Chichester Matters college news | the latest stories | achievements | innovations | and more! Published Fortnightly - Issue: 149
Edited by: Alan Goldsmith, Mike Pink & Caroline Ponto
Wednesday 8th June 2011
Look, COOK and Taste
Cara from Aramark cooks with students in the demo kitchen The COOK food festival got off to an exciting start when Garry Grant, hospitality & functions manager, managed to stab himself in the leg! Blood spewed out relentlessly and an ambulance had to be called. Rumours began to fly that Garry had unconsciously slipped the knife into his pocket for convenience, while tending to the hog roast.
kitchen equipment from Goodwood Restaurant was safely in place on the front lawns. The weather was miserable; windy with light drizzle, but that did not stop passers by from stopping in and taking a look at the delicious food and inspiring demonstrations. School pupils visited throughout the day and took part in workshops within the college –
Ready Steady Cook competitions had students preparing devilled mackerel fillets with Thai mussels, and we hosted exclusive demonstrations by top local chefs: Malcolm Globe, head chef of Crab & Lobster, Andy Smithers, of the Hilton Hotel, and Giles Thompson, The Earl of March.
But Garry assured Chichester Matters that he would not have been so irresponsible, insisting, “Give me some credit!”. When asked to comment, he casually mused, “These things happen...”. We commend his bravery for so sincerely upholding the college’s core values with his ‘can do’ attitude and commitment to excellence; returning, wounded to the food festival to fulfil his duties and contribute to a thoroughly enjoyable event. Marquees were in place the night before and the maintenance team worked hard to ensure all
some even had a chance to go on the Boeing 737 plane! There were interactive demos from Cara (ARAMARK) who prepared chicken with noodles, Ruth from Solent Fish gave the audience ideas for sea bass, plaice, mackerel and mussels, and Nik Westacott (82 Fishbourne) meddled with wild mushrooms.
There was a diverse range of stallholders, including Maggie Haynes, Tuppenny Barn, gave a talk about organic growing, Nicky from Three Harbours Beef promoted salt-marsh beef and box schemes, Goodwood Food Shop
Hog before the roast
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< Continued from front page offered milk and cheese tasters, and Forest Knights promoted their courses on wilderness, wildlife and warrior arts! Professional Cookery students threw together fresh, crisp stir-fries, smoothies and other samples to taste. Alex Moss spent the day showing visitors the Brinsbury animals at the sustainable farming display, diners enjoyed Goodwood Restaurant cuisine al fresco, while Options Bistro was open for light snacks. Information was available on courses, Young Chefs, careers, apprenticeships and nutrition, as Jazz students played live on the lawn and shoppers bustled through the miniature Farmers Market. Thanks to Hospitality and Tourism students, supported by Music and Health & Social Care students; who served, guided, entertained and educated guests on the day.
COOK FOOD FESTIVAL PICTURES Clockwise, from top left:
Spring lambs from Brinsbury Farm
• Garry Grant serves the tasty hog • School pupils decorate cupcakes • Posh Pies in the Farmers Market • Visitors enjoy live demonstrations • Fresh brownies served in Options • Live Jazz from our students • Alex Moss with a fine Brinsbury chicken
Students prepare fresh samples
Trust Hospitality On Wednesday, 4th May Julia de Silvo and Liz Taylor were invited to the 50th Anniversary of the Savoy Educational Trust to be held at The Savoy in London; the venue and food were exquisite. They were both very excited and Julia never stopped smiling! Julia met and spoke with Fred Sirieix, who starred with Michelle Roux in the food service programme on BCC1, and is general manager at Galvin at Windows, an exclusive restaurant on the 28th floor of the Hilton, Mayfair. He offered her his card and suggested if she was looking for a job, that she should call him! Another wonderful opportunity for a Hospitality & Catering student.
Time to Vote
Chi SU Elections are fast approaching to find the next president, vice presidents and secretary for Chichester College. Nominations for each of the positions that are available have begun. Each role has its own responsibility and automatically puts you on to the Executive Team for the next year: Student President – this is a full time paid position, in which you are the main representation of the students across the college, on a day-to-day basis. Vice President – this is a part time position that goes along side your studies, in which you support the president on a regular basis, and in the event that the president cannot make a meeting or event, you become the acting chairman. Secretary – this is also a part time position that goes along side your studies, which you deal with most of the administrative side of the Union, getting agendas and minutes written up. During Nomination week, June 6th–10th, any student is able to collect a form from Plus Point, or at the Student Tutor Offices at Brinsbury and Terminus Road, and get at least 5 nominations from other students, who think that the nominee would be a good candidate for that role.
The week after is Election Week, June 13th – 17th, in which all candidates have the chance to talk about what they are standing for, and for other students to ask them questions. Each candidate is to produce a manifesto outlining what they stand for and the role they are running for. Posters can also be used to advertise that they are running in the election race. All students can vote and they can do so at: • Plus Point in Coasters, Chichester • The Student Tutor Offices, Brinsbury or Terminus Road • Electronically on ChiOnline All announcements will be made on June 21st. All students are able to run in the election and all students have the right to vote. Please tell all of your students that this is happening now and make sure they get involved! Lisa Humphries Student Experience Team Leader
College Cover On 24th May 2011 my team of students completing NVQ Level 2 & 3 Customer Service, Liam Bignold, Sophie Brown, Bonita Preston and Jade Overington, covered the front desk so that our wonderful reception staff could have time out for a team building day at Brinsbury. The last year my NVQs have been training with myself in the College Travel Shop and on a fortnightly basis had training from reception on customer service, travel, and reception duties. Kim Drummond approached me and asked if my team could cover reception and I was delighted to oblige.
As their tutor I was very proud to observe them dealing with customers on the front desk; providing an outstanding level of service, ensuring all customers were dealt with promptly and efficiently; and continuing the high level of service already recognised at reception. Liam Bignold said, “At times it was challenging, but we worked persistently as a team to overcome any obstacles and I have really enjoyed having the responsibility”. Juliet Littlechild College Travel Supervisor/Instructor
Agricultural lecturer Dan Stamper set his Level 3 students an assignment which had to be done as if students were in Malawi, southeast Africa. The purpose was to not only cover curriculum criteria but also to cover some equality and diversity. Students rose to the challenge creating interesting assignments, but one student went ‘the extra mile’ – providing a Swahili translation! Sophie May Lewis studies Conservation and Agriculture and is glad that staff have found her work interesting. She is satisfied to be appreciated. Sophie, who does amateur photography in her spare time and is an assistant at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks Reserve centre, also volunteers for the RSPB at other sites and is a Sussex Wildlife Trust youth councillor. Regarding her project, Sophie said, “I always take pride in attempting to complete my work to a high standard of presentation. I believe that it is important to sometimes push the boundaries and make an extra effort, as this is how we achieve success in all aspects of life.” The assignment examined possible causes of infertility in cattle and the advantages and disadvantages of ways to improve reproduction systems. Natural enhancement techniques, utilising the natural traits of the species or breed, included diet, genetics – selective breeding, or using a ‘teaser’ bull, which is a vasectomised bull that runs with the herd, and can detect cows on oestrus (also known as ‘on heat’). One technological enhancement technique explored was the pedometer, which measures a cow’s activity and can be used to detect abnormality. This early detection of possible problems helps improve animal welfare and husbandry levels. Tail paint is a cheap, fast, simple, and useful technique for detecting cows on oestrus. The paint smudges and rubs off if the cow is mounted by another cow or a bull. Kamar heat detectors stick to the top of the cow’s rump and are similar to tail paint; activating and changing colour when the animal is mounted. Other technological enhancement techniques include progesterone releasing intravaginal devices (PRID) and Crestar, an example of a progesterone implant, similar to PRID, but which is inserted by injection into the animal’s ear. Specialist enhancement technologies which provoked interesting debate are super-ovulation and embryo transfer and the most controversial: cloning. “When I received the assignment brief, I decided to research the country of Malawi, in case I could use the information in my assignment. Curious to find out how it would turn out, I used Google Translator to translate the text of my completed leaflet into Swahili, the language of Tanzania which borders Malawi, and the closest I could find to the Malawi language of Chichewa. As the leaflet was to be written for Malawi farmers, it seemed appropriate to include the translation with the assignment to show my understanding of the scenario,” explained Sophie. Steve Millam said, “We are always keen to embed equality and diversity issues within the curriculum and Dan has come up with a very clever, relevant and thought provoking example with this work, which has opened eyes and raised awareness within the group to the problems of agriculture in Africa.
Sophie Brown, Juliet Littlechild (College Travel) and Liam Bignold
“It has stimulated debate and discussion, and I hope it will encourage staff in other areas to develop tasks that will stretch and challenge student awareness and perception in many other subjects.”
Following the musical theatre review ‘Showstoppers’ at the Riverside Theatre, the big final dance show ‘Crescendo’ at the Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, on the 28th and 29th June, promises to go out with a bang. ‘Crescendo’ is an exciting new repertoire of works presented by the dance students. A culmination of the year’s work, it will showcase the standard the students have reached at the end of their academic year.
Chichester College Dance department is proud to announce a brand new dance studio with a wide variety of exciting new dance classes to suit all ages and lifestyles. In recent years the Dance department at the college has thrived; with many students having progressed to professional dance schools and universities, establishing successful careers in the industry. Success in Skills Challenge, Rock Challenge and excellent pass rates across all courses offered is testament to the high quality of teaching in the department.
Following the success of last season’s production at the Minerva, this show encompasses a range of dance styles from jazz and musical theatre to contemporary and physical theatre. The dancers are studying on vocational training programmes and will be presenting work that they have developed with professional choreographers and dance lecturers alongside their own choreography.
Participation in Rock Challenge saw Chichester win the regional heat on the 24th of April, plus the award for best choreography, going through to the finals on June 3rd at Portsmouth Guildhall. The Dance Studios’ aim is to provide this high quality dance training across a variety of genres to boys and girls of all ages and experience. Students will be able to follow a training system established by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) or just attend for the pleasure and enjoyment that participation in dance gives. Please direct all enquiries regarding The Dance Studios programme to Kaarina May on ext 2581.
FREE TASTER DAY: Dance Studios is offering free dance classes, prior to enrolment, on 10th September. Please visit the following website for more details: www.chichester.ac.uk/About-Us/Dance-Studios/
The show is ideally suited to students hoping to progress into performing arts at GCSE, A-level, and BTEC Diplomas at level 2 or 3. It promises to be a fun, exciting and educational programme. Contact mark.warwick@chichester. ac.uk to book.
STILL Life Chichester College dance students devised a site-specific work entitled ‘STILL’ at Pallant House Gallery, which was performed twice on Thursday 5th May. The performance invited the audience to follow the dancers from one space to another throughout the gallery and aimed to consider dance in unconventional spaces. ‘STILL’ explored the architecture of the building and the notion of stillness and the pedestrian. The gallery provided a wonderful backdrop as the students, collectively known as En Route, were able to develop the dance using the artwork as additional inspiration. The audience enjoyed following the dancers as they felt as if they were interacting within the performance. Marc Steene, head of Learning and Community, thought that, “The performance was beautiful and the use of the gallery in all its spaces and function was a wonderful and unique blend”. Routines such as this are important for dancers to experience as it is necessary for performers to be able to adapt to different spaces and make more use of different and
Dance students perform at Rock Challenge
unusual spaces, particularly in an important time of funding cuts. The type of project forces dancers to create work in a different way and one member of En Route commented that, “Limitations of the space encourage you to work in a different way and create something
new and exciting”. En Route is comprised of Kim Canning, Christian Lawrence, Ben Logan, Brad Marshall, Aimee Munday, Helen Penn and Chloe Robinson who are about to complete a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance.
Chichester Festivities 2011 ChiFest 2011 will showcase Dance, Musical Theatre, Fashion and Music from Chichester College. Dance students have been asked to participate due to their continued involvement and valued contribution to previous years of Chichester Festivities and will perform on 24th June outside the Cathedral, 12:30pm onwards.
Popular Music will be putting together a programme of music featuring work by students on the Level 3 Rock School diploma – it will be a mixture of folk, blues, gospel and soul, including original material. The lunchtime concerts will take place in St John’s Chapel (off East Street) on Tuesday, 28th June and lasts for 50 mins.
Flyer, produced by Dan Freaker, is available from reception
War of the Worlds
More to Eat Following on from the exciting transformation of Stop ’n’ Shop in to the plush new P.O.D. Market with SUBWAY® restaurant and the refit of Java into a Costa coffee bar, ARAMARK have further plans to revamp the college’s most popular eatery.
Between 9th-11th June, the music department is teaming up with multi-award winning Portsmouth-based theatre group CCADS to mount the first ever licensed amateur production of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of HG Wells’ War of The Worlds. I have worked as musical director with the group on several productions over recent years including Rent, Beauty & the Beast and Our House. As the musical forces required for this production are so large, I have put together a special band which consists entirely of music department staff performing together with current and former music students of the college. The production will feature a 10-piece band including 4 guitarists, 3 keyboard players, drums, percussion and bass. The band have been rehearsing since January and are at the moment putting the final touches to the music.
The next phase of the project is the refurbishment of the Coasters restaurant and kitchen. The kitchen will be completely gutted out; improved by its redesigned layout and up-to-date, energy efficient equipment. This is hugely important to ARAMARK so that they can deliver their exciting new menus and keep on top of food trends and student expectations. The servery in Coasters will be totally overhauled and be re-branded to comply with the new Mix branding. The restaurant area will have new flooring, upgraded furniture, as well as new trolley and bin housing. There will be a live stir-fry wok, freshly made pizza, omelettes and plenty of healthy
alternatives to tantalise your taste buds without burning a hole in your pocket! The vending concourse will be upgraded with new machines that will be professionally housed, and the seating area will be improved; tables and chairs repainted and re-positioned. Outlets will remain open for staff and students during the summer, and while the remodelling of Coasters is underway, ARAMARK and the college in partnership are making provision for a marquee within Options’ garden area to house our Summer School students. The launch of SUBWAY® on 19th May was an overwhelming success, with queues spilling down the link corridor and staff working tirelessly; non-stop from the early hours until the evening. For those of you who still haven’t had the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about, we would recommend getting in line before 12pm! Details of all the works to come can be found online at http://www.chichester.ac.uk/14-18/ Life-at-College/Where-Can-I-Eat/
Current students involved in the project include Lewis Ryan on guitar, Simon Stewart on drums and percussion and David Kelly who will be operating sound. We will be joined by Sam Bell and Adam Bell on guitar, Marcus Porter on bass and Sam Elliott on drums; all of whom studied music at Chichester between 1996 and 1999 and are currently studying at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Staff members include Steve Cubitt (keyboards and sound design) Dave Soothill (acoustic guitar and mandolin) and Rob Clunes and myself on keyboards. The show will re-create the music of the classic 1978 album. Unlike recent concert productions at the O2 and Brighton Dome, this production is fully staged featuring a cast of 40 actors and dancers who will re-create the story using spoken dialogue from the album together with choreography, physical theatre techniques and video projection. CCADS artistic director, John Paul McRohon, who is directing and playing the artilleryman in the production is a former student of Musical Theatre at Chichester College (1998/99). The performance will take place at the newly re-furbished Kings Theatre in Southsea. Tickets are priced from £13-15 with student discounts for £10, available through the Kings Theatre box office on 023 9282 8282 or via the Kings Theatre website. Daf Hughes – Lecturer in Music DON’T MISS: Jazz Gig, Wednesday, 8th June, 7.30pm at Brunswick Venue, Holland Road, Hove. Entry just £2/£1.
Artist’s impression: A view of the servery concourse in The Mix
Library Amnesty Please remind your students to return their library books before the end of term to avoid any fines! Return boxes are in the following places: Plus Point • International area • Woodlands and Westgate Halls • B & C Blocks • Learning Centres • A-level office • Outside the Library • Reception at Brinsbury Thank you for returning our books.
Basilica di San Vitale, exquisite church in Ravenna, Italy Earlier this month myself, Lisa Humphries, Helen Loftus, and some of my ‘execs’ had the chance to go to Ravenna, Italy (a town twinned with Chichester) for an exchange programme. We were welcomed by all at the Institute for Technical Industries School (ITIS), some of whom had been to Chichester in February, and were very excited about our visit. On our first day we visited several classes; introducing ourselves and talking to the students about the differences between our college and theirs. In the afternoon a few of the 5th year students took us on a grand tour of Ravenna’s finest monuments: Basilica di San Vitale, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Battistero degli Ariani, Battistero degli Ortodossi (o Neoniano), and Cappella di Sant’Andrea. The students had worked hard to get information about each place, as they themselves had not visited these places before. Ravenna is famous for mosaics and we saw many stunning examples. On the Friday night we were taken to the local Planetarium, where we got to see a projection
of the night sky and, amongst other things, the difference of turning out all the street lights; how much more would be seen. We were then led outside to look at the moon through a telescope and, to top it all off, Saturn as well! The students took us to the Naif restaurant, where we socialised and had a delicious meal. All of the ‘execs’ had a great time with the Italian students, and we hope this is the start of an exchange programme with the school. Toni Mills – Student President
The library photo competition ran from March 28th to May 13th, attracting entries from a large cross-section of students. The topic was “My Home” and our judge was Will Carter, photography lecturer, assisted by Sarah Connell, art and design technician. The winning entry by Art and Design student, Venetia Jackson, aged 20, was judged to have the best combination of lighting, composition and imagination. She had put her standard poodle dog, Merlin, in her father’s shirt and placed him at the table with her mother behind her holding a dog biscuit, while she took the photo. They went through several biscuits! The runner-up was Sophia Christofides, aged 17, who is in her first year of A levels.
Exchange students in Ravenna
Helen Weston – Assistant Librarian
Painting Proud Two Painting & Decorating apprentices attended the Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year, South West regional heat on the 6th of May at Bournemouth and Poole College. The students were Lee Baker, 22, and Robyn Collett, 20. I was immensely proud of both students, as they performed at the very height of their ability. Lee was the only student to finish the project in the allotted time and Robyn, who took silver, was only beaten by the national winner from last year. Both are outstanding decorators with very bright futures.
Carl Black – Lecturer in Painting & Decorating
ILT Tip of the Week by Keith Burnett This week’s ILT Tip was proposed by Jackie Lithgow and will help other people interpret your calendar a little more easily: If you are out of the office for a whole day – vacation or business – ensure you click the ‘Whole day event’ box (to the right of the dates) and on the Outlook ribbon (at the top of the page) ensure you select ‘Out of Office’ from the ‘Show As’ drop down menu. By doing that the whole day will be shaded out.
Any other tips? Remember to switch the Out-of-Office pop-on (under Tools on the first page of Outlook).
Top left to right; Megan Warren, Ni Yuan Baptuse Walter, Georgia Bird and Sian Warren Bottom left to right; Elizabeth Thoms, Christianne Poortstra, Hoi Ki Ng (Jenna) & Charlotte Burge Having won medals in the ladies volleyball national competition for the last three years at Loughborough University, Chichester College has done it again. The British Colleges Championships was relocated to the Sports Village at Bath University and saw some of the top BCS teams in the country compete for the coveted titles. Teams who qualified at regional level went on to represent their region with further education colleges from Scotland, South West (Petroc), East England (Chelmsford), East Midlands (Wyggeston), North East (Prior Pursglove), West Midlands (Stoke), North West (Salford) and South East (Chichester). The crunch match came when Chichester played their final match against the North East who also had not lost a game to their competitors. It went to a set each but Chichester had the superior serve, technical ability, and strength of character to eventually beat them. Prior to the competition the girls had been putting in as many as eight hours training a week with their coach, Jess Smith, in order to stand a good chance of retaining their title. The squad had been further strengthened by three international players this year Sian and Megan Warren (Wales) and Georgia Bird (England). Sandra James said, “I have great pleasure in nominating Georgia Bird for the prestigious BCS award for ‘Sporting Performance Female 2011’. Georgia is a fantastic ambassador for the sport both within Chichester College and outside in the community, encouraging others in their volleyball training and personal development. “This has meant curtailing her social and family life at times, in order to achieve her sporting goals. As well as having to balance her time
on the court with the wider academic needs expected by the college. Georgia is both a gifted player and a gifted student and an inspiring young person to meet.” The 8th member of the team, Elizabeth Thoms, was unable to take part in the competition as she had qualified as a ladies tennis singles finalist (coming a creditable 4th in the tournament). All players were strong and played beyond their capabilities; raising their game due to the level of competition. Congratulations for a well deserved cup victory. Chichester also won the Ladies Senior Athletics Championships at the Mounbatten Centre, Portsmouth. Quite an achievement as we have not held this for several years and the senior competition was well represented with Seaford, Chi high and four other schools competing.
Welcome to Our New Starter Karen Butcher Administrative Assistant
Vacancies Head of Human Resources Closes on 09/06/11
Instructor/Technician Closes on 09/06/11
Exam Invigilator Closes on 09/06/11
Lecturer in Photography Closes on 16/06/11
Associate Lecturer in French Closes on 16/06/11 For more information about vacancies at the college, please visit the Staff Intranet or the main college website.
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