Picnics, Productions and Opportunities!

May already and the end of the academic year is looming ahead, so we are bound to have lots of updates for our blog over the coming weeks.  This week we bring you news of upcoming events and updates on ones that have passed.

Teddy Bear’s Adventure

Lisa-Jane Rattray, a Lecturer in our Creative Industries Faculty is pleased to announce that this years Teddy Bear Adventure, an annual event held in Strathclyde Park, raised an amazing £44,000 for the St Andrews Hospice.

In May of each year in Strathclyde park St Andrews hold a morning event, called the Teddy Bear’s Picnic,  where approximately 2000 children from the region’s primary schools, all of them sponsored, are bussed in and entertained for the morning by actors. The entertainment is a themed trail that the children follow around the park. At different points on the trail they will come across a group of actors in costume related to a particular nursery theme – The Three Bears, Alice in Wonderland, Red Riding Hood and other fairytale characters combining song, dance, puppetry and storytelling that keep the children entertained for fifteen minutes before they move along the trail to discover the next activity.

Lisa worked with the NC Acting and Performance students to devise costumes, scripts, props and acts around the fairy-tale themes.  It’s a fantastic experience for the students and the children enjoy a great day of entertainment.

St. Andrew’s Hospice said – “A HUGE thank you to the students from Stow College who performed at our Teddy Bears Adventure yesterday in Strathclyde Park. You were absolutely FANTASTIC! Over 3000 primary school pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day and helped raise funds for the hospice. We could not have done it without you! Thanks for your continued support

Checkout out their Facebook page for more photos.

Engineering Students Induction.

On Wednesday 1st May 2013 the NC Civil Engineering class were awarded certificates for completing the full site induction for the Brookfield Multiplex site, otherwise known as the new Southern General.

Robert McGrory, Chief Executive and Principal of Stow College, presented the students with their certificates along with Paul Mooney (ex Trade Union Education at Stow and now UCAT representative on the Brookfield site).

The students received the same full induction as all subcontractors undertake prior to working on that site.  Upon completion we were given a guided tour by some of the engineers, enabling students to link classroom theory to in-situ examples.

Alan Roseweir has said that Brookfield Multiplex has given our students a great opportunity to engage with employers at an early stage in their careers, allowing them to enhance their own learning.

Following the presentation ceremony the students showcased their Civil Engineering Projects in which they completed a design that incorporates much of their learning throughout the year.  The Faculty of Engineering and Technology staff have been very impressed with this year’s submissions and are pleased that all the students from this class have applied to return to Stow next year to embark on an HN level programme

Blooming Great Tea Party

Blooming Great Tea PartyAlison McInally would like to pass on the following date for your calendar.

As most of you are aware we hold our annual coffee afternoon each year, all proceeds raised go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Our “Blooming Great Tea Party” will be held on Wednesday the 5th of June from 1 pm until 3 pm.

If you have any old unwanted Christmas/Birthday gifts, bric-a-brac (ie ornaments/books/CDs etc) please hand them into the Enterprise Department no later than Friday the 31st of May 2013.

Every cuppa and slice of cake will help nurses provide care to terminally ill patients in their own homes or in hospices, while  offering  support to their families.

Checking Out Your Health.

Over one hundred Stow College staff and students took advantage of the offer of a free health check last week.  Gary Blair, Margaret Cairns, Jacqueline Blair, Ron Dillin and  were ably assisted by Ron’s better half, Karen, and good friends from Reims, Manon Laurant, Jason Hennequin and Mick Moisson in providing the health MOTs.

Tests available included blood pressure checks, body mass index, flexibility, lung capacity and percentage body fat.  There was plenty of sound advice available in the form of leaflets and one on one consultations.  So, if you missed out this time, the Healthy Working Lives Committee plan to organise another series of health checks next session (probably October and April).

Karen said, ‘I advised several people to see their GPs as their blood pressure was too high, and they had not previously need this.  it is best to get your blood pressure checked as high blood pressure can raise the RSI, of heart and stroke problems.  A few minutes spent getting you blood pressure checked could help to identify potential problems and get them investigated by your GP.  We get our cars checked for fitness every year, but some people neglect to check their own bodies’.

Several staff and learners also showed an interest in being involved in the work of the HWL group.  Special thanks to those tutors who brought their classes along.

All in all, it was a very busy couple of days and we were glad that so many people took advantage of the free health checks.

ILS New Of The Week!

rocks backpagesWe’ve told you about the great free service you can access from Glasgow Life – Glasgow public libraries – with many varied electronic resources.  Now they have just subscribed to another great resource – Rocks Backpages.  The ultimate archive of music journalism with over 22,000 classic articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop, by the finest music writers of the last 50 years including Lester Bangs and Nick Kent.

Rock’s Backpages also features a library of over 300 audio interviews, including classic conversations with Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, Little Richard, Arthur Lee, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash and Kurt Cobain. To access this and other great resources FREE – drop into the Learning Centre and ask for a Glasgow Life membership form and card which will give you instant access even more online resources.  This is open to staff and students, so drop by and ask for a form soon!

We would also like to take the opportunity to remind you that the College and our centres will be closed on Monday the 6th of May due to the bank holiday.  See you as usual on Tuesday 7 May at 9am when we re-open.  Happy holidays!

Stowaway Productions!

As you know Stow College’s performers – the Stowaways – have several productions planned over the next few weeks and we have some updated information for you for ones being held in May.

Scenes from the Big Picture – 8th to the 11th of May – East Kilbride Arts Centre

  • Written by Owen McCafferty – The play takes place over the course of a hot summer’s day in an imagined area in present day Belfast. We see a day in the life of over twenty inhabitants of the district as their stories interweave and collide.

As We Forgive Those / 100 / Excess Baggage – 14th to the 17th May – East Kilbride Arts Centre

  • 100 by Diene Petterele, Neil Monaghan and Christopher Heimann – Imagine you must choose one single memory from your whole life and capture it with a magical camera – everything else will be erased from your mind forever. You have just one hour to decide.
  • As We Forgive Those by Andrew Smith – A tense play about the conflicting bonds of family, faith and friendship.
  • Excess Baggage by Nancy MacPherson – In this comedy drama, four very different women meet up in the changing room of the Secret Sanctuary Health Spa. Each has her own problems and needs as they seek a strategy to cope with life.

Illyria / Red Hot in Amsterdam – 26th to the 27th May – East Kilbride Arts Centre

  • Illyria by Bryony Lavery – A powerful drama/physical theatre.
  • Red Hot in Amsterdam by Patricia Robinson – Running from the Amsterdam police, diamond thieves Frank and Mickey find an open window, clamber inside, and discover they are in a brothel.

Jesus Christ Superstar – 29th to the 31st May – Rutherglen Town Hall

  • The original Andrew Lloyd Webber spectacular.

Try and get along to see one of these fantastic performances.

Eternal Light – The Concert

Eternal Light PosterThe Bearsden Choir would like to let you know about a concert they are holding on the 15th of May this year, in Paisley Abbey, Bearsden Choir will be joined by Chorus Niagara to perform two wonderful choral works.  The first is a traditional mass, composed as a celebration for the life of a loved one and the second, a requiem, written, not for the dead, but for those who are left to grieve.

The concert, Eternal Light, will benefit Poppy Scotland and the Royal Canadian Legion.

Jam Session

On Tuesday the 30th of April, Ron Dillin hosted a Jam Session in room 1/24 at Stow.  The session ram from 6 pm to roughly 8 pm and any instruments were allowed.

The activity was just for fun and anything went, whether it was guitar picking or ukulele playing.

Great fun was had by all.

Comedy Night Update!

Comedy Night 1Douglas Thomson would like to let you know that the Stow College comedy night was a great success last week (24th of April).  7 students from the course performed for the audience in Maggie Mays, getting valuable experience of what it’s like to perform in front of a paying crowd. They all got a few laughs too, which is good!

Raymond Mearns was the MC for the night and the show was rounded off with an appearance by Janey Godley, so the students were off to a good start in excellent company.

Comedy Night 2Also, the night raised a fantastic £400 for the Friends of the Beatson charity.  Thanks to anyone who came along to support the students on the night, and hope to see you all at the next one.

That’s us again, but join us again next week.  Remember the college is closed on Monday for May Day, so enjoy your extended weekend.


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