Support Glasgow 2014 and a Transatlantic Showcase

It’s that time again, the end of the week and time for a Blog update.  It’s not too long this week, but we do have some interesting info for you.

First up, Sport Your Trainers is a national Campaign which encourages everyone across the country to wear their trainers on Commonwealth Day, which is the 12th  of March and Glasgow 2014 wants everyone from all over Scotland, whether they are at home, work or play, to show their support for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by ditching their normal footwear and wearing their trainers for the day.  Last year 820,000 people got involved in the campaign and this year the want more organisations to take part, they want all – schools, businesses and Games Partners to be involved.

This year Glasgow 2014 also have a further challenge, they want organisations to Step Up, by creating a healthy challenge.  Participants can Step Up and create an individual or group pledge here.  This pledge could be simply wearing their trainers for the day on 12th of March, taking the stairs at work or going for a walk at lunchtime.  There is no cost and they have some great prizes on offer: Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony tickets, Limited edition trainers and Official Glasgow 2014 shoelaces.  Why not take part, where your trainers to College on Monday the 12th of March and if you make a pledge, let us know and we’ll include you in next week’s blog, email your details to Tracey Borland and tell us what your pledge was.

Now a word or two from Margaret Cairns – Have you ever checked out the Student Room in Moodle?  You can get a certificate in: Protecting the Environment, Equality & Diversity in Practice or Data Protection Essentials.  Cylix online courses which the College has purchased for staff training are also available for students to complete. The courses are short (maximum time about an hour), fully interactive and very informative.  The courses include up-to-date information on the latest legislation (particularly useful for the work place) and the course certificates are extras you can add to your CV. AND it’s all free…….just go to the Student Room in Moodle.

Next some food news from John Briody.  On Monday the 12th of March we have an amazing food concept coming to Stow College. Elior have gathered top Chef`s  from around the world to create this fantastic array of VIBRANT Flavours.  Each day we will be featuring dishes from Asia and the sub Continent to tempt your taste buds and take you to some amazing far flung places.  The name of this Concept is CHU.  Why not come and see for yourself and visit our CHU Stand in Food on Five and the Refectory at Stow West.

How about some Creative Industries news, well Archie Dickson has passed some on.  The MOBO Tour rolled into Glasgow on Saturday 25th of February and SMIA, Hear Glasgow! and Urban Development collaborated to produce the MOBO ACADEMY – a day of training, seminars and events, all for free!  This event was promoted to our students and some of them volunteered to go along on the day and help out.   The volunteers who went to the event on Saturday impressed everyone with their enthusiasm, professionalism and “can do” approach, in fact they impressed so much the companies involved want to work with  them again.  We are sure they found the experience valuable and interesting.

Finally for this week Ken McCluskey has given us a wee reminder of the up and coming big event for Electric Honey.  Mark Baillie and Ken are going to the South by Southwest conference in Austin Texas next week.  Two of Stow Colleges  Electric Honey bands Woodenbox and the French Wives have been chosen by Creative Scotland to represent the country’s continued success through music this year.  They will join bands such as We Were Promised Jetpacks, Django Django, Three Blind Wolves and Tango in the Attic in a Showcasing of Scotland.  We wish Electric Honey, Woodenbox and French Wives all the best for this exciting opportunity.  Ken has promised us updates from Texas so we should be able to tell you more next week.

Well, that’s us again for this week, but come back next week for more news, updates and pictures.

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