‘Built for business’ competition final at the Barclays iconic headquarters in Canary Wharf with Economic Secretary to the Treasury –

The third annual series of Barclays Money Skills ‘weeks’ has concluded with a team from Greenwich Community College reaching the final of the ‘Built for business’ competition. Barclays Money Skills ‘weeks’ is delivered in partnership by Barclays and the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, together with the Colleges Development Network in Scotland and CollegesWales.

This year, over 150 colleges across the UK ran Money Skills ‘weeks’, with an estimated 150,000 students taking part in money management themed activities alongside over 550 Barclays volunteers at their local college.

During the week, as well as making use of the money management resources, students were encouraged to come up with an idea for the ‘Built for business’ competition, with the 10 shortlisted teams invited to the final at Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf to present their ideas in front of Ashok Vaswani, Chief Executive, Barclays Retail and Business Banking, and Sajid Javid MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury.

Sugar Hut, the team from Greenwich Community College, wants to reduce waste packaging from sugar sachets and mess at beverage making stations. The team has come up with ‘sugar cane’: sugar cubes/balls on a stick, which can also be used as stirrers. The product is aimed at non domestic settings such as coffee shops and workplaces.

In his speech to the shortlisted teams, Sajid Javid MP outlined the Government’s hopes for bright young entrepreneurs to drive the economy forward and pointed to the teams in the room as an example of the next generation of entrepreneurs, highlighting the importance of participating in competitions like ‘Built for business’ to help young people build their skills and experience.

Ashok Vaswani, Chief Executive, Barclays Retail and Business Banking said: “I passionately believe in teaching the next generation to be financially independent. We need to ensure that when young people leave education they are equipped to make sensible choices with their money and already have good habits when it comes to saving and spending. Barclays has, since 2010, been delivering the Barclays Money Skills programme to supported over 1 million people across the UK improve their financial skills, knowledge and confidence.

“I was hugely impressed with the quality of the finalists in the Barclays Money Skills Weeks competition and I can see that they all have exactly the drive and enthusiasm that is going to make them fantastic business leaders of the future.”

Karen Boon, Head of Learning Area for Business at Greenwich Community College, commented: “Money management skills are perhaps more critical for today’s young people than in generations past. Running a Barclays Money Skills Week allows our students to acquire some of the skills they will need in life; whether it be day to day money management or as in the case of Sugar Hut, inspiring them to start a business. To have a team from our college nominated in a national competition is fantastic; we are very proud of their idea!”

The Barclays Money Skills programme was launched nationally in 2010 with an investment from Barclays of £15 million to enable disadvantaged young people across the UK to build their financial skills, knowledge and confidence. Since it launched, over one million people have received teaching through a mix of intensive, high-impact interventions and activities, and learning delivered via online digital content. The resources are delivered by charity partners and teachers, as well as Barclays colleagues who volunteer to give their time and expertise to help young and disadvantaged people learn about money.

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Students ‘Big Sleepout’ Raises over £300 for Homeless Charity

Public Services students from span class="caps" GCC /span spent a night sleeping rough at the college to highlight the issue of homelessness in London and raise money for homeless charity Emmaus.

During the day, the students fundraised and distributed flyers about their ‘Big Sleepout’ project in Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and Southbank. They then returned to the college’s Plumstead Centre to sleep outside for the night.

They were joined by Emmaus Greenwich’s Deputy Coordinator, Clare Waghorn, and companion Tony Heather who helped the students set up for the night and gave them tips to make their sleep out as comfortable as possible.

The student’s progress was updated throughout the day on the college’s Twitter page and so far over £300 has been donated.

Clare Waghorn is delighted with the amount raised so far:

em “We have been supporting the ‘Big Sleepout’ to raise awareness of homelessness. A big thank you to everybody for what you are doing. It has been really brilliant.” /em

The ‘Big Sleepout’, was the culmination of a six month ’2012 Legacy Champions’ project run in partnership with youth charity Envision and funded by span class="caps" EDF /span Energy. Throughout the process, the students were mentored by span class="caps" EDF /span Energy staff. As part of the project, they visited the Greenwich branch of Emmaus and also took part in a ‘clean up’ of Footscray Meadows in Sidcup with environmental charity Thames 21.

Greenwich Community College Principal, Gary Chin said:

em “I am proud that our students have continued to live the Olympic and Paralympic values through this project. Homelessness continues to have an impact not only in our local community, but also with some of our students. It is great they have raised so much money for a valued local charity.” /em

19 Year old student Jade Louis from Woolwich, found the experience challenging but rewarding:

em “The darkness is scary and I wouldn’t want to be out there on my own. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone to be homeless. I feel very privileged and have learnt that you shouldn’t take your home for granted. Overall, it was a great experience.” /em

There is still time to donate to Emmaus by visiting: www.justgiving.com/GCCTheBigSleepout or texting strong GCCE95 /strong to 70070.

span style="color:blue;" The Big Sleepout story has made it into this month’s June issue of /span Greenwich Time newspaper span style="color:blue;" on page 9. /span

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Statement regarding incident in Woolwich

We were deeply shocked by the events in Woolwich on Wednesday 22 May and our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Drummer Lee Rigby.

As the largest education provider in the borough, we are proud of and celebrate the diversity of our students and local community.

Now more than ever we need to come together with our community partners to grieve, unite and re-build. We therefore would like to appeal to all our students and staff to remain calm at college and in the local community.

We are in continued contact with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Metropolitan Police and will communicate any additional statements via this website and the following social media sites:

Twitter
Facebook

strong Gary Chin, /strong
strong Principal /strong

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Let’s Exchange!

New educational system, different lifestyle and culture were some of the experiences gained by exchange students from St Kitts & Nevis School at Greenwich Community College.

The Youth Education Exchange Programme is an exchange programme which allows students from span class="caps" GCC /span and St Kitts & Nevis to experience education and lifestyle in different countries. In 2011 span class="caps" GCC /span students travelled to St Kitts & Nevis School in the Caribbean and this year they were welcoming those students to their college.

The Youth Education Exchange Programme was developed to enable young people to experience education and life in different parts of the world. On this occasion, the pilot programme allowed for a group of young people from both the UK and the Caribbean to experience life, education and culture in two different countries and to develop international partnerships/relationships.

The programme allowed for both groups of young people(students) to experience the different educational systems in place in a secondary and FE setting. Where the UK offers both academic and vocational educational options equally, St Kitts and Nevis are more geared toward an academic structure.

The feedback from the participants highlighted that although the education structure in St Kitts and Nevis is informative and heavily textbook based, the UK’s vocational structures proved to be more practical and work related. Students agreed that both systems are good however, a mixture of the two systems or an introduction of vocational options in Nevis could benefit those students who would learn better using a different method.

A day after they landed and still jet lagged, they attended a welcoming ceremony where Principal Gary Chin welcomed the students to span class="caps" GCC /span and gave an overview of the provision the college offered including the vocational offer. I then spoke about the success of the programme and my vision of it.
For the next two weeks the exchange students attended a selection of classes ranging from Fashion & Electrical Installation to Child Care and Science. Students enjoyed taking part in lessons and were warmly welcomed by span class="caps" GCC /span students.
“Even though it was snowing I still made it into college! I have attended a number of classes and my favourite class is Art & Design where I had a go at drawing and designing using Batik – a design that is implemented throughout St Kitts and Nevis fashion but not taught as an art form.” – Saskiya Parris.

The participants from St Kitts Nevis enjoyed a weekend visit to Leeds where they were welcomed by the St Kitts and Nevis Association, friends and family. They were also given the opportunity to explore the city of Leeds and meet the founder of the Leeds Carnival (which is a huge annual event) and also take part in a broadcasted radio discussion where they talked about their experiences and compared global issues young people face today.

The exchange programme is an amazing opportunity for students from around the world to see how other students study and live. This project helps exchange students to broaden their knowledge and confidence; providing students with a better understanding about education and lifestyle.

Thank you to all staff who supported the programme and made the students feel so welcome.

Diahanna Hendrickson
Programme Coordinator

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Brand new ‘CIEH Level 4 Food Safety’ Course!

span class="caps" CALLING /span span class="caps" ALL /span span class="caps" HOSPITALITY /span span class="caps" AND /span span class="caps" CATERING /span span class="caps" MANAGERS /span and SUPERVISORS!

Want to further develop and expand your Food Safety skills and knowledge?

We have got a brand new span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety Level 4 for you!

With flexible start dates tailored to your needs, this 5-day qualification is a must for employers and employees who are in a managing or supervising position and want to further master the principles of good practice in food safety, and gain the ability to guide and advise on the management of food hygiene in a food business.

You will be able to:

ul li Control the risk in a food related business /li li Build your career by gaining this recognised qualification /li li Meet other professionals form the food safety industry and share best practice /li /ul

Our students have said:

em “I felt happy with the course, and I also feel that I have a better understanding about Food Safety.” /em – Muna Awada

em “A valuable course for anyone involved in Food Handling.” /em – Valerie Jacob

em “Was excellent.” /em – Balwinder Kaur

Click here for full course details.

strong span style="color:blue;" To apply for this course or for further information, please contact Daniel Efunnuga on 020 8853 7037 or email /span /strong defunnuga@gcc.ac.uk.

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Money Matters for Students

span class="caps" APR /span rates, credit cards and money saving tips were just some of the subjects discussed between Greenwich Community College students, local MPs and banking professionals as part of Barclays Money Skills week, a national money management programme.

The students were joined for a workshop entitled ‘Minted or Skinted’ by local MPs Nick Raynsford and Clive Efford, as well as senior staff from Barclays and the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, who deliver Barclays Money Skills.

17 year old Public Services student Sophie Davis, from Welling, was amongst the group of fifty students who took part in the event. She found the workshop very informative;

em “I’ve learnt all about span class="caps" APR /span rates and how loans work. As a result I won’t be getting a credit card!” /em

Greenwich Community College Principal, Gary Chin believes such workshops are a vital part of the student’s learning experience;

em “As a college, we have the responsibility of not only teaching our students the skills needed to enable them to progress onto Higher Education or into employment, but also life skills such as money management. I am delighted that over 300 students have taken part in events and workshops throughout the week. It has changed their behaviour to their personal money management.” /em

Nick Raynsford, MP for Greenwich and Woolwich said:

em “I was really pleased to be invited to discuss money saving tips with the students. It was an extremely useful and informative event.” /em

Other events throughout the week included a business ideas competition and a basket of food price challenge.

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Public Services Students Appear on Radio 1

Public Services students were interviewed for span class="caps" BBC /span Radio 1 Newsbeat as part of a feature about the entry age to join the army.

The students debated the pros and cons of joining the army at 16 in response to a report from human rights groups calling the recruitment of 16 year olds ‘outdated’.

Newsbeats’ Dave Howard interviewed students who had opinions from both sides of the argument, as well as tutor Steve Grant who joined the army when he was 16.

ul li Please click here to listen to the feature /li /ul ul li You can also join in the debate . /li /ul

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New Food Growing Train the Trainer Courses

Greenwich Community College and Growing Greenwich have joined forces to offer a new course for people interested in delivering food growing courses.

Growing Greenwich is an exciting new partnership supporting food growing and training, aiming to give people the skills and knowledge to grow their own food in an urban environment. It is funded by the Local Food Fund, Greenwich span class="caps" NHS /span and Trust Thamesmead and is Local Food Beacon Project.

The organisation aims to create an inner city model of best practice for local food growing and distribution. The main aim is to create access to training in food growing and food growing projects for every Greenwich resident and ensure projects are established upon principles of sustainability.

The following new strong 8 week /strong courses are aimed at people who want to be involved in training in food growing:

strong Developing Skills for Food Growing /strong
strong span class="caps" OCN /span London Accredited /strong

ul li Wednesday 14.00 to 16.30 – Starts 5 June /li li Saturday 10.00 to 12.00 – Starts 8 June /li /ul

strong Training Skills for Trainers /strong
strong span class="caps" OCN /span London Accredited /strong

ul li Wednesday 18.00 to 20.00 – Starts 5 June /li /ul

Location: Greenwich Community College, Plumstead Centre, SE18 7DQ

strong Course costs – £50 or £20 concessions for those on benefits. /strong

For more information and to register, please Contact Mel or Kevin on: 020 8269 4880 or email: Mel@gcda.org.uk or Kevin@gcda.org.uk

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Join the GCC Alumni Group today!

Leaving the College this year? Left the College already? Want to stay in touch with your colleagues and teachers?

You are all welcome to join the span class="caps" GCC /span Alumni as well as the span class="caps" GCC /span LinkedIn Alumni Group, and immediately start reaping and take advantage of the several offline and online benefits available to our members:

ul li Search, re-connect and follow former span class="caps" GCC /span colleagues and staff /li li Keep up to date with College activity, news, events, further products and services available, its students, and your fellow alumni /li li Social and professional networking opportunities /li li Share and invite your former and current colleagues to join /li li Participate in discussions /li li Become a mentor to and inspire current College students /li li Seek for potential job opportunities /li /ul

Your relationship with span class="caps" GCC /span does not end when you leave us!

Whether you are running your own business, travelling round the world, bringing up family or continuing your study at span class="caps" GCC /span , we would love to hear from you, to share what you are up to, and to inspire current students in planning for future careers and success.

So what are you waiting for!

strong span style="color:blue;" Stay in touch, stay connected and spread the word by joining the Alumni today by /span /strong clicking here.

We look forward to your participation.

strong For further information, please email the span class="caps" GCC /span Alumni Team /strong alumni@gcc.ac.uk.

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SPECIAL OFFERS - £65 'CIEH Food Safety Level 2' and 25% off 'Door Supervisor Level 2' courses starting this month!

We have two fantastic special offers on our nationally accredited courses due to start this month!

£65 span class="caps" LIMITED /span span class="caps" TIME /span span class="caps" ONLY /span for the ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety Level 2’ course!

span class="caps" SAVE /span £60 on the ‘National Certificate for Door Supervisors Level 2’ course!

Keen in gaining a further insight into the Catering industry in preparing and handling food?

Then enrol onto our ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety Level 2’ course, starting Monday 15th April for strong £65! /strong

span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety in Catering – Level 2

Interested in learning about the Security industry and how to become a Door Supervisor?

Then enrol onto our ‘National Certificate for Door Supervisors Level 2’ course, starting Thursday 18th April for strong £210! /strong *

National Certificate for Door Supervisors – Level 2

strong span style="color:blue;" To apply for the courses, please /span /strong click here.

strong span style="color:red;" For further information, please contact Jimmy Antonin on 020 8853 7036, or email /span /strong jantonin@gcc.ac.uk.

em *The course usually costs £270, you take advantage of a 25% discount! This includes exam fees and course materials. /em

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Lifetime Work of GCC Student Raises Money for Charity

A Charity Art sale celebrating the life’s work of a local art student, raised over £600 for charity.

The sale, at our Haimo centre in Eltham, featured the work of the late Doris Salter who attended the centre for 40 years and who successfully exhibited at the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in Piccadilly on several occasions.

The success of the event delighted Doris’s sons Anthony and Christopher;

“The Open Day sale of artwork by our late mother, exceeded our expectations. Many of her friends, former tutors and fellow students attended the day and many who visited the sale said they were impressed with the quantity and quality of work on display. The work showed the high standards that can be achieved by students at Haimo Road.”

“We are very grateful to Greenwich Community College for hosting the art sale of mum’s work during their Open Day and thank them for their generous support. We’d also like to thank friends who helped organise and make this a successful event.”

The money raised will be donated to King’s College Hospital renal unit and the Greenwich Community College Trust.

The event also gave members of the public a chance to tour the centre and find out about the wide range of Adult Education Courses run at the centre throughout the year.

Principal, Gary Chin said;

“The event has been a great success and we are delighted that Doris’s work has raised a considerable amount of money for two worthwhile causes. It was also great to see so many members of the public who wanted to find out more about the Adult Education courses available in their area.”

Please click here for details about Adult Education courses starting from April 2013.

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Summer 'Greenwich Learns' Out Now

You can now enrol on a wide range of Adult Education courses at Centres across the Royal Borough of Greenwich, starting from April 2013.

Courses include:

ul li Construction & DIY /li li Creative & Applied Art /li li Health & Well Being /li li Humanities /li li Performing Arts /li li Textiles /li /ul

span style="color:Green;" Enrol Online /span
Click on the links above to choose a course and follow the instructions to enrol online using our secure payment system.

span style="color:Green;" Enrol in Person /span

You can enrol in person at the following course centres:

Burrage (term time only)
Eltham
Greenwich Park
Haimo (term time only)
Plumstead

span style="color:Green;" Enrol by Phone /span
By calling our hotline on 020 8858 2211 from 10am to 3.30pm (excluding bank holidays), or the course centre during term time.

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March 2013 Courses!

Passionate about Accounting or span class="caps" CCTV /span , keen to learn about Food or Teaching, or just want to learn the ins and outs of Health Safety? Then look no further!

Greenwich Community College can help you, as we have a range of courses across multiple study areas, make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity!

We have limited places available on a number of Teaching, Food, Accounting, Health Safety and Security-related courses starting in next month, so don’t delay and enrol now!

strong span style="color:purple;" Saturday 2nd March /span /strong

Sage Accounting – Level 2

strong span style="color:purple;" Wednesday 6th March /span /strong

span class="caps" PTLLS /span – Preparing To Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector – Level 4

strong span style="color:purple;" Saturday 9th March /span /strong

Sage Accounting – Level 2

strong span style="color:purple;" Monday 11th March /span /strong

span class="caps" CIEH /span Award in Food Safety in Catering – Level 2

strong span style="color:purple;" Saturday 16th March /span /strong

Sage Accounting – Level 2

strong span style="color:purple;" Thursday 21st March /span /strong

National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

span class="caps" CCTV /span Operators Public Space Surveillance – Level 2

strong span style="color:red;" span class="caps" SPECIAL /span OFFER! – Introductory Price £220 (normally £280) /span /strong

strong span style="color:purple;" Saturday 23rd March /span /strong

Sage Accounting – Level 2

strong span style="color:purple;" Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March /span /strong

City & Guilds 2394 Initial and Fundamental Inspection and Testing

strong span style="color:red;" span class="caps" SPECIAL /span OFFER! – Introductory Price £495 (normally £555) /span /strong

Our students in their own words:

strong em span style="color:green;" “Knowledge is power in safety.” /span /em /strong – Lynne Griffiths, Nebosh

strong em span style="color:green;" “I learnt a lot during this course. It was very educational with in depth content.” /span /em /strong – Charmain Hudson, span class="caps" CCTV /span

strong em span style="color:green;" “The tutor was helpful and knowledgeable in the subject.” /span /em /strong – Rufaro Matsinde, span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety

strong span style="color:blue;" To apply for span class="caps" PTLLS /span Level 4 or Sage Level 2 courses only or for further information, please contact /span /strong info@gcc.ac.uk , strong span style="color:blue;" or call 020 8488 4800. /span /strong

strong span style="color:blue;" To apply for other courses or for further information, please contact the /span /strong Business Unit , strong span style="color:blue;" or call 020 8853 7025. /span /strong

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2012 Celebrated

Over 150 guests and sponsors gathered at Charlton Athletic for the annual Greenwich Community College awards ceremony on Wednesday 14 December. The event celebrated the outstanding achievements over the past year of students and staff. Guest of honour for the ceremony was Charlton Athletic Manager Chris Powell.

The students awards were split into six categories; Contribution to College Life, Contribution to the Local Community, Personal Progress, Outstanding Achievement, Enterprise and Community Learning. There were also specially selected Principals’ Awards for Higher Education, Further Education, Apprenticeships and Work Based Learning.

Amongst the winners was Kiptieu Sheriff from Abbey Wood, who received the Principals’ Award for Higher Education. Tutor, Joanne Gosling, was full of praise for the 34 year old’s achievements:

“Kiptieu was involved in a community tennis project in Greenwich as part of her course and also received high marks despite missing the first term of her course.”

Before presenting the awards, Chris Powell congratulated the winners on their success and spoke about the “drive and determination” required to succeed in their chosen career.

Speaking after the event, Principal Gary Chin said;

“2012 has been a fantastic year for London, Greenwich and our students. I would like to extend my personal congratulations to each and every one of our award winners and gratitude to each of our sponsors in making this a wonderful and memorable event for our students.”

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New Spring 2013 General Interest Courses and Gift Experiences!

Christmas and 2013 is just around the corner. A brand new year, brand new start, brand new you!

Perfect time to either learn new skills, progress in your chosen career, or simply exercise your body and mind with our exciting range of General Interest courses and Gift Experiences for Spring 2013!

You can now enrol for a wide range of courses stating from January 2013 at centres across Greenwich:

Catering and Hospitality
Community Learning
Construction & span class="caps" DIY /span
Creative & Applied Art
Digital Media
Health & Wellbeing
Horticulture & Floristry
Humanities
IT & Business
Languages
Performing Arts
Photography
Textiles

Click here for the full Spring 2013 course listings

To pre-order a copy of the Spring 2013 Greenwich Learns Brochure, please click here.

Interested?

Enrol now either:

ul li Online at www.gcc.ac.uk /li /ul ul li In Person at course centre Reception,or /li /ul ul li By Phone by calling our hotline on 020 8858 2211 from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 January 2013 or the course centre until Friday 7 December or from Monday 7 January. /li /ul

strong span style="color:green;" Looking for a fun Christmas gift idea? /span /strong

General Interest courses can also be bought as a Gift experience, the ideal present for friends and family who want to learn a new skill, start a new hobby or expand their knowledge!

Click here to choose from a selection of Gift Experiences and for more information.

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LIMITED SPACES on Sage Level 3 course this Sat 10th Nov!

Only a few spaces now left on Sage Level 3 course!

strong Become a Sage professional and earn a business recognised qualification by enrolling now! /strong

strong Time: /strong strong span style="color:green;" 10.00am – 4.00pm /span /strong

strong Price: /strong strong span style="color:green;" £440 (This course is not fully funded) /span /strong

strong Location: /strong Plumstead Centre

Click here for full course details.

strong span style="color:red;" To apply for the last few spaces, please complete the application form by /span /strong clicking here.

strong span style="color:blue;" For more information, please contact the /span /strong Business Unit , strong span style="color:blue;" or call 020 8853 7025. /span /strong

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Enrol onto our CCTV and CIEH Food Safety Courses, starting this month!

Keen to work in the Security or Health and Safety industries? Want to know more about Surveillance or Food Safety? Then we have got 2 brand new start dates for span class="caps" CCTV /span and span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety courses taken place at our Charlton site this month!

strong Tuesday 13th November – /strong

span class="caps" CIEH /span Award in Food Safety in Catering – Level 2

em You will be receive an accredied span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety qualification after successfully completing the course in food safety, health and safety, and environmental protection. /em

strong Friday 16th November – /strong

span class="caps" CCTV /span Operators Public Space Surveillance – Level 2

em Our span class="caps" CCTV /span qualification is endorsed by the Security Industry Authority ( span class="caps" SIA /span ), and learners who have completed it successfully can then apply to the span class="caps" SIA /span for a licence. /em

strong span style="color:red;" To apply for any of the above courses, /span /strong please complete the application form.

span style="color:blue;" For further information, please contact Business Unit on 020 853 7025, or email /span business@gcc.ac.uk.

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Dagenham Motors Donate Ford Car to Motor Vehicle Students

Greenwich Community College Motor Vehicle students received an addition to their class, as Dagenham Motors in New Eltham donated a used Ford car for their workshop.

Sales Executive Alex Ryan and Sales Driver Martin Hudd delivered the car to the college’s Plumstead Centre on Monday 8 October. It will be used to teach students the mechanics of the car and how to fix any faults.

Head of Motor Vehicle, Alan Penny, was delighted with the donation;

“The kind gift by Dagenham Motors will allow our students to improve their knowledge and skills as part of their course.”

Mr Ryan was pleased that they could find a welcome home for the car;

“We are pleased to be able to give something back to our community and delighted that it will be put to such great use.”

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Sage Level 3, starting Sat 10th Nov. Enrol Now!

Passed your Sage Level 2? Keen to further your knowledge in Sage? Want to know more about UK’s most popular Accounting software?

Then become a Sage Professional, by enrolling onto Sage Level 3 course, and earn a business recognised qualification.

This course is for skilled and experience Sage users, who want to study how records are kept for the financial affairs of a company.

If you are also looking to gain solid understanding of manual book-keeping, accounting principles, and a working knowledge of computerised accounts, then this course is for you.

strong Start Date: /strong strong span style="color:green;" Saturday 10th November 2012 /span /strong

strong Time: /strong strong span style="color:green;" 10.00am – 4.00pm /span /strong

strong Price: /strong strong span style="color:green;" £440 (This course is not fully funded) /span /strong

strong Location: /strong Plumstead Centre

Click here. for full course details.

strong span style="color:red;" To apply for this course, please complete the application form by /span /strong clicking here.

strong span style="color:blue;" For more information, please contact the /span /strong Business Unit , strong span style="color:blue;" or call 020 8853 7025. /span /strong

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FREE 1-week Art or Art History Workshop, starting in April 2013!

For one week only from Mon 8th – Fri 12th April 2013, explore and learn the international language of Art and Architecture, heritage of wall paintings, and symbols and themes in world of Art at Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, for FREE!

Only 10 spaces left! So what are you waiting for? Enrol now, and begin your Art journey!

This adult education workshop is funded by Grundtvig/ span class="caps" ECORYS /span Lifelong Learning Programme for residents of the span class="caps" EEC /span .

We are seeking applications from adult learners with a personal interest in Art History and Conservation.

Location: Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Applications from Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are encouraged.

UK participants will be responsible for covering any additional expenditure such as travel, entry into other historic sites and meals.

There are 10 places available to UK residents, and workshop sessions are free of charge.

strong Applications close 01.12.12. /strong

strong span style="color:blue;" To register for this workshop, please contact /span /strong Maris Hakman strong span style="color:blue;" for an application form. /span /strong

For full details of this workshop, please click on the span class="caps" PDF /span documents on the right hand side.

For more information about the Old Royal Naval College, please go to our website www.ornc.org

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GCC Students Open 2012 Legacy Exhibition

Greenwich Community College students who worked with a local artist to produce a piece of ’2012 Legacy’ artwork opened an exhibition about their project at the Discover Greenwich Exhibition Gallery on Tuesday 9 October.

Students from the college’s Level 1 Public Services course decided to produce the artwork after surveying the local community about what they liked about living in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The project was part of a 2012 host borough wide ‘Legacy Champions’ programme which was supported by span class="caps" EDF /span Energy and Environmental Youth Charity Envision.

The main themes from the survey included the impact of the riots in June 2011, the celebration of equality and diversity, the pride of the military connections with Greenwich and the anticipation and excitement around the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A local artist Shallman Quashie originally from Ghana, West Africa volunteered his expertise to visually portray the student’s findings.

Speaking at the exhibition launch, Greenwich Community College Principal praised the project;

“Looking at the painting, it is hard to believe that the students only had three months to work on the project from the initial idea, through to the finished artwork. It is testament to their team work and commitment that the project has been so successful.”

17 year old student Ugur Celikbilek from Eltham, who helped out with the painting, was delighted with the outcome of the project;

“It was excellent working with Shallman and I am proud that the painting has been displayed in the community”.

Artist Shallman Quashie thanked the students for their hard work and commitment;
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project and hope it is the first of many with Greenwich Community College.”

The exhibition runs until the 21 October and includes additional artwork by Shallman Quashie as well as the story of the Legacy Champions Project which involved community projects by over 300 students from all the Further Education Colleges in the London 2012 host boroughs.

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New October General Interest Courses!

Brand new range of October courses for you to choose from!

span style="color:green;" Tuesday 2nd October /span

ul li span class="caps" IYENGAR /span span class="caps" YOGA /span span class="caps" FOR /span BEGINNERS /li li span class="caps" IYENGAR /span span class="caps" YOGA /span span class="caps" LEVEL /span 2 /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Thursday 4th October /span ul li SCREENWRITING /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Thursday 11th October /span

ul li 11+ span class="caps" PREPARATION /span CLASSES /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Friday 12th October /span

ul li span class="caps" BEER /span MASTERCLASS /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Thursday 18th October /span

ul li span class="caps" EMERGENCY /span span class="caps" FIRST /span span class="caps" AID /span AT WORK /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Saturday 20th October /span

ul li span class="caps" LEARN /span TO span class="caps" USE /span A span class="caps" SEWING /span MACHINE /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Saturday 27th October /span

ul li span class="caps" HOW /span TO span class="caps" RELIEVE /span span class="caps" MUSCLE /span span class="caps" TENSION /span span class="caps" WITH /span MASSAGE /li /ul

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New September General Interest Courses!

September is finally here, brand new academic year, brand new start.

Perfect time to either learn new skills, progress in your chosen career, or simply exercise your body and mind with our exciting range of General Interest courses for this month!

strong span style="color:green;" Monday 24th September /span /strong

ul li span class="caps" IYENGAR /span span class="caps" YOGA /span – BEGINNERS – Eltham Centre /li li CHILDREN’S POTTERY – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" DIGITAL /span span class="caps" PHOTOGRAPHY /span ADVANCED – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" PILATES /span span class="caps" BODY /span span class="caps" CONTROL /span span class="caps" MIXED /span ABILITY – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" PILATES /span span class="caps" BODY /span span class="caps" CONTROL /span span class="caps" MIXED /span ABILITY – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" MUSIC /span – span class="caps" ACOUSTIC /span span class="caps" GUITAR /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" DIGITAL /span span class="caps" CAMERA /span INTRODUCTION – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" STAINED /span span class="caps" GLASS /span – BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span – span class="caps" FIGURE /span span class="caps" DRAWING /span & span class="caps" PAINTING /span ADVANCED – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SIGN /span span class="caps" LANGUAGE /span span class="caps" EXAM /span span class="caps" OPTION /span L1 – Plumstead Centre /li li span class="caps" JEWELLERY /span – BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" CERAMICS /span – span class="caps" HANDBUILDING /span & span class="caps" THROWING /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" CERAMICS /span – span class="caps" RESEARCH /span ADVANCED – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" REFLEXOLOGY /span span class="caps" FOR /span BEGINNERS – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" DEAF /span AWARENESS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SEWING /span span class="caps" SKILLS /span BEGINNERS – Plumstead Centre /li li span class="caps" KNITTING /span & span class="caps" CROCHET /span BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" BOOKKEEPING /span INTRODUCTION – Plumstead Centre /li li span class="caps" CHINESE /span 1 – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" FRENCH /span 3 – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" SPANISH /span 2 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li ECDL – Burrage Centre /li li span class="caps" FRENCH /span 4 – Greenwich Park Centre /li /ul

strong span style="color:green;" Tuesday 25th September /span /strong

ul li ZUMBA – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" TAI /span CHI – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" IYENGAR /span span class="caps" YOGA /span – BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" IYENGAR /span span class="caps" YOGA /span span class="caps" LEVEL /span 2 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" MANDARIN /span – span class="caps" LANGUAGES /span span class="caps" FOR /span CHILDREN – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" DANCE /span – span class="caps" BALLROOM /span & span class="caps" LATIN /span span class="caps" AMERICAN /span – BEGINNERS – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" DANCE /span – span class="caps" BALLROOM /span & span class="caps" LATIN /span span class="caps" AMERICAN /span – BEGINNERS – Eltham Centre /li li CHILDRENS’ span class="caps" TEXTILE /span WORKSHOP – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ITALIAN /span 4 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SPANISH /span 2 – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" ITALIAN /span 2 – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" JEWELLERY /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" REIKI /span INTRODUCTION – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" HEALTHY /span span class="caps" EATING /span span class="caps" AND /span span class="caps" WELL /span span class="caps" BEING /span span class="caps" FOR /span span class="caps" THE /span span class="caps" COMPLEMENTARY /span span class="caps" THERAPY /span CLIENT – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" TRADITIONAL /span span class="caps" FLOWER /span span class="caps" ARRANGEMENT /span – span class="caps" TABLE /span span class="caps" DECOR /span span class="caps" LEVEL /span 2 C&G 7144-206 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span RESEARCH – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" CERAMICS /span – span class="caps" BEGINNERS /span & IMPROVERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" DIGITAL /span span class="caps" ART /span span class="caps" PHOTOSHOP /span span class="caps" FOR /span PHOTOGRAPHERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" STAINED /span span class="caps" GLASS /span INTERMEDIATE – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span – span class="caps" DRAWING /span span class="caps" AND /span span class="caps" PAINTING /span ADVANCED – Haimo Centre /li li span class="caps" COUNSELLING /span – INTRODUCTION – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" MUSIC /span – span class="caps" PIANO /span span class="caps" KEYBOARD /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ARABIC /span span class="caps" MODERN /span span class="caps" STANDARD /span 1 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SPANISH /span 1 – Eltham Centre /li li ECDL – Plumstead Centre /li li span class="caps" FRENCH /span 5 – Greenwich Park Centre /li /ul

strong span style="color:green;" Wednesday 26th September /span /strong

ul li span class="caps" WEB /span span class="caps" DESIGN /span span class="caps" FOR /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span span class="caps" HISTORY /span – INTRODUCTION – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span – span class="caps" HOW /span TO DRAW – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" DIGITAL /span span class="caps" PHOTOGRAPHY /span span class="caps" FOR /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SPANISH /span span class="caps" FOR /span CHILDREN – Greenwich Park Centre /li li CHILDREN’S span class="caps" KEYBOARD /span span class="caps" LESSONS /span – BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" JEWELLERY /span – ADVANCED – Greenwich Park Centre /li li UPHOLSTERY – Haimo Centre /li li span class="caps" RETRO /span span class="caps" PHOTOGRAPHY /span span class="caps" BLACK /span & span class="caps" WHITE /span span class="caps" FILM /span PRINTING – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" JEWELLERY /span – ADVANCED – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SOFT /span span class="caps" FURNISHING /span & span class="caps" GENERAL /span span class="caps" SEWING /span BEGINNERS – Haimo Centre /li li span class="caps" COMMUNITY /span span class="caps" DEVELOPMENT /span INTRODUCTION – Burrage Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span – span class="caps" WORKSHOPS /span ADVANCED – Haimo Centre /li li ECDL – Haimo Centre /li li span class="caps" MUSIC /span – span class="caps" SINGING /span WORKSHOP – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" FRENCH /span 1 – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" SINGING /span ENSEMBLE – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ITALIAN /span 3 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SIGN /span span class="caps" LANGUAGE /span INTRODUCTION – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SPANISH /span 3 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ALEXANDER /span TECHNIQUE – Burrage Centre /li li span class="caps" LEARN /span TO MEDITATE – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" PHOTOGRAPHY /span – span class="caps" STUDIO /span RESEARCH – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" BOOK /span – BOOKBINDING – Haimo Centre /li li span class="caps" SPANISH /span 4 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" CERAMICS /span – span class="caps" WHEEL /span span class="caps" THROWING /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SPANISH /span 5 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" CERAMICS /span span class="caps" RESEARCH /span span class="caps" DESIGNER /span MAKERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" GERMAN /span 1 – Haimo Centre /li li span class="caps" SPANISH /span 5 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SPANISH /span 1 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" FRENCH /span 2 – Greenwich Park Centre /li /ul

strong span style="color:green;" Thursday 27th September /span /strong

ul li span class="caps" DANCE /span – span class="caps" LINE /span DANCING – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" CERAMIC /span span class="caps" SCULPTURE /span span class="caps" AND /span span class="caps" CLAY /span MODELLING – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" WEB /span span class="caps" DESIGN /span span class="caps" WITH /span span class="caps" DREAMWEAVER /span CERTIFICATE – Greenwich Park Centre /li li 11+ span class="caps" PREPARATION /span CLASSES – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" FRENCH /span span class="caps" FOR /span CHILDREN – Greenwich Park Centre /li li CHILDREN’S span class="caps" GUITAR /span span class="caps" LESSONS /span – BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li ADOLESCENT’S span class="caps" GUITAR /span span class="caps" LESSONS /span – BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" PATTERN /span span class="caps" CUTTING /span BEGINNERS – Burrage Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span – span class="caps" FIGURE /span span class="caps" DRAWING /span & span class="caps" PAINTING /span ADVANCED – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span – span class="caps" WATERCOLOUR /span ADVANCED – Haimo Centre /li li span class="caps" FURNITURE /span RESTORATION – Haimo Centre /li li span class="caps" FRENCH /span 5 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" GERMAN /span 2 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" FRENCH /span span class="caps" FICTION /span & POETRY – Haimo Centre /li li span class="caps" ARABIC /span span class="caps" MODERN /span span class="caps" STANDARD /span 2 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" CLOCK /span REPAIR – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" KNITTING /span & span class="caps" CROCHET /span span class="caps" FOR /span RELAXATION/HEALTH – Burrage Centre /li li span class="caps" CERAMICS /span – span class="caps" INTERMEDIATE /span & ADVANCED – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span – span class="caps" CALIGRAPHY /span BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE – Haimo Centre /li li span class="caps" MOSAIC /span span class="caps" MIXED /span ABILITIES – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ITALIAN /span 1 – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" FILM /span & span class="caps" PRINTING /span span class="caps" WORKSHOPS /span span class="caps" RESEARCH /span PRACTICE – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SIGN /span span class="caps" LANGUAGE /span span class="caps" EXAM /span span class="caps" OPTION /span L2 – Plumstead Centre /li li span class="caps" SEWING /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span – span class="caps" DRAWING /span span class="caps" AND /span span class="caps" PAINTING /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li SCREENWRITING – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" PHOTOGRAPHY /span – span class="caps" DIGITAL /span span class="caps" SLR /span INTERMEDIATE – Greenwich Park Centre /li /ul

strong span style="color:green;" Friday 28th September /span /strong

ul li span class="caps" IYENGAR /span span class="caps" YOGA /span – BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" IYENGAR /span span class="caps" YOGA /span span class="caps" LEVEL /span 2 – Greenwich Park Centre /li li ECDL – Plumstead Centre /li li span class="caps" CERAMICS /span – span class="caps" RESEARCH /span ADVANCED – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" KNITTING /span & span class="caps" CROCHET /span BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE – Greenwich Park Centre /li /ul

strong span style="color:green;" Saturday 29th September /span /strong

ul li span class="caps" PORTRAIT /span span class="caps" PORTRAIT /span & span class="caps" FIGURE /span SCULPTURE – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" CREATIVE /span span class="caps" DANCE /span span class="caps" FOR /span CHILDREN – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" PHOTOGRAPHY /span – span class="caps" HOW /span TO span class="caps" SHOOT /span A span class="caps" STUDIO /span PORTRAIT – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" JOURNALISM /span INTRODUCTION – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SPANISH /span span class="caps" FAST /span TRACK – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" ALEXANDER /span span class="caps" TECHNIQUE /span span class="caps" FOR /span span class="caps" BAD /span BACKS – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" ART /span – span class="caps" FIGURE /span span class="caps" DRAWING /span & span class="caps" PAINTING /span span class="caps" MIXED /span ABILITY – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" MAKE /span span class="caps" YOUR /span span class="caps" OWN /span span class="caps" NATURAL /span span class="caps" COSMETICS /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" FRENCH /span span class="caps" FAST /span TRACK – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" POWER /span OF span class="caps" POSITIVE /span THINKING – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" SILVERSMITHING /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" BRICKLAYING /span BEGINNERS – Greenwich Park Centre /li li span class="caps" PAEDIATRIC /span span class="caps" FIRST /span AID – Eltham Centre /li li span class="caps" STAINED /span span class="caps" GLASS /span WORKSHOP – Greenwich Park Centre /li /ul

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New September Courses - Enrol Now!

We have got brand new September courses starting next month. So don’t delay, apply today!

span style="color:green;" Monday 10th September /span

ul li span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety in Catering Level 2 /li /ul ul li span class="caps" QCF /span Diploma In Leadership for Health and Social Care, Children and Young People’s Services Level 5 /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Tuesday 11th September /span

ul li span class="caps" AAT /span Certificate in Accounting Level 2 Afternoon /li /ul ul li span class="caps" AAT /span Certificate in Accounting Level 2 Evening /li /ul ul li span class="caps" PTLLS /span Preparing To Teach In The Lifelong Learning Sector Level 3 /li /ul ul li span class="caps" IELTS /span International English Language Testing System Level 2 /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Saturday 15th September /span

ul li Sage Award in Computerised Accounting Level 3 /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Monday 17th September /span

ul li span class="caps" CIEH /span Award in Food Safety in Catering Level 3 /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Tuesday 18th September /span

ul li Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills Level 2 /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Saturday 22nd September /span

ul li Sage Award in Computerised Accounting Level 3 /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Wednesday 26th September /span

ul li Cisco Certified span class="caps" CCNA /span Programme /li /ul

span style="color:green;" Saturday 29th September /span

ul li Sage Award in Computerised Accounting Level 3 /li /ul

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GCC Summer Roadshow 2012

The span class="caps" GCC /span Roadshow Team hit the road from the 13th to 22nd August from 10am to 4pm.

We visited a range of local venues across Greenwich this Summer, to promote and distribute out course listings and enrolment dates, provide advice and information, and talk to customers about the range of courses available.

ul li Monday 13 August, Woolwich Library /li li Tuesday 14 August, Woolwich Library /li li Wednesday 15 August, Eltham Centre /li li Friday 17 August, Asda Charlton /li li Monday 20 August, Sainsburys Greenwich /li li Tuesday 21 August, Sainsburys Greenwich /li li Wednesday 22 August, Asda Charlton /li /ul

This 7-day event was a great opportunity to drop-in and find out more about the courses we offer, talk to span class="caps" GCC /span students and staff, get advice and answers to any questions you have, or just say hello!

Overall, the Roadshow was a huge success, where a total of 6,500 people received course and enrolment information, and 211 individuals visited us at our stand.
Many people felt that there was something there at span class="caps" GCC /span for everyone, and acknowledged the diversity of courses.

Sandeep Saib, Marketing Business Information Officer, said:

em “Everything we do here at Greenwich Community College is aimed at transforming lives and helping individuals achieve their goals. This was our motive on the Roadshow, a fantastic platform to get out into the community, showcase our offerings, and inspire as many people as we can directly to study at span class="caps" GCC /span .” /em

Our student helpers said:

em “It was worthwhile. The Roadshow gave us a chance to deal with various customers face-to-face, and answer any of their queries.” /em – Florick Buckner

em “The Roadshow was interesting and a nice experience. It exposed me to what to expect when working with the public and how to respond to different situations. Getting people to know about span class="caps" GCC /span was my primary aim and achieving this gave me much joy.” /em – Ernest (Kwabena) Asamoah

A massive thank you to all of our student helpers’ participation, hardwork and dedication on this year’s Roadshow: Mary Helder, Tunji Olalekan, Muhammed Afolabi Yakub, Florick Buckner and Ernest (Kwabena) Asamoah.

Looking forward to next year’s 2013 Roadshow, so watch this space!

span style="color:blue;" There is still time to enrol on a wide range of Part Time and Full Time courses starting in September 2012 by /span clicking here.

strong For further information /strong click here.

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Sail into a new career with Carnival Cruise Lines!

Thinking of learning a unique skill working in an exciting industry?

Do you like travelling to exotic places?

Then enrol now onto our Diploma Level 2 Gambling Operations Casino Dealer Training for Carnival Cruise Ships course, starting on strong Monday 17th September /strong to get a guaranteed job as a Casino Dealer on Carnival Cruise Ship.

ul li Successful students are guaranteed a job with Carnival Cruise Lines /li li Qualify in 3 months /li li No experience necessary /li /ul

span style="color:blue;" Click here for full course details, and watch videos from a former Carnival Cruise Employee and how a Casino Dealer life is on board. /span

strong span style="color:red;" For more information, call us on 0208 853 7023, or email Su Prabhaker sup@gcc.ac.uk. /span /strong

Check out our various other short courses in Croupier Training courses.

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GCC Students Celebrate A Level Success

It was a day of celebration at the Plumstead Centre as students collected their A Level Exam results.

Our students achieved a 100% A2 Level pass rate in; Accounting, Business Studies, English Literature and Government & Politics and over 90% in; Chemistry, Maths, Psychology and Sociology. The overall A2 pass rate was 89%.

Amongst the success stories, was 24 year old Robert Long from Charlton who achieved an ‘A’ grade in English Literature.

Robert was injured in action in Afghanistan in July 2010 and subsequently lost his sight. As a result of his determination and commitment Robert plans to progress onto span class="caps" UCL /span or King’s College London.

Tutor Steve Whittingham, was full of praise of Robert’s achievement;

em “Robert is an inspiration to fellow students, teachers and his support workers. As far as he is concerned, there are no barriers to his learning.” /em

It has been a busy year for Robert as he combined his revision, with training for the London Marathon earlier in the year in aid of Blind Veterans UK .

Other success stories include 18 year old Thi Kim Thu Nguyen from Woolwich, who achieved an A* in A2 Maths and an A in AS level Maths, Accounting and Further Maths. Thi has secured a place at London School of Economics.

Mubaric Muhammed, 19 from Plumstead, was also celebrating after achieving 2 A’s and a B and will be studying at Surrey University.

strong span class="caps" GCC /span A2 Level Subjects With Highest Pass Rates /strong

strong Accounting /strong – 100%
strong Business /strong – 100%
strong English Literature /strong – 100%
strong Government & Politics /strong – 100%
strong Maths /strong – 94%
strong Sociology /strong – 94%
strong Psychology /strong – 93%
strong Chemistry /strong – 92%
strong Biology /strong – 87%

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GCC Champion Zoe Smith Breaks British Record

span class="caps" GCC /span Champion Zoe Smith, broke a British weightlifting record on her way to a creditable 12th place in the 58kg class at her first Olympics.

Zoe lifted a total of 211kg in front of a crowd of 6,000 at the Excel centre on Monday 30 July.

She was delighted with her performance and has now set her sights on Rio in 2016;

“It seems a long way off but I’ll have a lot more experience after the next four years and I do think I’m going to be able to bring a medal home, come 2016.”

To find out about Zoe’s role as span class="caps" GCC /span Champion, please click here .

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Enrol on our CIEH Food Safety Level 2 course, starting Monday 13th August!

If you are interested in Food, and have a desire to learn more about Food Safety risks, then this course is for you!

ul li Fundamental food safety training and hygiene knowledge for all food handlers /li /ul ul li Covers the basic principles of food hygiene for caterers and other food handlers /li /ul ul li Valuable as a freestanding or additional qualification /li /ul

strong Our ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Food Safety in Catering’ students have said: /strong

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I learnt the importance of Food Safety, especially working in a professional environment..interactive course with lots of questions and answers. Greenwich Community College is awesome.” /span /em /strong – Nicholas Fulton

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I learnt new information that I did not know…. good information given and interesting.” /span /em /strong – Colleen Baba

strong em span style="color:blue;" “Happy trainer, happy learner, good knowledge intake.” /span /em /strong – Student

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I gained a good understanding of Food Safety and have learnt quite alot…broader knowledge about the course.” /span /em /strong – Philip Gomez

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I felt happy with the course, and I also feel that I have a better understanding about Food Safety.” /span /em /strong – Muna Awada

Click to apply or for full course details

strong span style="color:red;" For further information, please email /span /strong Business Unit , strong span style="color:red;" or call us on 020 8853 7025. /span /strong

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Hear from our PTLLS Level 3 Learner!

Watch the video of Jacqueline Thomas, who has recently completed her span class="caps" PTLLS /span Level 3 course, talking about her experiences, what she learnt and gained from studying span class="caps" PTLLS /span at Greenwich Community College.

Click here to watch the video of our span class="caps" PTLLS /span student, Jacqueline Thomas.

strong Our next span class="caps" PTLLS /span course is starting on September 11th. So register now! /strong

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The Learner Voice - CIEH Food Safety in Catering Level 2 Student

Interested in Food? Passionate about Food Safety? Keen to learn about catering hygiene?

Then hear why you should apply for the ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety in Catering Level 2’ course from our very own span class="caps" CIEH /span Student, Nick Fulton…

We have got our next span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 course starting on strong Monday 13th August /strong next month.

Click here to apply and view future span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 start dates.

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Leaving GCC this year or studied at GCC?

Be part of our alumni community.

Whether you are a former span class="caps" GCC /span student, staff, employer or friend, reap the benefits by joining now!

Our vision is to be “An engine of learning that drives the local economy by transforming lives”, and we do so, by providing you with a lifelong link to the College and each other.

As a member of our alumni, you will have access to:

ul li span style="color:blue;" Networking opportunities /span /li li span style="color:blue;" Career development opportunities /span /li li span style="color:blue;" Keep up to date with our latest News & Events /span /li li span style="color:blue;" Arrange reunions and networking events /span /li li span style="color:blue;" Seek job opportunities /span /li li span style="color:blue;" Research business opportunities /span /li li span style="color:blue;" Build new or strengthen current relationships /span /li li span style="color:blue;" Engage in discussions and events /span /li li span style="color:blue;" Advertise and increase awareness of your products & services /span /li li span style="color:blue;" Mentor and inspire current College students /span /li li span style="color:blue;" Boost your overall social media presence /span /li /ul

Stay Involved. Stay Connected.

strong If you would like to join our alumni and find out more about what the College and our alumni are up to, then please sign up to the College’s alumni. /strong

strong span style="color:red;" Sign up to join our alumni. /span /strong

strong span style="color:red;" Visit & sign up to our LinkedIn Alumni Group. /span /strong

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New Summer Taster Sessions in partnership with GCDA

Interesting in community work? Keen in the environment? Desire to improve your local area?

We have got 3, yes 3, brand new Summer Taster Sessions, in partnership with Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency ( span class="caps" GCDA /span )!

strong span style="color:green;" Food and Communities – Thursday 12th July /span /strong

You will explore how community food projects can contribute to improving communities and the environment. You will understand the importance of food to communities, and issues of social justice around food

strong span style="color:green;" Climate Change Communications – Thursday 19th July /span /strong

You will explore how to communicate and motivate effectively with individuals active in your community.

strong span style="color:green;" Care For Your Area – Thursday 13th September /span /strong

You will explore opportunities for improving local areas, and contribute to the resolution of wider environmental problems.

strong span style="color:blue;" All tasters are from 12 – 3pm, held at our /span /strong Burrage Grove Centre , and funded by span class="caps" GCDA /span .

strong span style="color:red;" To book your place now, or for further information, please call us on 020 8312 5071. /span /strong

strong span style="color:red;" You can phone span class="caps" GCDA /span directly on 020 8269 4889 or Glyndon Community Centre 020 8855 9981. /span /strong

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CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering course - Back due to high demand!

Due to high demand, our span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety – Level 2 course is back, and bigger than ever!

Enrol now onto our 1-day ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering’ course, starting on Monday 16th July.

Everyone who works with food has a responsibility for safeguarding the health of consumers. This is why Greenwich Community College has made sure that you are 100% trained by the best, as our span class="caps" CIEH /span course is taught by professional Environmental Health Officers registered by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

After completion, receive a high level practical span class="caps" CIEH /span accredited qualification!

strong Our ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Food Safety in Catering’ students have said: /strong

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I learnt new information that I did not know…. good information given and interesting” /span /strong /em – Colleen Baba

strong em span style="color:blue;" “Happy trainer, happy learner, good knowledge intake” /span /em /strong – Student

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I gained a good understanding of Food Safety and have learnt quite alot…broader knowledge about the course” /span /strong /em – Philip Gomez

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I felt happy with the course, and I also feel that I have a better understanding about Food Safety” /span /strong /em – Muna Awada

Click here for full details.

b span style="color:red;" For further information, please email Jackie Fotheringham or call 020 8853 7034. /span /b

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Get with Apprenticeships!

Want to earn whilst you learn? Get paid holidays? Learn job-specific skills? Receive training? Gain an accredited qualification?

Answered ‘Yes’ to all of the above?

Then become an span class="caps" GCC /span Apprentice!

We offer a wide range of Apprenticeship subjects, covering many industries and sectors.

Below is a list of our Apprenticeship programmes for 2011-12:

ul li strong span style="color:green;" Business Administration /span /strong /li li strong span style="color:green;" Catering /span /strong /li li strong span style="color:green;" Childcare & Early Years /span /strong /li li strong span style="color:green;" Construction /span /strong /li li strong span style="color:green;" Customer Service /span /strong /li li strong span style="color:green;" Electrical Installation /span /strong /li li strong span style="color:green;" Hair & Beauty /span /strong /li li strong span style="color:green;" Health & Social Care /span /strong /li li strong span style="color:green;" ICT /span /strong /li li strong span style="color:green;" Motor Vehicle /span /strong /li /ul

Click here for full details.

b span style="color:blue;" For further information, please call us on 020 8853 7025 or /span /b email us.

b If the vocational area you are interested in is not listed, please do get in touch, so we can give you alternative course options. /b

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New Dates Announced for CIEH and Sage Courses!

Due to high demand, we have announced new upcoming start dates for: span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety Level 2 and 3, and Sage Level 1, 2 and 3 courses.

Register Now!

strong span style="color:blue;" Upcoming Start Dates: /span /strong

strong span class="caps" CIEH /span Award in Food Safety in Catering – Level 2 /strong
16 July 2012
13 Aug 2012
10 Sep 2012
15 Oct 2012
12 Nov 2012
10 Dec 2012
14 Jan 2013
11 Feb 2013
11 March 2013
15 April 2013
20 May 2013
17 June 2013
15 July 2013

strong span class="caps" CIEH /span Award in Food Safety in Catering – Level 3 /strong
17 – 19 September 2012

strong Sage Award in Computerised Accounting – Level 1 /strong
8 Dec 2012
15 Dec 2012
12 Jan 2013
19 Jan 2013
26 Jan 2013
2 Feb 2013
20 April 2013
27 April 2013
4 May 2013
11 May 2013
18 May 2013
25 May 2013

strong Sage Award in Computerised Accounting – Level 2 /strong
16 Feb 2013
2 March 2013
9 March 2013
16 March 2013
23 March 2013
8 June 2013
15 June 2013
22 June 2013
6 July 2013
13 July 2013

strong Sage Award in Computerised Accounting – Level 3 /strong
15 Sep 2012
22 Sep 2012
29 Sep 2012
6 Oct 2012
13 Oct 2012
20 Oct 2012
27 Oct 2012
10 Nov 2012
17 Nov 2012
24 Nov 2012

Click here for full span class="caps" CIEH /span course details.

Click here for full Sage Course details.

strong span style="color:red;" To register for any of the start dates, or for further information, please email /span /strong Jackie Fotheringham , strong span style="color:red;" or call 020 8853 7034. /span /strong

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Fresh New Courses for September 2012

We have a wide range of new courses starting form September 2012.

Courses include; Access to Science, Catering, Counselling, Hair & Beauty and Plumbing.

Please click here for full details of new courses and how to apply online today!

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CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering course, starting 18th June - Register Now!

Interested in Food? Passionate about Food Safety? Keen to learn about catering hygiene?

Then this is the right course for you!

Register now onto our successful 1-day ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering’ course, starting on Monday 18th June.

This span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety Level 2 course has been the most popular course with our students.

Greenwich Community College has made sure that you are 100% trained by the best, as our span class="caps" CIEH /span course is taught by professional Environmental Health Officers registered by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

After completion, receive a high level practical span class="caps" CIEH /span accredited qualification!

strong Our ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Food Safety in Catering’ students have said: /strong

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I learnt new information that I did not know…. good information given and interesting” /span /strong /em – Colleen Baba

strong em span style="color:blue;" “Happy trainer, happy learner, good knowledge intake” /span /em /strong – Student

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I gained a good understanding of Food Safety and have learnt quite alot…broader knowledge about the course” /span /strong /em – Philip Gomez

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I felt happy with the course, and I also feel that I have a better understanding about Food Safety” /span /strong /em – Muna Awada

Click here for full details.

Due to high demand, there is a another span class="caps" CIEH /span Food Safety course, starting next month on 16th July.

b span style="color:red;" To register for either dates, or for further information, please email Jackie Fotheringham or call 020 8853 7034. /span /b

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FREE Food Growing Train-the-Trainer course!

Want to grow your way to work? Passionate about your community? Want to develop your Food Growing skills?

If so, this is the course for you!

span class="caps" FREE /span , fully funded 14 week course, is starting this Summer.

We have some places available on Monday 11th June at our Plumstead Centre from 1 – 3pm!

This 14 week course is designed for people with some basic growing knowledge who would like to support others in the community to grow food.

During the 14 weeks, you will:

ul li Explore the Food Growing aspect, where you will learn parts of the plant, grow crops, understand food products, and soil /li /ul ul li Explore the Teacher Training aspect, where you will how to learn and develop in groups, the principles and practices of learning and development in groups, and evaluate learning and development undertaken in groups /li /ul

Click here for full details, and begin your Food Growing journey.

strong span style="color:red;" If you are interested or would like further information, please contact /span /strong Barbara Smith (Community Development Manager) strong span or call 020 8312 5014 /span /strong

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New Inspection, Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations - Level 3 evening course, starting 20th June!

Interested in becoming a Electrician or a Electrical Installation Technician?

Learn the practical skills and gain employment in the Electrical industry, by undertaking our fantastic Certificate in Inspection, Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations (2391-10) – Level 3 evening course, starting on Wed 20th June next month!

A great follow-on course from the ‘Inspection and Testing Program – City and Guilds 2391 and 2392’ course.

This course is designed to prepare candidates for the initial verification of electrical installation work.

Combined with specially designed training, it will progress students to monitoring, installing and maintaining electrical installations, plant and equipment.

The topics covered will support entry to higher level programmes Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering.

For full course details, click here

strong span style="color:red;" For further information, please email Jimmy Antonin or call 020 8853 7036. /span /strong

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Free courses for Thamesmead residents!

Greenwich Community College is working in partnership with Trust Thamesmead on their Building Futures Project, in offering a range of accredited training courses.

b span class="caps" FREE /span and open to anyone who is an unemployed Thamesmead resident! /b

ins List of Accredited Training Courses: /ins

ul li span style="color:purple;" Childcare: Accredited Introduction to Children & Young People’s Development /span /li /ul ul li span style="color:purple;" Customer Service: Accredited Introduction to Customer Service /span /li /ul ul li span style="color:purple;" span class="caps" APM /span Accredited PRINCE2 Foundation /span – Greenwich Park Centre /li /ul ul li span style="color:purple;" span class="caps" APM /span Accredited PRINCE2 Practitioner /span – Greenwich Park Centre /li /ul ul li span style="color:purple;" Bespoke Job Searching & Securing with optional Coaching & Filming /span /li /ul ul li span style="color:purple;" span class="caps" HSE /span Approved Emergency First Aid at Work /span /li /ul ul li span style="color:purple;" span class="caps" EFYS /span Approved Paediatric First Aid /span /li /ul ul li span style="color:purple;" span class="caps" HSE /span Approved First Aid at Work (for higher risk employees) /span /li /ul ul li span style="color:purple;" Accredited Health & Safety in the Workplace /span /li /ul

strong span style="color:red;" Interested in any of the courses? Register your interest by completing the /span /strong enquiry form.

strong For further information, please contact Rachel Wiltshire, Business Account Manager on 020 8305 4278 or /strong email.

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Join Us at the 2012 Tudor Barn Creative Arts Festival

Sunday 24 June 2012
12pm to 5pm

Greenwich Community College will once again be at the annual Tudor Barn Creative Arts Festival in Eltham. We will be selling students work as well has holding tasters sessions. The event is free and a great day out for the family with plenty of activities for all ages.

From the innovative and modern to the inspired and traditional, there really is something for everyone at the 2012 Creative Arts Festival at Tudor Barn Eltham

Well Hall Pleasaunce will be alive with all things art!

strong To get a flavour of the span class="caps" GCC /span tent, please see the video below of last years event. /strong

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CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering course, starting 21st May. ENROL NOW!

Interested in Food? Passionate about Food Safety? Keen to learn about catering hygiene?

Then this is the right course for you!

Enrol now onto our new 1-day ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering’ course, starting on Monday 21st May.

Everyone who works with food has a responsibility for safeguarding the health of consumers.

This is why Greenwich Community College has made sure that you are 100% trained by the best, as our span class="caps" CIEH /span course is taught by professional Environmental Health Officers registered by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

After completion, receive a high level practical span class="caps" CIEH /span accredited qualification!

strong Our ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Food Safety in Catering’ students have said: /strong

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I gained a good understanding of Food Safety and have learnt quite alot…broader knowledge about the course” /span /strong /em – Philip Gomez

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I learnt new information that I did not know…. good information given and interesting” /span /strong /em – Colleen Baba

strong em span style="color:blue;" “Happy trainer, happy learner, good knowledge intake” /span /em /strong – span class="caps" CIEH /span Student

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I felt happy with the course, and I also feel that I have a better understanding about Food Safety” /span /strong /em – Muna Awada

Click here for further course details

For further information, please email b span style="color:red;" jackief@gcc.ac.uk or call 020 8853 7034. /span /b

So go on, what are you waiting for! b span style="color:green;" Apply today! /span /b

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Enrol now on our new May courses!

Want to get learn the ins and outs of Sage Level 2? Experience the world of Car Maintenance? Expand your teaching knowledge with PTLLS? Or perhaps discover food safety and gain a span class="caps" CIEH /span qualification?

Well this can all be possible by registering now on our new, upcoming courses for this month, and gain further skills and qualifications!

ul li Sage Level 2 Award in Computerised Accounting – strong starting Saturday 5th May /strong /li /ul ul li span class="caps" PTLLS /span – Preparing To Teach In The Lifelong Learning Sector – strong starting Tuesday 8th May /strong /li /ul ul li Inspection and Testing 2391 – strong starting Wednesday 16th May /strong /li /ul ul li span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering – strong starting Monday 21st May /strong /li /ul ul li Basic Car Maintenance - strong starting Thursday 24th May /strong /li /ul

strong Our students have said the following in regards to the courses: /strong

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I gained a good understanding of Food Safety and have learnt quite alot…broader knowledge about the course” /span /em /strong – Philip Gomez, span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Food Safety

strong em span style="color:blue;" “The work front has really picked up for me! Taking this course has boosted my CV. Recently I’ve started a new job, as a Work Skills Tutor with span class="caps" TBG /span Learning, delivering a Customer Services and Employability Programme. Thank you for all your help on the span class="caps" PTLLS /span Course and I am sure that your next intake of new learners will hopefully value your expertise and experience.” /span /em /strong – Sherileen Lambert, span class="caps" PTLLS /span

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I felt happy with the course, and I also feel that I have a better understanding about Food Safety” /span /em /strong – Muna Awada, span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Food Safety

strong em span style="color:blue;" “This is a very useful course. The tutor is very hands on, and makes it easy to understand” /span /em /strong – Indrit Manaj, Inspection and Testing 2391

strong em span style="color:blue;" “The course was very interesting and a very good platform on which to launch a teaching career” /span /em /strong – Joan Thompson, span class="caps" PTLLS /span

strong span style="color:red;" span class="caps" ENROL /span NOW! /span /strong

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New Ceramic - Raku courses starting 16th April - Enrol Now!

Do you have a passion for Ceramics? Want to learn more about the exciting process of Raku?

Then register on our new fantastic Raku courses starting on Monday 16th April at the best facility around, Greenwich Park Centre, and begin your Raku journey today!

These are specialist courses introducing the exciting process of Raku, which is a fast and dynamic firing technique. Raku is all about trying something new and different, and create something spectacular!

So come and enrol by clicking here , and ignite your creativity!

strong But wait… /strong

Not only do we offer Raku, we offer a range of other fantastic ceramic courses! Have a look by clicking here

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Courses for 16-18 Year Olds Starting From April

We have got a range of span class="caps" FREE /span courses for 16 to 18 year olds starting throughout the Summer Term.

Our range of courses include:

ul li Learn, Experience and Progress /li li Parenting /li li Sports, Fitness and Leisure /li /ul

Please click on the links above for full details or come along to one of our Open Days to find out more.

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Zoe Smith Announced as the First Greenwich Community College Champion

British Weightlifter and 2012 Olympic Medal hopeful Zoe Smith has been named as the first ever Greenwich Community College Champion.

The 17 year old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist’s role was announced at an award ceremony on 28 March for students at the college’s London Leisure College, based at the Eltham Centre.

Zoe, from Abbey Wood, answered questions by students before presenting certificates for attendance and punctuality. She was then presented with a commemorative ‘ span class="caps" GCC /span Champion’ certificate by Greenwich Community College Principal, Gary Chin.

Zoe’s new role has already had an impact on 18 year old span class="caps" BTEC /span Sports Student Dieter Staples;

“Hearing Zoe’s story has inspired me and I am now going to focus on becoming a successful footballer.”

Head of Sports, Leisure and Tourism, John Stapleton explained how Zoe’s role will have a significant impact on students like Dieter;

“We approached Zoe about becoming a Champion for our Sports, Leisure and Tourism students as she is a local athlete who we know our students will relate to and help them meet their aspirations.”

Zoe said that she was “delighted and honoured to be approached by the college and is looking forward to her role.”

Mr Chin, hopes that Zoe will be the first of many span class="caps" GCC /span Champions;

“We are delighted that Zoe has agreed to become our first span class="caps" GCC /span Champion. Her level of commitment and the sacrifices she has made to become one of the best weightlifters in the World sets a great example for our students as they work to reach their career goals. We aim to announce more span class="caps" GCC /span Champions shortly who will inspire students across the college.”

The next Sports, Leisure and Tourism Open Evening will be on Thursday 19 April from 6pm to 8pm at the Eltham Centre , SE9 1HA.

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Summer Taster Offer Launched

If you have not previously studied on a General Interest Course since September 2011 you can enrol on one of our fabulous Summer Taster courses for just £1 an hour.

From Art to Web Design, there is something for everyone to try. Tasters are being held across the borough at our centres in Greenwich, Plumstead and Eltham (Haimo Centre).

For a list of tasters on offer by centre and full details, please click here .

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Enrol on our CIEH Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering course, starting next month!

Starting on Monday 23rd April, ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering’ is a fantastic one-day course, designed to address the food safety and hygiene needs of the catering, manufacturing and retail sectors. If you like either catering, food, and health and safety, then this is the perfect course for you!

This course is taught by professional Environmental Health Officers registered by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, so come and be trained by the best.

From food business owners to trainers, from production managers to hygiene auditors, this qualification meets the food industry’s need for a high level practical qualification with external accreditation.

strong Our ‘ span class="caps" CIEH /span Level 2 Food Safety in Catering’ students have said: /strong

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I learnt new information that I did not know…. good information given and interesting” /span /strong /em – Colleen Baba

strong em span style="color:blue;" “Happy trainer, happy learner, good knowledge intake” /span /em /strong

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I gained a good understanding of Food Safety and have learnt quite alot…broader knowledge about the course” /span /strong /em – Philip Gomez

strong em span style="color:blue;" “I felt happy with the course, and I also feel that I have a better understanding about Food Safety” /span /strong /em – Muna Awada

Click here for full details.

For further information, please email b span style="color:red;" jackief@gcc.ac.uk or call 020 8853 7034. /span /b

So go on, what are you waiting for! b span style="color:green;" Apply today! /span /b

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Award Winning Author Inspires GCC Students

Award winning writer and performer Alex Wheatle, span class="caps" MBE /span visited the Plumstead Centre on Monday 27 February to talk about his autobiographical show ‘Uprising’, which marks
the 30th anniversary of the Brixton riots and is inspired by his novels Brixton Rock and East of Acre Lane.

There was standing room only as students and staff packed into the Learning and Resources Centre. They were taken through a journey of 1980s Brixton including life on the frontline of the ‘Brixton Riots’ and how Alex turned his life around to become an award winning novelist after a period in prison post-riots.

Organiser Mary Bottomley, Lecturer in Business and Public Services, believes Alex’s experiences thirty years ago, relates to young people of today:
“When I saw a production of “Uprising” I thought Alex’s graphic, honest and humorous account of his troubled early life, involvement in the Brixton Riots, subsequent imprisonment and more importantly the influences that made him turn his life around might strike a chord with my learners.”

“Education is about so much more than just processing students in order for them to gain qualifications; it should also be about giving them opportunities outside the classroom.”

Speaking after the event, Felou Abadja, a Public Service Level 2 student was absorbed by Alex’s story; “His message reached the young people and inspired them to take the right path.”

Fellow Public Services Level 2 student, was also inspired by the talk, saying; “ Alex’s humour and singing made his life story easy to understand.”

Precious Offomah and Trevaughn Thompson, student ambassadors on that day were inspired by his message; “No matter how hard life gets you still have a chance to change it. So no one can say life can not get any better cause you never know what can happen day after day.”

The talk ended with a short Question and Answer session, where Alex was happy to answer questions by students and staff.

The last word was left with Alex, who told the audience;
“Everyone has a hidden talent, some of us are aware of it and some of us need to find it.”

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Calling all 16 to 18 year olds to enrol on our new fully fundable Parenting course!

Enrol now on our fantastic fully fundable ‘Edexcel Certificate in Parents to be and in Parenting’ course for 16 – 18 year olds!

Whether you are going to be or are already a parent, this new Parenting course is a great way to effectively learn an invaluable set of parenting skills that will set you up to be the best parent you can be, and obtain a professional accredited Edexcel qualification after completing the course.

You will learn what are your rights and responsibilities as a parent, and to apply it, healthy eating for children, and communicating and understanding with your children, and so much more.

For course information, please click here .

b span style="color:red;" So enrol now, by simply contacting jackief@gcc.ac.uk or call 020 8853 7034. /span /b

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Bridging the Gap (BtG) Promotional Event

On Thursday 9th February, Sandeep Saib, Stuart Kabler, Janet Bywaters (BtG – Regional Manager) and a span class="caps" LOCOG /span Representative together organised and held a great BtG promotional event from 11am till 3pm at the Plumstead site.

On Thursday 9th February, Sandeep Saib, Stuart Kabler, Janet Bywaters (BtG – Regional Manager) and a span class="caps" LOCOG /span Representative together organised and held a great BtG promotional event from 11am till 3pm at the Plumstead site.

The main objective was to get as many full-time 16+ year olds students registered onto the Security Industry Authority ( span class="caps" SIA /span ) Level 2 Award in Door Supervisor course, receive a formal qualification after completion, and to then get a guaranteed interview with G4S for a paid security job at the 2012 London Olympics Games.

We all welcomed and spoke to various different students to get as many as possible interested and enrolled onto the course, on either the 25th Feb, 26th Feb, 3rd March and 4th March or the 10th March, 11th March, 17th March and 18th March weekend slots. The one-off event gave many students the opportunity to ask any questions regarding the course, BtG and span class="caps" LOCOG /span (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games), and resolve any issues there and then. BtG and span class="caps" GCC /span promotional material, as well as Door Supervisor course information were provided to all the interested prospective students.

Sandeep took the initiative to promote the course to students in the canteen queue during the busy period, with the hope of attracting students to be a part of this fantastic project, and make a lasting legacy for young adults, which was a success. During this event, over 50 application forms were completed by keen students to make a start on the Door Supervisor course, and begin their journey in experiencing and gaining an understanding of the Security Industry.

Check out some photos of the event, by clicking here

Overall, it was a fantastic event to be a part of, and we all cannot wait for the first group of students to commence and complete the Door Supervisor course this February, and the second group to start next month from the 10th March – 18th March! Click here for course details

strong span style="color:red;" If you are interested is registering or would like further information, please contact Stuart Kabler (Stewarding, Security and Events Coordinator)now at stuartk@gcc.ac.uk. /span /strong

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Community Development Evening for Learners

Greenwich Community College & Trust Thamesmead held a Community Development Learners Networking and Awards Evening at the Greenwich Park centre on Wednesday 15 February. The event, attended by former pupils who had completed accredited & non-accredited Community Development courses within the last three years was not only a chance to celebrate peoples successes and present them with certificates, it was also an opportunity for the Trust and span class="caps" GCC /span to undertake essential evaluation.

Feedback included:
“The Level One Community Development training course has transformed my life! I trained as an actor and my dream was to create a group where I could enjoy acting with other people, which is exactly what I have done using the skills I learned on the course. span class="caps" CADZ /span Production is now up and running with 30 students and over 50 people on our database.

“We put on a pantomime throughout December, worked with Thamesmead Youth Voice and several other young people as part of a £800 Youth Opportunity Fund awarded to span class="caps" TYV /span , which was used to help them with team building and give span class="caps" TYV /span
members the chance to become mentors to younger people who could possibly benefit from confidence building. We will also be putting on Shakespeare this summer.” – Kate Jones

“Paula and I work in the marketing department for the span class="caps" DLR /span . We work with a team of seven freelance ambassadors who support the community up and down the span class="caps" DLR /span line, who perhaps don’t have the confidence to leave their house, English is their second language or they might have a baby which means they use a pram but don’t have the confidence to go up and down the stairs at their local span class="caps" DLR /span station.

“The course, more than anything, made us realise we are actually Community Development Practitioners. It made us re-evaluate a lot of what we do but at the same time, confirmed and gave us the confidence that we were already doing a lot of things right. It has been invaluable!” – Sarah Barker.

Rachel Wiltshire, Business Account Manager – Adult & Community Learning, Greenwich Community College, said: em The evening was a fantastic opportunity to hear the learners’ first- hand accounts of the true impact that this training has had on them, on both personal and professional levels. It was great to be part of such a positive group of people of all ages and from all walks of life, each contributing and making a difference to their communities /em

The next round of Taster courses, which could lead to accredited levels 1, 2 and 3, begin in March and is open to everyone aged 16+ who lives, works or volunteers in
Thamesmead.

The course would particularly benefit those who lead or are a member of a community group, about to set up a community group or service providers who work with community groups and will help individuals to:
• Learn how to take control
• Discover problem solving techniques
• Learn how to deal with new challenges
• Meet new people and learn from their experiences
• Learn how to inspire and lead your group”

span style="color:red;" Interested parties should register their interest with Rachel Wiltshire, Business Account Manager, Greenwich Community College, T: 020 8305 4278 or E:rwiltshire@gcc.ac.uk /span

Erith & Thamesmead MP, Teresa Pearce who saw Trust Thamesmead’s status on Facebook congratulating the winners said, “That sounds like a great night. Could I come along next year?”

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Public Service Students Become Legacy Champions

span class="caps" GCC /span Public Services students joined young people across the host Olympic boroughs to develop a series of local community projects inspired by London 2012.

span class="caps" EDF /span Energy has teamed up with youth action charity Envision and the host borough colleges to launch this year’s Legacy Champions programme, and use the inspiration of the Games to develop projects for young people to tackle environmental and social issues by taking action in their community.

Adam, 17, studying span class="caps" BTEC /span in Public Services at Greenwich Community College, said:

“I am taking part in the Legacy Champions programme as my course is all about public service and it is nice to do more with the community.

“For our project we are planning to help the community as there are a lot of gangs in our area and the community doesn’t always interact. We are going to try and get older people to see that younger people are not always the same and try and get to know them.”

Gareth Wynn, London 2012 Programme Director for span class="caps" EDF /span , Patrick Taylor, Programmes Manager at Envision, and International Para Dressage Rider and London 2012 hopeful, Natasha Baker, were joined by more than a hundred students from nine colleges including Greenwich Community College for the programme launch on Friday (10 Feb) at City Edge in Hackney.

The Legacy Champions Programme started last year as part of a three-year partnership between span class="caps" EDF /span , Official Partner and the Official Electricity Supplier of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Envision.

Legacy Champions will see span class="caps" EDF /span Energy provide 18 employees to act as mentors to the young people involved during the six months of this year’s programme. They will work on projects that will leave a positive legacy after the 2012 games in the London boroughs that are hosting events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Gareth Wynn, span class="caps" EDF /span Director, London 2012 Programme said:

“Many young people in London will be inspired by what they see this summer. It is great to help capture some of their energy and to help them make a positive impact in their communities. These young people are the true role models for our capital city.

“As an official partner of the London 2012 Games, span class="caps" EDF /span is committed to helping with environmental and social issues and bringing the best out of people, which is exactly what Legacy Champions is designed to do. Providing mentors will help students develop their ideas, gain new skills and build their confidence as they work on important local projects.”

The other Colleges that attended were: Barking & Dagenham College, Hackney Community College, BSix Sixth Form College, Newham College of FE, NewVIc College, Tower Hamlets College, Leyton Sixth Form College and Waltham Forest College.

Patrick Taylor, Envision Programmes Manager, said: “We’re really pleased to be running Legacy Champions in partnership with span class="caps" EDF /span Energy. Legacy Champions is a great opportunity for young people from across the Olympic boroughs to lead their own community projects and create a lasting legacy in their communities. It’s also great to be able to offer young people such a personal and empowering experience that extends the Olympic values beyond sport and into the community through corporate partnerships.”

Last year a range of projects were developed by students through Legacy Champions including a crime prevention workshop by Newham College, a mini Olympic-themed event was held by NewVIc College to raise awareness of getting active through sport and Waltham Forest College took part in a festival to encourage the community on how they can be more sustainable.

The students and mentors will also join together in March for a mass volunteering event to clean the River Thames through span class="caps" EDF /span Energy’s Helping Hands scheme.

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Enrol on our new Sage Level 1 Computerised Accounting starting next month!

Do you have a bookkeeping background and wish to build on these skills? We have got an updated Sage Award Level 1 Computerised Accounting course, starting next month on the 10th March 2012 for 6 weeks for learners!

Sage bookkeeping software is one of the most popular computerised bookkeeping programs used in the UK.

You will learn how to use the Sage accounts package, and how to input accounting data, and obtain a recognised professional qualification.

On successfully completing this course, you will be awarded City & Guilds Computerised Accounts Level 1 qualification.

For further information about the Sage Level 1 Computerised Accounting, please click here .

So what are you waiting for!

Enrol now by contacting Jackie Fortheringham on 020 8853 7034 or at jackief@gcc.ac.uk.

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Appetising New Catering Course is Just the Treat

A new 2 day catering course at Charlton Athletic, run in partnership with catering specialists Westminster Kingsway College is the perfect recipe for adults looking to learn new skills in the kitchen.

The Introductory Culinary Arts Certificate covers the following catering skills and will include producing a variety of dishes:

ul li An introduction to Vegetables & Meats /li li Basic Cake Preparation /li li An introduction to Fish & Salads /li li Basic Bread /li /ul

Please click here for full details and start dates.

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L.E.A.P is Launched

L.E.A.P (Learn, Experience and Progress) is an exciting new 6 week course for 16 to 18 year olds starting this Spring at our Plumstead Centre.

The course combines learning new skills in a wide range of courses as well as ‘Experience Visits’. On successful completion students are guaranteed an interview for one of our full time courses starting in September 2012.

For full details about the course and to register, please click here .

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A Visit from the Nepalese Education Minister

On Thursday 12 January Dinanah Sharma, the Nepalese Education Minister, visited the college to see the Nepalese Gurkha students who are studying here.

He went into two classes and met the students and teachers. The students told him how much they are benefitting from their studies and how much they appreciate their teachers, Rosemary Keogh and Tamas Laczko.

The students presented the minister and the teachers with ceremonial scarves and posed for photos. He was then whisked away for meetings with representatives of the local Gurkha community.

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New Travel and Tourism Courses Announced

There is good news for 16 to 18 year olds looking for a career in the Travel and Tourism industry, with additional 10 week Airline Cabin Crew and Resort Representatives courses being scheduled to start in February 2012 at our Eltham Centre.

ul li Please click here for full details of our Airline Cabin Crew Course /li /ul ul li Please click here for full details of our Resort Representatives Course /li /ul

strong For more information and to book an interview now, please call 020 8921 3434. /strong

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Student and Staff Success Celebrated

Over 150 guests and sponsors gathered at Charlton Athletic for the annual Greenwich Community College awards ceremony on Wednesday 14 December.

The event celebrated the outstanding achievements over the past year of students and staff. Guest of honour for the ceremony was the British weightlifter and 2012 medal contender Zoe Smith.

The students awards were split into four categories; Contribution to College Life, Contribution to the Local Community, Personal Progress & Achievement and Excellence.

Amongst the winners was 23 year old Robert Long from Woolwich. Robert was injured in active service in Afghanistan less than a year ago and is now studying AS Level English and Maths at the college’s Plumstead Centre.

Robert (pictured receiving his award from Zoe Smith) was full of praise for the staff who have supported him while he has been at the college:

“ span class="caps" GCC /span has been absolutely fantastic for me. It has given me focus and drive. My aim now is to complete my studies and progress onto university to study Government and Politics’.

Before presenting the awards, 17 year old Zoe Smith from Abbey Wood spoke about the dedication required to make the Great Britain weightlifting team and spoke of her aspirations for the 2012 Olympics. She encouraged the award winners to; “follow your dreams and don’t give up on yourself”.

The event also celebrated outstanding achievements by teaching and support staff and teams.

Speaking after the event, Principal Gary Chin said;

“I would like to extend my personal congratulations to each and every one of our award winners and gratitude to each of our sponsors in making this a wonderful and memorable event for our students.”

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Staff and Students Join in Cultural Celebration

Over 500 students and staff joined in the college’s annual Greenwich Cultural Celebration. The day celebrated the diversity of the college community, with students and staff wearing their traditional dress, performing traditional dances and sharing food from their culture.

There were various performances throughout the day including a fashion show and a rendition of the “12 days of Christmas” from students and staff, including Principal Gary Chin.

The event was also an opportunity to raise money for the span class="caps" GCC /span Trust with students selling a wide range of gifts and holding a raffle. A total of £263.78 was raised at the event.

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ESOL Campaign Wins National Marketing Award

The college’s PR campaign to change government funding plans for span class="caps" ESOL /span students has won a national marketing award.

The FE First Silver Award was presented to Head of Marketing, Alec Brand at the FE First Award ceremony in Coventry by Asha Khemka span class="caps" OBE /span , Principal of Vision West Notts College.

The six months ‘Action for ESOL’ campaign included a silent and noisy protest, visits by Teresa Pearce MP and Ken Livingstone, a ‘teach in’ by the Houses of Parliament followed by the handing in of a national ‘Action for ESOL’ petition of over 20,000 signatures. The campaign also received national media coverage.

A delighted Mr Brand said:

“This is a fantastic achievement for Greenwich Community College and especially the span class="caps" ESOL /span students and staff who made their voices heard on a local and national level and affected change.”

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Students Live & Direct from BBC Radio 1Xtra

Six Greenwich Community College students were invited into span class="caps" BBC /span Radio 1 to take part in a focus group in preparation for the stations Hackney Weekend and found themselves broadcasting live across the nation on the 1Xtra Tim Westwood Show.

The focus group formed part of the build up to the BBC’s biggest ever free ticketed live music event, on Hackney Marshes on 23-24 June 2012, as part of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad.

Students were shown a short clip of last year’s event and were asked to brain storm and discuss a number of topics about Greenwich. Questions ranged from what they loved about Greenwich to what they thought could improve the area.

Jiajun Wei, 19 from China found it “helpful to know about the area I live in and the improvements that could be considered.”

After the focus group, students were taken on a tour of the studios and were invited to listen in and participate on Tim Westwood’s show, taking part in the live coverage of his ‘intern competition’.

Belan Asaad aged 20 from Plumstead described the experience of being in the studios as “amazing to know what happens behind the scenes.”

Head of Student Service Andrew Smith said; “This was a fantastic opportunity for span class="caps" GCC /span students to be part of the preparations for what promises to be a fantastic event for London.”

For more information about Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, please click here

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Appetising course for food lovers launches 'Gift Experiences'

Greenwich Community College has just launched A ‘Real’ Taste of Food Writing day courses which will take place in the private dining room at Guy Awford at The Guildford Arms in Greenwich and include a three course lunch, a tour of the kitchens and a questions and answer session with the acclaimed local chef and restaurateur.

The courses will be led by journalist and Guild of Food Writers member, Nikki Spencer, who started a food writing evening class at the college in the summer and launches this years range of ‘Gift Experiences’.

“My food writing evening class has been very popular, especially with people who have just started a food blog or are thinking of starting a blog”, explains Nikki, “but the one frustrating thing has been spending all our time talking about food and describing food but not actually eating any!”

“One week Guy kindly agreed to be interviewed by the students but the restaurant was so busy he couldn’t get away. That got me thinking that maybe we should bring the course to him for a day.”

“I think it will work brilliantly as people get to eat an excellent lunch, have a go at describing it and also interview the chef that cooked it. It is a unique experience.”

Some chefs might find it daunting to have their cooking scrutinised by a room full of people but Guy Awford, whose sister restaurant Inside was voted Best Modern British Restaurants under £50 in Harden’s London Restaurant Guide 2012 says he is looking forward to it.

“I think it’s going to be a very interesting experience. People get to see behind the scenes and also quiz me about what I do. I also write my own blog so I will talk a bit about that too”, he adds.

Greenwich Community College already offer Beer Master Classes, run in conjunction with Meantime Brewery, which are much in demand as presents for birthdays and Christmas and they are hoping their A ‘Real’ Taste of Food Writing days will be equally as popular.

“I think this will make a lovely and original present for anyone who is interested in food”, says Rachel Wiltshire of Greenwich Community College.

“No previous experience of food writing is required. Just a love of food!” she adds.

A Real Taste of Food Writing takes place on Friday February 24th 2012 & Fri June 15th 2012. Classes cost £65 inclusive of food and drink.

ul li Please click here for the list of other ‘Gift Experiences’ available to order now. /li /ul
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Greenwich Park Makes a King's Entrance

Due to building works, the main entrance for our Greenwich Park Centre will now be in King George Street.

The Royal Hill entrance will be closed for the foreseeable future due to building works.

Please click here to view a map of the new entrance.

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Enrol Now on Courses Starting at Burrage and Haimo

There is still time to enrol for courses starting from 31 October at our Burrage and Haimo Centres.

Our wide range of courses include; ‘Selling on Ebay’, ‘Bookbinding’, ‘Clothesmaking’ and a host of Ceramics and Art courses.

ul li Please click here for a list of courses starting at our Burrage Centre /li /ul ul li Please Haimo Centre /li /ul

You can enrol online, in person or over the phone by calling the relevant college centre

strong The video below gives you a flavour of work produced by our learners: /strong

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Register Now for Our Open Evenings and Win an iPad 2

If you register now to attend one of our Open Evenings, you will be entered into a draw to win an iPad 2.

The draw will take place at the end of April 2011.

Our Open Evenings give you the chance to visit our centres, speak to tutors and find out about life at span class="caps" GCC /span by talkig to current students.

span style="color:red;" For full details of all our Open Evenings and to register now, please /span click here

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Greenwich Learns General Interest Prospectus Out Now

The 2011/2012 Greenwich Learns General Interest Programme is out now.

Courses are held at centres across the borough and include; arts and crafts, yoga, languages, photography, IT and much more.

All our courses are designed to either help you progress in your chosen career, learn new skills or exercise your body and mind.

Copies are available to pick up now at our Plumstead Centre and will be available at our Eltham and Greenwich Park Centres as well as all Greenwich Libraries from Monday 3 October.

ul li You can order a copy online to be delivered to your door. Please click here to order your copy now. /li /ul ul li You can also view an electonic copy by clicking here /li /ul ul li Remember, you can enrol online, in person or by phone for our General Interest courses. Please click here for full details. /li /ul
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Free Taster sessions in October for New Learners

Our exciting range of general interest taster sessions are ideal, whether you are looking to progress in your chosen career, learn new skills or exercise your body and mind. All sessions are held at the Haimo Centre.
Please attend on the taster day, there is no need to enrol in advance.

strong span style="color:red;" Art /span /strong – strong Wed 12 – 19 Oct /strong 13.00 – 15.00
strong span style="color:red;" Art /span /strong – strong Wed 12 – 19 Oct /strong 10.00 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" Book Binding /span /strong – strong Wed 12 – 19 Oct /strong – 19.15 – 21.15
strong span style="color:red;" Caligraphy /span /strong – strong Thur 13 – 20 Oct /strong – 19.00 – 21.00
strong span style="color:red;" Ceramics /span /strong – strong Thur 13 – 20 Oct /strong – 09.30 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" Ceramics /span /strong – strong Thur 13 – 20 Oct /strong – 13.00 – 15.30
strong span style="color:red;" Ceramics /span /strong – strong Tue 18 Oct /strong – 10.00 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" Clothesmaking /span /strong – strong Tue 11 – 18 Oct /strong – 10.00 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" Clothesmaking /span /strong – strong Thur 13 – 20 Oct /strong – 13.00 – 15.00
strong span style="color:red;" Computing /span /strong – strong Tue 11 – 18 Oct /strong – 10.00 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" Drawing & Painting /span /strong – strong Mon 10 Oct /strong – 10.00 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" Drawing & Painting /span /strong – strong Thur 13 – 20 Oct /strong – 10.00 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" Drawing & Painting /span /strong – strong Thur 13 – 20 Oct /strong – 13.00 – 15.00
strong span style="color:red;" Drawing & Painting /span /strong – strong Mon 17 Oct /strong – 10.00 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" French /span /strong – strong Wed 12 – 19 Oct /strong – 19.00 – 21.00
strong span style="color:red;" German /span /strong – strong Wed 12 – 19 Oct /strong – 19.30 – 21.30
strong span style="color:red;" Mosaic /span /strong * – strong Mon 17 Oct /strong – 10.00 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" Soft Furnishing /span /strong – strong Wed 12 – 19 Oct /strong – 19.30 – 21.30
strong span style="color:red;" Sugarcraft /span /strong – strong Thur 13 – 20 Oct /strong – 10.00 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" Watercolour /span /strong – strong Thur 13 – 20 Oct /strong – 10.00 – 12.00
strong span style="color:red;" Watercolour /span /strong – strong Thur 13 – 20 Oct /strong – 13.00 – 15.00
strong span style="color:red;" Word Processing /span /strong – strong Tue 11 – 18 Oct /strong – 12.30 – 15.00
strong span style="color:red;" Word Processing /span /strong – strong Mon 10 – 17 Oct /strong – 09.30 – 12.30
strong span style="color:red;" Yoga /span /strong – strong Mon 10 – 17 Oct /strong – 14.00 – 15.30

*Learners will be expected to pay £2 for materials.

strong General Interest Enrolment Days /strong
You can enrol online now for General Interest courses beginning in October 2011.

Alternatively you can come along to one of the following enrolment sessions:

Wednesday 21 September
Greenwich Park Centre
Royal Hill, SE10 8PY
12.30pm-3.30pm and 6pm-8pm

Thursday 22 September
Eltham Centre
2 Archery Road, SE9 1HA
Eltham
6pm-8pm

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ESOL Campaign Makes an Impact

As a result of months of campaigning by span class="caps" ESOL /span students, tutors and the local community, we are delighted to announce that the government has allowed the college to change rules about fees for English courses.

Over the past six months the college’s campaign has included a silent and noisy protest, visits by Teresa Pearce MP and Ken Livingstone, a ‘teach in’ by the Houses of Parliament followed by the handing in of a national ‘Action for ESOL’ petition of over 20,000 signatures.The campaign also received national media coverage

strong A delighted Jennie Turner, Head of Department for span class="caps" ESOL /span at Greenwich Community College, said: /strong

“This decision is really good news. Learners on inactive benefits can now access education and training that will enable them to get jobs and really improve their prospects. Teresa’s support for our campaign has been tremendous and our learners and staff at the college are delighted at the outcome.”

strong Welcoming the u-turn, Teresa Pearce MP a key supporter of the campaign said: /strong

“I am delighted that the Government has backed down over plans to cut free college courses for people on inactive benefits who need to learn English to get a job. The Prime Minister has repeatedly said he wants immigrants to the UK to learn English so it made absolutely no sense for the Government to cut these courses.

“The u-turn is only for 12 months though and it doesn’t look like any additional funding is being provided, so the campaign must continue. We all benefit when our neighbours can speak English, contribute to our community and get into paid work. I will continue to make the case that the Government should be doing the right thing by funding free English language courses and that this actually saves money in the long-term.”

If learners are unemployed, looking for a job and receiving the following means tested benefits they are now able to enrol on an English ( span class="caps" ESOL /span ) course for free:

ul li Council Tax Benefit /li li Housing Benefit /li li Income Support /li li Pension Credits (Guarantee Credit only) /li li Contribution-based Employment Support Allowance /li li Working Tax Credit /li /ul

Learners for English courses who are now eligible for the free course and have yet to enrol have been asked to come into the college’s Plumstead Centre to make an appointment.

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GCC Students Celebrate on A Level Results Day

It was a day of celebration at span class="caps" GCC /span as students collected their A Level results.

Amongst those celebrating was Jason Kilmartin who gained three ‘A’ stars in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

A delighted Jason, 26, from London will be studying Medicine at University College London ( span class="caps" UCL /span ).

He paid tribute to the ‘tutors and fellow students’ who helped him succeed.

Another notable success was Aisha Hyder from Bethnal Green who received an ‘A’ star in English Literature. Aisha has secured a place studying English at Cambridge University.

Other students celebrating included 18 year old Duke Fay from Crayford who received two ‘A’s and a ‘B’ and will be studying Physics and Photonics at Southampton University and Osato Osa-Edoh whose results included a ‘B’ in English Literature and will be progressing onto Birkbeck University.

As well as individual successes the college was also celebrating 100% A2 pass rates in Economics, English Literature, French, History, Law and Sociology with all other subject achieving 85% or more.

strong Please see the full list of A2 pass rates below: /strong

ul li Accounts – 88% /li li Biology – 87% /li li Business – 100% /li li Chemistry – 93% /li li Economics – 100% /li li English Lit – 100% /li li French – 100% /li li Govt & Politics – 91% /li li History – 100% /li li Law – 100% /li li Maths – 96% /li li Media – 85% /li li Physics – 92% /li li Sociology – 100% /li li Spanish – 100% /li li Psychology – 90% /li /ul

*There is still time to be part of the success story and enrol on A Levels from September. Pleas click here for full details and how to apply online today.

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Enrol Today onto a General Interest Course

Courses starting from October 2011

Our exciting range of general interest courses are ideal, whether you are looking to progress in your chosen career, learn new skills or exercise your body and mind.

Courses are held at our Burrage Grove, Eltham, Greenwich Park, Haimo and Plumstead centres. Choose from a range of courses including: arts & craft, yoga, languages, photography and IT.

span style="color:green;" Enrol in 3 easy ways /span

strong 1. Online /strong

Click here for more information and to enrol online now

strong 2. By phone /strong

Call our enrolment hotline on 020 8858 2211
from 22 August (Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm).

strong 3. In Person /strong

Come along to one of our enrolment sessions:

strong Wednesday 21 September /strong
Greenwich Park Centre
Royal Hill, SE10 8PY
12.30pm-3.30pm and 6pm-8pm

strong Thursday 22 September /strong
Eltham Centre
2 Archery Road, SE9 1HA
Eltham
6pm-8pm

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GCC Students ‘Make Connection’ with Civil Service

A unique partnership between Greenwich Community College, the Civil Service and Stephen Lawrence Trust was celebrated at an award ceremony attended by Dame Helen Ghosh and Doreen Lawrence on Thursday 30 June 2011.

The ‘Making the Connections’ project was developed by the Civil Service as part of a drive to outreach to students, particularly those from an ethnic minority/disadvantaged background and to demonstrate the varied roles and impact of the civil service.

The scheme saw Public Service students from the College, based in Plumstead Road, pilot a civil service unit as part of their course and then undertake work experience placements in a variety of civil service departments including Number 10 Downing Street, UK Border Agency and span class="caps" DEFRA /span (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
Student Sophie Tyler was amongst the students who gave a presentation about their work placement at the ceremony. She spoke of her ‘amazing’ experience working in Number 10 Downing Street.

Speaking at the event, Dame Helen Ghosh (Home Office Permanent Secretary) said;

“It has been a privilege for me to help this project and I would especially like to thank the students who gave us back energy and faith in what we do”
Doreen Lawrence said:

“This project has not only been beneficial to the students but also the civil servants who have been able to get out into the community and share their knowledge.”

The Making the Projections project will in future feed into the coalition government’s programme on social mobility which will include internships and work scheme programmes for the whole of Whitehall. This will provide more opportunities for Greenwich Community College students as well as students from across London.

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Bridging the Gap (BtG) Interviews @ GCC

A great opportunity took place here on Thursday 16th June for our students who completed the span class="caps" AUSSE /span (Award in Understanding Spectator Safety at Events) G4S, who are the main contractors for Security and for Spectator Safety at the forthcoming Olympics & Paralympics, and BtG, came in to interview those students in order to put them on their national database for paid work in the run up to and including the London 2012 Olympics.

51 interviews carried out and student details put on the national database.

We were thanked on the organisation of the day and they have asked again for us to host more interviews on 21st July. Details of this will be being sent to all students who completed the span class="caps" AUSSE /span in 09/10 & 10/11.

strong What next for BtG and GCC: LOTS /strong

Stewards: In April I launched the span class="caps" AUSSE /span initiative again for our 16-18 learners and received 50+ names of students wanting to be part of the legacy that will be London 2012. A course tutor is being sort and I hope to run 2 courses for those students, in July. In the mean time, if they are your students, do please pass on the good news. If you know of any more, please ask them to get in touch. They must be 16-18 now.

Security: With more (than anticipated) security being required for the Olympics, BtG have secured funding to covert 2000 stewards into Door Supervisors. Given the good relationship we have with BtG they have asked span class="caps" GCC /span to pilot the conversion programme and have offered 48 Stewards (from span class="caps" GCC /span ) the chance to convert their span class="caps" AUSSE /span into Door Supervisor. Also included in the conversion agreement is that BtG will pay for the span class="caps" SIA /span licence that is required, from
March 2012 to September 2012 to work on both the test events & the Olympics. This is all paid work!

On top of that, BtG have confirmed that we can also convert those stewards we train in July. This is a great opportunity for our learners and one that should be embraced.

Supervisors: Another excellent opportunity but this time for staff (and get paid to do it). BtG are looking for staff to become supervisors for the Olympics. This involves
being at an agreed meeting point and supervising the stewards from that point to an agreed place of work for them. You then hand the stewards over to G4S.

We are very proud to be part of the Legacy that will be the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Click to find out more

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Colleges lead way with Shared Services Appointment

Greenwich Community College and North East Surrey College of Technology ( span class="caps" NESCOT /span ) have appointed Anne-Marie Etan as ‘Senior Executive Director’ in what is believed to be the first shared service senior appointment in the FE and HE sector across two colleges.

Ms Etan has a wealth of experience in the FE/HE and financial sectors with previous senior executive roles with Croydon, Southwark and South Thames Colleges.

The focus of this trail-blazing shared service role is to maximise savings for both colleges by exploring shared services and by implementing effective financial systems and processes. The appointment has been praised by leading figures in the Further Education sector.

Geoff Russell, Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency said:
“Congratulations to Ms Etan and to both of the colleges in establishing this working partnership. Shared services solutions are a win-win situation because they bring wider benefits to the colleges involved and their learners. It is very encouraging to see colleges developing fresh approaches to becoming more efficient and enterprising by working with peers and partners.”

Lesley Davies, Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said:

“Colleges continue to demonstrate their ability to respond to the changing demands of the economic climate in which they work. The positive action taken by these two colleges to take advantage of the economies of scale delivered by shared services is to be commended; it is the way forward. They are working together in a constructive way in order to continue to deliver high quality educational provision in a cost-efficient way.”

Ms. Etan is “looking forward to this unique role” and will start immediately. She will spend her time between the two colleges and be supported by two Finance Directors who are based at each college. She will report directly to the respective college Principals who are thrilled with the appointment.

Sunaina Mann, Principal and Chief Executive of span class="caps" NESCOT /span said:

“It is exciting to be part of this groundbreaking appointment and I look forward to working with Anne-Marie and the savings her post will ultimately bring to span class="caps" NESCOT /span and Greenwich Community College. I believe that shared services will only work with partners that trust each other and who share the same values and standards.”

Gary Chin, Principal and Chief Executive of Greenwich Community said:

“I am delighted that we have appointed someone of the experience and calibre of Anne-Marie and look forward to working with her during this very challenging financial time. She will be joining two colleges who share the same values and vision.”

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Gaming Students Cruise into Employment

A recruitment day held by one of the world’s largest cruise companies resulted in casino dealer jobs being offered to London Gaming College students.

Carnival Corporation, who own cruise lines including P&O, Princess and Carnival Cruises held interviews at the college’s training casino at The Valley, Charlton for a range of positions worldwide.

Since its launch in 2008, London Gaming College has trained a total of 175 students from across Europe on a range of qualification courses developed with the Gaming industry. Over 50% of students have progressed into employment in a range of casinos and cruise liners.

One of the successful students was Atena Cuculici from Romania. 32 year old Atena recently completed an intensive casino dealer course at the college and has been offered a job on one of the companies 100 cruise liners as a croupier. She was full of praise for the London Gaming College staff who taught her:

“I received fantastic training and would like to thank everyone at London Gaming College for changing my life”.
Another ecstatic student was 23 year old Rhoda Crawley from Erith. Rhoda will start her job as a casino dealer on the Crown Princess Cruise Liner which sets sail on 16 August. Rhoda was also full of praise for London Gaming College and praised the ‘Amazing staff’.

Other successful students included Adrian Neagu, 22, from Romania and Sonny Henty, 22, from Eltham.
Head of London Gaming College, Alan Penny was delighted about the successful outcomes of the day:

“To have an employer of the calibre of Carnival Corporation use London Gaming College as a venue for their recruitment day is a great honour. The fact that many of our students have been offered jobs today pays testament to our fantastic teaching staff and the training facilities we offer. It also shows why people come from across Europe to train with us.”

ul li We will be holding interview and assessment days on 25 & 26 July for gaming courses starting in September. Please click here for more information and to register. /li /ul ul li Please click here for more information about London Gaming College and the courses we run. /li /ul
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ESOL Campaign Featured on BBC

Greenwich Community College was featured on span class="caps" BBC /span Radio 4 Women’s Hour this morning as part of the ongoing campaign against cuts to span class="caps" ESOL /span funding.

span class="caps" ESOL /span student Zainab Duale, from Woolwich, and Head of span class="caps" ESOL /span Jennie Turner, were interviewed as part of a discussion about the effects the cuts will have on women in local communities across the country.

80% of the college’s span class="caps" ESOL /span learners are women and 75% of those will be affected if the cuts go ahead.

Click here to listen to the full interview via the BBC’s iPlayer.

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GCC Makes a Noise for ESOL

Over 150 Students and staff from Greenwich Community College staged a noisy demonstration today as part of their ongoing campaign against Government cuts to span class="caps" ESOL /span (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses.

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The defend span class="caps" ESOL /span campaign has been triggered by proposed funding changes to English Language courses, which will affect over 600 of the 1,100 students currently studying English courses at the college. 80% of those affected are female students.

Jennifer Turner, Head of span class="caps" ESOL /span at the college, said:

“The aftershocks of these cuts will be felt in the local area for years to come. David Cameron can talk all he likes about the need for immigrants to learn English, but slashing the budget for span class="caps" ESOL /span classes will stop people from getting the skills they need to integrate in to society and to find lasting employment.

“Students and staff here at Greenwich Community College and around the country are not willing to sit quietly by while experienced tutors and support staff lose their jobs and poorer students are asked to pay more.”

strong The campaign so far: /strong

strong 3 March /strong
Students and staff hold a silent protest. Please click here for the full story.

strong 24 March /strong
Handed in petition at 10 Downing Street. Please click here for the full story

strong 29 March /strong
Staff and students from span class="caps" GCC /span take part in NIACE/Refugee Council Parliamentary meeting with MPs and Lords.

strong 30 March /strong
Heidi Alexander MP asks a question about span class="caps" ESOL /span to the PM at PMQs

strong 6th April /strong
Ken Livingstone visits span class="caps" GCC /span span class="caps" ESOL /span Department to lend his support. Please click here for the full story

strong 14th April /strong
David Cameron makes a speech about immigration and span class="caps" ESOL /span cuts trend on Twitter and get mentioned on Newsnight and various articles appear in the national press thereafter.

strong 3rd May /strong
Westminster Hall Debate called by Heidi Alexander MP. Attended by 20 MPs all of whom spoke in favour.

strong Full details about the national campaign can be found on the Action for ESOL website /strong

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Vice Principal, Curriculum and Business Development and a Senior Executive Director (Finance and Resources).

We are currently recruiting for a Vice Principal, Curriculum and Business Development and a Senior Executive Director (Finance and Resources).

Please follow the links below for further information about each post:

Vice Principal, Curriculum and Business Development

Senior Executive Director, Finance and Resources

strong The closing date for both vacancies is Midday on Monday, 23rd May 2011. /strong

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2011 Adult Learners' Week in Greenwich

Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s biggest festival of learning and gives you the chance to try something new – span class="caps" FOR /span span class="caps" FREE /span

There are many opportunities to learn in Greenwich whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects, start a new hobby or take some time out for yourself.

For the full programme of free courses and events taking place in Greenwich this year, please click here .

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Ken Livingstone Visits GCC

Ken Livingstone visited span class="caps" GCC /span on Wednesday 6 April to talk to span class="caps" ESOL /span learners about the impact changes in funding will have on their lives.

Ken listened to individual stories from current and past span class="caps" ESOL /span students and then held a question and answer session with new College Principal Gary Chin.

Speaking at the event Ken Livingston said:

“I’m visiting Greenwich Community College to meet students and staff and listen to their concerns, particularly about cuts to span class="caps" ESOL /span and span class="caps" EMA /span which threaten to deny education and training for thousands of Londoners.”

The defend span class="caps" ESOL /span campaign has been triggered by proposed funding changes to English Language courses, which will affect over 600 of the 1,100 students currently studying English courses at the college. 80% of those affected are female students.

Principal Gary Chin says the cuts will not only impact the individual student but also their families and the students as a whole:

“The proposed cuts will not only threaten local community integration but will also have an impact on students children’s education as they will not be equipped to help with homework and will also be reliant on their children translating for them at hospital and other appointments (therefore taking them out of school). They will also not be able to progress on to vocational course or into sustainable employment.”

Those learners who currently receive their courses for free will be expected to annually pay on average £430 for an evening class, £765 for a part time class in the day and £1215 for a full time course. This would be very difficult for most to afford on £65 per week Income Support.”

Click here to find out more about the national campaign being run by Action for span class="caps" ESOL /span .

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ESOL petition handed in to Number 10

Greenwich Community College span class="caps" ESOL /span students joined fellow students from across the country today to protest against proposed cuts to span class="caps" ESOL /span funding.

The students gathered outside the Houses of Parliament before making their way to 10 Downing Street where a petition with over 20,000 signatures was handed in by a delegation of lecturers and students from across the country. The delegation included Greenwich Community College Head of span class="caps" ESOL /span , Jennifer Turner.

Click to view the day in action

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ESOL Students and Staff Protest Against Cuts

Over 150 Students and Staff from the span class="caps" ESOL /span (English for Speakers of Other Languages) department held a silent protest (many with taped mouths) today against proposed Government cuts to English courses.

The protestors were joined by MP for Erith and Thamesmead, Teresa Pearce and college Principal Geoff Pine at the Plumstead Centre.

Following the protests the students held a question and answer session with Teresa Pearce before chanting ‘We are the Big Society’.

The protests were triggered by proposed funding changes to English Language courses, which will affect over 600 of the 1,100 students currently studying English courses at Greenwich Community College. 80% of those affected are female students. These proposed cuts will not only threaten the integration of the local community but will also have an impact on students children’s education as they will not be equipped to help with homework and will also be reliant on their children translating for them at hospital and other appointments (therefore taking them out of school).

Those learners who currently receive their courses for free will be expected to annually pay on average £430 for an evening class ,£1055 for a part time class in the day and £1215 for a full time course. This would be very difficult for most to afford on £65 per week Income Support.

Speaking at the demonstration, Teresa Pearce told students and staff;

“I am really pleased to add my voice to this campaign which is one of the biggest and best organised across London”.

Students and staff have also signed an online ‘Defend ESOL’ petition which has received over 10,000 signatures so far.

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Greenwich Community College Tenders Manned Security Contract

Greenwich Community College is re-tendering its Manned Security contract, to commence on August 1st 2011.

Companies interested in tendering for this contract should contact the procurement consultants, Tenet Education Services, and request a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire ( span class="caps" PQQ /span ) from Melanie Marks at melanie.marks@tenetservices.com

strong The closing date for return of PQQs is March 21st 2011 at 1pm. /strong

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Power of the Games to turn young people into Legacy Champions

Greenwich Community College and nine other colleges in East London have teamed up with span class="caps" EDF /span Energy, the first sustainability partner of London 2012, and youth action charity Envision in a three-year partnership which aims to use the inspiration of London 2012 to help transform the lives of students living around the Olympic Park.

Legacy Champions, which has received span class="caps" LOCOG /span ‘Inspired by 2012’ accreditation, will see span class="caps" EDF /span Energy help create a community and environmental legacy for the Games, working with young people through an intense six-month programme with 90 mentors. They will work on legacy projects in the London boroughs that are hosting events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The span class="caps" GCC /span Legacy Champions (pictured) have chosen to work on a project helping local residents with disabilities get into work.

Gareth Wynn, span class="caps" EDF /span Group Director London 2012 Programme, said: “Legacy Champions will give hundreds of young people the opportunity to be inspired by London 2012 to do great things, building their confidence and skills as they work on important local projects.

“As the first sustainability partner, span class="caps" EDF /span Energy is committed to helping with environmental and social issues by taking action and bringing the best out of people, which is exactly what Legacy Champions is designed to do. We’re really going for this – offering 90 employees as mentors to bring this challenge alive.”

Colleges taking part in Legacy Champions are: ul li strong Barking & Dagenham: /strong Barking & Dagenham College /li li strong Greenwich: /strong Greenwich Community College (with London Leisure College) /li li strong Hackney: /strong Hackney Community College; BSix Sixth Form College /li li strong Newham: /strong Newham College of FE; Newham 6th Form College (Newvic) /li li strong Tower Hamlets: /strong Tower Hamlets College /li li strong Waltham Forest: /strong Leyton Sixth Form College; Sir George Monoux College; Waltham Forest College. /li /ul

The first hundred Legacy Champions came together from across all ten colleges at Hackney Community College on Friday February 11. They were joined by span class="caps" EDF /span Energy mentors and local Paralympic GB swimmer Dervis Konuralp, who attended Hackney Community College.

As well as funding, span class="caps" EDF /span Energy is providing 30 mentors a year to work with students. Supported by mentors, different teams of Legacy Champions will work on a range of local legacy focused projects. There will also be other activities, prizes, a team Environment Challenge and mass volunteering event through span class="caps" EDF /span Energy’s Helping Hands scheme.

Rommel Moseley, Head of Business Development from Envision, who will manage the project said: “We are delighted to be recognised by span class="caps" EDF /span Energy and the colleges for our expertise in engaging and inspiring young people to make a positive difference to their communities through social action projects.”

Benjamin Oladunjoye, a student at BSix Sixth Form College, said: “As a Legacy Champion, I feel very excited to be involved in such a good project. I am looking forward to putting the work into creating a project I know I am responsible for and seeing the end result.”

Mark Martin, a student at Waltham Forest College, said: “I am thrilled to be taking part in Legacy Champions and I’m sure it will benefit the surrounding area through leaving an environmental and community legacy.”

Maxine Adesina from Hackney Community College said: “I am very excited about being a Legacy Champion and to have the opportunity of having an input into something that leaves a permanent legacy. This project will offer a great chance for diverse, talented people to come together with ideas that can positively affect our community and overall environment.”

ul li Please click here for more information about Envision. /li /ul
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It's not too late to start a qualification course in January and February

We still have places remaining on qualfication courses starting in January and February.

Whether you are returning to education or want to learn a trade skill such as vehicle mechanics or electrical installation we may have the course for you.

Please click here for full details.

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Refurbished Greenwich Park Centre Officially Opened

A day of taster sessions, demonstrations and tours marked the official opening of the refurbished Greenwich Community College Greenwich Park Centre on Tuesday 7 December. The centre, situated in Royal Hill Greenwich, delivers a wide range of Adult Learning courses run in partnership with Greenwich Council.

The refurbishments (funded by the Learning and Skills Council) include a new reception area, college shop and lifts to improve access to the centres numerous studios and classrooms. The new facilities were officially opened by Denise Hyland, Greenwich Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills and The Mayor of Greenwich, Councillor Barbara Barwick.

Councillor Hyland said:

“Greenwich Community College is a highly valued organisation that delivers quality courses for people of Greenwich and raises skills and employment opportunities. The new facilities at Greenwich Park make adult learning in Greenwich more accessible than ever.”

The open event also gave local residents the opportunity to tour the centre and try out a range of taster sessions including; Photography, Digital Media, Pottery and Tai Chi.

For full details of courses starting at the centre from January 2011, please

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GCC Appoints London’s first black male Principal in a General Further Education College

Greenwich Community College has appointed Gary Chin as its new Principal. Mr Chin becomes the first African/Caribbean male Principal of a general further education college in London.

Mr Chin has been working in the education sector for twenty years and has most recently been Deputy Principal at North East Surrey College of Technology ( span class="caps" NESCOT /span ) in Surrey, which was recently judged ‘Outstanding’ for quality assurance and many other areas. Mr Chin previously worked at Greenwich Community College as Vice Principal for Corporate Services.

Mr Chin is himself a product of the Further Education system and a graduate of the Black Leadership Initiative programme run by the Network for Black Professionals. He is also a mentor and trainer for the Network.

Speaking of his new position Mr Chin said:

“I am looking forward to my new role at Greenwich Community College and working with the highly committed staff and students to continue its journey to becoming an outstanding college”

Iain Smith, Chair of Corporation at Greenwich Community College said:

“I am delighted that we have appointed someone of the calibre of Gary, who not only knows the college and local community but is also an experienced Deputy Principal who has helped lead a college to be recognised by Ofsted as Outstanding in a number of areas including for Leadership and Management.”

Mr Chin will commence his role in early 2011 and is replacing Geoff Pine who is retiring after 15 years in the role.

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Student Awards - 2010

A host of sponsors, students, local dignitaries including Mayor Barbara Barwick gathered at Greenwich Community College on Tuesday 26 October for our Student Awards. The event celebrates the achievement of students from the previous academic year.

Winners included Raj Rhandawa, who received an Award for Contribution to College Life whilst studying A2: “Being at this college was a privilege and I’m now studying at Kingston University.” Ethal Rugge received an Award for Achievement and Personal Progress whilst studying span class="caps" BTEC /span First Diploma in HSC: “ span class="caps" GCC /span gave me the grounding foundation for my career path.”

The evening entertainment was provided by Trinity Music School who performed a quartet before the Award Ceremony started. Students were presented with certificates donated by sponsors including: Aim Hygiene Services Ltd, Argus Electrical Services, Charlton Athletic, span class="caps" CIS /span Security, Focus on Business, span class="caps" GNK /span Interiors, Greenwich Council, Homrad Ltd and the University of Greenwich. Each student had the opportunity to say a few words about their experiences at span class="caps" GCC /span .

Guest speaker Nola Ishmael, Vice Chair of the Greenwich Community College Corporation told the audience about her educational journey and inspiring career. She recognised the vital role education has had in her successful career: “Awards are earned & won, even if you think they are given, you must have put in a lot of hard work to stand out amongst your peers.”

Greenwich Community College Principal Geoff Pine thanked the sponsors and looked back at another successful year for the college as a whole: “This annual awards evening is for me one of the main highlights of the college year, since it gives us the opportunity to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our students.”

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Jack Petchey Award

A class of students at the Eltham centre heard all the nominations and voted for the winner Carleton Janes during a tutorial session.

Established in 1999 the Jack Petchey Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25.

Chris & Steve Hedges nominated Carleton for the work he had done as an Aspire Ambassador. He had performed wonderfully; he was always obliging and professional, willing to take on tasks and unfailingly displayed the ability to see what needed doing and getting it done.

He worked on several occasions – Open Evenings and Interview Evenings. He will be an Aspire Ambassador again this academic year. Carleton achieved his span class="caps" BTEC /span National Diploma in IT with the highest possible grades, the equivalent of 3 A grades at A level and has returned to the college this year to complete a Foundation Degree in Computer Systems and Networking, despite having offers from a number of Universities.

Carleton said that he returned to the college “because of the supportive environment” and that once he graduates from the Foundation Degree he plans to complete a final year at the University to upgrade to a Bachelors Degree. Carleton said this of winning the award “I am very grateful that Chris and Steve took the time to nominate me for the award and I am very privileged to be chosen to win. I would like to use the money to purchase some new electronics equipment to help my group in the Foundation Degree”.

Carleton was also involved in focus groups to meet Inspectors at the main Ofsted Inspection and at the recent HE Inspection. On every occasion he conducted himself with professionalism and enthusiasm and is indeed a very good ambassador for the college.

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GCC Gurkha Project

After being recruited from Nepalese villages as teenagers and serving the British Army for decades, Gurkhas won the right to live in the UK after Joanna Lumley lent her star power to their campaign.

Since the right to settle in the UK was granted in 2004, then extended to all ex-Gurkhas last year, their numbers have been growing. Now Gurkhas are being helped by the span class="caps" GCC /span span class="caps" ESOL /span team to integrate into British life through a new project (run by span class="caps" NIACE /span and co-funded through the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals) providing English lessons to them and their families.

Chris Taylor, programme director for English for speakers of other languages at span class="caps" NIACE /span , said: “When they come out of the army, they still have quite a significant working life ahead of them. And the even bigger issue is for their young wives who come over with them, who may be quite isolated unless they access English language training straight away.”

With up to 1,000 ex-soldiers and family members on its doorstep, Greenwich Community College is one of the providers working with span class="caps" NIACE /span to provide English lessons.
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Cluster of Stars on A Level Results day

Another fantastic year at span class="caps" GCC /span as A Level results are published.

30% of A level students achieved grades between A*and B bringing the overall pass rate to 90%. Amongst those grades were a number of the newly introduced A* [star] grades. The top performing subjects at A level included Chemistry, Accounting, Law, Maths, Economics, History and Languages.

strong Places booked at University /strong .

Each year brings mixed emotions and tense moments as the envelopes are ripped open. Aida Zorba, was one of those who was relieved to have achieved two A’s; the grades needed to secure her place on an English & American Literature Degree at Goldsmiths University. She said “I feel incredible, I never thought it would happen”

Bright star Hiren Gohil 18 year old, is included in the first cohort to gain an A* [star] grade introduced this year for the first time. In addition he achieved one A and two B’s at A2 level and is currently securing his place at Cass Business University for entry in September 2011. Out of those who sat the full A Level exams at Greenwich Community College 100% passed in many subjects – Economics, French, Maths, German, History, Media Studies, Sociology and Spanish.

Another of the many students going onto study at University is 20 year old Cassie Herald -Ellis, who’s achieved two A’s in English and Government & Politics. Her results will take her to Bristol University to study a Social Policy Degree. Cassie who is currently in the Bolivian Jungle will receive the results via text.

strong Maintaining high standards /strong .

Steve Whittingham, Director of Academic Programmes at Greenwich Community College is proud of our increase in results at full A Level, with even higher grades than last year and said “We are thrilled that this year’s A Level results with 100% pass rates in Economics, French, Maths, German, History, Media Studies, Sociology and Spanish included A* [star] grades. Undoubtedly, this is down to the tremendous hard work of our students principally but also because of the superb teaching and commitment of the staff who maintain our high standards. I really want to congratulate everybody for these magnificent results. Never believe that A Levels are getting easier – it is students who are working harder and teachers who believe in them!”

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Greenwich Learns

Thousands of adult students are getting ready for a new term’s courses at venues across the borough.

Greenwich Council and Greenwich Community College are working in partnership with voluntary groups and other agencies to promote a wide-ranging programme of courses that aim to encourage post-school learners of all ages.

The courses will be held at locations around the borough – and there is something for everyone.

The emphasis this year is very much on helping people get back into work, and developing their skills and knowledge.

Apart from courses leading to formal qualifications in GCSEs and A-levels, business and trades, there is also a vast choice of leisure interests.

These range from arts and crafts, digital photography and performing arts such as dance and acting, to the history of Royal Greenwich, languages, and span class="caps" D-I-Y /span .

The council has also teamed up other partners to put together a wide package of different learning opportunities.

You can also learn how to become a Greenwich Community Learning Champion at the Volunteer Centre, Greenwich, so you can encourage others to take up learning opportunities.

Cllr Denise Hyland, Greenwich Council’s cabinet member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, said, “Adult learning really can help you towards achieving your ambitions and making your hopes and dreams come true. The courses can provide you with the opportunities to gain new skills, experience and qualifications which in these difficult times could make all the difference to your quality of life and your employment prospects.”

Geoff Pine, Principal of Greenwich Community College, said, “Whether you want to progress your career with a qualification course or learn purely for pleasure, we aim to provide the right course for you in a friendly and supportive environment at convenient locations across the borough”

It is now easier for people to enrol on many courses, which can be done online. Fees have been frozen for people less able to afford them, and courses that help people gain basic or work-related skills are usually free.

Please click here for course information and how to enrol on a Greenwich Community College General Interest course.

Please click here to view our General Interest Pull Out guide which is now scheduled to be included in the paper on the w/c 31 August.

For information on courses run by other organisations visit www.greenwich.gov.uk/learning or call 0800 0130 730.

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Sherry Bakes Well

Greenwich Community College Sugarcraft student Sherry Glasgow was named ‘Britain’s Best Baker’ after winning a cake-off as part of a national competition run by experience website ‘Red Letter Day’ to celebrate their 21st birthday.

35 year old Sherry, from Thamesmead, only started baking and decorating cakes a year ago with her mum as a hobby. She then enrolled on an Introduction to Sugarcraft course at the college’s Burrage centre.

Sherry’s tutor Sue Kemp encouraged the class to enter the ‘Red Letter Days’ competition to showcase the skills they had learnt on the course. Sherry was hesitant to enter and delayed her entry until the day of submission. She was amazed when selected as one of eight finalists and was invited to Eric Lanlard’s Cookery School where the finalists had five hours to bake and decorate their cakes.

The cakes were shown off to the general public before the judges Eric Lanlard (Master Patissier & Owner of Cake Boy Kitchen), Oliver Thring (Guardian Food Blogger) and Bill Alexander (managing Director) casted their vote.

Sherry said:

“The competition was so incredibly fierce; I was convinced that one of the other finalists had won the title.”

Speaking about her experience at the college she said;

“Sue is an excellent tutor with years of experience, this combined with her teaching style enabled me to quickly grasp the techniques and gave me the confidence to enter the competition and utilise some of those techniques in my final design”.

Sherry’s prize was a week long holiday for two in Sri Lanka.

Please click here = for full details of Sugarcraft courses starting from September 2010.

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Disability Week Event

On the 22nd June, some of the teachers in the English Department put on a very successful event for part of the National Learning Disability Week.

The event was held at the Citizens’ Gallery in Woolwich and
evolved around a variety of different communication workshops incorporating a wide range of innovative activities.

Those who attended the event included current students,
industry professionals and members of the general public, many of whom commended the work that was being done and how valuable it was.

Daniel Marchant, one of the teachers at the event, commented: ‘this event really was enjoyable to run and it really feels like the good work that is being done in this area is having a great effect on the local community.’

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Greenwich Community College welcomed to London 2012’s Get Set network

Students and staff at Greenwich Community College celebrated today as we were officially welcomed in to London 2012’s Get Set network, in recognition of our commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

In order to join the network, the college has been running a range of events and activities around the Olympic values including a learner conference, sports events with other colleges and students volunteering in Schools.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games ( span class="caps" LOCOG /span ) awarded us a plaque and certificate to acknowledge our involvement in the London 2012 education programme. We now join schools and colleges across the UK as members of the special London 2012 community – the Get Set network – and will receive access to exclusive competitions and 2012 Games related opportunities over the coming years.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of span class="caps" LOCOG /span , said:

“When London won the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, we made a clear promise to use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire young people.

“I am proud to welcome Greenwich Community College in to the Get Set network for their exciting work around the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic Values of inspiration, courage, determination and equality.”

Earlier in the year the college was awarded the prestigious Inspire Mark from span class="caps" LOCOG /span for our Legacy Champions project with other five host borough colleges.

Geoff Pine, Principal of Greenwich Community College said:

“I am delighted that we are now part of the Get Set network. We are proud to be a college in one of the five host boroughs and are committed to embedding the Olympic and Paralympic values in daily college life.”

MP Nick Raynsford (pictured) also passed on his congratulations during a recent visit to the college.

To earn the right to use the new education logo, and become a member of the new Get Set network, schools and colleges need to register with Get Set, showcase their student-led work around the Values via the dedicated ‘Get Set’ blog, and complete a short application form. They will receive the right to use the London 2012 education logo on their headed paper, website and school sign.

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Free courses for Thamesmead residents

Greenwich Community College is working in partnership with Trust Thamesmead in offering free Taster and Level One Accredited Award courses in Community Development.

Open to everyone aged 16+ who lives, works or volunteers in Thamesmead, the course would benefit those who lead or are a member of a community group, about to set up a community group or service providers who work with community groups.

The course will help you:

ul li Learn how to take control /li li Discover problem solving techniques /li li Learn how to deal with new challenges /li li Meet new people and learn from their experiences /li li Learn how to inspire and lead your group /li /ul

Arnott Pre-school Manager and previous course attendee Tracy Norcott said: “I had been chipping away at one particular issue for years; but attending this course everything just clicked! It gave me a different perspective on how to deal with the issue and it’s worked!”

Whilst another previous course attendee Julie Feleppa said: “I learnt about group dynamics, their development and how they work as well as learning how to reach those hard to reach groups.”

The first set of courses will be running during Local and Community History Month which runs throughout May, for further information regarding dates, times and venues and to book your place, call Rachel Wiltshire on 020 8853 7034.

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David Gold visits GCC

David Gold, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Eltham, visited the college today to find out more about the range of courses we deliver and the challenges facing the sector.

During the visit Mr Gold met with Principal Geoff Pine and Vice Principals Maggi Knights and Ian Mitton.

For more information on the Conservative party please click here.

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Vice Principal Corporate Services

We are currently accepting applications for a Vice Principal Corporate Services role.

For more details and an information pack with full job description and person specification please click here

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Local Green Candidate Visits GCC

Andy Hewett, the Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich visited the Plumstead Centre to meet with Principal Geoff Pine and colleagues.

During the visit, Mr Hewett was given an overview of span class="caps" GCC /span and discussed the current challenges facing the college and Further Education sector as a whole.

The visit was part of a series of meetings with local candidates.

For more information on the Green Party, please click here.

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1st Course Free is Back!

Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill or hobby, try a new language, discover new relaxation techniques or learn how to get the best out of your digital camera?

Well, for a limited period you can try any of these courses for free and save yourself up to £140

The offer is available to anyone who hasn’t already enrolled on a General Interest course since September 2009.

Please click here for the courses available in this amazing offer and the terms and conditions.

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GCC Welcomes South African Delegate

We were privileged to host Dr Raymond Patel, span class="caps" CEO /span of ‘merSETA’(Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Skills Education Training Authority), one of South Africa’s largest Skills Education Training Authorities.

During his visit, Dr. Patel visited our casino at London Gaming College and toured our electrical and motor vehicle workshops. He also met with Principal Geoff Pine to gain a greater understanding of Vocational Training in England and exchange examples of best practice. The visit coincided with the state visit of President Zuma to London.

Please click here to visit the merSETA website.

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Colleges Inspired by London 2012 launch the UK’s first ever Legacy Champion Initiative

On Monday 22nd February, over seventy students from nine colleges from the 2012 Olympic hosting boroughs marked the launch of the UK’s first ever Legacy Champions.

The launch took place at a 2012 Legacy Day held at Stratford Circus, in East London. The event was attended by guest speakers, including six-time Olympian, Tessa Sanderson and four-time Paralympian swimmer, Dervis Konuralp as well as Nick Fuller, Head of Education at London 2012 and Samantha Sifah from the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

The Legacy Champions is a joint-initiative pioneered through a partnership of colleges – BSix Sixth Form College, Greenwich Community College, Hackney Community College, Leyton Sixth Form College, Newham College of Further Education, Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc), Sir George Monoux College, Tower Hamlets College and Waltham Forest College.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ ( span class="caps" LOCOG /span ) have awarded the participating colleges the ‘Inspired by London 2012” Inspire Mark as part of the span class="caps" LOCOG /span Inspire Programme. The prestigious award recognises the Legacy Champion initiative as the first of the exciting collective moves by the colleges to advocate and maximise the benefits of the games for their students, local businesses and the wider community.

During the event, the Legacy Champions were given an exclusive opportunity to view the Olympic Park through the View Tube facility. They took part in interactive workshops run by Olympic Park Legacy Company, learnt about the recent developments on the Olympic park and presented their visions of how the games could benefit Londoners to an audience of 2012 decision-makers and special guests.

Seb Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “The Inspire programme is ensuring the legacy of the 2012 Games starts now as projects like the Legacy Champions are enabling people in the host boroughs to make positive life changes. The Legacy Champions are encouraging the participating colleges to fulfil their potential. We want to use the power of the Games to inspire change. The Inspire programme is recognising the work our partners all round the UK are doing to help us achieve this vision now. I congratulate everyone involved in the Legacy Champion initiative and for securing the Inspire mark and I wish them every success with their work.”

The following span class="caps" GCC /span Legacy Champions attended the event: Dushane Morris, Caitlin-Nico Martin, Myles Warren and Jade Elston.

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Eltham Centre Update

All evening and daytime classes at the Eltham Centre have now resumed as usual at the Eltham Centre.

Access to the Eltham Centre will be through the alley way next to the library. Unfortunately there is currently no parking available at the centre until further notice, however there are pay and display spaces in surrounding streets and in the Orangery Lane car park.

Please click here for more information.

For details on other services operating in The Eltham Centre please click on the following links:

Click here to visit the Greenwich Council Website – Eltham update page

For updates on the Leisure Centre and alternative facilties in the borough click here to visit the span class="caps" GLL /span Website

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Mayor of Bexley Raises Money for Starting Blocks Charity

The Mayor of Bexley, Cllr Bernard Clewes span class="caps" MBE /span , teamed up with the South East Chamber of Commerce and Greenwich Community College Business Unit to raise money for the Greenwich Starting Blocks Trust.

As part of their match sponsorship for the recently televised Charlton Athletic vs. Leyton Orient match, Greenwich Community College Business Unit offered two tickets for auction at the December South East Chamber of Commerce networking event.

The Mayor, a lifelong Charlton fan, kindly donated £190 to the Starting Blocks Trust for the tickets.

Greenwich Starting Blocks Trust is a charity committed to helping young people in Greenwich sporting dreams come true. It will provide bursaries to give young, up-and-coming athletes a chance to develop their talents.

Kam Dehal, Greenwich Community College Business Unit Sales Director (pictured with the Mayor), was delighted with the amount raised:

“We were honoured to host the Mayor and help raise money for a fantastic cause.”

At the match the Mayor and his attendant, Steve Martin, enjoyed a tour of The Valley, pre-match meal and seats in the Directors Box.

Apart from the result (Charlton lost the match 1-0) The Mayor and Mr Martin thoroughly enjoyed the evening:

“The Mayor and I would like to say a big thank to Greenwich Community College Business Unit for a wonderful evening. The company and the food was superb.”

ul li For more information on Greenwich Starting Blocks please click here /li /ul ul li For more information on the South East Chamber of Commerce, please click here /li /ul
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Leonardo da Vinci helps to bust Apprenticeship Myths

Apprenticeship week 2010 see’s the start of a new Recreation Assistants Apprenticeship at the Eltham centre. Run by London Leisure College ( span class="caps" LLC /span ) in partnership with Greenwich Leisure Limited ( span class="caps" GLL /span ), it is aimed at getting local people into paid jobs and providing them with the opportunity to start their career in the leisure industry.

Apprentices are employees who earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff in businesses to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. They can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector.

The span class="caps" LLC /span Apprenticeship adopts a unique approach – a shorter 20 week course based at a span class="caps" GLL /span Leisure Centre leading directly into employment with span class="caps" GLL /span , after 6 weeks attendance. New apprentices begin their course at the end of February and they all get will be paid whilst completing their training!

22 year old apprentice Sarah Ealing said “I have enjoyed my experience on the apprenticeship very much. I have gained valuable experience and it has provided me with training whilst working. I would recommend anyone to join an apprenticeship and the qualifications gained give a good baseline for further development”.

Zak Goldsmith (pictured) aged 19 said “throughout my short experience so far with span class="caps" GLL /span , I feel that this apprenticeship has given me every opportunity possible. At work and at College you get to meet all different kinds of people, building good relationships with colleagues and customers. This apprenticeship allows anybody from any age, or background to show what they can offer.

Employers can be reluctant to take on Apprentices due to the myths surrounding how they work and what they involve. Research has shown that the opposite is true; Apprenticeships are “good for business”.

strong Myth Buster /strong
Myth – My business needs skills that fall outside the traditional sectors / Apprenticeships are in areas like trades and construction / only in traditional crafts.
Busted – Apprenticeships are not just offered in traditional sectors. There are more than 190 types of Apprenticeships covering hundreds of job roles ranging from accountancy to textiles, engineering to veterinary nursing, business admin to construction. Most businesses will have skills needs that could be filled by apprentices.

Myth – I don’t want to train someone up for them to leave and benefit someone else’s business.
Busted – The statistics show this is not so. 83% of employers rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future. 80% said that Apprenticeship programmes reduced staff turnover. So, it seems that Apprenticeship programmes produce staff loyalty and satisfaction (Feb 2008 Populus research).

Myth – Apprentices won’t earn as much long-term as those who take university route.
Busted – The average apprentice earns £170 per week, which works out at £8,840 annually. Considering that university students may graduate with debts and need to find a job, the earn while you learn Apprenticeships route has several advantages. Career progression is excellent for apprentices, and over the course of their careers those with a level 3 Apprenticeship earn on average £100,000 more than those without. [A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Apprenticeships and Other Vocational Qualifications, University of Sheffield, 2007].

Myth – Apprenticeships are a thing of the past.
Busted – They have been around for centuries: Leonardo da Vinci was an apprentice! Since 1996/97 there have been more than 2 million Apprenticeship starts. With the launch of the national Apprenticeship Service ( span class="caps" NAS /span ) in April 2009, there is more structure and support available for Apprenticeship programmes.

For more information on apprenticeships contact the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 or visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk

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London 2012 Inspire Mark Achieved

A project by the Colleges in the 5 Olympic Host boroughs (including Greenwich Community College) has been awarded the prestigious London 2012 Inspire Mark.

The Colleges have been working together to ensure our students and communities benefit from 2012 and its legacy.

Our aim is to promote the opportunities and values of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics to students and our wider businesses and communities. Additionally, we aim to ensure that the voices of our students are heard by the Olympic Park Legacy Company and span class="caps" LOCOG /span (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games).

With that goal in mind we have organised the first ever Legacy Champion Event! This ground breaking opportunity brings together 10 students from each college in the five host boroughs, giving them an opportunity to shape the 2012 Legacy.

For more information please visit www.5boroughcolleges.com

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Communities Get Together For Tree Dressing Fun

Each year, the communities of Kidbrooke organise a non religious festival celebrating light in the midst of winter darkness.

Young people create decorations for the trees in Telemann Square in the Ferrier housing estate and these provide the backdrop for an evening lantern parade, live music, fireworks and food served in the Community Hall.

In recent years, the event has grown in size and ambition. Many individuals and organisations take an active role in helping to organise the event.

This year, these included: Thomas Tallis School, Greenwich Community College, Holy Family School, Holy Spirit Church, The Greenwich Food Co-operative, Greenwich Council, Emergency Exit Arts, The Ferrier Cultural Centre, Kidbrooke Vietnamese Chinese Supplementary School, Southern Housing Group, Greenwich Youth for Christ, The Ferrier Safer Neighbourhood Team and Berkeley Homes.

The Ferrier Estate is undergoing a massive regeneration programme and it is vital the existing and new communities of this part of London have regular opportunities to meet and celebrate together.

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2nd Year Students put forward Landfill Product Ideas

As part of their span class="caps" BTEC /span coursework, a project undertaken to produce a variety of different design solutions to use land fill products, wins a competition. Students Sophie Persaud and Heather Lucas wrote:

“We had to present our work to a panel of judges in our classroom and one group was put forward to attend the Global Entrepreneurship week at the Institute of Directors on the 20th November 2009,to present their idea.

Our idea was to reduce plastic milk bottles going to landfill by transforming them into lighting and also creating craft packs for making your own lighting and accessories, which too us through to the next round.

We arrived and following a chance to get acquainted with pupils from other colleges, we were given information about others businesses and how they became successful, which was insightful and inspiring.

After a brief lunch each college presented their work to a successful business mentor who gave feed back on the idea and helped us improve our presentations. Once the session was over each group had to present their final presentation to another business owner before a winner was selected.

Geoff Pine, Principal at Greenwich Community College announced the winner and it was us! We were amazed, we couldn’t believe it, and we were all so excited. Once the announcement was made we had to present our idea to the whole room, which was extremely nerve wracking.

We were then introduced to Mr. Bill Morrow who is the co-founder of Angels Den, a company that arranges events for entrepreneurs to present ideas to the ‘Angels’ who are a set of investors. We have our chance to present to the Angels later in January which we cannot wait for”.

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Greenwich Cultural Celebration

Students celebrated their diverse cultural backgrounds at the Greenwich Cultural Celebration on 17 December 2009.

A variety of stalls were set up for students to visit as well as dressing up in traditional clothes and tasting a variety of foods, a treat for anyone’s palette! Each stall represented a country in the world, from Afghanistan to Tanzania, Angola to Romania and all points in between. span class="caps" ESOL /span students decorated their stands with traditional clothing, ornaments, posters etc. Students and staff had a chance to have henna patterns painted on their hands, watched traditional Thai fruit carving and take part in singing and drumming.

Fashion students organised a Fashion Show to show off their fair trade projects they had been working on. This spectacular fashion show smoothly lead into the His & Her Competition where students competed against each other by dressing up and giving a brief description about their motherland.

The Student Union organised a drumming workshop by inviting Nubian Sunshine & Dogon Music who encouraged students and staff to dance and play drums. Students from Meridian Music Centre performed in front of a large audience as well as encouraging them to take part in singing.

The Greenwich Cultural Celebration was an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit and share their cultural roots with others.

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Health & Social Care Celebration

A celebration evening was held recently for students of Health & Social care courses.

Students that completed span class="caps" NVQ /span span class="caps" CCLD /span level 2/3 and span class="caps" NVQ /span Care level 2/3/4 and Registered managers Award all received their certificates.

Achievements have been excellent for 08/09 and we handed out post cards to students asking them to give feedback on their experiences either good or bad.

There were very positive comments made on the support they have received by their tutors and assessors and the opportunities the course has given them.

Donna Travis, who studied on the Health & Social Care span class="caps" BTEC /span Level 2 & span class="caps" NVQ /span Level 3 said “Greenwich Community College is a fantastic College with fantastic tutors. I would not hesitate to come back and further my education even more!”

A few days after the award evening we had our External Verifier’s visit from City & Guilds and we received very positive feedback: “The standard of the work that I have examined today is of a very high and consistent standard, the assessment team are a high functioning cohesive team that are solid and set and achieve extremely high standards, the consistency from the team is to be congratulated and should be shown as an exemplar of good practice”.

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Mayor attends construction course induction day

A span class="caps" MAYOR /span has met with teenagers who want to join construction courses at a training centre.

Mayor of Greenwich Allan McCarthy attended an induction day along with more than 30 potential candidates at the flower skills and training construction centre on Woolwich Road, Charlton.

Applicants aged 16 and over toured the training centre, tried out the equipment and spoke to tutors.

Flower skills and training has been one of Greenwich community college’s partners since 2007, offering six-month courses.

Together they deliver intermediate and Level one construction diplomas in plastering, painting and decorating and carpentry and joinery.

Mr McCarthy said: “The facilities at flower skills and training are very impressive and I wish the current and future students every success in their chosen career path”.

Life skills and student support manager, Jason Bodimeade, said: “We are dedicated to offer construction skills courses to Greenwich residents, which will allow them to progress into employment in the industry.”

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Local Student Wins Award at National Music Awards Ceremony

Last week local student Daniel Blake attended the Access to Music National Awards Ceremony.

The glitzy, span class="caps" VIP /span studded affair took place in the prestigious Mermaid Theatre in London on Wednesday 2nd December. Daniel Blake, who studied at Greenwich Community College, a partner centre of Access to Music, collected the award for Outstanding Music Student of the Year from Head of Vocational Initiatives, Gillian Jones and celebrity Lauren Laverne.

Guests were treated to a night of entertainment from the hottest and freshest new artists from Access to Music and partner company Armstrong Learning, from across the UK.

Daniel said: “It was great to win the award, to me it’s recognition for all the hard work I’ve put in, and the progress I’ve made. On the award it says “identifying new talent’ and that’s stuck with me and will do as I continue my career into the music industry”

Lauren Laverne hosted the awards for the second year running. Her career began with band Kenickie, since then she has had various roles in radio and television. She currently co-presents the span class="caps" BBC /span Culture Show with Mark Kermode and has her own radio show on span class="caps" BBC /span 6 Music.

Access to Music ( span class="caps" ATM /span ) is the country’s leading designer and provider of popular music training, with 20 centres nationally. span class="caps" ATM /span aims to provide quality, innovation and opportunity in music and increase the number of people who are actively involved in music at all stages in their lives.
span class="caps" ATM /span has helped thousands of artists including Vanessa from The Saturdays, Jamie from the Noisettes, James Morrison, the Zutons, span class="caps" LMC /span , Pete Doherty, Soweto Kinch, Toploader & Starsailor. Tutors of span class="caps" ATM /span have worked with top acts including Amy Winehouse, Peter Gabriel, Beverley Knight, Massive Attack, and Kylie.

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Greenwich Named ‘New Capital of Industry’

With the help of Greenwich Community College, Greenwich’s contribution to England’s economic success is recognised with the borough named a ‘New Capital of Industry’ for its success in the tourism industry.

The borough is leading the way for London, with attractions such as the O2 arena, Old Royal Naval College and National Maritime Museum attracting a total of 3.6 million visitors in 2008. Greenwich is also poised to receive an influx of visitors thanks to the 2012 Olympic Games, with growth supported by high skills levels and excellent training programmes at institutions such as Greenwich Community College.

Developing the skills needed to fuel the tourism boom, Greenwich Community College offers courses for young people and returners to education hoping to get into the industry and businesses working in the sector.

Geoff Pine, principal of Greenwich Community College, says:
“Our tourism courses are increasingly popular and our partnership with span class="caps" AEG /span Europe has won us HR in Hospitality awards. Thanks to our involvement with the Prime Minster’s Initiative for International Education our students have been involved in projects in Vietnam, Russia and Ghana and visited Beijing for the Olympic Games last year.”

The ‘New Capitals of Industry’ list was produced by the Association of Colleges (AoC) ahead of Colleges Week (9-15 November), a national celebration of the role colleges play in providing opportunities for communities, businesses and individuals.

Greenwich joins towns and areas up and down the country, including Brighton, Leamington Spa and Cumbria, that have demonstrated considerable growth over the last few years and are examples of the development of new industries and skills which will keep the UK competitive.

Audrey Slade, Director of Business, Jobs and International Promotion at the London Development Agency, says: “We are delighted that Greenwich is leading the way in an industry that is vital for the London economy. The world class arts, culture and entertainment facilities give the borough an edge and allow it to succeed in a competitive visitor market.”

Colleges Week is coordinated and organised by the Association of Colleges and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills ( span class="caps" BIS /span ).

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Matrix Award

Our Student Services team successfully gained the Matrix Award across all aspects of our service.

This moves us ahead on our objective to gain external accreditation in support of our Excellence Goal. Congratulations to all the staff and students who contributed to the process this week.

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Nextstep Careers Advice available to all learners.

An agreement has been reached between Nextstep providers, Prospects Services Ltd and Greenwich Community College, that careers information, advice and guidance ( span class="caps" IAG /span ) should now be available to all learners aged 20 and over.

Last academic year, the service was restricted to adult and community learning courses, particularly the community engagement unit, but a new protocol has been agreed that sees the service rolled out to all adult learners who are not already catered for by Connexions or the college’s own careers advisers.

Adrian Caffery (Pictured) is the Nextstep Adviser who is based in the Admissions and span class="caps" IAG /span department at the main Plumstead site and is available Mondays to Thursdays between 10am and 4pm for booked appointments.

He provides impartial and confidential advice on learning and work matters including help with writing CVs, looking for work, career planning, future study plans and identifying any skill gaps that learners may have.

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GCC Student in the X Factor final 9 contestants

Greenwich Community College’s Musical Theatre Teachers and Classmates will be amongst the staff watching the X factor with baited breath this weekend as Rachel Adedeji has made it through to the final 9.

Rachel lives with her family and has been singing all her life. She attended stage school since the age of 2 years old and whilst she was there performed in many musical productions. She was also a singer in the musical Mamma Mia.

Last year she applied for The X Factor and made Bootcamp but sadly didn’t get any further in the competition. She has a happy family life, really supportive friends and hopes to make her mark on The X Factor this year with her singing.

In an exclusive interview with Rachel she said “the performances are a combination of nerves and excitement – mostly excitement as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. The Musical Theatre course was brilliant. I loved it because I learned so many different things. All the knowledge I gained doing the Musical Theatre Course, I’ll be applying to all the genres of music they will be giving to me”.

Our Musical Theatre course co-ordinator David Watters commented on Rachel’s talent “She’s a natural and very gifted vocally, she’s capable of going all the way to the grand finale”

The live studio shows are on every Saturday and Sunday night on ITV1, each week the public will vote for their favourite act to stay in the competition, after watching their performance in the live Saturday night show.

In the Sunday night results show, the two acts with the lowest public vote will sing once again for the Judges, who will vote on who they think should stay in the competition, and who should go.

We’re backing Rachel, who has already gathered a huge following including last year’s winner Alexandra Burke and Radio 1’s Chris Moyles who predicts she will be one of the final 3.

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Sorrell Fashion Project

span class="caps" GCC /span span class="caps" BTEC /span students collaborate with Greenwich University students on the ‘Sorrell project’.

The Sorrell foundation was founded in 1999 and was set up ‘to inspire creativity in young people, improving the quality of life through good design’.

The aim was to join students from FE with design students from HE who in turn are mentored by professional designers. The project was funded by the South East London Lifelong Learning Network ( span class="caps" SELLLN /span ). Our span class="caps" BTEC /span Year 2 Fashion students were involved in the South East region together with neighbouring FE colleges.

Each college group were given a team of Greenwich University design students to work with, from a variety of disciplines such as Graphic design, Architecture, Landscape and gardening.

Our students set the design brief and acted as the clients, the HE students then created the designs to fit the brief, with meetings and discussions with ‘the clients’ along the way.

It was a great experience for the group, improving team work, confidence, communication skills and some found themselves surprised that they even had leadership skills. Being involved also helped to develop their independent learning and transfer knowledge from one specialism to another.

They could see and understand design more broadly. The students involved were treated to a ‘Celebration Day’ where they were awarded a certificate for their achievements and attended the opening of the exhibition to show final designs by the University of Greenwich students in response to the FE students brief.

The designs created in partnership with span class="caps" GCC /span are currently on show at The Young Design Centre, Somerset House until October 2009. Drop in or call 020 7845 5860 for a group visit.

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Passport To Your Future Competition

The Win a Wii @ span class="caps" GCC /span competition has now closed.

Whether you want to gain qualifications to enter University or further your career, or enrol on a general interest course learn a new skill or hobby, Greenwich Community College is the strong Passport to Your Future /strong .

span style="color:blue;" click here for more details /span .

strong Did you know…? /strong

ul li We offer many Vocational Qualifications within a number of industries. /li li Courses are free if you are 16-18. /li li Our A Level pass rates are consistently above the national average. /li li Student support is a big success at span class="caps" GCC /span and using this service will enhance your studies. /li li We have an active Student Union, who organise events, run elections and welcome you with a comprehensive Fresher’s fair. /li li Our music students performed their annual showcase at one of Europe’s top venues, the O2 Bubble. /li li We hold a highly successful fashion show each year for the collections our students work hard to create. /li /ul
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MMC @ The O2 Bubble

The 2009 end of year show attended by over 200 people saw performances from students on the Vocal Artist level 2 and 3 courses, span class="caps" BTEC /span Music courses and Creative Music Producer Level 3 course.

The Musical Theatre Performing Arts students also gave a performance from The Wizard of Oz on the night.

The line up included Aminata Evora, who gave a breathtaking solo performance and Vocal Artist student Catherine Pestano performed live together with her band for the first time.

Cathering said “we were all so excited and i was a bit terrified! I am going on to study for a higher degree at Winchester University.I have just been awarded £5000 to start a business in the University, teaching their musicians how to draw on their skills in order to help the community.

I would definitely say that I will take inspiration from the way I was taught at Meridian Music Centre, to help me deliver this training in my new business”.

Paul Hall, Head of Music said “At the recent Meridian Music O2 Bubble Concert, Performing Arts and Music students gave an exciting and professional performance to an enthusiastic audience. Visitors to the venue also enjoyed the interactive british music experience exhibition.

span class="caps" GCC /span have supported students outside the remit of their course enhancing learning through providing a professional venue to showcase their talents”.

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GCC Students Help Create Safer Community

The Greenwich Community College Student Union have been working closely on a number of initiatives with Greenwich Police, Local MPs and Charlton Athletic Community Trust to send a strong message of zero tolerance against carrying knives and street crime.

A combination of tutorial sessions, meetings and events, including the installation of a knife arch for a morning at the Plumstead and Burrage Centres, have culminated in the students from the college being invited onto Safer Neighbourhood Panels which allows them to input into the priorities set for the Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

Greenwich Community College Principal, Geoff Pine believes students are integral in creating safer communities:

“80% of our students live in Greenwich and know the issues facing young people and the wider local community better than anybody. Using their knowledge to identify key priorities for the Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be beneficial to the Police and residents across the borough.

In a recent survey 98% of our students said they felt safe in the college. We are proud of our safety record and want to use our influence to create the same environment in the streets around our college centres.”

John Austin, MP for Erith and Thamesmead, believes that partnerships like this are vital for the community;

“I am really pleased about the positive relationship between the police, and Greenwich Community College staff and students. The Police are expected to solve problems on their own but they are just one player within the community. Other institutions and the wider community have a role to play in keeping our streets safe.”

Sergeant Gavin Gaskain said, “This partnership is about reassuring students, their families, staff and local residents that Greenwich Community College and Greenwich Borough Police place the safety of all young people in the borough at the very top of our daily work. Initiatives such as the knife arch raise awareness of knife crime issues and to deter young people from carrying a weapon.”

Jason Morgan, Chief Executive of Charlton Athletic Community Trust said,

“We are keen to support work with our partner organisations in raising awareness of the issues of knife and street crime and any projects and initiatives that we can be involved in which helps to combat, address and alleviate this terrible trend in today’s society that we must all work together to stop.”

To find out more about community policing in Greenwich please click here

To find out more information about the ‘Street Violence Ruins Lives’ campaign please click here

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The Jack Petchey Foundation

The College has been given the go-ahead to run the Jack Petchey Award Scheme. It awards students – aged 16-25 years old who have done something positive, this could be excellent grades, volunteering, even having a good attitude.

Students can be nominated by staff or other students, the winner is then selected by the students themselves- e.g. through the student union. Nomination boxes will be put up at London Leisure College in Eltham and at the Plumstead cnetre, in the reception area and the student union.

The winner is presented with a certificate, badge and will also receive £200, which they must spend on a project of their choice (from a list the college devise). This award is monthly and we have the money to award for April, May and June this year.

Please have a look at the Jack Petchey Foundation website for more details on the award scheme.

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Adult Learners' Week 2009

From Saturday 9th to Friday 15th May, there are many activities in the London Borough of Greenwich for Adult Learners’ Week, a great opportunity to try something new for free!

The week kicks off with free taster sessions and activities at the great Get Together @ Winns Common, Plumstead on Saturday 09 May. Other activities in the week also include:

ul li Free taster sessions run at libraries across Greenwich /li /ul ul li A range of exhibitions and advice and guidance events throughout the week /li /ul

Take a look at the full programme of events here

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Save up-to £345 on an ESOL course

For a limited time we are offering your first span class="caps" ESOL /span course at a special price. If you have not studied on a Greenwich Community College span class="caps" ESOL /span Course we are offering you an opportunity to save up-to £345 on course and exam fees.

span style="color:red;" The deadline has closed for this offer /span .

We may run a similar promotion for courses later in 2009.

strong “If you are interested in receiving details of future offers then please follow this link and fill out your details”:http:/part-time-qualification-courses/esol-course-0ffer-registration-form/. /strong

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New Chair For Sound Sense Combines Voluntary Sector And Community Music Experience

Catherine Pestano has been appointed as the new chair of Sound Sense; a UK development agency for community music, following a long period as member and board member for Sound Sense. Catherine brings much experience to the role as a trained group worker, counsellor and mental health social worker as well as a practising community musician.

Musically, she trained with Frankie Armstrong of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network, completed the Goldsmiths Certificate in workshop skills course and is currently studying Vocal Artist Level 3 at the Meridian Music Centre ( span class="caps" MMC /span ); to focus on her own performing skills.

Catherine, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, also runs Croydon-based span class="caps" CRISP /span , which offers training for community musicians and music making opportunities for all ages. In 2007 span class="caps" CRISP /span won an span class="caps" ISME /span (International Society for Music Education) Gibson Community Music Education Project Award for a Serbian project, which shared models of creative music making with disabled children and their carers.

In the social care field, Pestano has most recently been vice chair of Carr Gomm Housing Association, and she continues to serve on the registration and conduct committees of the General Social Care Council, where she offers teambuilding and corporate wellbeing advice using group activities and her music skills.

Catherine Pestano comments “my Vocal Artist studies at the span class="caps" MMC /span have been a wonderful extension of my own musicianship. I can now help shape the development of music education in the UK to include the emancipatory and life-affirming values and practices of community music. I believe my time at Greenwich will continue to provide an enhancement of my work.”

Kathryn Deane, Director of Sound Sense, says: “I am thrilled to have Catherine as my chair. Her mix of skills as we continue to develop Sound Sense as the voice of community music will be crucial.”

Picture shows Sound Sense Chair Catherine Pestano, right, receiving an span class="caps" ISME /span Gibson community music award

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Vocal Competition Takes GCC Student to New York City

Ellika Prabhaker’s amazing achievements have added focus to her journey into the music industry.

When the Vocal Artist student went with her mum on a shopping trip to Lakeside they were approached by organisers of the Motorokr star competition being run by Motorola, with an exciting prize – a recording contract and collaborative work with top artists such as Wyclef. Ellika was soon persuaded to enter by her mum, who pushed her into the booth where she chose to sing ‘Stand by me’ by the Temptations.

Whilst her mum and sister helped to generate votes through a dedicated website, Ellika got on with her studies and forgot about it for 3 months. A high number of votes were deservedly achieved to push Ellika through to the final 100 and from then on it was in the judges’ hands.

Ellika, a self confessed quiet child, had no interest in music until her early teens after watching her sister sing around the house and followed her interest in R’n‘B and Soul music. She developed her voice at her secondary school, where she was also encouraged by friends who spotted her talent and came to span class="caps" GCC /span to study the Vocal Artist Level 3 course at the Meridian Music Centre based in East Greenwich.

One evening whilst doing her homework she took a call and at first thought it was a prank, only to discover that it was a representative from the competition bringing good news about Ellika’s success – they wanted to fly her out to New York City in 2 days time as she had made it through to the final 10! Ellika was the youngest finalist and was selected to go straight through to the final 10. She was whisked off to New York City on 26th January for an all expenses paid trip into the next round.

“Staying in the West Inn Hotel right in the heart of Times Square was amazing” Ellika said “On a daily basis we went to the studio and were split into groups, then had to learn and record a song – going through a set of rigorous warm ups beforehand. It was both a fun and exciting experience. We were recording with a producer called Dean “Freak” Farmer who had worked with top artists such as 50 cent and Jay Z and had vocal coaches who had previously sung as backing singers to Joss Stone and Alicia Keys”.

“Each day we were judged on how well we could record and how much time it took us; we also had every moment recorded on camera and had to reveal how we thought the day was going. It was like a reality TV show. The whole process was very tiring, going to bed late each day and getting up early every morning took its toll on all of the finalists. I was exhausted after getting only 4 hours sleep per night and it really showed me how hard it was”

It seemed a strenuous but rewarding experience for the bright vocal student who said “On the final night of the competition we thought we were all going to a party, it was really good to have made it that far. We all got dressed up but it turned out to be the final challenge! We had to perform live with a band and they gave us a song to sing. The following day we were all sat in front of the judges with a camera running and were given a critique about our performances during the week. The judges had an envelope with the winner’ name inside and took what seemed to be forever to open it and announce Martin as the winner, it was a nail biting moment and he was well deserving of his win”.

All the runners up have been offered the opportunity to be produced and recorded by Dean “Freak” Farmer should they return to New York City.

It’s apparent that to this ambitions teenager, networking was the second most important thing next to winning having no complaints about the experience and opportunities gained from entering the competition. “The whole thing helped me to see how much hard work is involved in being a recording artist. It’s so much more than having a good voice, it’s about your whole presence as well” stated Ellika confidently.

“The competition really inspired and motivated me to continue within the music industry, I have reached the conclusion that managing and promoting artists is the direction I want to head in, singing will be moved to the back burner as an enjoyable hobby. Before the competition I was not focused on anything and being a vocal artist was an option, but now I have applied to the University of Westminster to study a Music Business and Management degree.

The competition winner Martin Rowe-Miller will be returning to span class="caps" NYC /span , for a recording session in which he will record a track written and produced by Wyclef Jean, and will receive vocal coaching from Fergie together with a 12 month management contract with Maximum Artist Management, and a recording contract with Universal Music.

Once the competition has finished internationally it will be made into a short film to appear on span class="caps" MTV /span . More on the competition and finalists can be found here and more photo’s can be viewed here .

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GCC Awarded Disability Two Ticks

Greenwich Community College has recently been awarded the two ticks disability symbol for its commitments to the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people.

strong The disability symbol /strong
The disability symbol is represented by ‘two ticks’ and the words ‘positive about disabled people’. You will see the symbol displayed on job adverts and application forms.

strong What the symbol means /strong
The symbol is a recognition given by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have agreed to make certain positive commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people.

strong These commitments are: /strong

ul li to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities. /li /ul ul li to ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time but at least once a year, with disabled employees, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop & use their abilities /li /ul ul li to make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment /li /ul ul li to take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make sure these commitments work /li /ul ul li to review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans /li /ul

All local Jobcentre Plus offices have information on employers who have adopted the ‘two ticks’ disability symbol.

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Mayor unveils DLR Woolwich Arsenal station

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, officially opened a £180 million extension of the Docklands Light Railway ( span class="caps" DLR /span ) to Woolwich Arsenal, which delivers another vital north-south link across the capital.

The extension opened seven weeks ahead of schedule linking King George V station on the north of the river with a brand new station at Woolwich Arsenal in the south. It has been funded as part of Transport for London’s multi-billion pound Investment Programme.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “I am absolutely delighted that this extension of the span class="caps" DLR /span with its cracking new station is up and running and puts Woolwich Arsenal firmly on the tube map.

“Woolwich has long lacked the transport links that encourage the creation of new jobs, homes and shops; and this is exactly the sort of project that will help kick the credit crunch where it hurts. The extension will also play an important role in the Olympic transport network. People in this part of London will now be just a 24-minute hop, skip and a jump away from the Olympic site.”

Key benefits of the completed extension include:

*Improved transport links, connecting Woolwich to London City Airport in six minutes, Canary Wharf in 20 minutes, Stratford in 23 minutes and Bank in 28 minutes. In the peak period, trains will leave every six to seven minutes;

*Assistance with the ongoing regeneration of Woolwich and the southern Royal Docks by supporting the creation of new jobs, homes, shops and leisure facilities along the route;

*Better access to employment, education and leisure facilities for the communities of Woolwich, Silvertown and North Woolwich;

*Direct interchange with overground services at Woolwich Arsenal main line station;

*Bus, taxi and riverboat services all within walking distance.

Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy said: “The Mayor and Transport for London are investing billions to improve transport in London and this is a great example of that. This extension delivers a fully accessible step-free station and another much needed north-south transport link for this under served area of London.

Read more about the New span class="caps" DLR /span station here

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Adult Skills Campaign Hits the Bulls Eye

Former dart world champion and local hero Andy Fordham joined shoppers in Thamesmead on Friday 19 December for a day of festive fun. The event was arranged by the Learning and Skills Council and community partners, including Greenwich Community College, to highlight courses available to local residents from January 2009.

The T.A.S.T.E.R (Thamesmead Adult Skills – The Education Route) campaign ran for a week with a range of taster sessions including CV writing, Literacy and Numeracy and Smart Darts, a specially developed magnetic darts game which encourages parents to help brush up on their numeracy skills with their children.
The week culminated in the ‘Quizmas’ event held outside Morrison’s supermarket. Shoppers took time out from their busy day to take part in a range of quizzes for a chance to win shopping vouchers. 2004 World Champion Fordham came to the oche to test the maths skills of local residents, young and old, using the Smart Darts game.
Greenwich Local Labour and Business and Trust Thamesmead were also available during the week to provide support, advice and guidance to local people looking for training and employment.
James Miller, Marketing Advisor at the Learning and Skills Council , was delighted with the event;
“It was fantastic to see so many people take part in the T.A.S.T.E.R event. We have hopefully achieved our aim to raise the awareness of learning and job opportunities available to the residents of Thamesmead which can enhance their careers and skills whilst having fun.”

Click to view courses starting from January 2009

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GCC Website Wins Award

We recently attended the Marketing Network FE First Awards (the national marketing awards for Colleges) and are pleased to have won the best website award and received a highly commended award for Market Research.

The College Marketing Network’s FE First Awards are now well established as the sector’s annual opportunity to celebrate marketing best practice. They showcase the excellent and imaginative work that is being achieved in further education colleges across the UK.

Over 100 colleges entered the Awards in 2008, with 130
entries across the 15 categories. Each category has specialist, independent judges, who not only look for best practice in the category area, but also how the entry fits into the college’s marketing strategy. They are also looking for detailed evaluation of success against goals and objectives.

Overall, judges agreed that there is a huge amount of innovative and creative thinking going on in colleges, and a very high standard was set. Some colleges won more than one award, showing the excellent work being done by some of our colleagues.

The 2008 Awards were presented by Chris Hughes, Chairman of the Learning & Skills Network, at the Network’s 21st annual Gala Dinner on 24th November 2008.

Click here for more information about the College Marketing Nework

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New Careers Adviser Joins GCC

A new Careers Adviser has joined the Adult and Community Learning ( span class="caps" ACL /span ) directorate at Greenwich Community College specialising in providing careers information, advice and guidance to adults over the age of 19.

Adrian Caffery has been appointed to work within the Community Engagement Unit at Haimo where you can find him on Monday, Thursday and Fridays, but also with the Informaion, Advice & Guidance team at Plumstead on Wednesdays.

You may not always find Adrian at one of these bases – he is often out and about at events or visiting learners in their classes, usually towards the end of their course. He specialises in helping to find education and training opportunities for adults living in Greenwich and can also help with writing CVs, looking for jobs, preparing for job interviews, and filling in application forms.

It is all the business of Information, Advice and Guidance ( span class="caps" IAG /span ) but with particular emphasis on helping First Step learners to progress.

When he has a spare moment, Adrian is also available to deliver presentations and workshops on employability skills such as ‘How to write a CV’ to adult classes within the college and to community groups around the borough.

If you would like to book an appointment or an employability workshop with Adrian, please contact:

Adrian Caffery
Next Step Adviser
adrianc@gcc.ac.uk

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Get Qualified Whilst Working!

Graduates who completed the Personal Best program at Greenwich Community College were invited to attend a Job Seekers Event on the 26th November to seek employment whilst studying.

The job seekers event gave graduates an opportunity to meet employers who were interviewing and hiring stewards around Greenwich and across London.

Employers such as Persona HR, G4S and Centre Circle Event Management exhibited at the event. They offered flexible part time jobs which gave an opportunity to study the NVQ2 Spectator Safety program whilst working at the same time.

Persona HR recruits security guards and stewards to work at venues such as Wembley, o2 and the Royal Festival Hall. They aim to work closely with span class="caps" GCC /span by offering the NVQ2 Spectators Safety program which gives employees a chance to pursue a new career as a steward.

Exhibitors from Centre Circle , a recruitment agency, saw em genuine interest from graduates. Having seen twenty people already, we will invite them for an interview and induction on the 6th and 13th of December at The Valley. /em

G4S . employs stewards for the o2, they encourage employees to work for them for a few weeks before starting the NVQ2 Spectator Safety program at span class="caps" GCC /span . G4S exhibitors were delighted to exhibit at the jobs seekers event and em were pleased to see a good amount of local interest in and around Greenwich. /em

If you have completed the Personal Best program and would like to study the NVQ2 Spectator Safety program whilst work as a steward please visit London Leisure College

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Gloria's £50 Hairclip

Student Gloria Okeke won £50 in a competition for her business idea of creating a hairclip that you can write with. The Ideas Mash Up held on Friday 21st in the span class="caps" GCC /span SU was part of Make Your Mark’s Ideas competition for FE Colleges.

The competition was pretty simple – think of two ideas, mash them together to win a prize of £50.

The Ideas MashUp Competition challenges young people in colleges to come up with exciting new ideas by mashing existing ones together! Rarely is an idea created by just one person, and rarely does it take the direction you expected at the beginning. By talking about your ideas and connecting with others you can make an idea happen!

More info can be found on the Make your Mark website

Judges were Kate Fredericks, the director from make your mark plus GCCSU’s Trevor Dean and Rav Dhillon.

There will be more Make Your Mark challenges with our students throughout this year so watch this space.

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Student Success Celebrated

A host of sponsors, students and local dignitaries gathered at Greenwich Community College on Wednesday 29 October for our Annual Student Awards. The event celebrates the achievement of students from the previous academic year.

Winners included Josephine Brown, who received the highest grade in England whilst studying AS Italian, song writer and recording artist Brainlokk and former Student Union President, Muhammad Aasim Mirza.

After receiving his award, sponsored by Reed Specialist Recruitment, Muhammad recognised the impact studying at the college has had:

“Greenwich Community College has given me nothing but opportunities for the future. The teachers are great, the staff are great and the corporation are great.”

At the ceremony, students were presented with certificates donated by sponsors including: Barclays, Charlton Athletic, Reed and the University of Greenwich.

Guest speaker Steve Waggott, Chief Executive of Charlton Athletic and a former tutor at the college, told the audience about the journey he has taken since he first arrived in London to teach thirty years ago. He recognised the vital role education has had in his successful career:

“The one piece of advice I would pass on is the importance of up-skilling throughout your working life.”

Greenwich Community College Principal Geoff Pine thanked the sponsors and looked back at another successful year for the college as a whole:

‘This celebration of student success comes in a year when we have seen a further rise in the success rates of our students and our reputation for delivering training to local employers continues to grow.’

Please click here for a list of all the winning students.

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NVQ Awards in Customer Service

In April 2006, the Wilson James Security Team introduced a step change in how the Security Team approached customer service at span class="caps" TATE /span Britain Gallery.

An essential ingredient to enable this culture change was the development of a strong knowledge base amongst its Security Officers. They identified at an early stage, that the Security Team needed additional training and that the National Vocational Qualification ( span class="caps" NVQ /span ) was sufficiently adaptable to deliver the right results. Working with our Tourism & Heritage Department as a training partner, and in conjunction with span class="caps" TATE /span , they were able to design a package that would not only meet the needs of the customer, but also enabled the Security Officer to understand how to deliver these needs to a consistently high standard – every time, all of the time.

While bringing fresh ideas and a positive approach to the work place, the Awards have also helped the team recognise the need to adopt a people first philosophy in very facet of the security function.

With funding via the Train to Gain programme and support from the Tate with the “Welcome Host “ and “Welcome All” training packages, this approach has helped 10 Security Officers successfully completed span class="caps" NVQ /span Level 2 & 3 Awards in Customer Service in 2008. Graham Dunkley has already seen a positive impact from the course delivered and…” em With a further 7 Security Officers preparing to commence their span class="caps" NVQ /span programme in January 2009, the Security Team has demonstrated that they are willing to work hard to ensure that the visitor enjoys a safe and relaxed visitor experience /em “.

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The Rise of Brainlokk

From tough beginnings that could have seen him become another statistic, Brainlokk aka Daniel Blake has a passion for music that’s taking him places.

“A lot of youths walk around with a chip on their shoulder talking about racism and Operation Trident. They think that the world owes them” he says “you make your own luck – get out there and do something!”

I met up with the charismatic 22 year old, whose refreshing attitude complements his composed style. At just 22 Brainlokk has been refining his musical technique for eight years, reaping the benefits of his hard work with a deal signing him to Hustler Inc, a record label founded by Colin Crook a tutor at GCC’s Meridian Music Centre ( span class="caps" MMC /span ), where he studies. “I’ve got my head screwed on. I know where I want to go but I don’t want to lose myself” he continues “I used to just rap but have developed my voice with the vocal artist course; I’ve now opened up my repertoire to include more vocals”.

Brainlokk’s music spans many genres “I don’t want to be pigeon holed, I make music appealing to a wide audience”. Through his life he’s appreciated music from hip-hop legends like Nas and Jay-Z but admires a wide variety of artists outside of the Hip- hop spectrum including Queen’s Freddie mercury “I did a project on him at the span class="caps" MMC /span – I like his stage presence”.

During a recent performance at the indigo2 end of year college show, Brainlokk gave an enthralling performance charming the crowd with his distinctive style and gaining valuable experience of a live event. “I’m looking forward to next year’s show and plan on including a live band”.

Brainlokk’s rewards continue to roll in and Daniel is one of the students being recognised for his achievements on the Vocal Artist course at the forthcoming annual student awards. His debut album is being released next year on Hustler Inc so watch the rise of Brainlokk at www.myspace.com/brainlokk and you can also catch-up with him tomorrow night – 9th Oct, live on Choice FM’s Gammo Speng’s show.

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Freshers Fair 2008 @ GCC

New students at Greenwich Community College attended the annual Freshers’ Fair last Friday. It was an opportunity for new students to gather information about external and internal support available whilst studying at the college.

Freshers is an incredibly useful fair that offers new students something to do and something to get involved in during their time at the college.

With representatives from local businesses such as Barclays, the Army, Childrens Society and Demelza House, students were given the chance to collect advice and information from various stalls together with freebies and give-aways. There were also representatives from the Student Union, Media Resource Office ( span class="caps" MRO /span ), Learning Resource Centre ( span class="caps" LRC /span ), Learner Support and the Marketing department, there was something for everyone!

The span class="caps" MRO /span provided information such as print and buying stationary, whereas the span class="caps" LRC /span gave information about the library and IT suite, whilst the marketing department was conducting surveys about the 16-18 year old campaign, full time/part time and signing students up to help out with forthcoming marketing events.

It was also a great opportunity for new students to mingle with other students, tutors, and representatives from the Student Union. The Student Union was signing up students for cricket, golf and dance clubs. It is a great way for new students to meet new people, try new activities and explore new interests.

Freshers Fair 2008 was held to welcome new students to Greenwich Community College and hope all new and existing students have an enjoyable time whilst studying at the college.

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A Level Results Even Better Than Expected!

Rami Jasem, Anita Chukwu and Alfie Meekings were some of the top achievers on A Level results day this year. Celebrations began early with excited squeals and tears of joy as many students opened their results at Greenwich Community College ( span class="caps" GCC /span ).

Rami, aged 18 (pictured top with Director Steve Whittingham), achieved four A’s for Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Maths at A Level and said; “I can’t be happier; it’s the best I could hope for. I’m going to University to study an span class="caps" MBBS /span in Clinical Medicine. It’s a 6 year course and I’m aiming to be head of cardiac surgery somewhere.”

19 year old Anita was beaming when she learnt of her results and said; “I’m so happy, I’m speechless!” as she established she had received three A’s for Accounts, Economics and Business Studies. Anita, pictured bottom with her Teacher Andy Nichol, has a place at Southampton University.

A Level results day brings another increase in results, as the country sees the achievement rate increase for the 26th consecutive year. span class="caps" GCC /span students accomplished 100% pass rates across most subjects including Psychology, Sociology, Media Studies, French, German, Spanish, Italian and English.

GCC’s Director of Academic Programmes, Steve Whittingham is thrilled with the results; “Our results this year are a testament to the tremendous hard work of the students and teachers. So many people will be going on to University and they thoroughly deserve all their success.”

Josephine Brown who achieved an A in her Italian A Level was amongst the top ten students according to Edexcel, the UK’s largest awarding body. Out of 1152 candidates, Josephine achieved one of the highest overall marks.

Jerry Jarvis, Edexcel’s Managing Director, said: “This is a tremendous achievement and testament to the hard work students put into preparing for their exams. We send our congratulations to Josephine.”

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Wooldridge Takes Gold and Heads for 2012

It was gold all the way for 18 year old Lawrence Wooldridge and his relay team who took first place at the British Schools Championship recently.

Starting at the age of 16 and now in just his second season, Wooldridge made a huge achievement in being selected as part of the London Schools athletics team “I always did well at sports day and look up to athletes like Jeremy Wariner and Michael Johnson” The race was a success with Wooldridge (pictured far right passing the baton), completing the penultimate 100 meters for the team.

Lawrence has just finished his span class="caps" BTEC /span in Sports Science at London Leisure College achieving a distinction overall and said “These are the best grades I ever achieved in education, its different from school, I had to do it myself, in my own time and got all the help I needed.”

An endurance sprinter comfortable running 200 and 400m, Lawrence can do the short distances too. At the age of 18 he’s just left the senior boys groups to compete against men and is working with his coach to find his event. Currently living in Sevenoaks he is a member of both Catford based, Kent Athletics Club and Tonbridge AC.

Lawrence is heading off to University to study a span class="caps" BSC /span in Sports Science and due to his grades was able to select Southbank University from his two offers, proud to have surpassed their higher entry requirements. Yet his dedication to studying is second place to his goal of getting a place in the British Athletics team. “My main aim is the 2012 Olympics, its what I’m living for and I can use my studies to go into coaching after athletics”. If his grades are this good, then his passion for athletics is in the right place.

Photo by: Gary Mitchell

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London Leisure College’s Luke Powers to Young Apprentice of the Year Award

A Greenwich student on a Sports Apprenticeship programme run by London Leisure College and Eltham Green Specialist Sports College has been named the Learning and Skills Council Young Apprentice of the Year.

16 year old Luke Power from Greenwich received the prestigious award from actress Amanda Holden at the Royal Horticultural Halls in central London on 10 July 2008 having impressed the judges with his commitment, achievement and demonstration of the way the scheme has benefited his life.

Luke embarked on his career in the leisure industry when he signed up to take a two-year Young Apprenticeship in Sports Management, Leadership and Coaching alongside his GCSE’s.
The programme was divided between teaching time at London Leisure College and Eltham Green Specialist Sports College and work placements in local employers including the David Beckham Academy, Bean and Co and Venture Health Club where Luke is now working full time. Greenwich Council, who hold the contract for the scheme, and the Greenwich Employer Business Partnership supported the delivery partners in maximising the benefits to local business and the students whilst maintaining students’ academic achievements at their Schools in Greenwich.

Although Luke was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age he was able to gain the confidence needed to complete his assignments whilst still studying for his GCSE’s.

“I began to use my determination and thirst for success to improve my performance, and the Young Apprenticeship Programme boosted my efforts tremendously,” said Luke. “My programme started as I commenced my span class="caps" GCSE /span studies and so it helped me tackle my exams in an independent and more confident way.”

Neil MacGillivray, Head of Sport, Leisure & Tourism for London Leisure College, said Luke is a cut above the other students.

“Luke overcame a lot of challenges and was a pleasure of a student. I can’t say enough good things about him,” said Neil. “I’ve been teaching for a long time, and he is just the single, most outstanding student I’ve ever come across.”

Luke’s employer Gary Adams of Venture Health Club is delighted that accepting Luke on a work experience placement has had such a positive impact on his organisation;

“Had it not been for this programme, we would not have been introduced to Luke and we would have been the poorer for it.”

Luke is now an ambassador for Young Apprenticeships, giving presentations to other young people on the benefits of pursuing a learn-while-you-earn scheme.

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Get Ready For Enrolment

Our main enrolment dates are approaching for you to come in and apply if you plan to start a course with us in September and have not yet applied.

span style="color:Purple;" *Qualification Courses* /span

Postal enrolment has closed for Qualification courses and you will need to visit our span style="color:blue;" Plumstead Centre (map) /span , between 9am and 2pm, Monday to Thursday for advice about available courses.

Use these links for more details about span style="color:blue;" Full Time /span and span style="color:blue;" Part Time /span Qualification courses.

span style="color:Purple;" *General Interest Courses* /span

For General Interest Courses you can span style="color:blue;" Enrol Online using this link. /span You can also download an span style="color:blue;" application form, /span fill in your details and post it, by Friday 8th August to:

Reception
Greenwich Community College
95 Plumstead Road
London
SE18 7DQ

The Plumstead centre is open between 9am and 2pm for you to enrol in person for a General Interest course. You can apply for General Interest courses throughout the year. span style="color:blue;" More details can be found here. /span

If you need any information about span class="caps" GCC /span , our courses or enrolment, please call 020 8488 4800.

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LRC Prove Their Contribution To Learning

On analysis of our college enrolment data for 2006-07 we have identified positive correlations between use of the Learning Resource Centre and increased success and retention rates for span class="caps" LRC /span members to non members. A summary of findings is below:

The span class="caps" LRS /span contributes to the success and retention rates most in the Social Sciences student cohort with success at 28% higher and 26% higher retention amongst span class="caps" LRC /span members to non members.

The above corresponds interestingly with the highest span class="caps" LRC /span membership across all Sector Subject Areas with 92% membership.

The span class="caps" LRC /span contributes more highly to success at the higher levels i.e. from level 3 upwards.

span class="caps" LRC /span contributes to success across all age groups.

There is a 22% higher success rate for span class="caps" LRC /span members to non members at span class="caps" GCSE /span .

There is a 100% success and 100% retention rate for span class="caps" LRC /span members at level 4 to non members.
The department of Academic Programmes has the highest success rates of span class="caps" LRC /span members to non members by 21%, the highest retention rate by 16% to non members (shared with the span class="caps" EAL /span department), and the highest membership to span class="caps" LRC /span by department by 76% membership.

Success rates are highest for span class="caps" LRC /span to non span class="caps" LRC /span members in the Asian or Asian British – Indian ethnic group with a 9% higher success rate to any other ethnic group.

Follow this link to see our span style="color:blue;" Final student achievement report 06-07. /span

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Musical Theatre Auditions

Greenwich Community College are holding Musical Theatre Auditions for the span class="caps" BTEC /span National Diploma in Performing Arts on Tuesday 15th July 2008 from 1pm at our Greenwich Park Centre, Royal Hill, Greenwich SE10 8PY.

The span class="caps" BTEC /span in perfomeing Arts is a two year performance course, 3 days per week, in which students study at Level 3. It includes comprehensive lessons in Acting, Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre.

Within Acting students will learn about Basic Workshop Theory, Exploring Text, Improvisation, Stanislavski, Voice and Movement. Dance classes cover most genres including Jazz, Street, Ballet and Contemporary. Singing and Musical Theatre lessons offer instruction in both solo and ensemble singing with emphasis on developing the students’ awareness of the broad range of Styles and Genres within Musical Theatre.

The course can lead to further study at drama college or university, or to direct employment in the theatre industry. It is designed to develop confident and technically proficient performers who will have the necessary skills and expertise to successfully audition for Performing Arts Courses at the countries most respected higher education institutions.

If you would like to attend please come along to the Greenwich Park Centre, Royal Hill, Greenwich SE10 8PY at least 15 minutes prior to the audition and report to reception.

You’ll need to participate in a Musical Theatre Workshop involving Drama Games and Group Singing. Please be advised that you are likely to be required from 1pm to 3.30pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the auditions.

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GCC Students Win Adult Learners’ Week Awards

The achievements of thirteen adult learners from Greenwich Community College were recognised at a prestigious Award Ceremony during Adult Learners’ Week.

The 2008 Greenwich Adult Learners’ Week award ceremony was held at the Chapel in the Old Royal Naval College on Tuesday 20 May as part of the boroughs celebration of lifelong learning.

The award ceremony recognised the personal and academic achievements of a range of Greenwich Borough residents who had undertaken a variety of courses over the previous year.

Other winners included learners from the University of Greenwich, Asian Resource Centre and Volunteers Greenwich.

The full list of Greenwich Community College winners is below:

Maria Ramirez
Asma Begum
Charlene Laundy
Daksha Makwana
Nabeela Qammar
Trust Samutsa
Natasha Peart
Fatou Sanneh
Andrew Inneh
Christopher Cole
Amanda Binks
Clare Presnell
Kala Whyte

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New Entrepreneurs Venture into the Business of Interior Design

Bernard McGettigan and Evangeline Fender attended an Interior Design course at Greenwich Community College in 2004 and just 4 years later are about to launch their own business.

The course inspired Greenwich based Bernard and Evangeline to set up their business called Hidden Depth Design.

The City & Guilds course included a clear insight in managing projects, preparing sketches, understanding how the industry works and business elements.

Bernard said

“…the course was well structured and perfectly delivered by our tutor David Allchin who brought humour into a positive environment…”

The course gave them the opportunity to move away from their nine to five jobs and build a career in an area they enjoy.

After completing the course at the college’s Greenwich Park Centre, Bernard continued working at John Lewis in Bluewater on the curtain orders desk. He also concentrated on building a portfolio of work and networking with builders to establish a reliable work force. Evangeline continued her education and is due to complete a BA hons in Interior Design this summer.

The new business has tapped into a fast housing market of recent small houses being built in and around London and such developments have meant that occupants need to utilise every space effectively.

Bernard and Evangeline are now able to use their skills and knowledge gained whilst studying at span class="caps" GCC /span to provide an affordable service targeting the everyday person. The course prepared them for renovation, project management, design consultation, personalised interior design and colour schemes.

Bernard has been trading under the name Beemax Design since January 2008, with various projects successfully completed and many more in the pipeline. They will be launching their business Hidden Depth Design in August.
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Fashion Students visit Milan

Our 1st and 2nd year Level 3 span class="caps" BTEC /span Fashion cohort recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit Milan, from 2nd of April to 5th April. Arriving at the hotel late, tired and hungry they went out for a meal at a traditional Italian family restaurant. The food was delicious consisting of pizzas, spaghetti, seafood, anti pasta and some amazing desserts!

Official business began promptly the next day with a presentation and guided tour of the Istituto Marangoni a Higher Education Fashion and Design School. Its one of Europe’s leading creative schools where talented individuals learn the expertise they need to become professionals in the Fashion Industry.

Our students were amazed and commented; ‘It’s gorgeous! There is so much space and a different room designed for each subject such as Fashion Photography, Styling, span class="caps" CAD /span , Design and Construction. I would love to be able to afford to go there! ‘Melanie Decker (2nd year Student).

‘What I did notice was that the students design work was not far off what we have been doing at college. I would love to come here after I have finished my BTEC!’ Jade Blythe (1st year Student).

They took a guided tour around the Fashion District in the afternoon. ‘We walked for hours exploring the Fashion District. We got to see a lot of different top designers’ collections which were very inspiring. It was great to be able to analyse and touch the clothes that came from the catwalks’ Syeda Begum (2nd year Student).

Gillian Jones (Curriculum Leader) said, ‘Milan is such a Fashion orientated City. This was an excellent experience thanks to the Greenwich Community College Aspire Fund. The shop managers in all the Designer Fashion Houses were very friendly and keen to give us information even though 20 of us had descended upon them! The students gained a lot of knowledge and insight into High Fashion and Italian style. This visit has enlightened and inspired all of us and I am sure the experience will make an impact on forth coming Projects and Fashion collections.’

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Catherine O’Flynn Visit on Thursday 27th March

Catherine O’Flynn, winning author of the Costa First Novel award for her book “What Was Lost” will be at Greenwich Community College on Thursday 27th March at 1.30pm to talk about her novel and answer any questions.

“What Was Lost” is a gripping and thought provoking story about urban disaffection, consumerism and living in a span class="caps" CCTV /span society. The author will be visiting us as part of this year’s “Greenwich Reads” campaign. The idea of “Greenwich Reads” is to choose a book that is relevant and interesting and to encourage as many people as possible in the borough to read it, discuss the issues and use it as a catalyst to create events and activities.

A wide range of groups and individuals are planning to be involved with this project including bookshops, publishers, music and arts organisations, community groups, museums, theatres, universities and cinemas

At span class="caps" GCC /span one of the activities we have already planned is to work with a local arts organisation and Connexions to organise a number of workshops for Drama, Music and MCing to support and encourage more young people into work or study.

We have several copies of the novel in the Plumstead Learning Resources Centre and Greenwich libraries have bought 300 copies. Click here for more information about the Greenwich reads Campaign .

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Memento Project, Sharing Memories & Culture Through Arts

1-22 March 2008, The Landcommandery, Alden Biesen.

The European Community Arts Project, Memento, funded through Grundtvig, celebrated with major a exhibition in Belgium this month. The artwork was generated through collaborative and individual projects of the partners & their student learners.

The exhibition took place in Alden Biesen a 16th century castle, located in the beautiful surroundings of the small village of Rijkhoven, Bilzen. Used today as a cultural & conference centre. It has to be said, that the feeling on entering and seeing the work on display was overwhelming for us all. Photography Teacher Karen Rawlinson commented “For once I was stunned into silence! There was a moment of taking stock & seeing what we can achieve, what we have achieved and of celebration. This is something that will remain with me forever”.

Memento was conceived as a European Community Arts Project for community groups, artists and adult education providers. Evident here was the cultural diversity in these local communities. The art work produced through the projects was indeed a cause for celebration.

The exhibition showed the links between colleagues, learners, the wider community & ultimately the European community and its diverse cultures. Seeing the look on the faces of the Polish partners when they saw the memoirs that they had contributed as part of the project, capturing their memories of the Nazi & Soviet occupations of Warsaw, now carefully bound & beautifully presented by the Belgium students would have been enough in itself.

Karen reports that “ For me, also seeing the work achieved by our students & staff was indeed a reward. Representing Greenwich Community College was the work of photography & textile students who had worked on a project that addressed issues related to transforming, manipulating & questioning the traditions of family photography, culminating in an exhibition at the Viewfinder Photography Gallery, Greenwich.

Also attending the Exhibition and meetings with me was Jaime Taylor (Media Studies Teacher), who showcased the films of 15 span class="caps" GCC /span students in collaboration with a team of university anthropology students & professional film makers, to create short documentaries around issues of local identity & community.

The work on show was a tribute to the multi disciplinarily nature of Memento, the individual work of each partnership and the collaborative nature of the work, conceived throughout this European partnership.

The exhibition & project meetings were hosted by our Belgium partners, span class="caps" OVSG /span & School of the Visual Arts Genk. They took us on a tour around their college, where we met with the staff and adult learners and saw a wide range of art classes in progress. We were also taken to galleries and exhibitions. They were perfect hosts”.

This was also an opportunity to celebrate the launch of the Memento Project website, although still under construction, it can now be visited at: www.memento-europe.be .

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First Female Footballers celebrate an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence Qualification

Charltons home game against league leaders Watford was an opportunity for students and Charlton Academy players to celebrate their football achievements.

It was a great achievement to see talented girls who had worked hard to improve their game and strive for excellence. Kim Dixon, Jay Blackie, Chelsea Fowler, Charmaine Benjamin and Nina Boorman completed a certificate in Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence ( span class="caps" AASE /span ) at the London Leisure College in conjunction with Premiere League Learning.

They were the first girls in the country to receive the span class="caps" AASE /span qualification for ladies football. It is proposed that the academy girls currently based at the London Leisure College would be entered for the span class="caps" AASE /span program again. The Charlton Academy recently rescued by the Charlton Community Scheme has meant everyone involved has worked very hard to keep it alive.

We aim to see more top sportswomen achieving the span class="caps" AASE /span Award in the near future.

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MP Supports Fundraising Event

A fundraising event for Great Ormond Street Hospital has received the support of Nick Raynsford MP during a recent visit to Greenwich Community College.

The event on Saturday 29 March, at the Lakeside Complex in Abbey Wood, includes a comedy act, DJ, Karaoke and raffle. Funds are being raised by the sale of tickets.

Organiser Donna Brazil, 16, from Abbey Wood decided to arrange the evening with her class mates following a group discussion;

“We covered the subject of supporting less fortunate children as part of our childcare course before Christmas and decided to do something to support Great Ormond Street Hospital”

Donna and her team have been busy spending time between lessons selling tickets to students and staff. Mr. Raynsford, MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, was more than happy to help out during a visit to the college’s Plumstead Centre:

“I am delighted to support this fundraising event for a great cause. Great Ormond Street is a marvelous hospital and it is wonderful to see students engaged in this initiative”

The evening’s entertainment starts from 8pm and tickets (available on the night) cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for under 12s. Under 5s can gain free entry.

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John Austin MP Promotes Train to Gain

John Austin, Member of Parliament for Erith and Thamemead supported Greenwich Community College’s training service for local businesses during a visit to the Plumstead Centre today.

Mr Austin is pictured promoting the Train to Gain programme with College Principal, Geoff Pine and Vice Principal of Corporate Services, Carole Davidson.

Through Train to Gain (funded by the Learning and Skills Council) the college has already succesfully delivered training for large employers such as the Anschutz Entertainment Group (owners of the 02) as well as smaller businesses.

For more information about Train to Gain and other services to business, please visit our Training Solutions pages .

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Classes Underway At Eltham Centre

span class="caps" GCC /span classes have begun this week at the recently opened Eltham Centre. The centre based in Archery Road is running full time London Leisure College courses throughout the day and a wide range of general interest courses during the evenings and weekends including German, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology and Positive Thinking.

As well as our learning facilities, The Eltham Centre will give you access to leisure and Greenwich Council services – all in one place!

It will bring together a range of integrated services in a new, purpose-built centre, enabling local residents to carry out their council business and make enquiries as well as access first class leisure and training facilities.

The Eltham Centre is one of the first of its kind in the UK, and the first of three similar service centres to be built in the borough as part of Greenwich Council’s ambitious £750 million modernisation programme. As well as acting as catalysts for regenerating the town centres, these integrated centres will ensure new and improved services that are easier to access, enabling customers’ enquiries to be dealt with more quickly and efficiently at the first point of contact.

strong Working in partnership with Greenwich Leisure Limited the new Centre will offer state-of-the-art leisure services including: /strong

ul li Three swimming pools including a 8-lane 25m competition pool, training pool and spa pool with spectator area /li /ul ul li A 100 station fitness centre and group exercise studio /li /ul ul li Purpose built crèche /li /ul

strong Partnerships with a range of service providers will ensure: /strong

ul li Counter facilities for Greenwich Council enquiries and services /li li An enhanced library with better access to computers and self service points /li li A café and meeting spaces /li li Citizen’s Advice Bureau /li li Town Centre Manager’s office /li /ul

You can view a copy of our Eltham Newsletter here

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94% of Students Recommend GCC

Results of a recent survey of span class="caps" GCC /span students revealed that 94% of them would recommend the college as a place to study.

Over 1300 students completed the survey which included questions about the service they received before they came to the college and their experiences during enrolment and induction.

There was an overall rise in the level of satisfaction compared with the same survey run in the previous year with a significant increase in knowing how to access learning support and resources.

You can view the complete results of the survey here

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International Human Rights Day at GCC

Greenwich Community College commemorated International Human Rights Day on the 10 December 2007 by setting up a display in the Learning Resource Centre. The display enabled students and staff to read and learn about the importance of this day.

This day marked the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The entire UN family took part in a campaign to promote the Declaration’s ideals and principles of justice and equality for everyone.

The campaign reminded us of the world that still reels from the horrors of the Second World War. The Declaration was the first global statement of what we now take for granted, the inherent dignity and equality of all human beings.

The extraordinary vision and determination of the drafters produced a document that for the first time set out universal human rights for all people in an individual context. Now available in more than 360 languages, the Declaration is the most translated document in the world. It has inspired the constitutions of many newly independent States and many new democracies.

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Début Screening of Documentaries by GCC Students

Fifteen Greenwich Community College students celebrated their achievements on the 4 December 2007 for the début screening of three short documentaries they had produced at the Greenwich Picturehouse.
The students were presented with certificates and a ‘making of’ film of the three short documentaries; “Anglesea Road”, “The Good O1’ Day” & “Talk of the Trade”.

The evening commenced with a short welcome speech by tutor Jaime Taylor who explained how the remarkable films were produced by span class="caps" GCC /span students and how it offered perspectives on issues of local identity and the community. Jaime further explained how they embarked upon an exploration of their local community, eventually choosing a group of people or place as the subject of a short documentary. Their success was how they reflected the diversity and vibrancy of South East London, whilst telling the personal stories of individuals.

Participating student, Yasmin Begum who is studying A2 Sociology, Law, Media Studies and Politics realised one of her ambitions furing the project;

“It has always been my aspiration to learn about society and diversity. I took part in this documentary in order for me to accomplish my vision”

Fellow student Clarke Puncheon who is studying AS English Literature, Media Studies and Psychology also found the experience rewarding;

“I chose to take part in this project so that I can broaden my skills with the media as it is a part I want to take in the future. I plan to go into journalism.”

The project was a collaboration between The Royal Anthropological Institute and Greenwich Community College, which was made possible through Mediabox and Aspire .

The course covered anthropology and filmmaking and was designed and taught by professional filmmakers: Ed Owles and Elhum Shakerifar; Donald Daby and Jaime Taylor of span class="caps" GCC /span .

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GCC Wins National Marketing Award

A football based education programme run by Greenwich Community College and Charlton Athletic at The Valley has recently won a national marketing award for successful collaboration.

The Football Association and Government backed ‘Heading for Success’ programme uses the power of football to attract adults into learning, for example, improving reading and writing by producing match reports or analysing commentary. Since its launch in March 2006, over 40 Greenwich residents have successfully completed the course at the college’s facilities in the North Stand.

The success of the programme was recognised at the FE First Awards (The national marketing awards for colleges) in Coventry on Monday 26 November.

Steve Waggott, Chief Executive of Charlton Athletic Community Trust was delighted with the award;

“Our collaboration with Greenwich Community College on the Heading for Success project is a fantastic addition to all our cutting edge community work at Charlton Athletic that engages a range of local people in to education through an innovative approach by using football as an exciting engagement tool”

Alec Brand, Head of Marketing at Greenwich Community College, who collected the award on behalf of the partnership, was pleased that such an important project has been nationally recognised;

“Often we find that many people who did not have the chance to take their English exams at school regret it as they often need qualifications to get on at work. This scheme offers a chance to learn in an exciting setting towards national qualifications. We are delighted that our strong relationship with Charlton has enabled residents to return to education so successfully.”

If you would like to find out more information about the Heading for Success Programme please call 020 8488 4892, mentioning ‘Heading for Success’.

span class="caps" GCC /span Head of Marketing Alec Brand and Steve Waggott, Chief Executive of Charlton Athletic Community Trust are pictured being congratulated by Charlton Manager Alan Pardew.

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BBC Film at Plumstead Centre

The span class="caps" BBC /span visited the college’s Plumstead centre recently to film a scene in our Science Laboratory for a new span class="caps" BBC /span 3 documentary series starring Dawn Porter.

In the series Ms Porter is on a mission to create her own perfume and needed to do some scientific experiments.

The Dawn Identity will be aired on BBC3 in early 2008.

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Julia Paillier’s 1st Book Publication, ‘Mehdi’s Story’

Julia Paillier currently an span class="caps" ESOL /span teacher at Greenwich Community College is celebrating the publication of her debut book ‘Mehdi’s Story’.

Together with the book there is also a span class="caps" CD-ROM /span which aids teaching and is currently used to teach 16 – 18 year old span class="caps" GCC /span students. Students have said that they have found the book very accessible as it is easy to read and understand.

Mehdi’s story is about a young man who flees his native country Afghanistan in the back of a truck, in search of safety in Canada. Tricked by the very people he hoped would save him, Mehdi embarks on a new life in England.

Julia has taught span class="caps" ESOL /span students for six years and was inspired to write Mehdi’s Story to help students those who have difficulties with reading and writing. She explained how there is very little span class="caps" ESOL /span reading material available that engages the interest of span class="caps" ESOL /span students.

“The reader can reflect to some of the real issues that students may face or are currently facing, so the context of Mehdi’s Story is appealing to them. Students are able to interact better with stories which they are able to relate to.”

Julia wishes to pursue her new career as an author and publish more books for span class="caps" ESOL /span students.

Targeted for young readers and span class="caps" ESOL /span students, it is available at all leading bookstores, including Gatehouse Books

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Ideas Igloo visits GCC

Innovator Alex Tew is leading a search for hidden entrepreneurs in college and universities across the UK as the face of the Igloo roadshows, coordinated by the Make Your Mark campaign in partnership with Microsoft UK.

The new initiative, which will launch Enterprise Week before visiting 18 UK colleges and universities over the next six months and aims to inspire innovation and ideas generations amongst further and higher education students.

Greenwich Community College Students visited the giant inflatable igloo on campus for workshop sessions designed to help them generate ideas and think about how to turn them into a reality. Later that day, they got the opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges, including ‘Million Dollar Pixel’ entrepreneur Alex Tew, for the chance to win a prize of £150. This round was won by Grace Orford a Childcare and Education student, whose idea of a recruitment and support agency called ‘Open Your Eyes’, for people with special needs had a unique selling point of dedicated mentoring before employment.

Grace [Pictured with cheque] will go forward to a national final, where she will compete to win £2,000 plus a package of Microsoft products to help the overall winner to get their business underway.

Natalie Campbell, from Students! Make Your Mark, said: “Making enterprising ideas happen while at college or university is a creative way for students to earn money on their own terms, pay off debts, learn new skills and make useful contracts. The Ideas Igloo imitative is unique in that it is targeting both FE colleges and universities as untapped enterprise potential.”

Alex Tew, who was a student when his Million Dollar Homepage ideas hit the jackpot, said: “There are scores of students combining successful studies with entrepreneurial schemes and many more with ideas just waiting to be developed. I hope sharing some of my experiences, and offering practical advice, will help inspire the next generation of students to reach their full potential.”

The Ideas Igloo roadshow is just one of many innovation-driving initiatives which Microsoft currently runs, including the Imagine Cup – a global competition aimed at student software developers, a partnership with Foundation Degree Forward and the Start-ups Accelerator Programme, recently launched to support fledgling tech businesses.

Skills Minister David Lammy, said: “Anyone who spends any time with young people quickly recognises that they are the ones with the best ideas. By making enterprise and innovation exciting and accessible to students in this way, we will unearth a new generation of hidden entrepreneurs, from all backgrounds, who can turn their ideas into reality.”

Lars Lindstedt from Microsoft’s UK Emerging Business teams, said: “I get frustrated when I hear young people say that they can’t see how innovation can be part of their lives. My strong opinion is that we need to get across the message that being entrepreneurial isn’t but is within everyone’s reach.

“Being innovative has got to be about thinking in new ways and being given the confidence to experiment. This is as relevant and important to a Foundation Degree student as it is to a span class="caps" PHD /span graduate working in our Cambridge Research Centre.

“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Microsoft, and we’ve developed the FE/HE roadshow to bring our own learning to life, with the aim of encouraging more young people – whatever their academic background – to take the first steps to start up their to start up their own enterprise.”

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Be Part of the Legacy

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will see over 25 different sports held in a multitude of venues over London, 3 of which are in the borough of Greenwich- Greenwich Park, Royal Arsenal Barracks and the O2.

It’s estimated that 70,000 volunteers will be needed at the 2012 Games and the Personalbest programme is your chance to be one of them.

London Leisure College is delivering the Personalbest programme in Greenwich, providing key skills essential to event volunteering.

strong What is it? /strong

Completing the training will give you a nationally accredited Level 1 qualification, an enhanced opportunity to become a ‘Games Time Volunteer’ and a chance to gain new skills and experience that will help you move closer to employment.

By qualifying, individuals will be able to get involved immediately in voluntary work in their own community. For example, in Greenwich Personalbest Programme participants have volunteered at events such as London Triathlon, span class="caps" BOOST /span launch, Countdown to 2012 and Concert for Princess Diana.

strong Who is eligible? /strong

The Personalbest Programme is looking to interact with people who meet the following criteria:

ul li Customers should be a legal resident and able to take up full time paid employment in the UK /li li Must have entry Level 2 or above literacy skills /li li Those on Job Seekers Allowance ( span class="caps" JSA /span ) will span class="caps" NOT /span normally be considered /li li Those will a previous qualification that includes or exceeds Level 2 will span class="caps" NOT /span normally be considered for this programme /li /ul

strong What support is available? /strong

GLLaB is supporting Greenwich residents attending the Personalbest Programme by; helping with travel fare costs, contributing to childcare provision costs and providing luncheon vouchers.

Additional support after the training includes; guidance and support with accessing further training, help with applying for work and receiving information about new volunteering opportunities

strong How can I find out more? /strong

Contact Maxine Graverson the Personalbest Programme Coordinator on:

020 8312 7960
GLLaB
122 – 130 Powis Street
Woolwich
SE18 6NN

or visit the GLLaB web pages on the Greenwich Council website.

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GCC Celebrates Black History Month

span class="caps" GCC /span celebrated Black History Month by setting up a display in the Learnning Resource Centre ( span class="caps" LRC /span ) and hosting a talk by Rachel Nkumunda who spoke about her first hand experiences as a young person during the revolution of South Africa. She also stressed the importance of the youth today who can make a difference by helping organisations.

Students were encouraged to visit the span class="caps" LRC /span and read the material which was on display about Black History Month. They also had the opportunity to allocate their country of origin on a map which was also displayed in the canteen.

Students and staff were invited to attend a talk hosted by Rachael about the uprising in South Africa to end the apartheid on Wednesday 31 October. The talk highlighted how South Africa gained independence in 1994 and how this young democratic country needs to overcome the battle of corruption to help it progress and flourish.

Rachel explained the importance of students campaigning positively in order to make changes within South Africa today.

“it is important for the youth to be involved in moving South Africa forward as they are the next generation”

She stressed the importance of students supporting South African youth programmes such as the South African Youth Council . The span class="caps" SAYC /span helps shelter street children by providing food, medication and education.

To commemorate such organisations South Africa has a National Youth Day on the 16 June which is a national bank holiday to honour all the young people who lost their lives in the struggle against apartheid.
After the talk students had the opportunity to ask Rachel questions.

Student Nqaba Metu found the talk both interesting and inspirational:

“Even though I was born in South Africa and knew about the apartheid, I was unaware of these charities but now I know I will be interested in helping out.”

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Prince's Trust Students Celebrate

Eight students were celebrating after successfully completing a Prince’s Trust Programme, in association with the London Leisure College.

The Get Into Sports and Leisure programme gives disadvantaged 16-24 year olds the opportunity to gain qualifications in the Sport & Leisure Industry. The two week course also aims to build individuals confidence and motivation.

During the programme the group studied for a Community Sports Leadership Award Level 2 certificate. These sessions allowed the group to visit the Charlton Athletic Football Club training ground and observe coaching sessions in action.

The programme also included equality and diversity training, careers workshops with experts from the industry, a team building exercise at the David Beckham Academy and a tour of the 02.

After completing the course students were awarded certificates from the London Leisure College and the Prince’s Trust .

Neil MacGillivray Head of Sport, Leisure & Tourism from London Leisure College praised the students attitude and commitment to the course “it has been a real pleasure working with the group and we wish them all the best for their future career plans”

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Student Success Celebrated

A host of sponsors, students and local dignitaries gathered at Greenwich Community College on Wednesday 24 October for the Annual Student Award Ceremony. The event celebrates the achievement of students from the previous academic year.

At the ceremony, students were presented with certificates and prizes including tickets to The 02 Arena donated by sponsors including: News Shopper, Barclays, Charlton Athletic, the Learning and Skills Council and the University of Greenwich.

Guest speakers included Laura Gander-Howe, Director of Learning and Skills for the Arts Council, Iain Smith, Chair of the Greenwich Community College Corporation and Principal Geoff Pine. Mr Pine thanked the sponsors and looked back at another successful year for the college as a whole:

‘This celebration of student success comes in a year when we have seen another improvement in examination achievements and our links with employers continues to build and gain recognition’

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Students on a High After Cabin Crew Course

Travel & Tourism students based at our Charlton Athletic centre took part recently in a one day cabin crew training course. The course was run by ‘Career in Travel’ who deliver courses to students studying travel and tourism in colleges across the country.

The aim of the course was to provide students with an insight to the skills needed to progress in the travel industry and included:

ul li A full review of how a cabin crew interview is structured /li /ul ul li ‘A day in the life of cabin crew’ /li /ul ul li A background to aviation and the general airline terminology /li /ul ul li Preparation on how to present yourself to a group of people /li /ul ul li Grooming and dress /li /ul ul li Safety and emergency procedures /li /ul ul li Cabin services /li /ul ul li Airline training courses /li /ul

Students were also given useful tips how to successfully complete an application form and give a strong interview.

At the end of the day students had the opportunity to speak to existing cabin crew members, trainers and airline interviewers to find out more information about the industry.

strong Visit the ‘Career in Travel website here /strong

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BBC Interview with Oti Ikomi

Greenwich Community College Student Oti Ikomi appeared on the span class="caps" BBC /span London 94.9 FM’s Late Show with Jumoke Fashola earlier this week.

The span class="caps" BBC /span reported on one of the documentaries Oti made, focusing specifically on his aspirations as a film-maker. He was interviewed on span class="caps" BBC /span London news on Sunday and then BBC’s 94.9 FM radio on Monday.

Deptford raised Oti Ikomi is currently studying A Level Media & Film Studies at Greenwich Community College. The film was made with several other span class="caps" GCC /span students, who produced a 15-minute documentary film with footage and interviews captured in the Deptford area.

“I chose film studies after doing an editing course. My media teacher, Jaime Taylor is brilliant. She makes classes easy to understand by breaking things down and making it interactive. She makes learning fun. I was a grade D student when I started here but now I get A’s. My next step is to go to Uni to get a degree in Film studies.”

Oti has plans to direct many more documentaries and feature films in the future.

Click here to watch the news report and the documentary, which looks into the lives, thoughts and feelings of people using community venues in the Deptford area.

The film, dedicated to the teenage victims of knife and gun crime, gives insight into Oti’s motivations for documenting Deptford life.

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Esher Rugby Tournament

LLC’s Rugby Team took part in their first event of the year playing in a pre-season tournament at Esher Rugby Club in Surrey.

The team put in impressive performances against some of the best rugby playing schools in the country. It was great to welcome new players into the side for the first time and given that this was the first time the new squad had played together, the results were very positive.

Despite narrow losses against St Edwards, Whitgift and Dulwich College and drawing with span class="caps" RGS /span High Wycombe, the boys can take a lot from these games moving into the new season. They’re now busy preparing for the first match of the competitive season on the 19th September in the Daily Mail Cup at home against St Dunstans.

Good luck Team!

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London Gaming College Launched

Employers and the Gaming Media were present as Greenwich Community College launched its new London Gaming College in style at a Rolling Stones concert at the O2.

The London Gaming College was set-up with the support of Blackpool and Flyde College who run courses at their Regional Gaming Academy, which has been running courses succesfully for a number of years.

There are currently two courses running at the college’s Plumstead Centre for Coin Slot Attendants and Coin Slot Technicians;

The Coin Slot Attendant course is accredited with City & Guilds Level 2 and is a one-year course requiring attendance for two days a week. It is designed to enable students to carry out day-to-day coin slot machine maintenance, including hopper fifils, coin stoppages and diagnostics. It also incorporates the span class="caps" NVQ /span electronic level one course.

The Coin Slot Technician course is the next level up and is also a one-year course requiring attendance for two days a week. It provides high levels of theoretical and practical skills in preparation for duties of a coin slot technician.

Future courses planned include: Casino Gaming Floor Operatives span class="caps" BTEC /span Diplomas in Casino Operations; Security and Surveillance Systems Hardware Support Maintenance; and Foundation Degree in Coin Slot Technology.

Representives from the gaming industry included Cosmic Video’s Terry Farr and John Farrington, Jerry Hosea of Kerzner International and Leisure Link’s Dave Wilson.

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Roadshow Success

The 2007 Marketing Summer Roadshow proved to be the most successful ever as over 4400 local residents received information about enrolment.

The roadshow ran for a three week period from 23 July to 10 August, visiting supermarkets including span class="caps" ASDA /span , Morrissons, Somerfield and Sainsbury’s as well as leisure centres and high streets.

Once again we were joined by students from the college who talked to shoppers about college life and the range of courses on offer.

If you are a company and would like us to visit you on next years roadshow please contact the marketing department.

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Students Who Use Learning Resource Services Are More Likely to Achieve

A report out today shows that students who use the colleges’ Learning Resource Services are more likely to achieve than those who don’t use it.

The main findings of the report for students who studied from 2005/2006 include:

ul li The span class="caps" LRS /span contributes to the success and retention rates most in the Access student cohort with success at 21% higher and 10% higher retention amongst span class="caps" LRS /span members to non members. /li /ul ul li The highest span class="caps" LRS /span membership is within GPlus with 95% membership, which corresponds with very high success for span class="caps" LRS /span members. /li /ul ul li The span class="caps" LRS /span contributes more highly to success at the higher span class="caps" NVQ /span levels i.e. from span class="caps" NVQ /span level 3 upwards. /li /ul ul li The higher the span class="caps" LRS /span membership to any student cohort, the higher the success and retention rate for that group. /li /ul ul li span class="caps" LRS /span contributes to success across all age groups. /li /ul ul li There is a significant success rate for A2/AS level students attaining grades A – E (71% – 63%) compared to non span class="caps" LRS /span members. /li /ul ul li The largest ethnic group of span class="caps" LRS /span members are Black African and out of all ethnic groups the span class="caps" LRS /span contributes to their success the most. /li /ul ul li Generally, the span class="caps" LRS /span has contributed to increased retention rates across all departments compared to span class="caps" LRS /span non members. The highest retention rate is in GPlus at 39%. /li /ul
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Chic and Unique

Over 200 guests enjoyed the annual Student Fashion Show, held at Greenwich Community College’s Plumstead Centre on Thursday 12 July. The Show, which started as quite a small offering some time ago, was at its best ever this year with over 20 collections designed and produced by students.

The set-up was spot on for the 2007 Student fashion show. Classroom space within the new building was opened out and transformed into a stunning catwalk to display work by students from span class="caps" BTEC /span National Diploma, span class="caps" BTEC /span Diploma and span class="caps" BTEC /span Certificate Fashion courses.

The audience were dazzled by collections including: East Meets West, White Trousers, Tailoring Undone and Sound & Vision, which were modelled by student and staff volunteers.

Gillian Jones, who coordinates fashion courses at span class="caps" GCC /span said, “This year’s show has been Colourful, lively and extremely creative. For the first time we showed a Ladies and Menswear range. It has been all hands on deck for our second show of this scale. The runway props were fabulous and the walks came together brilliantly at rehearsals, both shows went very smoothly and we are pleased with how the students and audience responded. Our Year 2 students will soon be moving onto Higher Education.

Many are going on to the London College of Fashion or Coventry University, which is now the place to go to study fashion at HE level.”

Many students and staff committed a lot of time and effort to the show, congratulations to everyone for creating such a successful event.

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Heading For Success

Donna Howe, a span class="caps" GCC /span student taking the Heading for Success Literacy course at Level 2, has been rewarded for her determination and excellent attendance as she passed the Level 1 course last winter.

Donna attended a celebration of student achievement at Football Association headquarters in Soho Square, Central London, where she was presented with a Certificate of Achievement by Trevor Brooking.

Ex-England footballer Garth Crooks hosted the event, where 13 learners on Heading for Success programmes across the country heard Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport, praise their efforts at brushing-up literacy and numeracy skills.

The next Heading for Success programme begins at span class="caps" CAFC /span in mid-September and enrolments are now being accepted at Level One and Level Two.

For further information please contact Ray Hill on 020 8355 3946 or e-mail rayh@gcc.ac.uk

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Greenwich Community College Joins National Green Colleges Launch

Greenwich Community College is part of a new national initiative launched today which aims to showcase green education and help encourage sustainable development.

The launch is marked with a survey of further education published by the Association of Colleges today (21 June), which shows:

ul li 70% of colleges have undertaken an energy survey and another 19% plan to do so /li li 77% of colleges encourage their staff and students to travel ‘green’ /li li 100% of colleges have recycling facilities of some sort /li li 58% of colleges have an environmental energy policy and a further 36% intend to adopt one /li /ul

Greenwich Community College’s green features include:

ul li Installing censor lighting and water controls to refurbished toilet blocks /li li Installing censor controlled Wudu facilities to 2 toilets /li li Installing 8 waste paper recycling bins at the Plumstead Centre in partnership with Greenwich Council /li li Paper recycling bins in every classroom and staff room /li li Reduction of general waste bins, reducing collections /li li Recycling printer cartridges /li li Installing new control panels to the boilers to give more control over boiler usage /li li Reducing printed copies of the staff newsletter from 1100 to 200 by creating an e-mail newsletter /li li Sheltered cycle park to encourage staff and students to ride in /li /ul

Geoff Pine, College Principal said:

“We have been working for a number of years to ensure that Greenwich Community College plays a significant role in taking forward an agenda of sustainability and we are delighted that this is now being taken forward on a national basis by the Association of Colleges.”

Over 150 colleges completed the new survey. Colleges are also urging the Learning and Skills Council, which has recently invested significantly in new buildings, to offer further assistance; 84% of colleges would like the span class="caps" LSC /span to set up a fund for green projects costing under £100,000.

Tim Smit, Eden Project co-founder, is backing the Green Colleges initiative. He said;

“Our centres of learning have for many years been quietly going about the business of academia, but now is the time for them to become activist in turning statements of optimistic vision into action, so that we, the new battalions in the war on the careless destruction of our only home planet, can get behind them.”

Dr John Brennan, AoC Chief Executive, said;

“Colleges are playing a critical role in developing environmental curricula to equip young people and adults with specialist skills and knowledge. Many others are already delivering on the environmental agenda by, for example, incorporating innovative sustainable features in new buildings, introducing recycling stations or implementing greener transport policies.

“But more can always be done – which is why AoC is working to showcase college best practice to exemplify that sustainability is achievable and to help colleges access the advice, guidance and funding that is available to support sustainable development.”

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GCC Student Wins 'Go' Tournament

span class="caps" GCC /span student Tung Nguyen won the under eighteen section of a ‘Go’ Tournament held on 28th April at Milton School in Cambridge.

The tournament was part of a teaching day for the East of England Schools, including London. It was a special regional event run by the UK Go Challenge which is an annual Go competition for schools in the UK.

Tung started playing Go last September in the popular College Go club and this was his first tournament outside of the College.

Go originally came from China and is similar to Western chess as a strategy game, but it offers more scope for intuitive play. It is an easy game to learn but difficult to master.

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MMC Students tour Pioneering Soundcraft Factory

Meridian Music Centre students toured the Potters Bar Soundcraft factory earlier this month. Marketing Communications Vice President Keith Watson and Director Dave Neil showed students the impressive facilities at the electronic equipment manufacturing plant.

Following a health and safety briefing the Access and Audiovisual production students donned white coats for a tour of the production facilities and recording studio. A lively question time followed in which students had the opportunity to test the recently developed £40,000 Vi6 mixing desk.

GCC’s Rob Ivy played Guitar whilst students sampled and monitored his performance through the groundbreaking Vi6 console. At the end of the visit Leo Beaumont was presented with his Award of ‘ span class="caps" MMC /span Soundcraft student of the year’, for his outstanding achievements made whilst studying.

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DLR Sponsors Student Newsletter

A newsletter produced by span class="caps" ESOL /span (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students was given a boost after receiving £480 worth of sponsorship from span class="caps" DLR /span (Docklands Light Railway).

The cheque was presented by David Sanders, span class="caps" DLR /span Stakeholder and Publicity Manager to Principal Geoff Pine and student representatives at the site of the Woolwich Arsenal span class="caps" DLR /span extension.

Mr Sanders was eager to help the students and is looking forward to continuing the relatioship span class="caps" DLR /span has formed with local residents:

“ span class="caps" DLR /span is delighted to support span class="caps" ESOL /span News and is confident it will prove a huge success. span class="caps" DLR /span is committed to an equal and inclusive East London and our sponsorship forms part of this objective.

“We now look forward to further local community involvement as the span class="caps" DLR /span Woolwich Arsenal extension moves towards it opening date of February 2009.”

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GCC Welcomes Tourist Officials from Ghana

Greenwich Community College welcomed tourist officials and education representatives from Ghana recently as part of a £20,000 initiative set up by the Prime Minister to help develop vocational education and training partnerships in Africa.

During the visit, the guests worked with staff at the college’s Plumstead and Charlton Athletic centres to learn how tourism courses are run in a UK college. They then enjoyed tourist attractions in Greenwich including the National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark.

The initiative was run in partnership with City College, Plymouth and representatives from both colleges visited Ghana last year to hold a number of events for the tourism industry.

Akin Ojolo, Greenwich Community College’s Director of Innovation and Development was delighted at the success of the visit and hopes it will have a lasting impact:

“Next year we are planning to set up a staff exchange programme with colleges in Tema and Sekondi Takoradi and hopefully the tourism training model will be implemented throughout Ghana.”

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Rolf Harris Praises Fante Flag Project

A project involving Greenwich Community College and local schools to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Britains abolition of the slave trade was praised by Rolf Harris during a ceremony at the Horniman museum recently.

The 114 pupils from schools in Greenwich and Lewisham worked with Ghanaian master flag maker Baba Issaka who had a workshop at the colleges’ Greenwich Park centre in Royal Hill.

Fante Asafo flags were inspired by the regimental colours flown by European powers when they visited West Africa during the slave trade.

Asafo means “men of war”, but now the flags are generally used as emblems of community groups.

Mr. Harris, who used to live near the Horniman Museum and retains close links with it, admitted he was ‘close to tears’ as he viewed the artwork and talked to the children about the message on their their flags.

The pupils colourful versions of Ghanaian Fante Asafo flags are on display at the museum alongside works by Mr Issaka in the museum’s African Worlds gallery until June 3.

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Eltham Centre Update

The scaffolding is up and work is well under way on The Eltham Centre which is due to open in Autumn 2007.

The centre in Archery Road, Eltham is a joint project with Greenwich Council and Greenwich Leisure Limited and will include leisure facilities, a library and council services with the college providing courses across 12 classrooms.

span class="caps" GCC /span staff are pictured viewing the college facilities on a guided tour of the centre on 18 April.

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Showtime for Showcase Women

Women from across the Greenwich borough came together to celebrate their achievements and mark the end of the Skills Showcase programme, with an event held on International Women’s Day 2007.

Many of the women came onto the programme with little confidence and unaware of their skills.

The programme raised awareness of themselves and attitudes changed with many women discovering more than being ‘just a mother’ and the skills they possess are the keys to their future.

Skills Showcase for Women offered 5 weeks of intensive training in confidence building and employment skills to over 25 women from four Children’s Centres in Greenwich – Glyndon, Mulberry Park, Quaggy and Storkway, through an initiative funded by the London Development Agency.

The showcase commenced with a message from guest speaker Doreen Lawrence who presented certificates of achievement following after speaking of her tough experiences of going back to learning as a mature student and the traumatic challenges she overcame.

Women taking part in the event wrote inspiring poems of their experiences, performed a play and spoke of their experiences and future plans. Participants were also presented with a range of vouchers from event sponsors Boots, Marks and Spencer’s and the London Dungeon.

Henna PaintingThe women celebrated in true style with pampering activities like Tai Chi, head and shoulder massage, henna body art, and Skills Showcase participants Andrea Rejlek and Iraida Ewins also offered their services with a Pilates and a nail art demonstration.

“It has built my confidence and made me realise what I am capable of, especially with the guidance of my mentor, I now know which steps to take to accomplish my goals”. Andrea

Further information about GCC’s Community Engagement Unit is available here.

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GCC's 3rd Go Tournament

Ten players took part in GCC’s Spring 2007 Go Tournament held on Monday 19th March at the Plumstead Centre Students’ Lounge.

Go originally came from China and is similar to Western chess as a strategy game, but it offers more scope for intuitive play.

Five of the entrants had only learnt the game recently and never played in a tournament before. There were four rounds played on the small 9×9 boards and the winner was Omar Mohamed (pictured left) who won all four of his games. Olumide Oyedele was second with three wins followed closely by Tung Nguyen, also with three wins. Darian Thomson, Ali Sadeghi and Mustafa Nazim each scored two wins.

Positions were decided by countback of opponents’ scores. Omar and Olumide received gift vouchers provided by Students’ Services and the Students’ Union.

Everyone else collected either a 9×9 cardboard set, a Go resources CD or some chocolates as a reward for taking part and for their patience with the organiser. Olumide and Ali Sadeghi were each promoted to the rank of 20 kyu.

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WRL Students Fundraising for Red Nose Day 2007

Our Work Related Learning Year 10 students raised over £78.00 for Comic Relief on Friday 16th March.

The students gave up their mid-morning and lunchtime breaks to raise the money in reception and the restaurant at the Plumstead centre.

A big thank you to all of the class and everyone who gave money.

Pictured from left to right are – Charlotte, Lillian, Amy, Antonia, Chelsey, Alicia, Gemma, Kirstie and Ella.

Activities organised by the college’s Learning Resource Centre for staff and students raised an additional 177 pounds for Comic Relief.

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Camels, courses and collaborations

We were delighted that the grandly named ‘eLIDA span class="caps" CAMEL /span [e-Learning Independent Design Activities for Collaborative Approaches to the Management of e-Learning] January project conference, took place successfully at span class="caps" GCC /span on the 29 & 30 January.

The project is investigating the different tools necessary to deliver e-learning and how to design really good inter-active learning objects within online courses. Each partner college or school is visited – hence the idea of the Camel trek – to find out what is working well with e-learning design. Led by the University of Greenwich, our partners include: span class="caps" JISC /span InfoNet, the Association of Learning Technology ( span class="caps" ALT /span ), Leeds College of Technology, Loughborough College, Barnet College, Dartford Grammar School and Greenwich Children’s Services and City Learning Centres.

Our photograph (left) shows Helen Bannon-Lambe explaining basic First Aid to Dr Rhonda Riachi, Director of span class="caps" ALT /span within a blended learning lesson delivered both via ‘Leo – Learning Online’ and classroom teaching. The lesson includes audio pod-casting and videos to demonstrate life-saving techniques and was planned and composed by Helen together with e-Guide, Clare Treganowan.

‘Thank you very much for a fantastically productive trip to Greenwich. I have returned with many good ideas and genuine enthusiasm for how we can make better use of Moodle (Leo). I’ve shown a couple of enthusiastic colleagues the training resource provided by Clare…this has been very positively received.’ – Kerry Hazlewood, Leeds College of Technology.

John Hywel Williams,
Director of LR & e-Learning

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CEU Student News

On Wednesday mornings at the Haimo centre, Margaret Aubrey’s Clothes Making class, which is run by the Community Engagement Team, takes place.

With Christmas approaching Margaret’s students were able to fulfil the community element of their class by helping to make some of the costumes for the children of Montbelle Primary school’s nativity play. Whilst making the costumes, students were able to reinforce processes they had already learnt during the earlier part of the term. Students were unable to watch the school’s production, but the Headteacher, Mrs Marshall really appreciated the class’s efforts and wrote to thank our students and also sent some photo’s of children in their costumes.

Mrs Marshall wrote “On behalf of the children, staff and Governors of Montbelle Primary school, I would like to thank you and your fellow clothes-makers for making us such wonderful costumes for our nativity. The children looked wonderful and rose to the occasion by singing their hearts out.”

Helen Nicholas
Community Engagement Unit

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Visit from Iraq

Greenwich Community College recently said goodbye to visitors from an Iraqi Further Education College on 9th February, following a month long stay in the UK.

The group of Iraqi visitors arrived on 10th Jan and during a series of meetings at the college observed and met with department heads, senior managers and many other college staff to investigate how Greenwich Community college works as a Further Education institution. As part of the visit there was also a meeting at the University of Greenwich, many training sessions ( including Leadership and Management of curriculum design), span class="caps" GCC /span class observations and a meeting with Nick Raynsford MP.

We talked to Hakim Muhammed a Manager at the College in Iraq who said ‘I’ve had a lovely time at span class="caps" GCC /span . I’m very keen to put new plans into action, as there are so many things I’ve learnt here that are needed in Iraq and can be applied there. I especially liked studying e-learning. It was surprising how the staff and students are treated, regarding management and evaluation.’

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Rising star

18 year old Crayford based Natalie Harman recently completed 57 shows, in her ensemble part in the Pantomime Sleeping Beauty at Greenwich Theatre.

Dancing from the age of 3, Natalie has worked steadily towards her vocation in theatre, something which she has always adored. Natalie spoke excitedly about her Theatre debut “Rehearsal was really intense at first but we were really well looked after.

As an apprentice and part of the ensemble I was paid, but would have done it for free, the experience was so great. I improved myself loads, in particular with harmonies. The audiences were fabulous and the actors I worked with are such professionals, and gave excellent advice on how to look after my voice, what the industry was like in general and what to do when you’re out of work”.

Greenwich Theatre launched Greenwich Musical theatre Academy ( span class="caps" GMTA /span ), in September 2003. The Academy provides a full-time course in acting, dancing and singing as well as a number of shorter courses, many of which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Natalie studies here at Greenwich Community College, just one of partners running the Level 3 Musical Theatre course.

Natalie thinks the teachers are really experienced “because they are theatre professional and have worked on major Broadway shows such as span class="caps" FAME /span and the Lion King. I’m really enjoying the course, which is hard work at times, very physical – which is a good thing!” Natalie has ambitions to work on stage in the west end and would love a part in the show ‘Wicked’ (the untold story of the witches of OZ) with Idena Menzel who she greatly admires. “My next step is to train further and I’m currently applying to Arts Ed, Guildford and Mount View to further specialise in theatre studies”

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Songs that inspired the King

On the 8th January, Meridian Music Centre Head Of Year (CMP3) Colin Crook, released the second volume of “Elvis – The Songs That Inspired The King” on Hustlerz, Inc. Recordings. It would have been Elvis Presley’s 72nd birthday.

‘Educating Minds through the Music of Our Time’ is the theme for this series, taking the listener on a musical journey with a very young Elvis Presley. Volume one of the series was released back in April 2006 and proved such a success that a second volume was imminent. The idea of these releases is to enable the listener to compare the original songs that inspired Elvis early on in his career alongside his own versions that he later went on to record for Sun and span class="caps" RCA /span Records. From Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Rockabilly, Country and fifties Pop crooners, Elvis went on to create a blend of all of these styles with a sound that would be universally accepted and pave the way for today’s Popular Music. Colin Crook, creator and Producer of the album was interviewed by the span class="caps" BBC /span on stations up and down the country, at a total of 17 span class="caps" BBC /span regional stations.

During a span class="caps" BBC /span interview with Roger Day, Colin said: “Inspired by the needs of my students at the Meridian Music Centre, I found that most were not aware of the roots of Popular Music. Elvis Presley was the first international Superstar, who penned the way for those who came before and after him. The world as a whole suddenly became aware of Rhythm & Blues, Country, Blues and all of the other genres that Elvis had been inspired by and which may never have been heard outside of the U.S if the Rock ‘n’ Roll explosion hadn’t happened” Featuring the King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself alongside Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Kay Starr, Arthur Crudup and many more Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneers. Elvis – The Songs That Inspired The King Volumes 1 & 2” are available now from all major record stores and Digital Download sites. (Distributed by T.H.E.)

Paul Hall
Meridian Music Centre Manager

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Greenwich Reads

The 14th February is not only the day for love but also for literacy!

The span class="caps" BBC /span RaW (read more – write better) campaign is about finding fun and interesting ways to encourage adults to improve their reading and writing skills. As part of this campaign, the Greenwich RaW group (led by Maggie Horback a from Greenwich Library Service and including staff from a number of other organisations including span class="caps" GCC /span ) will be launching a project called “Greenwich Reads…..” starting on St Valentine’s day 2007 and continuing through till the summer.

Inspired by a project undertaken in Liverpool last year, the idea of “Greenwich Reads…” is to choose a book that is relevant and interesting and to encourage as many people as possible in the borough to read it, discuss the issues and use it as a catalyst to create events and activities.

We want to include as many groups and individuals involved with Greenwich as possible who would like to be part of this project: bookshops, publishers, music and arts organisations, community groups, museums, theatre, university, cinema…. Whilst waiting for a bus, you discover that everyone waiting with you has recently read the same book, leaving young and old with something to discuss until the bus comes. You chat and laugh about it while you wait. Wouldn’t it be great if life were like that?

The chosen book for Greenwich is “Brand New Friend” by Mike Gayle. It is a book with relevance to anyone who has had to cope with change, loss, a move to an unfamiliar environment or loneliness. It deals with love and friendship and will also appeal to anyone who enjoys ‘putting the world to rights’ over a pint in the pub.

Teresa Cambell, Fay McIntosh, Helen Nicholas and Liz Shaughnessy are all involved in the RaW group and some of us will be helping with the launch on 14th February. The day comprises a number of events including an afternoon at Charlton House with Mike Gayle giving a reading from his novel and being interviewed by Asad Ahmad from London News. It may even be on the television that night! We have a copy of the novel in the span class="caps" LRC /span and Greenwich libraries have bought 300 copies. Some local bookshops may also be offering reduced price copies of the book to support the launch if you or someone you know might wish to read the novel.

At span class="caps" GCC /span we are also intending to organise a number of follow up events for the campaign over the next few months. If you would like to be involved or have any ideas for an event, please feel free to contact any of us.

Fay McIntosh
Wider Family Learning co-ordinator, 020 8312 5014

Helen Nicholas
Widening participation area coordinator, 020 8859 9364

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GCC Vocal Artists bring Covent Garden to a stand still

Meridian Music Centre Students performed to Christmas shoppers at Covent Garden on behalf of span class="caps" GCC /span and the Mayor of Greenwich.

The event was laid on to support Demelza a children’s charity that are raising funds for a new hospice.

Shoppers were brought to a stand still with the impressive talents of the vocal artist level 3 students. The event was supported by Heart FM who mentioned our involvement in the charitable fund raising activities.

The Vocal Artists 2 students also performed on Friday 29th December and received an equally warm welcome from shoppers.

span class="caps" GCC /span students have now been invited to take part in the opening ceremony of the new Demelza Children’s Hospice later on in the year. The Mayor has thanked the college for our support.

Paul Hall, Meridian
Music Centre Manager

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Heading for Success Celebrated

Learners from Greenwich Community College who have taken part in a course backed by the Football Association and run in partnership with Charlton Athletic were rewarded with a presentation evening at the Valley on Thursday 11 January.

‘Heading for Success’ is a national scheme offering free courses to encourage adults to improve their reading, writing and mathematics skills using football related activities. So far over 25 learners have completed the course at the Valley with many
passing their examinations or about to take their national tests, making it one of the most successful ‘Heading for Success’ schemes in the country.

Successful learners were treated to a tour of the Valley before receiving their certificates and free matchday tickets from former Charlton players Carl Leaburn, Paul Williams and Mickey Bennett.

Speakers at the event included Steve Waggott Chief Executive of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust who was delighted at the success of the scheme:

“We are thrilled that our first Heading for Success courses have been successful and congratulations to all those who have completed their course. Charlton is proud to support this initiative as another example of our vital work in the
community.”

Maggi Knights, Vice Principal at Greenwich Community College praised the effort shown by the participants:

“The learners are very committed, many coming to class after a busy day at work or after the responsibility of looking after a family. They have all made great progress.”

There is still time to join the next Heading for Success course which takes place on Thursday evenings at the Valley. For further details on the free courses please call 020 8488 4892.

Students Peter Shobiyi and Sharna Ellis are pictured receiving their award from former Charlton player Paul Williams.

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Students sell designs at craft fair

On Sunday 10 December, span class="caps" GCC /span Craft students became stall holders after being offered last-minute free stalls at Three Mills House, Bromley by Bow, for their Victorian Christmas event.

A beautiful location and quite a surprise tucked away just across the road from the tube station. Our Textile and Jewellery students braved the elements and produced excellent displays of their work selling along side other designer maker stalls. In 2007 students hope to sell at a location in Greenwich and we’ll keep you informed before the event. So watch this space!

Michele James
Textiles Team leader

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Broken perform at MMC

Students were treated to an end of term lunch time concert as a reward for all of their hard work throughout the term.

The band ‘Broken’ performed rock and pop covers to rapturous applause from students.

The band held a question and answer session covering touring, song writing and musicianship. All students agreed that they had not only enjoyed the performance but had learnt more about the music industry.

Paul Hall, Manager
Meridian Music Centre

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Access to Music Awards

On the 6th December 2006, the Access to Music awards ceremony was held at the span class="caps" BAFTA /span building in Piccadilly, span class="caps" MMC /span student, Leo Beaumont, was presented with the music student of the year award as recognised by Meridian Music Centre and Access to Music.

The prestigious award ceremony was hosted by Edith Bowman (Radio1 DJ) and John Hart (Access to Music).

It was the ideal event to thank Leo for his commitment and dedication to the Meridian Music Centre. Throughout the last academic year Leo had volunteered to mix all of the live music events at the centre. His award was well deserved.

Paul Hall
Meridian Music Centre

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CEU Dig Deep

The Community Engagement Unit team volunteered their time to Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice to improve the look of their garden.

The team donated shrubs and plants and created a beautiful garden for visitors to the Hospice. John, Chief Gardener co-ordinating the employee challenge at the Hospice, with Volunteers Centre Greenwich, was really pleased with the result of the span class="caps" CEU /span team’s hard work. They are looking forward to working with the team again.

“It has been a wonderful day and it feels great to have an input in something that will make a difference to the lives of the people using the Hospice.” Vedia Hasan

“It enabled me to re-contract with the team and bond with my colleagues. We very rarely spend time together as a team and it was a perfect opportunity for me to bond with my team… I also learned a lot about gardening!” Ingrid Dick

“It was enjoyable working as a team in a completely different activity.” Kate Askew

The garden is a wonderful facility meant for the enjoyment of patients, visitors, staff and volunteers visiting the Hospice. The garden covers an area of about 5 acres and the surrounding grounds run to about 30 acres.

Volunteer Centre, Greenwich has lots of volunteering opportunities across the borough, for teams to get involved in, from gardening to painting, decking to decorating.

For more information on these projects and more, contact Susan Reynolds at Employer Supported Volunteering on 020 8853 1331 or email info@volunteersgreenwich.co.uk.

Arinola Edeh
Head of Community Development

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