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Top students take flight - a picture special November 28th saw the College’s 20th annual Celebration of Achievement. There were a number of changes to the established format this year that added to the poignancy, with Heads of School rather than a master of ceremonies performing heartfelt citations of award winners. As usual an inspirational film started the event off, though this time a second one also ended the event, and in a further break with the format it actually revealed the name of the Student of the Year. Below are some images from a superb and very memorable night, as well as links to the movies.

Above: Hospitality & Catering Students as usual put in many hours preparing the post-event buffet, which equally as usual went down a storm with guests.

Above: a sparkling wine reception greeted guests upon their arrival.

Above: Darren Hankey presented Long Service awards to those who had reached 20 years with the College. Eight of the eleven recipients attended in person to receive certificates and vouchers.

Above: the space in the Atrium allowed students, families, staff and employers to mingle.

Above: a large number of staff attended to support the students on their big night. Some behaved better than others (but this picture was selected at random and isn’t meant to imply anything of course...)

Above: Sixth Form Studies Student of the Year Sam Cashmore listens to Martin Old explain exactly why Newcastle United are rubbish (again).

Above: Assistant Principal Andy Steel took over the Master of Ceremonies role this year, and did a superb job after first establishing a small matter of identity...

Above: the visual theme this year was the iconic first footprint on the Moon - a great achievement for one person, Neil Armstrong, that was only made possible by the hard work of many people in the background.

Above: In a further break from the format of previous years, Heads of School introduced the winners, allowing their citations to be personal and heartfelt.

Above: Nearly every award was sponsored, and in most instances sponsors sent a representative to present their award in person.

Above: Former Principal Michael Bretherick attended to present the inaugural “Michael Bretherick Engineering Student of the Year” to Emily French.

Above: Student of the Year (earlier awarded Design Student of the Year) Malcolm Willett with Head of School John Waddington and Principal Darren Hankey.

You can view the full sets of photos at: You can watch the two films made for and shown on the night at:

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Remembrance Service 2013 On Friday 8th November Hartlepool College once again hosted a Service of Remembrance to remember the fallen and to honour those who currently serve or have served in the Armed Forces. As always we were honoured by the presence of a number of veterans, who performed a parade of standards. Guests also included members of military associations, members of the Armed Forces, civic dignitaries and representatives from local organisations. A traditional one minute’s silence was observed and staff, students and guests performed readings to another capacity audience in Conference Room 1.

Lecturer Graeme Fallowfield performed the Last Post and Rouse. An uncompromising short film showed the emotional and often brutal work of war photographers, and had some of the audience in tears. Following the service, visitors assembled at the College’s Tree of Remembrance to dedicate printed poppies to those they wished to remember

and honour, which were then hung from the branches of the sculpture. The veterans spoke very highly of the ceremony, and were especially full of praise for the conduct of our students attending. They told staff it was very heartening to see so many young people not only showing an interest, but doing so with utmost respect.

To see the full set of images, visit

Putting the “fun” in fundraising Hartlepool College students and staff turned the entire building into one big party for Children in Need 2013 on the 15th November, with a number of activities designed to get as much cash for Pudsey as possible earning nearly £900! These included Level 2 Beauty Therapy students offering Pudsey Nail and Face Painting, staff having a dressing down day and all Students being allowed to wear their onesies for a donation (and it was very much The Onesie Show for the day!) The School of Sport and Public Services organised a marathon “Run on the Spot” event on the balcony outside Learner Core 1, with teams of up to ten taking turns to keep the event going for a five hour duration. Interrupting this were some very jumpy exercise sessions (courtesy of Ian Clark, Dani Lines and Dan Farman) and a massed Gangnam Style dance (pictures don’t do it justice… like Woodstock, we think you just had to be there). Sixth Form Studies arranged a traditional “pile of pennies” game on the Third Floor landing to raise funds while Hospitality and Catering Students sold cakes in the Atrium and toured the College selling Raffle tickets for a chance to win a delicious chocolate cake. And, for the three days leading up to Children in Need, Automotive Students also offered a service called “Get Sudsey for Pudsey”, with car washes and valeting on offer. This proved so popular they had to make extra slots. Staff Dress-Down Friday also raised £43.50 - unusual given that it was £1 a go, so we can only presume that one member of staff was only half dressed! The final total came to £891.71, with the possibility of maybe a few extra donations still due. Well done to all who took part! It’s not to late to donate, so please visit the official Children in Need website and give whatever you can at

To see the full set of images, visit

Students in tune with Christmas Carol Service Friday 13th December turned out to be far from unlucky for all the staff and students who made it to the College’s annual Christmas Carol Service in Conference 1, where they were treated to a dazzling half hour of entertainment - and that was just from the jumpers (which were worn for charity - honest!) As well as the traditional singing of carols accompanied by the College’s very own band, there were wonderful renditions of some classic standards by Kate Williams and the Red Dreams Singers, a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Barbara Old and a touching Christmas Prayer read by Pam Stockton. It was all great fun, as these photos show!

Above: The event started with a spirited one-minute round of applause to commemorate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Above: The College in-house band most ably provided backing for the Carols, and shall henceforth be known as “No Direction”.

Above: Anyone who thinks that Carol services are dreery and no fun really needs to come along to one of ours!

Above: Kate Williams and Paul Hart of the Red Dreams Singers performed a wonderful duet, The Chistmas Lullaby.

Above: With Panto season well underway, Director of Apprenticeships Graham McPhail made it clear which of the Seven Dwarves was his favourite.

Above: Everybody joined in the Carols.

Above: The Red Dream Singers started off the finale, a medley of Christmas classics...

Above: The Red Dreams Singers are part of a Hartlepool-based charity dedicated to helping young people find “Confidence through Creativity” - you can find out more at

Above: ...and then decided to turn it into an audience participation event. Principal Darren Hankey took the opportunity to cement his status as Angel of the North 2.0.

Above: However, everybody bought into it - none more so than this student, who brought down the house with his impromptu Christmas dad-dancing!

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You wooden believe what Carpentry & Joinery students did for Bradley

Smokers encouraged to shed the habit

The College has a lot of support and advice in place to encourage smokers to quit, but for those of you who still “need the weed” the College has some important rules that must be followed.

Above: the students and their wooden bike - left to right; Dylan Venter, Liam Parkinson, Kieran Proudlock Thomas Mincher, William Storm, Craig Parry (leaning on the bike), Brad Robinson, Anthony Robins & Liam Kelsey

In the 1860s an early type of bicycle appeared, with tyre-free wooden wheels and an unpadded seat. Called the velocipede, the extremely uncomfortable ride it offered quickly earned it another name - the “boneshaker”.

Good to their word they did just that on 6th February, with Liam “buns of steel” Parkinson riding the bike in gallant (if not comfortable) fashion. The bike used gear cogs instead of a chain, and with no tyres or padded saddle proved to be quite a challenge to even move.

Students from the College’s Carpentry & Joinery section resurrected the idea to raise money for Bradley Lowery, the Hartlepool toddler suffering from Neruoblastoma, a very aggressive form of cancer that requires specialised treatment (find out more at

Liam coaxed the machine the entire distance, and after the ride the students were presented with a cheque for £1000 by the Staff of Domino’s (pictured below), with even more money following on from individual sponsors.

The big-hearted students made a plan to ride the 99% wooden bike along the promenade at Seaton on 6th February,and received sponsorship from Domino’s Pizza Hartlepool, though we suspect that at least one of them probably ended up wishing it was Anusol...

Our sincere admiration goes out to not only their superb skills but also their community spirit, and you can find a link to more photos here: woodenbikeforbradley/

As you may be aware until recently the College had a policy of absolutely no smoking on campus. However, student feedback indicated that there was a need for a place for smokers to go, as in bad weather they would generally congregate in the entrance area or the public bus shelter opposite the building. To this end a covered smoking shelter with bins for the disposal of butts is now available in the car park, in front of the bike sheds (as opposed to the traditional location behind them!) Please, restrict your smoking to this area only and respect others by avoiding inflicting second-hand smoke on those who don’t want to breath it in. Staff have been instructed to challenge and move on all who breach this rule, and repeat offenders will face disciplinary action. As always the College takes a proactive part in helping smokers to quit, and details of events we hold appear on Blackboard, in our social media and on the digital signage screens. NHS information can be found by visiting

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Students go old-school to help good causes It was a mode of transport that every child who read The Beano just wanted - no NEEDED! - to have; the classic wooden go-cart. While no longer as much in demand in this age of high-tech distractions like the Nintendo X-Station and Twitbook*, talented Level 3 Carpentry & Joinery students under the supervision of Lecturer Simon White have crafted two bespoke Dennis The Menace style go-carts to raffle in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice. Tickets were £1 a strip and were drawn on Thursday 19th December, raising a total of £216.

Left to right, back row: Ryan Lowery, Lecturer Simon White, James Bainbridge, Danny Tull, Toby Loughborough. Front Row: Joshua Jukes and Jake Dismore

*we know these aren’t real things, we’re just trying to be funny. Though there’s probably a case for renaming Facebook “Off-Your-Facebook” based on some of the rumours we’ve heard...

Santa helps students get plastered Two enterprising College students earned almost £700 selling plaster Santa Claus cookie jars in the run up to Christmas, allowing them to buy brand new equipment to help with their studies. Aaron Hann and Dylan Flounders, students on the full-time Level 2 Diploma in Plastering course, donated a large amount of time into producing several hundred hand-cast cookie jars and other decorations, which they then sold at Christmas Fayres and through word of mouth. The items were smoothed and finished, and sold unpainted to allow buyers to decorate them as they saw fit, though a template was supplied to demonstrate a traditional Santa pattern. As well as gaining a lot of technical experience the lads also gained valuable business savvy, and thanks to their dedication and generosity colleagues studying plastering can now enjoy working with brand new, top of the range kit.

Above: Dylan Flounders (left) and Aaron Hann with one of their Santa cookie jars, and some of the tools they were able to buy with the profits. Inset: one of the jars properly painted and glazed.

They now plan to repeat the exercise with a range of other products.

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Your books made a big difference on Holocaust Memorial Day There’s a scene in the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Henry Jones Snr, played by Sean Connery, is interrogated by a Nazi officer over information contained in a diary. “What does this tell you that it doesn’t tell us?” he is asked. “It tells me that goose-stepping morons like yourself should try reading books instead of burning them!” is the defiant reply - one that inevitably earns him a slap across the face*. As is now a regular occurrence, the College marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a series of awareness-raising activities. HMD is a national event in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust (from the Greek holókaustos, or “burnt”) - the name given to the planned extermination of Jewish people and other “untermensch” (subhumans) by Nazi Germany in the run up to and throughout World War 2 (1939-1945). Approximately six million Jews were victims of systematic state-sponsored murder throughout the German Reich and German-occupied territories. Other victims included people of non-white origin, homosexuals, people with disabilities and people who merely voiced differing political views to those of Hitler and his followers. Of the nine million Jews who once resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds were killed including over one million children. A rail-linked network of over 40,000 facilities in Germany and German-occupied territory were used to transport, concentrate, hold and eventually systematically kill inmates on an industrial-scale through the use of purpose-built gas chambers.

One of the main factors in this atrocity was the control of literature and education by the state to determine its twisted idealogy. Books (along with “degenerate” music and art) were banned and burnt, and alternative opinions were brutally suppressed. This year the College symbolically promoted the freedom to read, learn and have a self-determined opinion by collecting books for Hartlepool & District Hospice, which were gathered on a bookshelf installed in the Atrium. Carol Sennett from the Hospice came in to take possession of the collection, pictured right (in red top) with Principal Darren Hankey and Assistant Principal Viv McFarquhar, and also receive a cheque for £412.46 raised by Health & Care students through various Christmas activities. The books will be used largely by residents of the Hospice and their families and sold through the Hospice’s shop in Middleton Grange. Many thanks to all of you who donated. *After making Schindler’s List in 1993 Steven Spielberg said he regretted making the Nazis cartoon villains in the Indiana Jones films, which is why the most recent movie in 2008, Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, featured Russian baddies.

Web Wizard has a truly magic touch Hartlepool College design student Matthew Charlton, 17, of Hartlepool, has been impressing staff and students with an amazing talent – not just in his work, but also as an amateur magician. A first year student on the College’s Creative Media course studying to become a web designer, Matthew has been dazzling those around him with an array of close-up illusions of the style made popular by “street magicians” such as Derren Brown, Dynamo and Matthew’s own personal inspiration David Blaine. Matthew has been a keen magician since the age of seven and is a member of Youth Magic Circle. He is also a member of the magic group run by Stephen Mulhern, a professional magician best known as the presenter of spin-off TV show Britain’s Got More Talent. Specialising in card illusions, Matthew’s abilities often leave his fellow students with broad grins and scratched heads, though like the best magicians he never reveals his secrets. He is now so well known amongst the College population that he often finds himself stopped in corridors and asked to perform a trick or two – something Matthew is always happy to oblige. “Web design is my current career goal and something I take seriously, but magic is my first love,” he said, “and it’s what I’d love to do professionally if I can get the right opportunity. My style of magic is executed extremely close to people, so I’d love to work at events as a table entertainer in restaurants, or on a cruise ship.” Along with his studies Matthew is currently expanding his repertoire and working on new, larger scale illusions, and is planning to apply for TV talent shows to try and raise his profile. Matthew has also agreed to perform in the College for varies charity events - watch this space!

Learning Development Centre (LDC) is open for business As many of you will be aware, a significant part of Learning Core 1 has been converted into a new facility equipped with iPads and a spacious area for quiet study, tutorials and relaxation. No booking is necessary, though obviously space may be limited at times of high demand.

College gets some new directions The College has been installed with new internal signage featuring room numbers, key facilities and directional arrows to help make the building more accessible and easier to navigate. The 90+ signs were fitted in February in response to student feedback, part of our commitment to act on the advice and suggestions we receive wherever it is possible and practical to do so.

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Above: Four Wi-Fi iPads are a permanent study fixture.

Above: the LDC also features up-to-date magazines for chilling out and as literacy aids.


Access to Lower Quadrant

Tree of Remembrance

Access to Rothko

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Students show goo-ed practice Students on Hartlepool College’s CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce recently made a right mess of their studies - but all on purpose as part of their learning experience. As part of a unit entitled Contribute to the Support of Child and Young Person Development they were asked to plan and implement a play session to demonstrate their awareness of suitable activities for young children. As well as a way of keeping children occupied play is a vital part of how they learn about the world around them, and when carefully structured and guided can be of enormous educational value in the development of tactile, cognitive and observational skills. The students worked in small groups to plan the session and then decided between them who would provide which resources, which included handprinting, paper mache, crafts and... well, sticking their hands in goo (actually, a valuable demonstration of materials and textures). In addition they were allocated a colleague to observe throughout the session to enhance their skills of observation. To staff and students walking past it probably looked like they were having a riot, but as those working in the sectors these students hope to enter one day will tell you, fun is a serious business!

You can view the full sets of photos at: Page 8

LGBT Forum

Hartlepool Foodbank is hungry for your help

February was Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month, so just a reminder that Supporting Lecturer Leon Smith has started a regular forum for the College’s LGBT community. The forum is open to everyone whether they be LGBT, perhaps have questions or doubts over their sexuality, or want to support friends. Leon will be happy to provide answers to any questions, and treat everything in complete confidence. You can also find out more online: #hcferespect & #hcfelgbt

In this age of austerity and cuts, one of the saddest aspects of the financial crisis is the fact that some people simply cannot afford to eat.

For more information please contact Leon Smith on

To help people who have fallen on extreme hard times, emergency food banks have appeared in many towns via charities such as The Trussell Trust, and Hartlepool is no exception. With demand rising as prices rise above inflation, Hartlepool Foodbank needs gifts of time, funds or food to help stop local people going hungry. If you would like to volunteer directly, you can help sort donated food ready for distribution, meet clients and give out food at the foodbank centre or help out at a foodbank supermarket collection day.

Counselling Services You don’t need to face your problems alone. The College offers a free and confidential Student Counselling Service, where you can find someone to talk to in a completely safe, open, relaxed and non-judgemental environment.

The College has a dedicated, comfortable and secluded Counselling and Reflection Room where you can talk in privacy and confidence about ANY issues that are causing you worry.

Counselling provides creative opportunities for students to work towards living and studying in more satisfying and resourceful ways. Counsellors are trained to listen to people without judging them, and to help them make decisions or find their own way forward.

The appointment diary, like all other aspects of our Counselling service, is completely confidential, and if you feel you would benefit from advice or just someone to listen to you appointments can be discretely made at Student Services or via the College’s ‘Blackboard System’ once a student is enrolled.

If you don’t have the time to volunteer but still want to help you can contribute either financially so food can be bought, or donate food directly. The Foodbank has a shopping list of essentials it needs on a constant basis, and you can download from the website listed below. Food donations are welcome at the foodbank during their opening hours. You can check out a fundraising pack also on the website for a few ideas to get you started plus top tips on how to make your fundraising a success. If you are a person that shares the belief that no-one should go hungry in our local area, please get involved. You can find out more at For information on the ways the College supports the Foodbank, please contact Diane Asensio on DAsensio@hartlepoolfe.

Sexual health: do you have things properly covered? Did you know that on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month from 10.30am to 1pm Hartlepool College hosts a free and confidential NHS sexual health advice service? Your sex life is your business and yours alone, no arguments from us. But it’s also a fact that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are disturbingly commonplace. Some are minor irritations easily treatable, others can ruin your health, your looks and even have fatal consequences, Another truth is that many people who have STIs don’t show any symptoms and may not even be aware. Sex is a private thing, so people don’t really advertise what they’ve been up to in the past.

However, it’s worth remembering that when you have sex with a person, you’re also potentially coming into sexual contact with everyone they’ve ever been with too. There’s also the issue of unwanted preganancies to consider too.

The service operates on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month from 10.30am to 1pm and no appointment is needed. Just call into Room 1.04, on the first floor, near the Hair Salons and Fitness Suite. Alternatively you can call or text Vicky on 07825 060135.

These subjects and many others can be discussed frankly and in confidence at the College’s completely free and confidential drop-in Sexual Health Advice Service, held in conjuction with the NHS. Page 9

“Stayin’ Alive” is the key to saving a life Officers from Cleveland Fire Brigade were in Hartlepool College again on 25th February 2014 to teach students and staff CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the simple technique that can help keep somebody having a heart attack alive until medical help can arrive. Over a dozen groups were taught this basic but essential skill, which can make the difference between life and death for victims. Heart attacks are one of the world’s biggest killers, and every minute that passes after one reduces the chances of survival and recovery by another 10%, so rapid first aid really is that vital. The day ended with a mass “CPR-a-thon” across three levels of the College’s Atrium, set to “Stayin’ Alive” by The BeeGees - a song that sets the perfect rhythm for chest compressions.

You can view the full sets of photos by following the link at:

Vinnie wants you to do it hard and fast While like most organisations the College has trained first aiders, the British Heart Foundation thinks that the skills required to deal with a heart attack should be something every person has, as while the possibility of coming across an incident is slight, it still exists and is more likely to be in a public place where no first aider may be nearby. To this end they run a very effective (and entertaining) campaign called “Hard and Fast” fronted by football hardman turned actor Vinnie Jones and featuring genuine survivors of heart attacks who owe their life to CPR. You can find all details, plus a video (and a version animated in Lego!) at the BHF website: We strongly encourage you to check it out, as this simple bit of knowledge could literally mean the difference between life and death for someone one day.

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Trainee Chefs continue to impress with their skills

Matty has sound career prospects

Lecturer Kevin Dove has sent us some more information and pics on the activities and achievements of the College’s Hospitality & Catering students. First up, two teams from the College took part in the prestigious Nestle Toque’ D’or competition, a significant opportunity for contestants to gain practical experience in various aspects of the hospitality industry. Team one was comprised of Jack Hunter, Beth Lowery and Andrew Tempest and team two (pictured top left) was Becky Wilkinson, Ryan Healey and Ashleigh Oliver. They had to complete a paper based examination identifying a variety of classic culinary techniques and then put together their own business plan. Both teams competed in regional heats in Glasgow and Bristol as two of only 30 teams to get that far, but unfortunately were unable to secure victory. However, all team members automatically qualified to participate in the Toque D’or work experience programme and will all take part in a work placement with one of the competitions partners, and their participation in the heats also secured catering equipment to the value of £500 from sponsor Russums, a top supplier. Level 3 student Ryan Healey (below left) was also out and about, in his case working with Rosebrook School in Stockton. The pupils are currently learning all about France and Ryan wanted to show the amazing culture of the patisserie world within France. To do this he spent the day making macarons in the colours of the French flag. Ryan was thrilled with there enthusiastic response and was delighted that the students and teachers were able to taste a little bit of Paris.

Hartlepool College is all about giving people the skills and talents they need to get on in life, but quite often they already have a great deal going for them before they get here. A good case in point is Matty Kitchen, a plumbing student who is also an aspiring rapper and musician. Matty released a single on 15th February via Ottis Music and the Red Dreams Charity called “Take Me Away”, featuring Kate Williams. Otiss Music is a fresh new independent label that is looking to offer young creative artists a home, experience and development. It gives young people a goal, incentives, and a chance to achieve and belong. It also brings home the reality of how hard it is to succeed, and the importance of having a backup career like Matty. Matty is also a member of the College’s Guitar Club, an enrichment activity run by Kevan Stephenson (see below left for where to find more information). Matty has recently collaborated with other students to incorporate rap into acoustic music, bringing a real edge to the club by allowing students to share and fuse their tastes in music. You can find out more about Matty at and watch his single at watch?v=OMzOSp6_qQI

An important reminder: All students need to ensure that you wear your ID badges on floors 1 to 3. This is for security reasons and all staff are under instruction to challenge any persons with no ID visible. Many thanks!

WW1 In Focus The College has produced a special edition of the Briefing which is a 12 page “primer” on the First World War to mark its centenary this year, and a version is now online for those interested in this subject:

Make a difference this summer As part of the national Summer Reading Challenge 2014 Stockton Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 16 to 24 to give at least 10 hours over the summer holidays. This is a real CV-booster and a chance to help the community and improve communication skills. To find out more contact Lucy CarltonWalker on 01642 528501 or email lucy. carltonwalker@ uk

What, no events diary? While this newsletter might seem the ideal place for a list of forthcoming activities, one of the problems with a publication like this is that once it’s published we can’t easily make any amends or update new information to it, which makes adding an event diary that remains up to date very difficult. However, the College has a comprehensive online strategy to keep information, events and news as up-to-date as possible, including not only our website and Blackboard, but also accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other major social media networks. In some cases such as RESPECT and sport, we use dedicated splinter accounts. You can access all from the bar along the top of our website by visiting

Multiple charities benefit from student fundraising efforts

News Snapshots Student work fast for the Philippines

A team of students from the School of Health & Care recently toured the building in November seeking donations to send to the Philippines typhoon disaster appeal. As hunger is one of the major issues of the situation, all those taking part agreed to fast for the entire day. The students raised over £145.

Torch lights its way through HCFE

Students from the School of Health & Care held an afternoon tea before the half-term in which representatives from a range of charities were welcomed and presented with cheques to support their work. This was the result of a very successful Christmas Fair in which the students raised over £800. The students selected smaller local charities that they feel make a big difference to their community and made a donation to each.

Pictured above receiving their cheques are representatives from Harbour, Families First, Hart Gables, Hartlepool Bereavement Service, Headland Future and College lecturer Mark Barker representing the RNLI. Not all of the students involved were able to attend the presentation and subsequent photoshoot (there were several more who were involved) but feedback regarding their customer service skills and professionalism was very complimentary.

As you may have seen on TV, torches for the recent 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi travelled the world as part of the biggest such event ever attempted (and even out of the planet, as one torch was handed over between spacewalking Cosmonauts in orbit). One of the torches passed through the College in mid-November in an unheralded visit, working its way between students and staff in the Luminary Fitness Suite before moving on to the next stage of its epic tour.

Army visit turns heads (and some stomachs) Students on Hartlepool College’s Public Services course were given a literal taste of Army life on March 6th when soldiers from the King’s Rifles visited the College. The riflemen demonstrated a variety of aspects of their daily work, including fitness, nutrition and the challenges of maintaining energy in such a demanding and high-mobility role. One of the team, Rifleman Edward Morgan, explained what a soldier would typically eat in a day with the aid of a 5000 calorie 24-hour ration pack, which includes a variety of freeze-dried and packet meals as well as snacks that can keep energy topped up throughout a day of marching, working or fighting. Also demonstrated were chlorine tablets that allow water from any source to be made drinkable, the unfortunate side-effect being that it “makes everything taste like a swimming pool”. Students then got to sample some of the food, with a variety of reactions ranging from “not bad” to “I’m going to be sick” (though no-one was!) However, these are students who aim to enter a variety of military and civil uniformed services, and do so with eyes fully open thanks to visits like this one. Even though some had been put off their teas, none were put off their career goals.

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Apprentice Evening was a massive success Hartlepool College held its annual Apprenticeship Open Evening on March 5th 2014 as part of National Apprenticeship Week, attracting 29 employers and hundreds of people looking for information, advice or recruitment. The College is one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the area, with numbers far exceeding those of much larger colleges and training organisations, and has decades of experience. The event was a huge success, with very positive feedback from both employers and attendees. There were also practical demonstrations of a number of skills, and the College also set up its flight simulator.

Above: Even with the size of our Atrium, the huge number of stands and attendees pushed space to the limit.

Above: Caterpillar had one of its huge trucks on display for the full day, worth a whopping £400,000 but still actually cheaper to insure that a 17-year old with a Corsa.

Above: Steve Clayton and other members of the sport team were on hand for advice and demonstrations.

Above: The event was so significant that it attracted the top people of many employers, such as Terry Tucker of Babcock Defence Services.

Above: Student Ambassadors once again played a vital part in coordinating the event and ensuring everything ran smoothly.

Above: Steve Wallis confused a virtual helicopter with a virtual hover mower, though the trees he’s heading into did look a lot neater after he’d passed over them...

Above: Attendees had a huge number of options, with something for every ambition. Many went away with armfuls of information (and the odd freebie).

Above: But it wasn’t all seriousness. The tone of the evening was unpressured, and many attendees had a lot of fun and good banter.

Above: The event extended about halfway down the Conference Centre, and would have gone further had it not been for the scaffolding.

Above: As always Heerema made a big splash, with Dave Scrafton and a number of apprentices on hand, the latter celebrating a recent clean sweep at the Welding Institute regional awards.

Above: Heritage Crafts Alliance (see page 4) were also on hand, with a demonstration of traditional stonemasonry proving to be as big a draw as the more high-tech displays.

Above: Gus Robinson is one of the College’s oldest and most valued partners, and no event of this kind would be complete without their presence.

The best HNC student went to Scott Pearson, the best 4th year welder went to Anthony Smith and the best overall craft 4th year apprentice went to James McIntosh. Sadly work commitments meant we couldn’t organise a proper photo, but our sincere congratulations nonetheless!

You can see the web story and hear a radio interview with Darren Hankey at: You can view the film we made especially for the event at You can view the full photo gallery, with 88 images at

Inter-college skills competitions show off top talent Thursday 13th March proved unlucky for some as Hartlepool College hosted three competitions as part of the 2014 inter-college skills competitions. While some incredible top flight skills were on show from all competitors, sadly it’s the nature of these events that someone has to win and someone has to lose.

In the Flagship kitchen, Level 2 Hospitality students Natalie Chambers and Charlotte Prosser (thrid and fourth from the left in the group shot above) won their heat against East Durham College. Both teams had to prepare, cook and serve traditional chicken chasseur under the watchful eye of judge and local Executive Head Chef Mark Jones (on the left of the group picture and shown above left sampling the dishes). Mark stated that both teams produced to a high standard and it was a very close decision. The HCFE team now go through to the finals, details to be confirmed.

Down in the Skills Academy, our Level 2 Joinery students faced off against counterparts from East Durham College. East Durham had two candidates, Callum Newton and Wayne Doolan, accompanied by EDC representative Dominic Hunt. Representing Hartlepool and lecturer Simon White were Sam Ferguson, Alex Paige and Sam Brown. Judging the competition was former HCFE tutor Hedley Welsh, who also had difficulty in selecting a winner due to the high standard of work on show. In the end he awarded top honours to EDC’s Callum Newton (picture at work in the centre photograph above). However, this wasn’t all bad news for HCFE - Callum is one of our former students and learned much of his craft here!

Just down the corridor in the Brick workshop, HCFE took on Bishop Auckland, the students again being Level 2. Representing Bishop Auckland were Dalton Hadgson and Robert Daisley, accompanied by staff Sharon Tunstall and Gary Todd, while for HCFE Andy Hetherington supported Jamie Pearcy. Yet again there was stunning work on show, with classes working nearby taking a keen interest in the outcome and techniques. Bishop Auckland took the honours, though both colleges go onto the next round.

College students enjoy away wins Two Hartlepool College students have also proven themselves in their respective fields at inter-college competition heats hosted away from home. Tony Lally, pictured left, is a full-time student enrolled onto the Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies. He won the competition in plumbing held at East Durham College at their Skills Academy. He was up against other full time students from the home side, New College Durham, Bishop Auckland and Darlington College. Adam Lloyd (right) is a full time student on the Level 2 Electrical Installation Diploma. He won the round held at Middlesbrough College against the hosts plus East Durham, Bishop Auckland and New College Durham. Both are hoping to progress onto apprenticeships and gain a Level 3 qualification. With results like this we can’t imagine anything getting in their way. Our congratulations go out to both! Page 14



RESPECT is the College’s well-established platform to promote equality, fairness and understanding for all individuals, and is a valuable resource across a range of teaching, learning and tutorial activities. The Respect Calendar & Guide (pictured right) is still online and active, and you can view a copy at respect. There are tons of activities planned, some serious, some fun, so please take a look. The core values of Respect are to promote tolerance in all forms but, paradoxically, there are a number of things we cannot tolerate when they contravene the safety, wellbeing and rights of others. We respectfully ask that you to observe the following. Smoking other than in the designated area Smoking is only allowed on campus in the designated Smoking Area. Smoking on any other part of our grounds is completely prohibited, especially around the main entrance. Littering Students are expected to use the bins and keep classrooms tidy, and this also extends to communal and dining areas. It is especially vital that any spilled drinks are reported to either the Caretakers or Reception to prevent anyone slipping and hurting themselves. Sitting in corridors Not only is this an inconvenience to pass, but also a significant safety hazard. Foul language, vandalism and agrressive behaviour Raised voices, offensive language or comments, vandalism and aggressive behaviour are absolutely not to be tolerated and CCTV evidence will be used to track and punish offenders.

What is RESPECT? The College prides itself on treating every student like an individual, whilst helping them to achieve their individual goals. We embrace diversity and we also believe that every person who passes through our doors demands our unconditional help and respect. Responsibility and Accountability: being responsible and answerable for our actions, our use of language and our treatment of others. Equality: every person in College has a voice. We value each other’s opinions and perspectives. Social responsibility: we encourage people to take care of this College and this community and work together to improve it. Pro-Active: we actively support the RESPECT agenda. Education, training and information: the College champions education. All members of its community engage in on-going education, training and professional development. Caring for Others: we actively support local, national and international charities through fundraising and social activities that demonstrate care for the wider community. Transparency: we are honest and open about what we do and the way we do it.

International Happiness Day, March 20th You may have noticed the Respect team hijacked several aspects of College life during the run up to International Happiness Day. Firstly we asked for suggestions from staff, and from the several thousand replies actually had two or three that were useable. Brian Barnes also sent out a playlist of feelgood music, and finally the College’s digital information screens were replaced on the day by a tongue-in-cheek “guide” to a happier life. In case you missed it we present a selection of the screens below for your enjoyment...

The Secret of Happiness? Many have tried to define it scientifically. The current Government even has a Happiness Index with which to measure it, and hundreds of websites claim to share the secret (if you have Paypal that is). Even films have tried, like the Will Smith movie The Pursuit of Happyness, which apparently thought that misspelling words would help. Back in the 1980s TV told us “Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet” (it’s not) and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Conan The Barbarian defined it as “To crursh yur er-nermies, spill dur blood and listen to dur lar-men-tay-shuns of dur vimmen” (definitely not!)

If music be the food of smiles... As part of the day’s activities College staff were asked to submit songs that made them happy, which were played in the College’s Atrium. Nearly 40 did so, and it was an eclectic mix to say the least, and you can play and enjoy (or not possibly!) the selections here:

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Like staff and visitors, all College students are now issued with an Identity Badge so we can tell who’s authorised to be in the College and who isn’t. Not wearing yours may not appear to be a big deal, but it really does make the campus safer and more secure. Staff are under instructions to stop and challenge everyone who doesn’t display clearly a valid ID. So, please help us to maintain security by wearing your badge while on campus. Many thanks for your cooperation.

If your ID is lost or stolen you must inform Student Services immediately.


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If someone is injured or feels ill, EVERY second counts! The College has a trained First Aid team constantly on duty. Even if an injury or symptoms seem minor, that may not be the case so you need to let a First Aider know immediately to make sure. Please call the nearest member of staff or contact the Duty Officer on 07984 174481 without delay.

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Hartlepool College of Further Education's E-Newsletter for Students - Spring 2014

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