… s h a r i n g g o od ne ws Photography Degree Student is ‘Judge’s Choice’ BSc (Hons) Photography Degree student Rachael Lowndes took home the ‘Judge’s Choice’ at the 2011 Association of Photographers (AOP) Student Awards. Rachael’s image, of a teenager listening to his iPod, was one of five photographs to be individually selected by the panel, at the awards ceremony in London. Not just one, but two of Rachael’s shots were selected from around 3,500 entries and shortlisted in the portraiture and lifestyle category. Judge Aine Donovan, art buyer for a prominent London agency, chose Rachael Lowndes Rachael’s photograph as her favourite from the shortlist. Rachael said, ‘I am overwhelmed to have my work recognised by an industry professional of Aine Donovan’s experience. Photography is my passion, and it is exceptionally rewarding for my work to be acknowledged at such a prestigious competition. Following this enormous boost, I am looking forward to staging my final Degree show at the Strand Gallery, completing my Degree course and working as a photographer’. Examples of Rachael’s ‘Judge’s Choice’ 2011 work can be seen at www.rachaellowndes.co.uk. London, Paris, Milan…Farnborough? Fashion students proudly showed off their talent at their Graduation Show this year. Over 130 guests watched the 30 minute display of more than 50 stunning garments, modeled by volunteer student models from around the College. During the course the students have attended several prestigious fashion shows in London and were inspired to use the Japanese Courtyard at the College, rather than one of the more traditional spaces such as the College Theatre or Westminster Studio. This is the first cohort to complete this new course. The success and progression rates have been outstanding, with all the students going on to study at university. The student of the year was Chloe Davis, who joined the course after studying at Wokingham College and is now going on to the London College of Fashion. Course Leader, Sam Jones said, ‘I’m really proud of all the students who have worked really hard and deserve their places at university; the show has been a real inspiration for the first year students setting a very high standard’. ‘White on White’ Collection, photograph by Nigel Jones Summer 2011 Edition Great Mall Run 2011 Running in the corridors was not only allowed but positively encouraged at College this term, when 94 students took part in the annual Great Mall Run. Farnborough College of Technology has one of Education and Humanities Team 2, with an of the longest corridors of any educational average speed of 3:24:62. establishment in the UK, at nearly 300m long! The event was organised by second year BSc Runners were required to sprint down a 210m (Hons) Sport Science Degree students as section, cheered on by their supporters, part of their Event Management module, the of staff and students alike. Runners were project manager was Christine Scally. Mark in teams of five, representing the different Treagust, the College’s Sports Coordinator schools within the College. They set off one at said, ‘it was a fantastic event, bringing together a time to race against the clock in an attempt students from all disciplines to compete in to get the fastest average time for their team. a serious race’. The Media and Creative Arts The fastest male team was the School of department took the opportunity to broadcast Applied and Health Sciences Sports Team the action with live commentary, allowing with an impressive average time of 2:16:67 the race to be viewed on screens around the Bishnu Gurung, School of Engineering and the fastest female team was the School College and enjoyed by all. The Sky’s the Limit Media giant BSkyB’s top executives visited the College to announce the winner of this year’s Sky Scholarship Award 2011. This highly anticipated event is held in the College’s TV studio, one of the most advanced TV studios of any college in the country. Each year Degree students apply for ‘The Sky Scholarship’ and six finalists are selected to work at Sky’s London studios for two weeks. There is prize money of £3,000 to be won, which is shared out amongst the six finalists. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Chris Philpot, who has graduated with the BSc (Hons) in Sky’s Head of Production Studios, Chris Thraves (left), Chris Philpot (right) Media Production. Fashion for Less at Farnborough College of Technology Fashion isn’t just for Fashion students here 1,500 people! Some watched the streamed at the College. As part of Money Week this multicamera mix from the Lecture Theatre, year, the College hosted its very own fashion others watched the live broadcast over the show. The idea was to help students think Internet. about how to save money, by showing an Chantelle Rouse (pictured right) was one array of fabulous outfits, costing £10 or less. of the models, she designed her own dress Ten students and ten staff members from using materials used on her Floristry course, each of the College’s faculties put together including real Gerbera flowers. Chantelle has the low cost outfits. The show was a huge progressed to study for a Diploma in Floristry success; such was its popularity that it had to having successfully completed a First be put on 4 times to a total audience of over Diploma in Art and Design last year. Chantelle Rouse, Diploma in Floristry Tug of War 2011 Green Week This year’s Tug of War was as exciting as ever, attracting many students and staff Clothes members to the Westminster lawn area for some healthy inter-school rivalry! Supportive Collection onlookers cheered on their school team whilst eating ice cream and socialising with As part of National Green Week, friends. Well done to the student electricians students decided to hold a clothes from Aldershot College, who put in a sterling performance and won the competition after a collection. Clothes were collected Echo FM ‘Goes from in aid of The Vine Day Centre, a grueling process of elimination. homelessness charity based in Strength to Strength’ Aldershot. Thanks go to Health and The College radio station broadcasts for the Social Care Level 3 students Natalie month of March every year and is run by third Short, Natalie Pound and Kayleigh year Degree students studying Radio Station Bennett who coordinated the Management. The station covers almost a donation handover. 20 mile radius and can be heard on 87.7FM as well as around the world on the Internet. The station features shows run by students from various other Media courses. This year’s station managers were Emily Mustil, James Maitland and Agne Genyte. The highlight for the station this year was when Cabinet Minister Vince Cable paid a visit. The Cabinet Minister who is more used to attending the Radio 4 studios in Broadcasting House said, ‘it seems like an extremely well run station and a great opportunity for students’. FCoT’s Got Talent 2011 Students and staff from around the College took part in the much anticipated talent show of the year, for a chance to win iTunes vouchers and a professional recording of their performance. Over 20 entertaining acts took to the stage in the College Theatre and faced the scrutiny of the staff judges, Tim Hensler, Helen Buick and Peter Hill. The seven finalists were Bishnu Gurung – break dancer (ENG), Alex Applewhite – break dancer (MCA), Elina Mockevichute – belly dancer (HBS), Mark Spicer – rapper (MCA), Hannah Pilkington – singer (staff), Frankie and Michael – singers (staff) and Jacqui Payne and ‘Bananarama’ – singer (staff). The competition culminated in an exciting final, where staff and students voted for their favourite act via text message at the end of the show. Congratulations to Frankie and Michael, whose comical rendition of I Know Him So Well won the hearts of the College and made them FCoT’s Got Talent 2011 winners. Hair and Beauty Duke of Competition 2011 Edinburgh’s When it comes to creative flair, trendsetting styles and overall professionalism, this year’s Award Expedition Hair and Beauty Competition entrants were as Congratulations to Charlie Jones, Emma excellent as ever… Lindsey, Mark Parker, Alistair Thompson and Matthew Thrower, on successfully completing their assessed expedition in the Forest of Dean, for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The students endured a thunderstorm on the first night and rain on the second, as well as having to carry extremely heavy packs, containing all their camping gear, clothes and food for up to eight hours per day - a real test of stamina! The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, so that they may fulfil their potential. The Award is recognised by universities and employers alike, making it a great achievement to put on your CV. To find out more, contact the College Student Services team or check out the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website at www.dofe.org/default.aspx. Another Sports Day Success Farnborough Leisure Centre hosted our 2011 FELS Sports Day. 35 students took part and were given taster sessions in a variety of sports including New Age Kurling, Indoor Hockey, Basketball, Football, Badminton and Boccia. The students successfully completed a series of challenges and games in order to score points for each activity. The two specialist disability sports, New Age Kurling and Boccia, to be included in next year’s Paralympic Games at London 2012, proved to be extremely popular with the students. Students studying the National Diploma in Sport Science volunteered to be on Growing Your Own Business hand throughout the event, ensuring the afternoon went smoothly. Green-fingered students on the Pathways to Independence course gave the Floristry Design Studio some tough competition this term, when they held an extremely successful plant sale in the Mall. They sold a variety of plants that they had planted and cultivated as part of their Skills for Independence and Work qualification. Public Services Students at Farnborough Abbey Each year Public Services students at Farnborough College of Technology get the opportunity to help maintain the grounds at St Michael’s Abbey in Farnborough. This year the students were chopping wood and clearing the woodland paths, to enable easier access up to the picnic area. Students worked extremely hard, showing tremendous teamwork and were a credit to the College.
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