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wenty of Crossways’ Business Students were invited to attend an exclusive presentation and lunch event held at the BT Tower. Students were awarded the opportunity to take a guided tour of the famous landmark, which is not open to the public, for their dedicated participation in the Employability Skills Programme hosted at Crossways by BT, Telereal Trillium and Monteray. After the main tour students were then taken to the 33rd Floor of the Tower. The lifts, which travel at 7 metres per second mean that a trip to the top of the tower can be achieved in less than 30 seconds! Lunch was laid on for the students just prior to the awards and certificates. This gave students the opportunity to chat to fellow programme participants and organisers whilst taking in the amazing views of the city. The students then had to wait for the news of which of them would be awarded one of the coveted work placements at BT, Telereal Trillium or Monteray. There were twenty students at the Tower but only six placements on offer. Gillian Burdis of BT praised all of the students for their achievements at completing the programme and said all the programme co-ordinators had been really impressed with the quality of students on this year’s programme.

The lifts in the Tower travel at 7 metres per second, reaching the top in under 30 seconds Until the mid-90s the building was officially a secret and did not appear on maps The Tower is 191 metres high The building has an airport-style security system all visitors must pass through which includes metal detectors The Tower is so tall that on the top floors it can sway up to 8 inches

Gillian said that, in fact they had been so impressed that they were going to offer placements to ALL TWENTY students on the programme. This announcement was met with a rapturous applause from both students and organisers. At the end of the event all students were given a BT Tower panoramic picture and booklet as a momento of the day. The students were a credit to Crossways and an example of how determination and hard work can definitely pay off.


By Catherine Connor Dominoes: A Diamond in the Rough The Jack Theatre Brockley London SE 4

From 15 – 18 February 2012 Dominoes was written by Catherine Connor and a group of students, three of whom were Crossways students, about a family recovering from the violent death of their son, that re-built their lives through playing the game of dominoes, and took it to the Olympic committee to be accepted as an Olympic sport. The three students were Bernadette Sancho, Olivia Osman and Abdi Kase, all studying AS Drama at Crossways. It was performed at the Jack Theatre in February half-term to rave reviews. Four nights of sell-out performances made

it the ‘best show that the Jack Theatre has seen in years’ Karl Swinyard, manager of The Jack said afterwards. The mixture of a great storyline, appropriate to Lewisham audiences, a rocking soundtrack and raw performing talent by young student actors made it a ‘real night to remember’. Everyone that saw it said it was ‘great’ and ‘when was the next one going to be?’ Well you’ll have to watch out for that because there will be another one – we’ve got £1,800 in the kitty!!

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Stressed out from exams or revision? Or just after some new tunes? Either way the Crossways Crossword will give your brain a work out. The clues are a mixed bag; some Crossways-based and some general. If you think you’ve got it send in the completed Crossword to the Marketing Dept (hand in at reception) by 1st May 2012 (with your name and ID No) and the winner will get a £15 iTunes voucher!



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1. A portable way to store your Work only £3. 2. On the 2nd Floor you will feel The burn. 3.Labrinth feels the earth move With this track 4. Armando Christian Pérez’s alter Ego wants everything 5. Orchard drink in canteen Vending machine 6. Crossways sits on this road 7. Nearest station to here

1. Large technology company, Sponsor of Crossways’ creative computing programme. 2. This E.London rapper is Bonkers 3. A type of Criminal according to Michael Jackson 4. Rizzle Kicks wants mama to do this. 5. Destination of 484 bus ___Green 6. A surname for EMA queries,wine storage 7. Lets you in college, £1.50 if you forget it 8. London Band, won Outstanding Contribution to Music at this year’s Brit Awards

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Building work is due to commence shortly on the Science Laboratories at Crossways scheduled for completion by the new term in September 2012. As part of Crossways’ commitment to specialising in STEM subjects the work will see improved Science Labs with more space and better technology. Improvements include: Increasing capacity by a third Refurbished and improved labs A ‘wet area’ for experiments in each lab Brand new, larger interactive whiteboards in every lab Student research and work areas around the labs offering an improved and more interactive teaching experience This will be a boost to Crossways’ Science offering and new and returning students will be able to make use of these facilities in September.

By Daniel Searle Crossways FC – SESSA Intermediate Cup Final Crossways FC resurrected their season with an impressive string of victories which led them to the SESSA Intermediate Cup Final. A well-deserved achievement due to their excellent commitment and effort demonstrated both on and off the field throughout the season. Our opponents, Regents College, had already defeated us earlier in the league, so we were wary of the threat they posed. A European group of players with an average age of 21, they exuded confidence and displayed a fluent continental style of play. However, Crossways approached the fixture fearlessly and confident that they could return home with some silverware.

positively. We left the stadium with our pride intact, and proud of the achievements gained from our debut season in the SESSA league. Daniel Searle, the Crossways FC manager, said: ‘The boys have been absolutely phenomenal in all aspects throughout the season, a pleasure to manage and a true asset to the college. Their attitudes have been faultless, and I sincerely hope they continue to endeavour to play the game with the same level of dignity and commitment.’ Up the mighty Crossways FC!!

Unfortunately, Regents College managed to score a late goal which determined the winners in an extremely tight encounter which could have gone either way. The 24 degree heat was sapping the energy of the boys, but they pressed for the full 90 minutes and were extremely unlucky to lose the game 1-0, with Regents scoring in the 87th minute.

Get Involved with Sports at Crossways! Contact Daniel Searle for further info Once again, the team took the defeat with maturity and represented themselves and Crossways extremely

Celeb Styles by Ruky Majolagbe & Alex Gaskin Vanessa Wozan: Relaxed sporty Baseball coat: Bhs Vest: GAP Shorts: Peacocks Tights: Sainsbury Trainers: JD Bracelet and Earring : Peacocks Necklace: H Samuel

Rihanna sporting a Levi’s hoody (£57.60) Emma Watson sporting casual chic white shirt and DKNY shorts (£52.00)

Amy Childs (The Only Way Is Essex), and Kate Middleton. Who wore it better ? Lace Print Dress from Zara £64.00 Random Fact: As soon as Kate Middleton wore this dress 90,000 other women bought it.

Alexandra Burke Random Fact: She wore this outfit to do some Christmas shopping in Harrods, who had to open one hour early so that she could shop in peace because of fans outside

Loretta Mawueboe: Cute School Girl Jumper and crop top : Primark Vest: River Island Waistcoat: Solo Scarf: Peckham Market Earring: River Island

Rochelle Wiseman from The Saturdays.Crop Top - £150 from Topshop. Try the £37.00 version from Selfridges. Side Panel Leggings £20.00, also from Topshop.

Saturnine Efua Ada: European summer Dress: Vintage Store Earring: Belgium Sandals: Spain Liberitae

Maybe you’re feeling the pinch and are struggling to buy day to day things or perhaps you’re saving for a holiday or a special occasion. Either way a part time job is a great way to earn extra cash while working around your studies, making new friends and enhancing your CV! Take a look at the tips below on how to find some part time work: · The Largest employers of students looking for part-time work are supermarkets, for example Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc. · These are followed by chain shops, such as Marks & Spencer, Boots etc. · Try to start your job search in the morning, companies will be more receptive. And remember that job searching is in itself a full time job! So an early start is required. You’re doing yourself no favours waking up in the afternoon! · Avoid going into a shop and asking for a job during their busiest time from 12-3pm. · Always have a copy of your typed CV & Covering letter when job hunting. These documents represent you skills and abilities, so make sure you have checked it for spelling mistakes! · Sports shops such as JD Sports, First Sport and Nike Town are very popular and competition is fierce, hence your chances of success are very small. · Be aware that some shops e.g. GAP, Next expect a high level of customer service and you need to know about their company and products. · Apart from shops consider Fast Food Restaurants, Sports/Theatre Venues, Sports Centres, Light Cleaning etc. · If there are no vacancies, ask to leave your CV & Covering Letter on file for future jobs. Don’t be disheartened, as there are lots of other places to try. · Don’t be disheartened if a company has not got back to you. Try to follow up your applications by giving them a call to find out whether you have been successful or not. · Job searching takes a lot of effort and planning, so be focused or get some help with your job search. · If you have no success, consider voluntary work half day a week with Oxfam, Scope etc. These are will give you useful retail training and work experience. Also look in Thursday’s Evening Standard newspaper.

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REMEMBER: THE LRC IS OPEN FOR ALL YOUR STUDY NEEDS The exam timetable is out, exams are now very close. Everyone gets stressed during exams but it's important not to let it get out of control. Check out the common signs of stress and the best ways to chill yourself out... What are the symptoms? Difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking up in the morning Constant tiredness Forgetfulness Unexplained aches and pains Poor appetite Loss of interest in activities Increased anxiety and irritability Increased heart rate Migraines/headaches

So how should I deal with exam stress? Learn to recognise when you're stressing out. A break or a chat with someone who knows the pressure you're under will get things into perspective. Avoid comparing your abilities with your mates. Those "Oh my God I've only read Macbeth 17 times" conversations are such a wind up. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you've chosen the method that works best for you. Make a realistic timetable. Stick to it. Eat right. Treat yourself like a well honed machine. Fresh fruit and veg. Proper breakfasts. No one can think straight on Coffee and Cornflakes. Sleep well. Wind down before bed. Don't revise under the duvet - your bed is a sanctuary not a desk. Get your 8 hours. Exercise. Nothing de-stresses the mind faster than physical activity. Build it into your timetable. Being a sloth makes your mind sloppy too.

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Quit the bad habits. Cigarettes. Alcohol. Never stopped anyone being stressed for long. Panic is often triggered by hyperventilating (ie quick, shallow breaths). So if you feel yourself losing it during the exam, sit back for a moment and control your breathing. Deep breath in and out through the nose. Counting to five each way. Steer clear of any exam 'post-mortem'. It doesn't matter what your mate wrote for Question 3(b). It's too late to go back and change your answers, so it will just make you worry even more.

Thanks to the BBC for Exam Stress Information

Ultimately, don't lose sight of the fact that there is life after exams. Things might seem intense right now, but it won't last forever.

A2 Photography students attended a workshop day linked with The Taylor Wessing Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in February. They had a valuable experience shooting in a photographic studio with a range of photographic lighting. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize showcases the work of the most talented emerging young photographers, photography students and gifted amateurs alongside that of established professionals. Watch out for future work from Crossways Photography department!

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